I will be attending the DSE (Digital Signage Expo) again this week in Las Vegas. Partly because it’s warm and sunny but mostly because I need to keep up on the latest and greatest in hardware, software and unique offerings in our industry. This show is very large and was very good last year (See my review here). We came away from that show last year with some new partners, vendors and customers. We hope for the same this time around. I will be attending networking events each evening and rubbing elbows with many of my partners as well as prospects. Always a good time.
This year we are sure to see tons of Atom based digital sign players devices, new screen models from the big players like Samsung, LG & NEC. Last year they were really highlighting 3-D screens but it has only been the past few months that 3-D LCD screens have been getting a lot of media attention as these same manufacturers are all bringing 3-D to the consumer market as well. So I expect 3-D to have a large part in the show again this year, even though my own personal opinion is that it is a small niche in the digital out of home (DOOH) experience.
There has also been a lot of talk about the DSA & DSE competing with each other. This should make for some interesting Digital Signage Association (DSA) board meetings the day before the show. I sit on the advisory board for the DSA and am currently the chair of the Marketing and PR committee. Our ranks have really grown tremendously over the past year and we have several new members such as Intel and HP joining and taking an active role. I hope to have more to report after the show.
Will I see you there? If so, say hello. You won’t be able to miss me with my Twitter Tshirt pointing you to my Twitter page @KioskGuy. And I’ll be wearing a 2.4 inch LCD screen on the lapel of my sport coat showcasing some of our recent projects. I like the idea of using these Personal Media Players (PMP) as a way to communicate and get noticed at these huge tradeshows. If you have anything that you’d like me to research for you while I’m at the show, please send me a note by commenting here or using our Contact Us page on our web site. I have several meetings set with our partners at Samsung, AOpen and more.