I’m a planner. So CEDIA Expo starts for me right after InfoComm. If I’m truly honest with myself, my planning started on the show floor last year. I knew after last year’s show that for CEDIA 2016 we would focus on two things in 2016—window shades and TecVision. Two core product categories that are handmade, individually, in lovely Spiceland, Indiana.

Draper_Profile_LEDs_smI started by reaching out to Sony to secure one of their 4K projectors. What good is advertising that our surfaces are 4K ready (really 8K ready) if we aren’t going to show it? We’ve done the blah videos, so instead this year we are inviting attendees to try their hand at Project Cars on a PS4 that will be shown on our TecVision XT1300X Nanoperf material. This is a gamer’s dream come true! Add to that some Klipsch speakers for sound, and the experience will be complete. Even better … we’re giving away said PS4! The top ten scores on the show floor will qualify for a shot to take home the system. We’ll also be highlighting our newly redesigned Profile screen. A Vivitek projector will look brilliant on this lighter weight, easier to assemble, thin bezel screen available with all Optiflex surfaces. It’s the largest model of its kind on the market. It can also be a zero edge screen by simply removing the outer trim. We’ve even added the option of LEDs for that extra “wow.” Talk about putting a flat panel to shame!!! Sit for a minute in a pair of Fortress seats and enjoy the show.

Draper_ShadesNow on to our showstopper … Hopefully you know that Draper started as a window shade manufacturer. We know shades and automation, but we haven’t taken full advantage of our 114+ years of experience. We knew CEDIA would be the time to change that … so we are relaunching Draper shades for the audiovisual market, focusing on our Manual and Motorized FlexShades. It’s time for custom integrators to stop being intimidated by window shades. Embrace this profit center. We can show you how. With new educational and training materials, new fabric options, and new sales tools, we are primed to take back the shade market. Come see a variety of motorized shades—115V, 24V, and battery powered—installed in ways that highlight some of our new fabrics and hardware options. Throw manual shades into the mix, and you’ve got a solution for every room in the home or office. We’ll even be showing off our graphic printing capabilities.

Rounding out our CEDIA 2016 experience is an outdoor vignette. Sim2 offered us their Supercube (in orange … yeah) to shoot onto our motorized Nocturne Screen, designed with a case that is both weather and bug resistant. Our pergola setting is surrounded on one side by our newly redesigned FlexShade Zip and on the other by our Exterior FlexShade. Top it off with our FlexLouver Rack Arm system, and we’ve created a screened-in patio. Have I piqued your interest yet? Are you thinking of automation opportunities beyond the living room and board room?

For more details, you can click here to see our special CEDIA show information page.

I hope that as you plan your CEDIA experience, you will include a visit to our booth #3010. If you don’t have a pass yet, use code DraperAV16 to register for free. We’ll see you in Dallas!

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