The 2007 expo, Sept. 5 to 9, of the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), Indianapolis, continued its successful run in the mile-high city of Denver with high levels of attendance and participation by manufacturers. New and improved versions of home security and audio/video control and automation systems were shown along with the latest in display technologies. Jumbo LCD and plasma flat-panel screens measuring more than 100 inches were displayed more to prove the technology feasible than affordable. Rear-projection digital light processing (DLP) televisions at the booths of Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Irvine, Calif., Samsung Electronics America, Ridgefield Park, N.J., and Texas Instruments DLP Products, Plano, Texas, showed 3-D movies and games.
Chips already installed in certain of the companies’ DLP models are used with software on computers connected to the televisions and wireless shutter glasses to produce the three-dimensional effect. The companies plan to introduce the systems to the market this year.
Utz Baldwin, president of AD Systems, Houston, who most recently served as vice president of the CEDIA executive committee, was elected to his first term as CEDIA president.
Logic Integration, Englewood, Colo., a provider and installer of high-end audio, video, home theater, surveillance and networks in the western United States, was selected as the Electronic Systems Contractor of the Year at the awards banquet.
George Feldstein of Crestron Electronics Inc., Rockleigh, N.J., received the CEDIA 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2008 CEDIA expo also is scheduled for Denver.