10 Tech Gadgets Every Event Professional Needs

May 16, 2016

Here are ten tech gadgets that will influence event industry. You may use them and organise more dynamic colourful events.

  1. Catchbox
  2. With Catchbox, event professionals finally have a tool that helps enliven up their events while shifting conferences to be more about participation and discussion. Not only does the device make asking questions in packed rooms faster, but the simple act of throwing a soft cube breaks the ice and gets people talking. Especially the Q&A section of events turns into an energetic participation and the joy brought by Catchbox, makes people feel more relaxed, so they express their thoughts more freely. Catchbox has two different solution at the moment as Catchbox Pro and Catchbox Lite for its customers.

  3. Periscope
  4. Heard of Periscope yet? A live-streaming app owned by Twitter, Periscope officially launched in March 2015. The app has rapidly gained traction, with 10 million-plus Periscope accounts and over 40 years of live video watched per day. Because of its ease-of-use and broad social reach, the live-streaming app has gained popularity with experiential marketers. Periscope enables you to "go live" via your mobile device anytime and anywhere. The app enables you to become your own "on the go" broadcasting station, streaming video and audio to any viewers who join your broadcast. Periscope is an app that truly takes advantage of its mobile platform incorporating notifications and location as well as social sharing (on Twitter of course), live discussions and feedback. A Periscope broadcast in full swing is a truly interactive event.

  5. Drones
  6. Okay, so they're not terribly new, but drones will continue to influence our meetings — especially the way we document them. For large outdoor events, expect the most forward-thinking video and photography professionals to be using cameras installed on drones. Drones can be used for capturing amazing footage, for branding and offering creative sponsorship opportunities, as an entertainment or an attraction, for event venues previews, as a delivery tool or as a security measure. But you must verify that the event venue permits the use of drones and where exactly it is safe and allowed for drones to fly and obtain FAA permission if required by the law.

  7. Virtual Reality
  8. Various forms of virtual reality appeared frequently at meetings in 2015, largely because they offer gaming and education opportunities for attendees. And while the hardware of virtual reality (headsets) continues to evolve, what we haven't seen yet is a widely accessible consumer product. That could change in 2016, when mobile phones doubles as a VR viewers.For organisers, VR naturally means an incredible space advantage, because you can make an area of one metre squared look like an entire stadium. This is an important point especially for trade fairs and road shows. At the moment, the use of VR is an incredible crowd puller and can be used very well for PR and viral campaigns. Augmented reality provides fascinating models for advertising inserts, for example, sponsors. This is also great for 360 ° photographs of concerts. Further advantages are the "best seat" options and the opportunity with relatively simple means to attract (like the Google Cardboard) a new audience's attention. VR will certainly give people the opportunity to make their dreams come true, for example, those who can't be at the site of the event.

  9. HoloLens
  10. In addition to virtual reality, we will see the further development of holograms. In the short term, this will simply add a futuristic "wow factor" to meetings. However, in the coming years, we will see the most in-demand keynote speakers making appearances as holograms. Microsoft's HoloLens is pushing the envelope. HoloLens lets you create holograms, objects made of light and sound that appear in the world around you, just as if they are real objects. Holograms respond to your gaze, gestures and voice commands, and can interact with real-world surfaces around you. With holograms, you can create digital objects that are part of your world.

  11. Countertop Cocktail Machine
  12. As your personal bartender Somabar is the world's first app controlled robotic bartending appliance created for the home kitchen. With its streamlined design you can thoroughly mix cocktails and infuse bitters to make the perfect cocktail in seconds. Each cocktail takes just five seconds to mix, the recipes on the in-app menu can all be altered to suit different tastes. The Somabar is controlled using a smartphone app, making it incredibly easy to use. Each Somabar comes complete with six airtight drinks containers which can be loaded with any manner of beverage, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Besides, water flushing after every drink ensures the purity of every cocktail creation.

  13. Quantum Dot Displays
  14. A quantum dot display is an experimental type of display technology. Quantum dots (QD) or semiconductor nanocrystals could provide an alternative for commercial applications such as display technology. This display technology would be similar to organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, in that light would be supplied on demand, which would enable more efficient displays.Quantum dots could support large, flexible displays but would not degrade as readily as OLEDs, theoretically making them good candidates for flat-panel TV screens, digital cameras, mobile phones and personal gaming equipment. At present, they are used only to filter light from LEDs to backlight LCDs, rather than as actual displays.Properties and performance are determined by the size and/or composition of the QD. QDs are both photo-active (photoluminescent) and electro-active (electroluminescent) allowing them to be readily incorporated into new emissive display architectures.

  15. Hoverboards and Mohawks
  16. A self-balancing scooter or self-balancing two-wheeled board, commonly referred to as a "hoverboard", is a type of portable, rechargeable battery-powered scooter. They typically consist of two wheels arranged side-by-side, with two small platforms between the wheels, on which the rider stands. The device is controlled by the rider's feet, standing on the built-in gyroscopic, sensored pads.

    While walking will never go out of style, the options for how we get from point A to point B continue to diversify. Not only are we going to see personal-based transport devises on displayed in trade shows, but also we'll see them making their way into ice-breaker events and city tours.

  17. Powerwall
  18. The Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery product manufactured by Tesla Motors for home use. It stores electricity for domestic consumption, load shifting, and backup power.

  19. PSAV's Interactive Video Wall
  20. Today is the age of the touch screen, of iPads, iPhones, and tablets. Technology has become such a huge part of everyday life that even most toddlers are familiar with the "swipe" motion and understand what they are doing when they reach out to touch the face of a technological device. Although they have existed for quite some time now, touch screens still seem to intrigue individuals of all ages. If people are so absorbed by the mini touch screens on their hand-held devices, one can imagine their reaction when standing in front of a huge interactive screen.

    PSAV is a company that provides technological and audio visual services for events. One of their popular products is an interactive video wall that operates like an enormous iPad. PSAV offers two different size screens and can also customise screens to the client's preference. The wall is a suitable and advantageous accessory to have at a variety of events as it can be used for showing presentations, playing games, providing sponsor information, and conducting educational sessions. Similar to the hologram booth babe, an interactive video wall can be a tool that draws potential clients to a particular station at a trade show.

  21. Brightbox
  22. Charging stations are hot commodities at conferences and trade shows, but they can also be a distraction as users stand by waiting for their phones to charge.The charging station is secure, so users can leave their phones—for a few minutes or a few hours—to go about their business. Each unit has six compartments that are unlocked with the swipe of a credit card. At events where the units are provided by the host or sponsored by a vendor, charging is provided for free to the attendees, so the credit card simply acts as a key.

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