We're back on the trade show circuit for 2016, and wow, did it start with a wonderful trip. Integrated Systems Europe 2016 (ISE) was our first major stop of the new year, and it was huge. Nine halls of stuff to see, and thousands of people to talk to, and all in the gorgeous city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. We always enjoy European hospitality, and getting to spend time with our counterparts at wePresent Europe is always a pleasure.
Another Best In Show for wePresent
Yes, it's true, wePresent is now a quadruple award-winning company. We've finally got our fourpeat, and we're extremely proud of it. We've been previewing another new member of the wePresent family on the trade show circuit, and we're happy to announce that the WiPG-1600, which should be released in March 2016, took home the honor of being named Best Of Show in AV Technology from Newbay Media at this years ISE.
While we're holding off on the details of the WiPG-1600 for now (you'll just have to wait until next month to get the whole story), our latest, education-focused model was a hit with both attendees and judges at ISE. The lower pricepoint coupled with the introduction of several of wePresent's most popular features, such as the AES 128-bit encryption, the WebSlide functionality (which allows users to access your presentation from their own devices), and the capability to display up to 4 presenting devices at a time were all mentioned as reasons the WiPG-1600 could soon become the standard in classroom wireless presentation.
Of course, this is all made better by our newly released firmware, which added iOS 9 support, and the fact that it's compatible with the new SharePod peripheral. And speaking of the SharePod...
Showing Off the SharePod
Of course, the thing everyone wanted to see in action was the SharePod, our new point-to-point solution for the wePresent. SharePod lets you display anything on the wePresent (so long as it has an HDMI output) and has seen an overwhelmingly positive response, both from our current users, and from visitors from the booth on the trade show circuit. The convenience is hard to beat, to be honest, especially when your users might be pressed for time.
SharePod also works great for pulling in all that stuff that doesn't run on Windows, Mac OS, Android, or iOS. That means you don't have to leave out your digital microscopes, your documents cameras, we've even seen some connected them to DVD players in order to show training videos. As long as you have HDMI output, you have a connection to the paired wePresent.
Showing Our Appreciation
Of course, no trip to anywhere would be complete without an amazing team dinner, right? We wanted to show our respect and appreciation for the hard workers in the European office while we were there, as well as rub elbows with the resellers, distributors, and integrators who help keep the wheels of wePresent turning. So we packed up our whole American crew, put our heads together with the European crew, and had a wonderful meal at the Rijks Restaurant.
What better place to eat in the Netherlands than a place that prides itself on sourcing local Dutch food where it can? Our European counterparts also taught us a thing or two about business dinners...while we're used to getting in, chowing down, and getting out in an hour or two, we spent about four hours at the Rijks enjoying local Dutch food, drinks, and of course, company.
When it was all said and done, while we were happy to have spent the time with our European colleagues, we were a little sad it couldn't be longer. But hey...there's always next ISE, right?
What's Next for wePresent?
We're continuing this little road show next week! We won't be so far flung as Europe this time, but we're still looking forward to heading to Seattle, Washington on February 25th and 26th for NCCE 2016, the biggest ed-tech show in the northwestern US. We're going to be continuing to show off the WiPG-1600, and we'll always be eager to show you how the SharePod and the WiPG-2000 work, so we hope you'll be just as eager to come and see us at booth 330.
After NCCE, it's off to InfoComm Connections on March 3rd and 4th in San Jose, California, where we'll be doing the first of six stops on our InfoComm world tour this year. We'll be at booth 515 out in San Jose, in case you're close and you'd like to drop by.
And if you're not going to get the chance to see us in the next month or so, we'd like to invite you to drop in on a webinar and see what wePresent is all about. We have them at least twice weekly, so hit the link below to get a live demonstration of the wePresent wireless presentation gateway, and while you're at it, see what the SharePod is all about.