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Panoramic Pop
Wow-inducing modular exhibits typically take an experienced installation team hours to assemble. Not so with PosterGarden's Panoramic H-Line Displays system, which uses an ingenious color- and number-coding scheme that allows a single staffer to assemble a 10-by-10-foot exhibit without tools in as little as 30 minutes. Available in standard and custom configurations (and up to a 20-by-20-foot footprint), the system's aluminum frames are shipped preassembled with their dye-sublimated graphics, which can be either single- or double-sided, already installed. Optional add-on components include shelving and monitor mounts, backlit graphics, counter and console modules, storage closets, and arched ceiling panels. Included profile covers ensure a smooth, professional finish. Contact: PosterGarden, Portland, OR, 800-707-0204, www.postergarden.com
Lost and Found
Lost luggage, errant shipping crates, a misplaced purse or tablet, and the occasional sticky-fingered attendee or staffer are just some of the ways exhibitors can lose track of valuables, such as personal possessions, a new product on display, or a piece of high-tech equipment. Thankfully, the TrackR Bravo is a low-cost way to find peace of mind on the show floor. The device, which is roughly the size of a quarter and made from anodized aluminum, attaches to practically any object with a metal ring or its strong adhesive backing. The TrackR Bravo emits a signal using Bluetooth Low Energy that can be monitored on a smartphone or tablet via an app that tells users how far they are from the object. Once within 100 feet of the wayward item (the TrackR system uses crowd GPS to track objects at greater distances), users can have the app instruct the tagging device to sound a chime until it is located. The app can also be programmed to alert users when an item moves outside a designated radius, such as more than 10 feet from a booth's perimeter. Contact: TrackR Inc., Santa Barbara, CA, 800-850-9104, www.thetrackr.com
Stand at Attention
Ease of use meets economy in the Podium 21.5" Kiosk from SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals Inc. A powder-coated steel column and black bezeled display house an exhibitor's choice of either a standard LCD display or an Intel Core i7 PC suited for self-registering, displaying digital literature, and in-booth gamification. Integrated Wi-Fi hardware includes an extended antenna for stronger Wi-Fi signals for staffers and attendees, while a combination of USB, HDMI, and VGA ports allow the podium to be connected to a wide range of devices. A GX430t printer shelf and 2-D barcode scanner are two additional options that supplement this unit's versatility. Contact: SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals Inc., Hauppauge, NY, 800-888-8686, www.smartsourcerentals.com
Bonus Round
Combining an in-booth giveaway with a gaming element is a surefire way to add memorability to an attendee's experience and increase dwell time. Now exhibitors can impart a bit of carnival midway excitement to even the most run-of-the-mill tchotchkes with lighted editions of the most popular prize games offered by Duluth, GA-based Games People Play. Options include colorful floor and tabletop prize wheels ranging from slightly more than 20 inches to 34 inches in diameter (customized center-plate stickers included), a miniature golf putting green, and a pinball game. Each features preinstalled, multicolored lights powered by either AAA or D batteries, allowing you to place these attention-getting accessories anywhere in your company's next trade show exhibit. Contact: Games People Play, Duluth, GA, 800-523-5542, www.gpplay.com
Sound Check
Sometimes the best things really do come in small packages, as evidenced by the Power Pod PA SW245 audio unit from AmpliVox Sound Systems LLC. Weighing in at just 6 pounds, this compact, plug-and-play, 50-watt PA system has enough oomph to clearly project presenters' voices into spaces of up to 5,000 square feet, making it the perfect auditory solution for in-booth presentation areas and off-site events. Features include a rechargeable battery capable of running up to eight hours, three wireless microphones (handheld, lapel, and headset) with a range of 100 feet, auxiliary inputs for media players and additional wired mics, an FM radio with remote control, and a custom carrying case. Contact: AmpliVox Sound Systems LLC, Northbrook, IL, 800-267-5486, www.ampli.com


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