Hullo everyone – Bert McGaughey, Inspired Dwelling’s Purchasing Manager here. Having just returned from a three day trip to Amsterdam for this year’s ISE, Katie thought it might be interesting to document my travels. Here goes nothing.
ISE 2013 was the largest ISE yet. The 44,151 registered attendees and just over 900 exhibitors was an 8% increase to the 2012 world record. The various channels of the AV industry overran Amsterdam for a week and exhibited, demonstrated and discussed the latest products in our industry for the coming year.
ISE has a reputation for introducing new technology trends to our market and certainly did not disappoint in January. LG demonstrated their increasing prowess in the display arena with a fantastic 3D video wall which drew the crowds in near one of the main entrances and definitely stole the limelight from their Korean counterparts Samsung.
One of the real areas of focus in the Residential hall was HD/IP and HDBT. These two technologies are intrinsically linked and compliment one another. HD/IP is the current technology of choice for video distribution around the home with names including Just Add Power, HDanywhere and WyreStorm forging strong positions and all bringing HDBT to the forefront of home technology. It pushes a combination of audio, video, ethernet, control and power down a single wire dramatically reducing the quantity of cables in your walls and the time taken to install them. Watch the video at:
The other series of products which was prominent at ISE was bespoke displays, such as the Agath bathroom mirror range. These provide you with IP-rated waterproof televisions in your bathrooms or saunas with a true mirror finish, so that when the TV is switched off, the glass looks like just like a normal mirror.
There were many dozens more products throughout this exhibition and I could have spent the entire week there…Amsterdam itself is an exceptional city where the majority of Nederlanders speak fluent English, welcome tourists and offer some exceptional cuisine! If you find yourself there soon, I can highly recommend Dutch steak!