ISE2017 trends and insights

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Well, it has been another ISE, yes, bigger, more packed, but: What did we really learnt from this? Read for the best impartial comments on the show…

LED display walls everywhere. In fact, the chinese manufacturers have literally “occupied” half of hall 8 (the Digital Signage hall). Hall 12 was not enough…

More LED from (all) the monitor manufacturers. We have seen LED dot videowalls at Samsung, NEC, Philips, LG, etc. They all announce that will be selling those this year. From pitch 0.9 to pitch 26!. Even one of the “big” ones (not allowed to disclose which) shared with us they will be entering the football field business.

Digital Signage Software manufacturers, where did you go? We are observing two trends here. First, is that some software are INSIDE the monitor manufacturers booths to help them promote their SoCs (System-on-chip), and avoid competition from external player manufacturers. Second (and most feared): software (again) is seen as a secondary part of the Digital Signage chain. Hope that what happened in Hall 8 of the show will be only temporary.

The “war” between QLED and OLED. LG’s OLED monitors in the show now included videowalls. Curved, tiled, transparent, etc. And they talk about Digital Signage! Meanwhile Samsung stresses that the “future” will be QLED (Quantum Dot Displays). Although both have not yet jumped on to that technology for their professional ranges, we will watch the trend. More on the difference between QLED and OLED in a future post.

“Stretch” monitors. Here we also regard a different approach from LG and Samsung. While LG announces a new 88″ (wider) and heavily promotes their successful 86″, Samsung openly comments that they welcome customer feedback on this kind of units and will follow up accordingly

Mirror displays. We have seen better (more transparency and contrast),  so we believe the moment has come for that technology. Apps are flowing in for that technology, such as hotel lobby sw, kinect gaming, dressing rooms, bathroom mirrors…

And of course, Video distribution /encoding / transmission,  Collaboration and Control. Although not in the business we work in, we observe growth in those areas too. Look for comments in other blogs!

More to come in a following post…

 

 

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