Moments before the 2018 Vistacom Tech Expo began this morning at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, one of the vendors looked up at the entrance and remarked, “Oh my god, there’s a line. It’s like the least cool club.”
Never mind the khakis and golf shirts.
For tech geeks who work in audio video, the annual commercial audiovisual and communications show presented by Vistacom, an Allentown-based company, is the cool place to learn about some of the latest equipment.
Now in its 10th year, the audiovisual technology conference and exhibition, which returned to the Lehigh Valley this year, is one of the largest in Northeast Pennsylvania.
The expo afforded attendees such as Ron Tostevin, a multimedia designer at the Rutgers School of Health Professions who creates technology solutions for classrooms and meeting spaces, to learn about some of the newest equipment.
“I’m always looking at new technology to see where we can possibly use it,” Tostevin said.
Murtaza Jaffer, co-owner of EBC Printing in Trexlertown, said his company will be moving into a new building it is constructing and he came to the event to collect ideas on how to add audiovisual technology to it.
It gave others such as vendor Stein Lobo, a sales engineer with Barco, based in Duluth, Ga., to talk about its newest operating space technology, the Unisee, a modular LCD product that it released in November.
Standing in front of four large LCD panels that featured crisp images in stunning color, Lobo showed the thin bezel between the panels, which he said is the thinnest on the market and helps prevent damage to the other panels. Each panel costs about $8,500.
The modular LCD panels can be used in lobbies, meeting and control rooms. Barco’s Unisee was installed in the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
The expo continues through 3 p.m. today.