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ETC celebrates award-winning LDI tradeshow

© Christina Hilliard, Sweet Orange Photography

LDI 2014 was a very successful tradeshow for ETC. The company's gravity-defying booths were visited by record numbers of visitors, a lot of buzz surrounded its debuting products, and ETC walked away with several awards.

ETC Nomad, PLASA Members Choice Award

ETC's ETCnomad™ dongle earned a PLASA Members Choice Award in the Gadget category. The device plugs into a user's computer, allowing it to program and run lighting shows using Cobalt® or Eos®/Element™ software. The Source Four® LED Series 2 Lustr® luminaire picked up an LDI Best Debuting Product Award. The judges called it a game-changer, and commended the luminaire's unique mix of LED emitters and its brightness. ETC also got a special mention during the LDI awards ceremony for the color control in all Eos®-family lighting consoles. The judges explained that ETC has focused on the needs of designers with its commitment to the development of solutions for real problems in the industry. 

© Christina Hilliard, Sweet Orange Photography

ETC showed a lot of new products at the show, including Vortek rigging products , GDS architectural luminaires , the Unison® Echo™ architectural system , the ColorSource™ PAR LED luminaire , the ETCnomad dongle and ETCnomad Puck™ mini-computer , and Source Four LED Series 2 Daylight HD and Tungsten HD luminaires. The staff was busy from the opening minutes of LDI until the show ended, giving demonstration after demonstration of the equipment. "I think this was the busiest LDI tradeshow we've had since 1992, when we introduced the industry-changing Source Four fixture , the popular Obsession console and landmark Sensor dimmer," says David Lincecum, ETC's vice president of Marketing. "It was exciting to meet so many new people and share our products with them."

ETC Cobalt at LDI 2014

The company's stands themselves also drew in visitors. Designed by ETC Scenic Artist Kate Foster, ETC CEO Fred Foster, and event architecture firm satis&fy, and built by ETC employees, the booths featured an 'upside-down world' with a stage scene hung from the ceiling. A pair of twirling dancers and floating ribbons glided above the heads of ETC employees and guests, and a wall of tiles served as puzzle pieces, moving around to create ETC's logo and unveil its show theme, 'Innovating Creativity.' Eight different control sequences from ETC Rigging™ equipment automated the sculptures, with the lighting design programmed to match each sequence. An ETC Foundation® rigging controller sent OSC commands to a ETCnomad Puck mini-computer to trigger the lighting. A video of the automation can be found at http://youtu.be/Yag4fuoidnE .

© Christina Hilliard, Sweet Orange Photography