There is so much advice floating around about the new types of technology to use at your next event (and some of that technology really is exciting), it’s understandable if you feel a little overwhelmed. We thought it would nice to take a break from the rush of new tech solutions, and talk about a few types of technology that probably don’t want at your events – and why it’s a poor deal.
1. Wearable Tech
Wearable tech can be fun, innovative, and interesting – but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea for an event. So far, wearable tech tends to do more harm than good at an event, whether we’re talking about visors, watches, or heart rate trackers. They still tend to be a little too gimmicky, and much too distracting for the wearer and those around them. It’s far better to stick to more traditional mobile devices. For now, at least, don’t feel obligated to provide compatibility for wearable devices.
2. Anything Without HDMI and USB
Make your equipment and devices choices much easier: Avoid anything that doesn’t have an HDMI and USB port. Of course, there are layers to this decision – the different generations of HDMI and USB don’t all offer the same support – but as a general rule, this is an invaluable one. When it comes to hooking up equipment and moving data or A/V around, only look for devices that use HDMI and USB connections. This vastly decreases the chances of error, increases your options when looking for a quick tech solution, and makes your event much smoother.
3. Untested A/V
On the subject of A/V, never use untested A/V equipment if you can possibly help it. It doesn’t matter who is providing your A/V solutions, you need time to test them out and make sure everything is working properly. This is as much of a scheduling issue as it is a tech solution, but it’s still important to keep in mind.
4. Obsolete Rental Tech
Whether you are renting tech from the venue itself or a third party, take a look at exactly what devices are available and if they are current. It’s very painful when you sign up for a rental service and find out the newest devices they offer are five years old. If you need cutting-edge tablets or laptops to handle your presentations, take a look at inventory before making decisions.
5. Advertisement Alerts
Mobile alerts can be useful, but avoid swamping your attendees with advertisements. No one likes that, especially when trying to navigate a venue floor.
6. Content That’s Not Optimized for Mobile
Everyone will be using a mobile device, so your content should follow the same path. Why would you advertise a website, app, or download if it hasn’t been optimized for mobile devices? Don’t miss this key step!
7. Virtual Reality
Currently, the only place VR really has at events is providing a remote solution that allows certain attendees to feel “like they’re really there.” As you can imagine, this is only useful for a fraction of presentations, and you can safely ignore VR for most planning situations. Augmented reality, on the other hand, has far more applications and is an ideal alternative if you really want to focus on cutting-edge tech.
For more info on the right – and wrong – types of tech for you event, talk to a Fourth Wall Events’ specialist today.