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Bold Engineering 2011

Dec 20, 2011 11:33 AM

30 Most Innovative Products


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This year, like every year, the industry saw a lot of products come to market. It easy to think of these products as representing incremental changes, or even as commodities, and often that’s the case. Good products are sometimes good simply because they bring small improvements or improved pricing.

However, all products—even the most seemingly incremental—got their start with an innovation, even if it was a century ago. This year we thought it would be interesting to pull together some of the innovations that came onto the scene in 2011. Some are the result of years of investment of R&D, others are just a neat or inspiring idea. We tried to demonstrate a range of innovations from cable management to complex signal management, acknowledging both mechanical innovations and electronic ones. Not all these innovations are equivalently important, and it’s impossible to include everything that deserved mention. But with homage and appreciation to all the bold engineering going on out there, here are 30 products that caught our editors’ imaginations this year.

AMX Enova DVX-3150HD All-in-One Presentation Switcher

Audio-Technica SpectraPulse mtu101 Microphone

Bose RoomMatch Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers

Biamp Systems Dialer Application for iOS Devices

Chief Interactive Short-throw Mount

Contemporary Research QMOD-HDSC HDTV Scaler Modulator

Clockaudio CRM-202 RF Dual Element Retracta Microphone

Crestron Capture HD

Da-Lite Large Dual Masking Electrol Screen

Digital Projection Titan Quad Projector

Ensemble Designs BrightEye Mitto Scan Converters

Extron SME 100 H 264 Streaming Media Encoder

Extron Lockit HDMI Cable Bracket

Furman CN1800S SmartSequencer

Magenta Research Voyager Series Switcher

Middle Atlantic BGR Series Rack with LeverLock

Peerless AV HD Flow

Prysm Laser Phosphor Display (LPD)

QSC KLA SOLO (Single Operator Logistics) Rigging System

Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC8R-II Triple Tweeter

Roland VR-5 AV Mixer & Recorder and VR-3 Moble AV Mixer

Shure Axient Wireless Management Network

Sound Devices PIX 220 and PIX 240 Portable Audio/Video Recorder

Stewart Filmscreen 5D Screen Material

SurgeX Lyntec Branch Circuit Sidecar

Vaddio ClearView HD-20 Robotic PTZ Camera

Vaddio Squiggle Whiteboard Kit

Wiremold Evolution Series Floor Boxes

X20 TwitterCube with NITRO

Yamaha Rupert Neve 5045 Primary Source Enhancer





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