"The Superyacht Forum attracts the top professionals of the industry, and over coffee there's always a great amount of information exchanged in a relaxed environment," enthuses Mike Blake, president of technology and integration specialists Palladium Technologies. "The workshops, keynotes and forums themselves are thought-provoking and also stimulate a lot of post-workshop discussion."
As an official partner of The Superyacht Forum, Blake is looking forward to displaying some key technologies at the Palladium showcase. "There's a lot of interest in technology and how it's going to affect our industry," he says, "and it's happening a lot faster than people realise. We will be showing off some technology for sure, and perhaps our new Titan smart electrical distribution system - that could be fun. Titan the last piece of the puzzle that needs to be addressed if we want to create truly advanced yachts." (For more on Titan and what it could mean for superyacht projects, click here to read our exclusive, in-depth story.)
Of course, another of The Superyacht Forum's great appeals is that it runs alongside the vast METSTRADE exhibition, and there is an entrance direct to the superyacht hall of the show from the upper level of The Superyacht Forum. Delegates popping in for a look around METSTRADE won't have far to go to see another killer piece of tech that Palladium will be showing off - not just because Palladium's stand is almost opposite the TSF entrance, but also because it will feature a giant video wall. "We will be showing off LED wall technology at METSTRADE," Blake explains. "It's a very interactive, LED module wall technology and our wall will feature a pixel pitch of 2mm - it's so good that you can't tell the difference from current 4K ultra high definition."
The LED tech comprises 550mm by 550mm modules that can be put together to create any size display you want. The modules are daisy-chained with a power cable and an Ethernet cable, and an advanced video processor then figures out and controls the overall display. "It has the same contrast ratio as OLED, so you get pure black blacks as the pixels actually switch off entirely. The refresh rate is super-fast so you also get no ghosting whatsoever, and you can string the modules together to create whatever size display you want. In fact, we have already had one owner say that it means he can get rid of the laser projection system in his onboard cinema!"
The LED wall tech owes its provenance to roadside billboard technology, which evolved with the advent of dynamic displays using a pixel pitch of 15mm. With the technology advancing to where we are today, a pixel pitch of 0.9mm is now possible which, combined with the modular nature of the system, also means that it has huge longevity.
It's just one of the things that you can learn more about by talking with Blake at The Superyacht Forum - and the opportunity to discuss such diverse topics in a space full of people who are all on the same wavelength is one of the reasons why The Superyacht Forum has become the top forum and networking event on the superyacht calendar. Last year, close to 900 VIPs, industry leaders and key decision-makers attended to discuss a diverse array of topics and to take advantage of the unrivalled networking opportunities, and with this year's theme focusing on The Perfect Customer Journey, TSF2018 will be another unmissable event. Mike Blake agrees. "The Superyacht Forum," he concludes, "is the one event we place at the very top of our list of the most important events we attend each year."
The Superyacht Forum 2018 takes place from 12 to 14 November at RAI Amsterdam, in association with METSTRADE. Click here to find out more about TSF 2018 and to register your place at this year's must-attend event.
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