Published May 9, 2012
The 2012 Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland, beckoned and Tenell Rhodes and yours truly, Brian Martin, were there to answer its call. From April 15th through 18th, we set up shop and dazzled the crowds with a booth that continues to grow in appeal.
Our 37-inch Titan was the perfect large format monitor on which to play Sports Champions, a suite of games available for the Playstation 3 with Move system. Its high definition capability was the talk of the trade show as it served double duty playing both games and blockbuster movies like Thor, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man 2, among others.
The 8.4-inch Barracuda continues to amaze; completely environmentally sealed (IP67) against water, dust, sand, and oil, it sat totally submerged in a fully decorated fish tank showing movies such as Finding Nemo, Shark Tale, and Spongebob Squarepants.
Also along for the show were our 24-inch Saber Standalone; the 19-inch rack mount TwoView (dual LCD with keyboard and trackball); the 15-inch rack mount TwoView Micro (dual flip-down LCDs); and the 15.4-inch Saber PanelMount Combat Display Kit.
We again conducted “business at the beach” on the second and third day of the Exposition. Who can miss a booth festooned with beach balls, a beach towel, and the requisite suntan oil? Or a candy machine filled with Mike & Ike candies and gumballs? And our “Recharge at No Charge” charging station helped exhibitors and attendees with mobile devices running low on battery power. And though it was just another day at the beach, we enjoyed fruitful dialogue and made new contacts with those expressing interest in our ruggedized, specialized, and customized LCD monitors.
An added bonus was a fly-by of the Space Shuttle Discovery on its way to Dulles International Airport and, ultimately, its final resting place at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. As crowds formed and anticipation built, all were thrilled to watch as the shuttle rode piggyback on a modified 747 aircraft along the Potomoc River.
Of course, when have you known us to do a trade show and just go home after that? Although the Exposition ended on Wednesday, we stayed in the area for the rest of the week. We met with DRS in Maryland on Thursday, reviewing current programs and discussing future programs that may be enriched by our services. On Friday, we visited Microbase in Virginia. We enjoyed a gracious lunch with them and explored various avenues of collaboration and provided training for successful reselling of our products and services.
Tenell and Brian agree: another great trip in the bag!