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A Bright Idea
Timeless design meets old-school cool in Display Supply & Lighting Inc.'s line of decorative LED pendant, ceiling mount, and sconce lighting fixtures, which are available in either a brushed nickel or antique brass finish. Pendant options include one-, three-, seven-, and 11-port canopy mounts; track adapters; swag hooks; three sizes of optional cone shades; and a choice of black, gray, brown, or red 16-foot fabric-covered cords. Toss in a range of nine LED filament bulbs in multiple shapes and wattages, and exhibitors have a plethora of ways to add a soft, warm glow to any part of their stands. Contact: Display Supply & Lighting Inc., Itasca, IL, 800-468-1488, www.dslgroup.com
Special Effects
Exhibitors are always looking for ways to make small spaces feel larger while adding visual interest to their booths. Now they can accomplish both with Octamesh from Octanorm Inc. Suitable for wall panels, counters, and overhead elements up to roughly 6.5 feet wide, this unique fabric is woven from light-reflecting fiber optic thread and mounted to an aluminum frame. Individually placed LEDs inside the frame create "light arcs" on the fabric that result in any number of captivating 3-D effects that add depth to a flat surface, tricking attendees' eyes into seeing additional space where none exists. Contact: Octanorm Inc., Lithia Springs, GA, 770-732-1520, www.octanormusa.com
Power Player
Utility and brand visibility make the 4 Port USB Hub with Phone Stand from 4imprint Inc. a giveaway grand slam. This pocket-friendly unit, available in red, blue, gray, and lime-green cladding, attaches to a computer or power adapter via a USB connection that folds into the bottom of the hub when not in use. Four USB ports allow users to charge multiple devices and/or access thumb drives simultaneously, while a retractable phone stand enables hands-free viewing of text messages – or catching up on the latest episode of "House Hunters." And whenever recipients reach for their new favorite tech tool, they'll be reminded of your brand courtesy of a custom one-color imprint. Contact: 4imprint Inc., Oshkosh, WI, 888-298-8190, www.4imprint.com
Form and Function
Available in more than 200 designs in sizes up to 15 feet by 22 feet, Stretch Shapes LLC's 2D Forms comprise 1.5-inch aluminum tubing components that bolt together and mount to sturdy baseplates. The frames are then covered by computer-cut, pillowcase-style fabric skins available in 16 colors. The bright white option makes a perfect canvas for projection mapping and lighting effects. Fabrics can also be printed with custom dye-sublimated graphics for exhibitors looking for a static way to spread their marketing messages. Contact: Stretch Shapes LLC, Eugene, OR, 888-370-0202, www.stretchshapes.net
Climbing up the Walls
Elevate your next in-booth or corporate event activation – literally – with the Augmented Reality Gaming Wall, which is available for rental through Interactive Entertainment Group Inc. This all-inclusive package includes a 13-by-20-foot climbing wall (the sides of which can be covered in custom graphics), two event technicians, and all the hardware and software necessary to offer attendees high-tech and undeniably physical gaming experiences. A freestanding kiosk equipped with a video projector turns the climbing wall's surface into an augmented-reality playground, while a depth sensor tracks participants' movements during single and multiplayer games such as "Climball," a pulse-raising combination of pinball, air hockey, and climbing. A video camera in the kiosk records all the action, and the clips can be played back on the climbing surface and uploaded to YouTube for easy sharing to make sure the fun being had in your booth or at your event goes viral. Contact: Interactive Entertainment Group Inc., Hauppauge, NY, 866-577-1976, www.interactiveparty.com
Spot On
StageSpot LLC's online custom gobo creator makes it quick and easy for exhibitors and event managers to design one-of-a-kind theatrical lighting effects. The web-based platform offers a suite of features, including 75 templates, a digital library of artwork, complete control over the size and placement of text, and the ability to upload custom designs and photos. In addition to choosing the material for their gobos (options include steel, plastic, and glass), users can also create personal catalogs of finished or in-the-works designs in order to modify and re-order their creations at any time. And to streamline the approval process, StageSpot enables users to conveniently email their designs to their personal lighting experts directly through the online tool. Contact: Stage-Spot LLC, Austin, TX, 888-567-8243, www.stage-spot.com


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