Aside from some pyro excitement, they were excited about their SMART technology that is making its way into their units. Mainly their most popular G300 Smart (Fogger) and MVS Smart (Hazer).
For the G300 SMART it features its Internet of Things (IoT) capability that supports Wi-Fi and LAN connectivity for Set-up, monitoring, and diagnostics. The network capabilities also allow for flexibility in setting and changing the unit’s configuration via a mobile device. The user can also set interval, durations and pre-delay times as well as set flow level, turn the unit on or off and do a diagnostic run as well.
For the MVS Smart functionality lets the unit control 2 variable speed fans which control projection and direction of the haze stream form 0-90 degrees. It also has an oscillating mode that you can program for automated back and forth sweeps.
Over on Chauvet’s DJ side they were showing the new Eve units that include the 130W tri-color Eve P-130, the 140W variable white Eve P-140 and the 150W ultraviolet Eve P-150 UV. The three new Eve units have a bright, flicker-free output that makes them well-suited for events of all sizes. All the fixtures are fan free and silent for use in video recording applications.
The Eve series features an interchangeable 25° and 45° magnetic lenses making it easy to change beam angles. The fixtures also have a gel frame holder and 6 ¼ – inch accessory slot for optional barn doors. Adding to their flexibility, the new fixtures offer D-Fi USB compatibility, PowerCON-compatible power linking capabilities, and both 3-pin and 5-pin DMX connections.
There were also two new atmospheric effects, one called the Cumulus which uses an ultrasonic agitator and water to create a low lying “dancing on the clouds” effect without the need for dry ice. Joining the Cumulus is the Hurricane 2000, a high-volume fog machine that produces a thick plume on demand because of its Always-Ready technology that provides a continuous output, and its built-in timer provides hands-free, automated operation. An advanced fluid sensor with automatic shut-off prevents overheating, and the variable output can be controlled from the on-board LCD display or DMX.
Ultratec created a couple of new accessories to complement their current line of foggers, hazers, snow, and bubble machines. The first unit of note is called a “swivel bracket” which gives the end user the ability to mount most of their Ultratec machines (weighing roughly 100lbs or less) in the air and oscillate the machine back and forth. Fully DMX controlled, the units speed and direction can be controlled. They have roughly 90degs of motion, so know you can spread your atmospheric effects more evenly across the stage.
In addition, the swivel bracket, Utratec now also make a variable speed/directional fan that also allows you to push your atmospheric effects further on stage. With both of these accessories you now have a lot more control of your effects!
MDG created a pair of new products this year to complement their existing line; giving the end user more tools to create atmospheric effects in unique locations, quicker, and at less cost. Their first innovation was taking their ATMe Hazer and placing it into a IP55 enclosure. Now you can use this hazer outdoors! Since their hazer produces such fine particles, wind has minimal effect on the haze. Several theme parks have recently installed these units with great success.
The second new product out there was designed to help existing customers with Ice Fog Q units better manage fog throughout their space. Called the “diverter” the unit sits in front of the Fog Q unit and allows you to divert the stream of fog thru two different ducts or paths. Now you can use ONE machine to fog multiple areas on stage. This cuts down the need for multiple machines saving you money!