Catchbox, the company that created the "world's first throwable wireless microphone", impacted levels of engagement at InfoComm 2016 held in Las Vegas. The organisers of InfoComm 2016, one of the world's largest AV events, plan to use Catchbox microphones again at next year's event in Orlando, USA.
In total, Catchbox provided 12 of its throwable devices at InfoComm 2016, held from 4th to 10th June and attended by over 40.000 people. Catchbox devices were used at a number of educational and interactive sessions held throughout the six-day show which included Essentials of AV Technology, How to Effectively Manage AV Staff, Future Technologies and The Inside Scoop from Silicon Valley.
Chuck Espinoza, InfoComm Staff Instructor and Certified Technology Specialist in Design and Installation, CTS-D & CTS-I, said: "I would say we had 10 to 15 times more student engagement than last year when we weren't using Catchbox for our educational sessions. The fact that I could look to a student who was hesitant to participate, and throw the mic to them made a huge difference. They could answer, and throw it to the next person in line. It was no longer an interaction between just me and one attendee - it wasn’t ping pong any more, it was volleyball."
"I was also interested in the technology behind it as a Certified Technology Specialist in Design and Installation (CTS-D and CTS-I) and an Audio professional. Why didn’t this thing make noise when it was whooshing through the air or when it was caught. It was quiet when thrown, and gated on quickly enough when the student caught it, without cutting the sound off," he said.
Timo Kauppila, CEO and Co-Founder of Catchbox said: “This show was a huge success for us. The organisers said it revolutionised the way people communicated, especially during the educational sessions and the conference.
The company has recently expanded its EU and North America operation to Australia and New Zealand in response to demand from event organisers in the region.