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5 technology trends you need to know in the events industry

By Skyline Whitespace

Technology is advancing at a rapid rate and every industry has to keep up or fall behind, which can be disastrous. This is never more evident than in the events industry where everyone is competing to stand out in a busy marketplace. 

Here is a list of event technology trends that you need to know this year…

1. Adapt with Augmented Reality 

If you want to connect on a more immersive level with your target audience, Augmented Reality is a great way to achieve this. AR lets you hide content behind marker images that can be included in your event displays posters or exhibition stand graphics. It’s a totally fresh and unique way for visitors to interact with your brand. It’s especially useful if your products are too large to take to the show.

All the visitors have to do is scan a trigger image with a smart device et voila: a 360 reconstruction of your product appears before their very eyes. Your visitors will be amazed at the wonder of the technology in their hands. You can find out more about AR and why you should be using it at your next event in our blog post “Augmented Reality Like Life Itself: What’s the Deal (And Why You Should Care)”.

2. A Virtual World Ahead

Virtual Reality is an immersive, computer-generated artificial environment that attracts attention and creates a great talking point. There are many cutting-edge virtual reality headsets on the market today that allow users to completely immerse themselves in the 3D world and this event technology offers a great way to explain complicated systems or bring large-scale products to life.  Your headsets can be preloaded with already existing 3D content or you can create your own immersive environments. Whichever option you go for, VR will create unforgettable experiences for your prospects and create a memorable buzz

3. Keeping Track of Participants

Beacon technology, also called iBeacon or location mapping, is a technology developed to track user’s position on a micro-local scale and push notifications and contextual advertisements to them based on their location. Smart devices communicate with beacons placed in the physical world through a Bluetooth signal and react accordingly. It is reported that 565 Million beacons will be shipped annually by 2021.

The Beacon technology offers great benefits to the events industry. It can help you identifying the traffic flow on your stand, identify low and high traffic areas through heatmaps which is invaluable to plan stand layouts. Another cool application is the potential offer of personalised deals and messages to visitors. You can even check-in attendees.

4. Unique Projection Advertising

Projection mapping, also known as video mapping or spatial augmented reality is a projection technology that maps light onto real-world surfaces like buildings, cars, theatrical stages or indoor objects. The software spatially maps a 2D or 3D surface and interacts with the projector to fit the image onto a physical object and align with its features exactly. In other words, the objects become a canvas for 3D art.

Spatial augmented reality can be used for advertising, live events, product launches or decoration. It adds extra dimensions and optical illusions that make static objects animated and playful. Many projection mappings are able to mimic people’s movements and deliver memorable experiences for any audience. This event technology stands out above the entire exhibition hall and is becoming more affordable. With the popularity of projection mapping increasing, more and more companies such as BMW, Samsung, Adidas and Disney decide to incorporate it into their campaigns to wow their audiences.

5. A Different Perspective with Drones

In recent years drones, have rapidly grown in popularity in the consumer sector. As drone technology develops, more industries are adding it into their practices. The events industry in particular is enjoying the new thrills and new perspectives drones can add to events and exhibitions. They are mostly used as flying cameras to capture amazing footage.

Drones are perfect for capturing action of fast-pace events like sports matches or races. It can also provide a different perspective of other events including indoor and outdoor expos. The footage it captures can be streamed directly to screens at the venue or live streamed to any of your SM channels to engage with attendees.

Drones can also be used as an attraction and perform aerial stunts at an event or trade show. It’s a great event technology trend, but please do remember that drones should always be flown in a safe manner! You will probably also need UK CAA permissions or a license to fly them commercially.