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January 16th, 2014

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2014, is now history, and the most memorable part is not a new TV or curved display, but the inability of Transformers director Michael Bay to ad lib when his teleprompter went kaput. He was doubtless getting big bucks from Samsung for shilling at its press event, but he gave a performance that one tech pundit called “downright cringeworthy.” Bay later offered what appeared to be his notion of an apology on his personal site: “I guess live events aren’t my thing.”

Note to Michael Bay: CES is not just another one of those “live events” that people attend and mill about politely. CES is the biggest stage in the world for consumer tech gear, business solutions, and, occasionally, those new processes and paradigms that push or pull us ever forward in both small leaps and great bounds.

CES 2014: Top 5 Takeaways

1. There is major disappointment in the wearables category due to the lack of a standout product. Many offer control via iPad rental or smartphone, but as some makers finally put some style in their offerings, others let functionality fall by the wayside.

2. The Best in Show award went, somewhat surprisingly, to last year’s winner, the Oculus Rift VR (Virtual Reality) accessory. Still a prototype, the upgraded Crystal Cove version has high resolution like our MacBook Pro rental, all-encompassing VR, and games/VR worlds in development. Now that Sony and others are announcing competing products, Oculus needs to get the Rift to market, and fast.

Asus Transformer Book
(Credit: Asus)

3. Asus and Lenovo blazed the way forward with “combi” tablets and tablet PCs, some of which run both Android and Windows 8.1. Asus began its innovation streak just before the end of 2013, with the low-cost, high-quality, Windows 8.1 Transformer Book T100. It comes with a keyboard doc that has USB 3, an SD slot for additional storage memory, and 11 hours of battery use. The Lenovo entry is an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet, says Lenovo, that is “built for the boardroom,” so you can connect USB peripherals, a keyboard and mouse, and an external monitor. If you rent laptops, you will have a lot of new concepts from which to choose.

4. The ultrahigh-resolution 4K format has broken the $1,000 consumer price barrier. Vizio, the biggest selling TV brand in the U.S., announced a 4K line starting at $999.99 when it debuts this year. There are off-brand 4K TVs below the $1,000 line, but Vizio will bring a quality product that will definitely trouble both Sony and Samsung, which haven’t gotten anywhere close to hitting that price point. Interested? One of our divisions, AV Event Solutions, now rents 4K display monitors.

4K Display - Vizio P series

(Credit: Vizio)

5. PlayStation 4 is beating Xbox One, fair and square, winning the sales race thus far with over a million more units sold. Now PlayStation Now, announced (again) by Sony at CES 2014, enables other PlayStation devices to use PS3 games—and will also work with tablets, smartphones, and TVs. Sony will debut the new service this summer, and it should be seen as a peek at one possible future of gaming.

What’s our takeaway? If you need mac rentals for post-production or computer rental for in-house training, CRE Rentals is your go-to technology rental company. With 21 locations nationwide, we can get you the IT equipment you need, where you need it. Contact us to learn more.

December 3rd, 2013

IAEE Expo! Expo! 2013

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) already had the best name for a conference—Expo! Expo!—but they have a very good slogan now, too: “Where the interaction is!” For this IAEE event, taking place December 10-12 in Houston, TX, displaying the latest innovations in event/exhibition management is just the beginning. The technology is important, certainly, but Expo! Expo! has three focuses—education, networking, resources—all pursuing one goal, which is to “keep you competitive and bring greater success to your career, your company, and your events.” The way that IAEE accomplishes this is by making interactivity a core organizing and operating principle.

You can still get into Expo! Expo! as an attendee, but if you’ll be exhibiting there and still don’t have your exhibit planned, there is no one in this industry better equipped to bail you out than CRE Rentals (with expert technologists and the finest trade show convention rentals anywhere). This is the “event of events” for the trade show industry itself, where the “best minds and brightest stars” connect: industry leaders, entrepreneurs, inventors, marketing pros. The course conference program has 80+ offerings, and there are additional expert-led sessions, case studies of best practices, and a mentoring program that matches first-time Expo! Expo!-goers with veteran attendees.

San Diego International Auto Show

The 2014 version of the San Diego International Auto Show is angling to set a record for the greatest number and variety of new vehicles under a single roof, namely 400 from 36 different world manufacturers. We’ll see what the Guinness Book of World Records says about that, but there are a few things that are sure bets: There is not a doubt in the world that the new, 2014 model-year vehicles will be overflowing with the latest high-technology components to further refine the driving experience. (If you haven’t shopped for cars in a few years, connecting your iPad or smartphone to the stereo system via Bluetooth isn’t new. So what is new? Go to the show!) As an indication of the vehicular variety you can expect, this year’s show devotes some 15,000 square feet to exotics alone, with cars from Maserati, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini and other top-end makers.

There’s a lot more to do than just look at cars. It’s a family-oriented event all five days, but Sunday, January 5, the final day of the event, is officially Family Day. Children 12 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult, and there will be new, fun interactive games, family entertainment, and Camp Jeep Kid Zone with kid-sized Jeep vehicles available to drive indoors. There’s something else that’s nice for kids, grandkids, and future generations: The auto show has led the way in “green auto consciousness” and, once again, will feature the Think Blue Eco-Center with the latest, greatest eco-smart ideas, environmentally responsible designs, and fuel-saving technologies.

If your company is planning to exhibit at these or other trade shows and conferences , look to CRE Rentals for all your trade show rental needs. Our inventory is stocked with mac rentals, plasma displays, iPad rental and more. Request trade show rental quote online or call us at (877) 266-7725.

September 19th, 2013

GHTC-IEEEIEEE is bringing its third annual Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) to San Jose’s Airport Garden Hotel from October 20-23. The GHTC calls itself a “voice amplifier” for the needs of underserved populations. You’ll see a new iMac, a futuristic battery, or the latest smartphone at many conferences, but they’re mentioned at GHTC in the context of empowering communities and individuals. Engineers, academics, NGOs, micro-loan firms, charities, and others are seeking to develop technological solutions for the challenges facing all humans—and the world we live in.

GHTC’s goals are to foster the exchange of information, promote networking, and enable cooperation among humanitarian organizations and technology firms. The excitement of scientific progress is amplified when it is applied meaningfully in the lives of billions of disadvantaged people. A middle-class American might see tablet PC rentals as cool, but people in underdeveloped nations see them as life-changing, as a way to create new, localized solutions for their specific challenges. This is a conference to excite both mind and heart.

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CEWIT_LOGOCEWIT 2013—the 10th International Conference & Expo on Emerging Technologies for a Smarter World, at the Melville Marriott Long Island in Melville, NY, on October 21 and 22—is one of the leading conferences on emerging technologies, combining academic research and industry R&D in a single forum. (The acronym is the organizer’s, the New York State Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology, CEWIT, at Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY.) CEWIT 2013 features presentations on original research, new ideas on small-scale energy production, as well as discussions of how emerging technologies are changing health care, infrastructure, and energy usage—three crucial challenges in the quest for a “smarter” global environment.

The two-day summit will feature a wide range of technical sessions on smart infrastructure; cloud, mobile, and visual computing; “big data” and analytics; intelligent power grids; smart medicine; and, very importantly, a re-imagined energy paradigm. The power management system in a modern computer rental fairly sips power, and reduced power demand means “more for everybody.” As we’ve said here a few times, the times they are a-changin’—and it’s people at these kinds of conferences that are doing much of that changing.

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AES_LOGOThe 135th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention takes over the Javits Center in New York City from October 17-20, 2013. As always, the AES conference will focus on today’s key frontiers in professional audio, broadcasting, recording, and media production. The AES is many things—networking, presentations, workshops, and fun—but it’s all about the educational sessions, and this year’s premier offerings take a close look at the new technologies affecting broadcast and streaming audio, like “Audio for 4K TV.” Addressing the public service aspect of broadcasting, the “Broadcasting During Disasters” session will examine how 2012’s Hurricane Sandy affected broadcast operations.

As a get-together of top audio pros, the AES also debates standards. One session that promises some real debate is entitled, “Is It Time To Retire the MP3 Protocol for Streaming?” This now-aging format has allowed music to proliferate on devices from computers to our iPad rental, but it may be that its continued wide use delays the introduction of superior audio codecs. Perhaps after AES is over we will be informed of something that will replace it. Or maybe that will be at the 136th meeting. There is a lot to do, after all!

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Need some trade show convention rentals for one of these conferences? We can help! Call us at (877) 266-7725, send a message, or visit the Quick Rental Quote page and tell us what you need. We are always ready to help! Call now!

August 27th, 2013

Both September conferences involve exciting, fast-paced industries on the cutting edge of technology. The gaming industry has gotten government permission in a few states to set up legal online gambling, while 3D printing is a supersonic flurry of breakthroughs and new applications. It’s fascinating whether you go to the conventions or not, so let’s get to it!

The Global Gaming Industry’s Premier Event

G2E - Global Gaming Expo - logoComing to the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas from September 23rd through the 26th, this year’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E 2013)  has the theme, “The Power to Succeed.” With dramatic economic swings and the usual crazy-fast pace of evolution and change in the gaming industry, G2E 2013 is a must if you want to stay at the leading edge of trends, insights, legal issues, and R&D. Whether you’re exhibiting (and need the best trade show convention rentals ) or attending with a company team (we can equip you), the amount of valuable content, networking opportunities, and gold-plated expertise at G2E 2013 puts it firmly at the top of the “must-attend event list” for September.

The movers, shakers, and “disrupters” of the gaming industry—casino executives, entertainment directors, marketing managers, IT and tech experts galore—will be sharing knowledge in such events as Social Media Boot Camp, the iGaming Congress, and the Security & Surveillance Institute. If you are sharing in a session or workshop, our audience response system rental can capture all the valuable reactions from your attendees. The Conference Program has an exceptionally broad range of learning opportunities, with sessions featuring the latest trends, techniques, and technologies affecting the entire casino sector and its many supporting industries. In addition, there will be over 400 exhibitors showcasing hundreds of new products and services. If it will be your first time to G2E, consult the conference site’s Top 7 First Timers Tips for help planning your attendance.

New Industry Being Born

There’s no better current example of disruption—the process by which the status quo of markets, consumer expectations, product paradigms, etc., is thrown into “good chaos”—than 3D printing. The premier B2B trade show for this exploding industry is the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, which makes the San Jose stop in its world tour on September 17th and 18th. On the day (this year? next?) that we add 3D models to our printer rentals, the disruption will be considered over and done, with the “new normal” firmly in place. 3D printing is already changing the way we makes things to wear, drive, eat—and shoot (those controversial 3D guns).

3D Printing Conference

With two tracks of sessions over two days, top exhibitors like Stratasys and 3D Systems, and opportunities to network with industry pros, educators, researchers, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs, every bit of this conference is geared to maximizing the contribution of this exciting new technology to your business. Building on the success of its inaugural event in New York City, Inside 3D Printing will cover a broad range of topics related to this breakthrough technology, from firearms, fashion, and culinary applications to policy issues, remote manufacturing strategies, and green living. We can outfit your conference team with portable tech like iPad rentals, or help you design and set up the best possible exhibit floor booth for attracting people’s attention. CRE is your conference partner no matter what your plan is!

Want our help figuring out the best event production rentals, or the right tablets or laptops for your team? You always get first-rate advice from expert, experienced CRE Account Executives. Call (877) 266-7725, send us a message, or visit the Quick Rental Quote page. We’re ready to help!

July 25th, 2013

From the fringes of fantasy and sci-fi “imagineering” to the center of new, rapidly advancing optics/photonics technologies, the conferences for August 2013 are looking fantastic! Here are two of the most exciting:

Gen Con Indy 2013

Gen-Con-Indy-2013Gen Con Indy 2013, the international “gaming & fantasy” convention, will take over the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IL from August 15-18, 2013. Event organizers always like to give themselves compliments, but when its backers call Gen Con Indy “the original, longest-running, best-attended gaming convention in the world,” they aren’t exaggerating. The event started over 45 years ago, during the era of big and heavy cathode ray tube displays—when an LCD touchscreen monitor rental would have seemed straight out of Star Trek. For those of you exhibiting at this year’s conference, the range of modern technology for promoting your products and services is now simply amazing, and as futuristic as ever, as a review of our own line of trade show convention rentals shows.

Last year there were some 41,000 attendees of Gen Con Indy, and the event has broken attendance records almost every year. Among this number are noted authors and artists, famous actors from cult sci-fi shows, game industry leaders, designers, and developers—wearing costumes, leading workshops, having a blast in the Family Fun Pavilion, previewing the latest games, and getting to as many of the thousands of events as possible. If you’re exhibiting, there’s still time to rent interactive kiosk technology that can capture name and contact information from attendees, as well as showcase your firm. With 70+ contestants vying for the costume award, a life-size 10,000-s.f. “True Dungeon,” a freewheeling auction, a huge fantasy and sci-fi art show, and a film festival, Gen Con Indy 2013 delivers fun, excitement, and opportunity.

SPIE Optics + Photonics 2013

SPIE-Optics-PhotonicsFrom August 25-29, 2013 the San Diego Convention Center will be Ground Zero for SPIE Optics + Photonics 2013. North America’s largest global, multidisciplinary optical sciences and technology conference is your annual opportunity to exchange data, share ideas, get published, and make connections with other professionals. Whether you simply attend, manage a booth, give a presentation, or pursue some combination of activities, CRE is your smart source for that audience response system rental for your session, some laptops or tablets for your conference team—or whatever else you need to make your attendance a success.

This year’s plenary presentations feature 19 world-class experts, while more than 50 workshops, forums, receptions, banquets, student events, and special sessions combine with 41 courses and workshops for a full range of offerings. When you add in all the opportunities in the four major interest areas—NanoScience + Engineering, Solar Energy + Technology, Organic Photonics + Electronics, and Optical Engineering + Applications—there will be more than 3,200 presentations at this event. If you’re giving one, CRE has whatever you might need in the way of meeting technology, including a full line of first-rate audio visual (AV) equipment rentals. There is a special “interactive and informative pavilion” that will feature a 16-game setup for the “Khet” laser game; a telescope display courtesy of the San Diego Astronomy Club, NAOA, and Oceanside Photo & Telescope; new classroom and teaching products; and up-to-date information on the National Photonics Initiative and the International Year Of Light 2015.

A single call to (877) 266-7725, or a simple message, puts you in touch with an experienced Account Executive, who has uniquely effective solutions for all of your business-critical issues. Know what you need? Simply visit the Quick Rental Quote page and take care of business—any time, 24/7/365, including right now. We’re always ready to help!

May 21st, 2013

E3, the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games and related products, is coming to the E3 LogoLos Angeles Convention Center from June 11-13, 2013. Operated by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the annual show brings together the top publishers of interactive games for video game consoles, smartphones, handheld game devices (a definition that even fits our iPad rental), personal computers, and the web.

E3 draws tens of thousands of creative pros to a single location to continue the ongoing process of creating the future of interactive entertainment. The most influential people from the most innovative companies attend this event. It’s the place to see trailblazing technologies, brand new products for computers, the latest video game consoles, upcoming titles running on handheld systems and tablet PCs, games/apps for mobile and social platforms, and multiplayer web-based adventures.

RCX, or Radio Control Expo, is taking over the Long Beach Convention Center on June 1-2, 2013 to bring everything related to “RC entertainment” to Southern California. Manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, designers, hobbyists, and competitors will arrive by the thousands to see new products, network RCX - radio control expowith other fans and RC pros, and have a whole lot of fun. Even if you go to run a booth on the expo floor, with a bright LCD touchscreen monitor rental inviting passersby to stop in, you’re bound to take a few minutes off here and there for some flight time!

There is so much entertainment planned that you really have to visit the RCX website’s “attractions” page to take it all in. Some highlights:

  • Mech Warefare creates a real-life robotic combat competition that pits participants against each other, piloting custom 1/24th-scale robots armed with Airsoft weapons and other systems.
  • Take a test flight in the Horizon Try Me Cage, getting hands-on and flying some of the hottest indoor airplanes and micro-copters from Horizon Hobby’s huge line of aircraft products.
  • The Construction Zone at RCX will feature highly-detailed, customized, and functional 1:14- and 1:16-scale model trucks. Scale RC trucking requires slow, precise driving skills along with the assembly of a high-quality model.
  • Crazy TV host and Hollywood car designer Fireball Tim will be at this year’s RCX Show signing his new insane children’s book Fireball Tim’s BIG BOOK of Wacky Rides!

Want to strategize an appearance at one or both of these events? There’s still time to get the right event production rentals, so make a call to (877) 266-7725, send a message, or log on to our Quick Rental Quote page.

March 29th, 2013

NAB logoIt’s time once again for the NAB Show, which will take over Las Vegas for almost a week (the conference runs April 6-11, exhibits April 8-11) to explore leading-edge technologies for communication, entertainment, education, and media management. From content creators working on a Mac Pro rental to content distributors making apps for smartphones and WiFi-enabled-everything, professionals from every stage of the “Content Lifecycle” will come together to talk, listen, network, schmooze, promote, and learn. The pitch this year is quite straightforward: “NAB Show is a must-attend event if you want to future-proof your career and your business.” No grey area there!

As the world’s largest electronic media show, NAB Show has grown from covering TV entertainment to being a main factor in what this year’s press release calls the “development, management and delivery of content across all mediums”—as visual content, it still goes to screens, but now those screens are on tablet PC rentals, phones, refrigerators, etc. Over 90,000 attendees from 150+ countries make NAB Show the premier event for digital media and entertainment, while more than 1,600+ exhibitors make it Ground Zero for solutions that are transcending traditional broadcasting and delivering “new content to new screens in new ways.”

Every step along the way

NAB’s Content Lifecycle and the conference sessions based on it cover the entire range of activities involved in the digital workflow:

Content Creation — Learn about the tools (iPad rental, computers, digitizing tablets) empowering collaborations between art and technology, and about hardware and software for image capture, digital art, filmmaking, production and post, sound design, the web and more.

Content Management — Find solutions to storage such as cloud accounts and disk arrays, while discovering novel approaches to retrieval, sharing, security, facility management and IT challenges, as well.

Content Commerce — Develop ways to buy and sell content in an active marketplace, whether via advertising, digital distribution, financing or content acquisition, whether you’re on a MacBook, a phone, or a desktop computer.

Content Distribution and Delivery — Find out about the latest, greatest delivery modes (broadcast, mobile, fiber optics, streaming, broadband video) for your content, “on air, on screen or stage, online or on the go.”

Content Consumption — The changing ways in which content is consumed drives all other stages of the Content Lifecycle. And it has changed one of the older clichés of the digital era: Rather than “content is king,” the saying is now, “the content user is king” (or “emperor”). However it’s defined, it takes time and effort to stay up-to-date about “fickle consumers.”

NNAB exhibit floorAB Show’s Exhibit Hall will host nearly 600 companies that are based outside of the United States. From global leaders like Sony (Japan) and Samsung (South Korea) to hundreds of others like Vizrt (Norway), Dalet Digital (France), and Quantel (UK), these international companies will showcase cutting-edge technology solutions and services from around the world. The exhibition will also feature pavilions from Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Korea and the UK, as well the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Export Pavilion.

NAB Show also offers a variety of internationally-focused conference sessions and an International Trade Center (ITC) that features onsite services for international guests including Commercial Trade Specialists and multi-lingual staff in up to eight languages.

Are you exhibiting at or attending NAB?  The exact solution to your technology needs—everything from trade show convention rentals to post-production technology—is just a call or message away, right here at CRE. Of course, if you know what you need, visit our Quick Rental Quote page and be done in a jiffy! We’re ready now if you are!

January 29th, 2013

February has three major conferences of interest to our readers, covering topics as diverse as biophotonics, lasers, concrete, construction, and new cars (okay, trucks, too). Economic indicators are always hard to read, but if, in fact, the economy is recovering, attendance should be healthy at the leading conferences that are coming up. There are certainly some exciting developments afoot, so we’re looking forward to the conferences, conventions and expos of 2013! Here’s what’s coming your way in February:

SPIE Photonics WestSPIE Photonics West 2013 — It’s the world’s premier conference for high-power lasers, biophotonics, biomedical optics, optoelectronics, and green photonics, and this year’s SPIE Photonics West comprises two complete exhibitions at San Francisco’s Moscone Center from February 2-7. The BiOS Expo (Feb. 2-3) is now the world’s biggest biomedical optics and biophotonics exhibition, selling out in 2012 with some 215 exhibitors. The Photonics West Exhibition (Feb. 5-7), the flagship event of the global photonics industry, also sold out last year with 1,200+ companies. If you’re going, CRE can handle last-minute requests from exhibitors for plasma display rentals and A/V equipment, as well as serve attendees by putting our iPad rentals in the hands of as many folks as need them.

World of ConcreteWorld of Concrete 2013 — From February 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the World of Concrete 2013 brings to town the only annual, international gathering of the commercial concrete and masonry industries. Since 1975, this event has featured both indoor and outdoor exhibits, with leading vendors bringing innovative technologies and first-rate instructional sessions to help you grow your business—whether you specialize in materials, masonry methods, or construction.

NADA 2013The NADA Convention & Expo 2013 — From Friday, Feb. 8 through Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, NADA 2013 will take up residence in the West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. NADA (the National Automobile Dealers Association) started in 1917 with 30 auto dealers, and today represents nearly 16,000 new-car and new-truck dealerships with 32,500 domestic and international franchises. NADA is the premier automotive industry event every year and the planet’s single biggest event for franchised new-vehicle dealers. Whether you’re running a presentation on an LCD touchscreen monitor rental, or networking among the crowds of auto pros, the convention brings dealers, executives of major auto manufacturers, and hundreds of diverse exhibitors together to marvel at the latest and greatest vehicle services, equipment, and technologies.

From trade show and convention rentals to high-tech post production gear, CRE has the solutions, and one call or message puts an experienced Account Executive to work for you to find yours. Meanwhile, a quick visit to our Quick Rental Quote page gets you in and out quickly. We’re ready to help—right now!

January 8th, 2013

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is among the largest showcases of new technology every year, and this time around CES 2013 takes over Las Vegas from January 8 through 11. After Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gaCES 2013ve the company’s last-ever keynote at CES 2012, any number of industry pundits bemoaned the show’s supposed decline. So, is CES passé? A waste of time and money? A candidate for virtualization?

Still a “heady mix”

To judge from what we’re hearing, you’d have to answer a resounding “No!” to all of the above queries. CES 2013 promises a heady mix of keynote surprises, sneak peeks, and high-tech hullaballoo. Even more than usual, press leaks abound—all the better for us to bring you the latest, most useful information. Here’s some of what you can expect to see coming out of Las Vegas this week:Tablet TV

A “real” TV tablet: You can jump through a few hoops with our iPad rental and get TV shows, but RCA’s new DMT580D combines an Android tablet with an actual TV tuner for free over-the-air digital broadcasts.

A Google TV device or three: Manufacturers TCL, Asus, and Hisense are all expected to exhibit new Google TV “devices,” according to CES press statements. Google’s current partners Sony and Vizio will debut the recently upgraded TV service on “new devices,” as well. Interestingly, the term wasn’t defined so it could mean anything from set-top boxes to integrated screens.

Samsung rebranding move: It has the best-selling smart phone on Earth, but with its headline-grabbing legal woes Samsung is reportedly preparing a serious rebranding. Stephen Woo, president of Samsung’s device solutions division, will set the tone for the company’s new image in his January 9th keynote address. The company’s Full HD Super AMOLED display arrives at the show, perhaps mounted in the new, also-headline-grabbing Galaxy S4.

The birth of Ultra High-Definition TV: There will be plenty of these on display. To qualify as an Ultra High-Definition (UHD) screen, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA, parent of CES) requires a minimum resolution of 3840×2160, at least 8 million pixels, and a 16×9 or better aspect ratio.

The big Kahuna of CPUs: Intel is not the only chipmaker coming to CES 2013, but is expected to “show up big” and possibly announce a new mobile processor or two, as well as some for the iMac and Mac Pro lines. The rumors that Apple may not use Intel as its CPU provider resurfaced after Apple developed the A6X for the iPad 4—a CPU that is twice as fast as those in current iPads. We’ll keep you posted on this.

Nvidia debuting the Tegra 4: Nvidia’s Tegra 3 made its way into phones from HTC, Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, and Microsoft’s new Surface PC/tablet, which may be a big hit for Microsoft and future king of tablet PC rentals. It is likely that the firm will debut the Tegra 4 at CES, with initial clock speeds up to 1.8GHz and a target of 2GHz by mid-year.

CRE is your one-stop shop for convention rentals, computers, office equipment and all the top post-production gear. A call or e-mail puts you in touch with an experienced Account Executive, while the Quick Rental Quote page will get you in and out in minutes if you know what you need. Either way, we’re here to help!

December 27th, 2012


TSE2013The Special Event 2013 (TSE2013) will be at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, from January 15 through 20, 2013 (exhibits start January 16). TSE is actually a very special event, as it is the premier conference and exhibition dedicated to event production itself.  CRE is well versed in this area, since we’re dedicated to event production rentals.

At TSE2013 you’ll find not only event producers, but creative professionals from all over—from companies looking to bring production in-house, to casino owners, resort managers, hospitality industry professionals, and many others. Trying to catch their attention with plasma display rentals and cutting-edge booth architecture will be vendors of everything from tableware to the red carpet that celebrities navigate on their way into film premieres. Booth space was gone almost three months ago, so exhibitors have had plenty of time to come up with some great ideas. (If you need one, let us know.)

The courseware at TSE2013 counts toward ISES (International Special Events Society) and CSEP (Certified Special Events Professional) certification, and is the real vein of gold that attendees should mine. (If your company’s sending miners, remember that they’re data and idea miners, not coal miners. Give them laptops or iPad rentals, not picks and shovels.) Conference tracks include professional development, sales and marketing, design, event management, tools and resources, food services, wedding trends, and more. At the workshops, as in the exhibit hall, the networking will be nonstop—and will give you global reach, as attendees come from all around the world.

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The DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition is coming to the San Diego Convention Center from January 29 through 31, 2013. The utility industry’s leading “smart grid” conference and exposition, the three-day event covers energy efficiency, automation and control systems, renewable energy, power delivery equipment, water utility technology, and other critical topics.

As you network with over 8,600 utility industry professionals—engineers, managers, researchers, technicians and administrators from 48 countries—you will get the inside track on new technologies. Meanwhile, 400+ exhibitors will target you with 76-inch displays, or throw mini-parties with audio visual (AV) equipment rentals and foldout dance floors, just to introduce you to their cutting-edge products and services in a fun way. The fun will balance the very serious work at hand, as some 350 of the industry’s top speakers will address the issues affecting global utilities, with topics broken into 14 tracks with 77 total sessions. You can continue the discussions at the Breakfast Roundtables.

It’s too late to get a booth at either of these January 2013 events, but if you booked space you always have us. Need an LCD touchscreen monitor rental for visitor interactivity? The whole technology package, complete bells and whistles? Or just tips on  the right kind of swag?—then call on us. We don’t just “deliver stuff.” We devise a unique solution for your unique goals, drawing from our decades of experience, plus our first-rate inventory of trade show convention rentals and high-tech equipment.

Whether you call one of our Account Executives at (877) 266-7725, send us a message or visit our handy Quick Rental Quote page, you will be (1) well taken care of and (2) free of event- or production-related stress. We’re ready now if you are!

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