Volume 7, Issue 11 — November 18, 2016
|When Machines Become as Smart as Us (or Smarter)|
By Raymond Kent
Director of the Innovative Technology Design Group, DLR Group/Westlake Reed Leskosky
The often tumultuous presidential campaign has finally come to an end (Yay!!!). Now that we have all had the luxury of time to reflect on the outcome, expressing either our joy or sadness, we look to the future and wonder what the next administration will bring to the table regarding sustainability. With this in mind I recently had a great discussion about one of the key planks of President-Elect Trump’s platform regarding bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.
Manufacturing in the U.S. can have a dirty connotation to it, conjuring images of billowing smoke stacks, polluted rivers and barren landscapes — especially when Candidate Trump decried global warming as a Chinese hoax and threatened to get rid of the EPA. The real question is what does manufacturing look like in a modern landscape and how will it impact the environment? We have had a hint at this over the last several years despite what politicians say.
Several companies in sectors such as automotive, appliance, biotech have actually brought back jobs already to the U.S. as a result of the U.S. increasing its output of domestic energy including solar, wind and hydro electric — and yes, even oil. This easy access to cheap energy lowers cost of delivery and production making it attractive to produce in the States again despite higher wages.
The other real difference is the machinery being used to manufacture goods also requires less employees that have a higher skill level not often found overseas. Additionally machines are being built that don’t even really need supervision at all because they learn. This concept of machine learning dates back to 1959 when Arthur Lee Samuel developed his Samuel Checkers-playing program displaying the very fundamentals for artificial intelligence. This new technology was further refined in the 1990s with a focus on data mining and has been perfected by the likes of Google, Amazon and Apple.
Now we have technology in the palm of our hands that can snap a photo of people just by recognizing smiles or simple subtle gestures like blinking. The same can recognize a computer user and log in without ever having to remember another blasted password. Even more (not-so) subtle is the select advertising on a person’s social media feed reminding you of items you searched on line during your lunch hour or suggesting similar items, food, movies, and whatnot merely by learning your habits.
We now have a new intersection with Amazon’s Echo, Google’s Home and others that are always listening and watching — learning — and even intuitively making decisions for you before you even think of it. For example, turning on the coffee pot in the morning when it hears you wake up then selecting music to play based on not only your tastes but whether or not it is the weekday or weekend. Additionally, augmented and virtual reality is storming at us promising to add information to our daily lives right in front of our faces as we move through the world much in the way Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit has predicted and demonstrated. Although one does have to give a nod to Knight Rider’s KIT for being pretty prescient.
So how does this fit into the promise of bringing manufacturing back to make America Great Again? And how does this all tie into sustainability? With our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement potentially hanging on a thread it may be those manufacturing jobs and semi-sentient machines made right here in the US that keeps our commitment if our politicians can’t. With the ability to recognize, predict, and respond on its own, these devices are already controlling lighting, temperature, and other energy hogging devices and could easily be set to automatically reduce our carbon footprint without us having to do anything. It will just know how to adjust through mining trillions of data point just as the human brain can and just might be the savior of us all.Leave a Comment
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|Samsung Acquires HARMAN, Including AMX, JBL, Crown and AKG|
Click here to see Gary Kayye’s thoughts about this acquisition.
Samsung Electronics and Harman International today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Samsung will acquire HARMAN for $112.00 per share in cash, or total equity value of approximately $8.0 billion. Upon closing, the transaction will immediately give Samsung a significant presence in the large and rapidly growing market for connected technologies, particularly automotive electronics, which has been a strategic priority for Samsung, and is expected to grow to more than $100 billion by 2025. HARMAN is the market leader in connected car solutions, with more than 30 million vehicles currently equipped with its connected car and audio systems, including embedded infotainment, telematics, connected safety and security. Approximately 65 percent of HARMAN’s $7.0 billion of reported sales during the 12 months ended September 30, 2016 are automotive-related, and its order backlog for this market at June 30, 2016 was approximately $24 billion.
HARMAN’s experience designing and integrating sophisticated in-vehicle technologies, as well as its long-term relationships with most of the world’s largest automakers, will create significant growth opportunities for the combined business by enabling it to leverage Samsung’s expertise in connected mobility, semiconductors, user experience, displays and its global distribution channels. In addition, the combination of HARMAN’s brands and audio capabilities and Samsung’s expertise in consumer electronics will deliver enhanced customer benefits and elevate user experiences across Samsung’s complete portfolio of consumer and professional products and systems.
“HARMAN perfectly complements Samsung in terms of technologies, products and solutions, and joining forces is a natural extension of the automotive strategy we have been pursuing for some time,” said Oh-Hyun Kwon, vice chairman and chief executive officer of Samsung Electronics. “As a Tier 1 automotive supplier with deep customer relationships, strong brands, leading technology and a recognized portfolio of best-in-class products, HARMAN immediately establishes a strong foundation for Samsung to grow our automotive platform. Dinesh Paliwal is a proven global leader and, in our extensive discussions, we have developed deep respect for him, his strong senior leadership team and HARMAN’s talented employees. HARMAN’s sustained track record of rapid growth fueled by technology leadership and an unmatched automotive order pipeline reflects its commitment to innovation and customers.”
“The vehicle of tomorrow will be transformed by smart technology and connectivity in the same way that simple feature phones have become sophisticated smart devices over the past decade,” added Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer of Samsung Electronics. “We see substantial long-term growth opportunities in the auto technology market as demand for Samsung’s specialized electronic components and solutions continues to grow. Working together, we are confident that HARMAN can become a new kind of Tier 1 provider to the OEMs by delivering end-to-end solutions across the connected ecosystem.”
Dinesh Paliwal, HARMAN chairman, president and CEO, stated, “This compelling all-cash transaction will deliver significant and immediate value to our shareholders and provide new opportunities for our employees as part of a larger, more diversified company. Today’s announcement is a testament to what we have achieved and the value that we have created for shareholders. Samsung is an ideal partner for HARMAN and this transaction will provide tremendous benefits to our automotive customers and consumers around the world. Combining Samsung’s strengths in leading-edge displays, connectivity and processing solutions with HARMAN’s technology leadership and long-standing customer relationships will enable OEMs to provide new offerings for their customers. Partnerships and scale are essential to winning over the long term in automotive as demand for robust connected car and autonomous driving solutions increases at a rapid pace. This transaction will bring HARMAN and Samsung’s complementary strengths together to accelerate innovation in this space. More broadly, this investment underscores the strength of HARMAN’s employees, as well as our success and leadership across our markets. We look forward to working together with Samsung to elevate experiences for consumers worldwide.”
Here was Samsung’s summary of the acquisition:
- Automotive: Combining HARMAN’s leadership in new connected car technologies, including its top positions in infotainment, cyber security, over-the-air updates and telematics, with Samsung’s significant expertise and experience in connectivity technologies, including 5G, UX/UI, display technology and security solutions, will enhance HARMAN’s automotive and connected services businesses to drive greater sales and provide significant benefits as automakers speed the adoption of next-generation connected cars.
- Audio: HARMAN’s leading brands and cutting-edge audio systems include JBL, Harman Kardon, Mark Levinson, AKG, Lexicon, Infinity, and Revel. The company also licenses Bowers & Wilkins and Bang & Olufsen brands for automotive. All of these brands will greatly enhance the competitiveness of Samsung’s mobile, display, virtual reality and wearable products to deliver a fully differentiated audio and visual experience for customers.
- Professional: The combination will also expand the combined company’s business-to-business platform through its ability to deliver integrated, large-scale audio and visual professional solutions at stadiums, concert facilities and other performance centers such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and STAPLES Center – home of the GRAMMY Awards.
- Connected Services: Samsung will gain access to HARMAN’s 8,000 software designers and engineers who are unlocking the potential of the IoT market. This collaboration will deliver the next generation of cloud-based consumer and enterprise experiences, as well as end-to-end services for the automotive market through the convergence of design, data and devices.
Operating Structure and Leadership
Upon closing, HARMAN will operate as a standalone Samsung subsidiary, and continue to be led by Dinesh Paliwal and HARMAN’s current management team. Samsung is pursuing a long-term growth strategy in automotive electronics, and plans to retain HARMAN’s work force, headquarters and facilities, as well as all of its consumer and professional audio brands. Samsung believes the combination will increase career development and advancement opportunities for the employees of both companies.
Samsung’s Automotive Electronics Business Team, which was established in December of 2015 to identify opportunities for Samsung in the automotive sector, will work closely with the HARMAN management team to realize the full growth potential of the combination.
The purchase price represents a premium of 28 percent based on HARMAN’s closing stock price on November 11, 2016 and a 37 percent premium to HARMAN’s 30-calendar day volume weighted average price ending November 11, 2016. Samsung expects to use cash on hand to fund the transaction. The agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.
The transaction, which is subject to approval by HARMAN shareholders, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close in mid-2017.
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|Biamp Systems Introduces New Power Audio Amplifier in TesiraFORTÃ‰ Line|
Biamp Systems today announced its new four-channel power amplifier, the AMP-A460H. Aimed at small- to medium-sized conference and meeting spaces, the new amplifier allows integrators to customize the amplification in rooms using Biamp Systems’ TesiraFORTÉ audio processing platform.
The AMP-A460H analog amplifier features four channels of audio output — 60 watts per channel at 8 ohms. Bridged in pairs, it can provide 120 watts at 8 ohm or 120 watts with constant voltage (70V/100V) direct drive. With a compact half-rack design, it includes a mounting kit to fit easily into any standard rack. It also features a balanced analog line in, allowing easy and simple integration with any of the eight TesiraFORTÉ models. Extending energy conservation and reducing costs, the amplifier automatically powers down after 25 minutes with no audio signal.
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|More About Google’s Jamboard, the 55″ 4K Interactive LCD Whiteboard Aimed at InFocus MondoPad, Sharp AQUOS BOARD, Microsoft Surface Hub and Smart Technologies
Google, yesterday, announced an exclusive (at least so far) deal with projector company BenQ to distribute its new interactive LCD called Google Jamboard. It’s a portable (on four wheels), 55” 4K (3840×2160) resolution LCD monitor that’s integrated with Google’s G Suite — email, videoconferencing, cloud collaboration of Google Docs, device management, file sharing, etc. Pull in work from Google Docs, Sheets and Slides or add photos stored in Drive. To capture ideas, Jamboard includes tools like sticky notes and stencils as well as intelligent features like handwriting and shape recognition. And, of course, videoconferencing.
Here’s a video from Google about it.
Google is being bold with their statements as they’re claiming it has the best handwriting recognition in the industry as Jamboard’s touchscreen was “built for precision drawing.” It automatically recognizes the difference between using the stylus to sketch or the eraser to start over, and neither require batteries or pairing. Jamboard can also sense when you’re using your finger to wipe work off of the screen, just like a classic whiteboard (except you won’t get ink on your hand). The intuitive, single-cable setup makes it easy to start creating quickly with Jamboard — just wheel it in, turn it on and start brainstorming. So far, just like the interactive whiteboards from InFocus, Sharp, Microsoft and Smart Technologies, right?
Well, it’s $6,000. And, it’s Google.
It’s not shipping yet in mass, but they’re looking for integrators — through BenQ — to sell it.
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|Symetrix Expands Dante DSP Line with Prism 0x0|
Symetrix announces Prism 0x0, the latest in the company’s award-winning Prism series of Dante-enabled DSPs. Offering expansion via 64 channels of bi-directional Dante networking, the new Prism 0x0 delivers cost-effective processing, mixing, and routing for Dante-enabled endpoints, while providing exceptional sound quality.Used as the DSP core of a Dante network, or as a DSP co-processor, Prism 0x0 is ideally suited for applications requiring powerful, cost effective, advanced signal processing coupled with an industry-standard network audio interface.
The Prism 0x0 is identical to the other Prism DSPs (and to Symetrix Radius and Edge products) with respect to processing power and delay memory. It is unique in that it has no analog inputs or outputs and no external control inputs or logic outputs. Prism 0x0 provides a quick, easy way to add customizable DSP capacity to existing Dante-enabled systems. Housed in a ½ rack x1U rack-mount chassis, Prism 0x0 includes flexible mounting options and convenient power over Ethernet (PoE+).
Like other Prism-series DSPs, Prism 0x0 can be customized, connected, and configured using Symetrix Composer, an award-winning, Windows-based CAD program. Prism 0x0 can be controlled from Symetrix ARC wall panels, ARC-WEB browser-based interface, and from third-party touchscreens. An embedded Web server enables remote audio metering and diagnostics of the Prism 0x0 hardware. Prism 0x0 features an easy-to-read OLED display, as well as ARC, Dante and Ethernet ports.
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|Extron Ships Compact Two-Channel Audio Amplifier for High Impedance Systems|
Extron has announced the immediate availability of the Extron XTRA Series XPA 1002-100V, a half rack 1U, convection cooled power amplifier delivering two channels of 100 watts rms for 100 volt distributed speakers. This professional grade amplifier features a 100 dB signal-to-noise ratio and 0.1 percent THD+N specifications. The XPA 1002-100V is an ENERGY STAR qualified amplifier with an Extron exclusive, highly efficient, advanced Class D amplifier design. It also features patented CDRS – Class D Ripple Suppression technology that provides a smooth, clean audio waveform and an improvement in signal fidelity over conventional Class D amplifiers. The XPA 1002-100V is housed in a half rack width metal enclosure, conserving rack space and weighing only 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg). According to Extron, the design generates very little heat and allows the amplifier to be convection cooled.
The XPA 1002-100V ENERGY STAR qualified amplifier is an energy efficient product that conserves energy and reduces costs. It includes an auto power-down feature that automatically places the amplifier into standby after a period of inactivity, and consumes just 11.4 watts when idle and less than 1 watt in standby mode. The amplifier also has an ultra low inrush current draw to prevent power circuit overload that occurs when multiple amplifiers are switched on simultaneously. This feature eliminates the need for power sequencing in systems with multiple amplifiers in large centralized equipment racks, and prevents other equipment from experiencing power interruption from associated power surges. The XPA 1002-100V is housed in a compact 1U, half rack width enclosure and is UL 2043 plenum rated when used with the optional Flexible Conduit Adapter Kit. This allows for a concealed installation above a drop ceiling to prevent theft while providing convenient placement of AV equipment.
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|Atlona Intros Flagship 4K Matrix Designed for Videoconferencing, Presentation, and EducationAdding a new member at the top of its line of commercial market AV matrix switchers, Atlona introduced the AT-UHD-CLSO-840 (4K @60Hz 4:2:0), an eight-input, four-output 4K HDMI and HDBaseT switcher designed for applications including videoconferencing, multi-screen presentations and divisible room installations often specified for classroom, corporate or hospitality environments.
The new matrix is equipped with five HDMI and three HDBaseT inputs, two HDMI outputs and two HDBaseT outputs. It is designed for use in a a videoconferencing suite requiring at least three independent outputs for connections to displays and a conferencing codec. Its audio capabilities include an independent 8×4 audio matrix using audio de-embedded from the video sources with matrix switching to four balanced, analog audio outputs. There are also four analog audio inputs, each dedicated to embedding content onto a corresponding video output.
Other features on the CLSO-840 include PoE on the HDBaseT inputs and outputs, allowing use of Atlona UHD-EX Series or HDVS-200 Series HDBaseT transmitters and receivers, and eliminating the need for separate power supplies for remote components. All HDBaseT inputs and outputs allow transmission distances up to 100 meters (330 feet).
The new matrix includes a LAN connection for IP-based control, including configuration and monitoring via Atlona Management System (AMS) software, available to customers via free download. It can extend Ethernet from a control processor, and features IP to RS232 translation for converting TCP/IP commands to RS232. This provides the flexibility of extending TCP/IP or RS232 control to remote devices over HDBaseT.
The AT-UHD-CLSO-840 is rack mountable in a 2U rack space and lists for $4,999.99. Here are all the specs.Leave a Comment
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|Roland Announces VR-4HD High-Definition AV MixerRoland today announced the introduction of its VR-4HD High-Definition AV Mixer — a portable AV Mixer that integrates a digital audio mixer, video switcher, multi-viewer touch screen and USB video/audio streaming interface into a stand-alone device.
The VR-4HD has three dedicated HDMI inputs (1080p/1080i/720p resolutions). A fourth input includes a scaler to support both video and computer resolutions and also supports analog RGB and component input, as well as HDMI, so older devices can be used as sources without the need for external conversion equipment. HDCP is supported for input of copy-protected content from devices such as Blu-ray disc players.
The VR-4HD’s 18-channel audio mixer features Roland’s digital signal processing offering three-band parametric EQ, reverb, a compressor/gate on the mic inputs and level/multiband EQ on the master mix. The VR-4HD supports advanced features including auto-mixing, echo cancel, audio follow and up to 500ms of delay for perfect lip-sync between audio and video. The VR-4HD’s audio mixer can mix the four XLR microphone inputs, unbalanced stereo inputs on RCA and 1/8 mini connectors, along with the audio embedded in the four HDMI inputs. The final mix can be outputted via XLR or RCA and also embedded into the HDMI output, while a headphone output facilitates audio monitoring.
A loop-back audio capability via the USB 3.0 port can bring in audio from a connected PC using a conferencing software such as Skype and return audio to the PC without any audio feedback thanks to the included Echo Cancellation feature.
The Auto-Mixing function makes for simple and easy mixing of multiple presenters or panelists at conferences and events by automatically managing the levels of individual microphones, and can even give priority for volume to an event moderator who will always be heard above the other participants. The Auto-Mixing function can take care of managing audio levels across audio sources even when an operator is not present.
The VR-4HD includes DSK (Downstream Keying), Picture-in-Picture (PinP), Split and Quad composting effects ideal for creating news-style broadcasts and corporate presentation content. The DSK supports both Luminance Keying (Black / White) and Chroma Keying (Blue / Green). Compositing two videos in one screen using Picture-in-Picture or the split function is ideal for seminars and presentations.
Recording or webcasting from the VR-4HD is easily achieved by connecting to a PC or Mac using the built-in USB 3.0 connection. Up to Full 1080/30p uncompressed resolution video can be outputted from the VR-4HD. The VR-4HD embeds the audio mix with the video program and delivers it at the selected resolution. Included VR Video Capture application for Mac and PC provides an easy and effective way to capture uncompressed video with high-resolution audio. The VR Video Capture application can also capture compressed video for easy and immediate delivery of content to online video sites or internal corporate servers.
Additionally, main audio is included on both HDMI program and preview outputs, as well as via XLR and RCA connectors, and AUX audio output from RCA connectors is also provided. The HDMI preview output can be set to a multi-view mode, where all inputs are displayed with colored borders indicating the program selections. The balanced XLR main audio output is suitable for connection to professional PA equipment, and the AUX audio output can be used for sending monitor signals to presenters on stage.
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|Comprehensive Debuts CSW-HD455KM 4×4 Video Wall Matrix|
Comprehensive Connectivity just announced a new 4×4 seamless matrix switcher with video wall functionality (CSW-HD455KM). With four HDMI inputs and four HDMI outputs, Comprehensive’s new matrix provides EDID management for recognizing multiple display formats and sources with each source routed to any display, control via panel push buttons, IR remote control, RS232 interface or TCP/TP. It’s HDCP compliant for pass-through content.
- Compliant HDMI 1.3, HDCP 1.3 and DVI 1.0
- Input video supports four HDMI, four VGA and four C-video
- Supports input resolutions up to 1920x1080p@60Hz
- Supports output resolutions up to 1920x1080p@60Hz
- Supports seamless switching output, optional seamless switching mode: fast switching, fade in/fade out and blinds
- Supports RS232, remote control, on-panel control and TCP/IP Control
- Supports smart EDID management
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|New Crown CDi DriveCore Series Amplifiers Are Now AvailableA new line of Crown by HARMAN amplifiers, the CDi DriveCore Series, is shipping. Crown says this series offers high-performance and a rich feature set at a competitive cost. Using technology derived from the Crown DriveCore Install Series, the CDi DriveCore Series offers streamlined functionality to work in almost any small/medium installation — houses of worship, restaurants, cruise ships, hotels, museums, theater, cinema, retail stores and similar installed sound applications.
Crown’s proprietary DriveCore technology eliminates hundreds of components within each amplifier, reducing the variability of component values, increasing reliability, resulting in incredible audio fidelity from an efficient design.
Through HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect software, the CDi DriveCore can be controlled, configured and monitored on a standard TCP/IP network. The on-board digital signal processing in each amplifier allows for custom configuration:
- Input Router
- Input Delay – up to 1000ms
- 8-Band Input Parametric EQ
- 8-band Output Parametric EQ
- Output Delay – up to 100ms
- LevelMAX Limiter
Both receive and send channels over BLU link – HARMAN’s 256-channel, fault-tolerant digital audio bus. Direct Drive 70/100Vrms Output – Each output channel is capable of providing either 70V or 100V for high impedance applications.
Through a combined GPIO/AUX Port, recall presets, mute channels, monitor faults, power the amplifier on and off, and more.
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|Sony Adds 4K Camera to BRC Series PTZ Camera Lineup|
Sony Electronics is expanding its BRC series of robotic PTZ cameras with the addition of its first 4K model – the BRC-X1000.
The BRC-X1000 is designed for small-to-midsize production companies as a primary camera for local broadcast affiliates, cable TV operations, education, hospital and government applications, as well as live event recording for houses of worship or weddings. It can also serve as a key production element in large, advanced media production facilities requiring the proven efficiencies BRC remote-operated cameras bring to a production workflow.
Sony says a full HD version, the BRC-H800, with a single Exmor R CMOS sensor will also be available.
The BRC-X1000 and BRC-H800 share much of what has made Sony’s HD BRC-H900 one of the most effective production tools available today. The ability to deliver extraordinary image quality and sensitivity that matches traditional manually-operated studio cameras is just the starting point. The heart of these new cameras is Sony’s 1.0 type back illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and image processing engine coupled with a 12x optical zoom Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens. Clear Image Zoom capabilities to 24x in HD and 18x in 4K allow users to enlarge an image while retaining its original quality.
The cameras’ high speed 60p HD mode can capture fast-paced subjects, useful when shooting live sports. Future support for 24P (planned for 2017) will give professionals added flexibility to use the cameras as a creative tool with a beautiful bokeh for dramatic depth-of-field effects.
The new easy-to-use BRC cameras combine imaging excellence with advanced intelligent capabilities, enabling a single camera operator to manage a multi-camera production. The BRC-X1000 and BRC-H800 presently support up to 16 position presets (with additional presets planned for Spring 2017) making it easy for an operator to transition seamlessly between multiple speakers presenting on a dais or smoothly track a presenter walking mark-to-mark. More complex camera movements (gliding up, down and across from close-up to wide shots) can be pre-programmed with new control features such as Trace Memory and PTZ Motion Sync for added flexibility (planned for Spring 2017). In addition, the zoom speed is adjustable manually.
The BRC-X1000 and BRC-H800 include key features to ease integration for installers and broadcast engineers. These include:
- PoE+ Support (less cables)
- Genlock Support
- LAN – VISCA over IP Control
- RS422 Serial VISCA Support
- Dual link 3G-SDI x4 (BRC-X1000); 3G-SDI x2 (BRC-H800)
The BRC-X1000 and BRC-H800 cameras are scheduled for release in December 2016 and list for $11,499 and $8,999, respectively. Here are the details.Leave a Comment
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|Altinex Expands UT260 Series Under Table Switcher Product LineAltinex announced three new additions to the company’s UT260 Series of under table switchers: the UT260-102, UT260-103 and UT260-104.
The new Altinex UT260-102 is a multi-format switcher with HDMI, VGA and Display Port (DP) input capability outputting to HDMI with de-embedded audio. The UT260-102 offers multi-format inputs to accommodate VGA, DisplayPort, VGA, and HDMI signals and, for remote control purposes, supports RS232 and Contact Closure. The switcher supports HDMI 2.0 with 4K@30Hz or 4K@60Hz 4:2:0 and provides RS232, button or contact closure for switching between sources as well as Auto or Manual switching modes. On the output side, the UT260-102’s de-embedded analog audio allows for feeding to an external sound system along with an output mute function.
The Altinex UT260-103 is a 3×1 multi-format switcher with HDMI, VGA and Display Port inputs to HDBaseT output. The audio port is independent and can be embedded into any of the video signals and sent to the far end and it offers web server support and can be controlled by button, LAN, RS232, contact closure and IR. The unit transmits audio, video, and control data up to 70 meters over a single Cat 6, Cat 6A or Cat 7 cable and provides support for HDMI 4Kx2K and 3D feeds as well as DP 1.2 with 4K@30Hz.
Designed as the companion unit to the UT260-103, the UT260-104 receiver is part of Altinex’s Multi Video HDBaseT Cat Extender system. Single side connections for HDMI, control and power and the design enables the system to be powered via a DC adapter from either side. With a single CAT 5e/6/7 cable, the UT260-104 can be positioned up to 230 feet away with 1080p@60 Hz, 48-bit color depth signal while providing support for bi-directional RS232 and IR control.
All three will ship this month and the list prices are $380 for the UT260-102, $425 for the UT260-103 and $240 for the UT260-104 and details are here.Leave a Comment
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|Attero Tech Ships Bluetooth Audio Networked Solutions|
Attero Tech is shipping two new Bluetooth audio interfaces. Not to be confused with consumer Bluetooth interfaces, the Attero Tech unBT2A and unD6IO-BT are the first Bluetooth-enabled audio devices designed specifically for use with commercially installed AV systems. Attero Tech also released its new unDNEMO-BT, the world’s first Bluetooth-enabled, Dante network audio monitor.
Both Attero Tech Bluetooth audio interfaces employ a simple, consistent, one-button pairing and connect process that avoids the frustration often associated with pairing consumer Bluetooth products. The pairing button is defeatable for restricted-use applications with third-party control systems, that wish to remotely manage the Bluetooth interface and pairing process. A front panel LED indicates connection status. Each unBT2A or unD6IO-BT interface, as well as the unDNEMO-BT, can be assigned a customizable, Bluetooth-friendly name for applications with multiple co-located interfaces to minimize errant connections. The interfaces are compatible with most smartphones, iPads, and Android tablets.
Attero Tech’s unBT2A is an in-wall interface in a single-gang, Decora form factor that adds Bluetooth audio connectivity to installed audio systems. The unBT2A provides balanced analog audio outputs, so it’s universally compatible with any installed audio system. It’s an excellent choice for hotel ballrooms, conference centers, restaurants and bars, sports facilities, spas, and convention centers. The unit’s mini-B USB port provides a bus-powered connection for initial product setup at installation and for firmware updates. The unBT2A is compatible with Attero Tech’s unIFY GUI for Windows for simple system commissioning.
Included with the unBT2A, Attero Tech’s unBT2A EXP expander unit provides balanced mono or stereo analog audio output on three-pin depluggable connectors, enabling easy connection to the audio system. The outputs are software switchable between -10 dBV (consumer) and +4 dBu (professional) nominal output levels. The unBT2A EXP sports an RS-232 port for third-party control and customization, using a simple serial protocol.
The first audio interface to offer Bluetooth connectivity to a Dante network with professional-class control, the unD6IO-BT Multi-I/O Dante Audio Interface is a dual-gang wall box offering both consumer-style, wired audio I/O and stereo Bluetooth wireless audio input. This combination enables easy connection of a wide range of devices to a Dante network.
The unD6IO-BT’s front panel provides line-level audio input on two RCA connectors, along with a stereo, line-level, 3.5 mm TRS audio input. The inputs can be selected via software, individually or in combination, as an audio flow. The front panel is equipped with a TRS stereo line level output on 3.5mm driven from the Dante network. The outputs also support remote volume control.
Featuring 802.3af-compliant PoE (Power over Ethernet), the unD6IO-BT works with any compliant PoE network switch. The interface is recommended for installs in venues such as hotel ballrooms, conferencing applications, convention centers, restaurants and bars, and sports, spas and fitness facilities.
Attero Tech’s unDNEMO-BT Dante 64-channel Network Monitor is an audio monitoring system with an internal monitor speaker and built-in microphone that provides end users with a simple solution for selection and monitoring of up to 64 Dante audio channels. Equipped with full-duplex USB audio capabilities, it can stream audio to and from a Windows PC and serve as a hands-free USB soft-conferencing device. Full-duplex Bluetooth audio connectivity enables wireless listening with Bluetooth headsets. You also get a rear-panel 3.5 mm TRS auxiliary line input that can be routed back to the Dante network.
The front panel sports Volume, Channel, Source Select and Mute buttons. An easy-to-read OLED display presents channel names, volume settings, and configuration information.
Two network connections allow Dante daisy-chaining of multiple unDNEMO-BTs and other Attero Tech daisy-chain-enabled devices over a single home run to the Ethernet switch. Attero Tech’s unIFY GUI for Windows is available for system setup and enables integrators to select names for the audio flows to replace the native Dante flow names. The unDNEMO-BT can be powered by an external +24 VDC supply or can be PoE powered with any 802.3af-compliant PoE network switch or mid-span injector.
The unDNEMO-BT is recommended for a variety of applications, including command and control rooms to provide easy and private access to multiple Dante audio feeds, legislative applications to allow staff to listen in on floor debates or hearing room discussions, and simultaneous interpretation and delegate systems. Stock brokerage offices can use it to monitor audio from network and cable financial channels. It’s also a great choice for sports bars and restaurants to allow each table to listen to audio form any of the video screens.
Attero Tech’s unBT2A and unD610-BT Bluetooth audio interfaces and unDNEMO-BT Dante network monitor will be available November 2016. More information on the unBT2A is here, the unD610-BT here and the unDNEMO-BT is here.Leave a Comment
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|WPS Adds File Sharing, Presenting and Recording in iOS AppWPS Office Software today announced new features in the iOS version of its complete office productivity suite, offering iPhone users more file sharing, presenting and recording features.
WPS Office for iOS is part of the WPS Office Suite — an office productivity suite with Writer, Presentation, Spreadsheets and a PDF reader — available for Windows and Linux PCs, as well as Android and iOS mobile devices.
The new features in WPS Office for iOS include:
- File Transfer — File Transfer is a unique feature that allows users to send files to and from their computer and iOS device. Easily created by entering the IP address provided, into the computer’s browser — users simply drag and drop files from computer to iPhone, and those same files can be transferred back to the computer.
- Wire Projection — The new Wire Projection capability turns an iOS device into a presenter. Using a wired connection and VGA/HDMI adapter, users can project a presentation from their iOS device to a TV/Projector/Display, enabling them to view it on a full screen that can be easily shared with others. The WPS Wire Projection has been optimized to ensure maximum resolution despite various Projector/TV screen size.
- Wireless Projection — Wireless Projection helps those who don’t have a dongle for their iPhone or iPad. Users can simply send their presentations to any Smart Connect TV (DLNA) or Airplay device.
- Record PPT — With Record PPT, users can create video content from presentations that can be posted to YouTube or delivered as webinars for example. From within Record PPT, a user selects a file and is then prompted to record his/her voice while presenting the slides. When finished, the recorded slides, along with any drawings/markings made by the user and the user’s voice, are saved as an MP4 file.
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|GPO’s Touch Tables Are the Real DealThis may be the simplest way to sell turnkey touch table bundles. GPO Display, a Fremont, Calif.-based manufacturer of 4K and 1080p commercial displays, recently began shipping some really unique turnkey touch table bundles. There are three Table Bundles that are designed bring multi-screen interactivity to presentations and meetings, museum exhibits, corporate lobbies, car dealerships and wide range of other settings. Lima software, by Touchtech, allows InteracTable (this is what GPO brands as its touch surface technology) users to resize, rotate, clone and annotate on a wide range of file types and web pages for an immersive table experience. The Table Bundle takes this experience even further by allowing users swipe content from the InteracTable up to one of three extended desktop options: a 55” 2×2 video wall (110” diag.) on floor stands, a wall-mounted 49” 3×3 video wall (147” diagonal) or a 70” Commercial LCD monitor. When a piece of content is swiped, a “clone” auto-snaps to fill the extended desktop while the main file remains on the InteracTable surface, allowing users to annotate and draw on the content. This annotation/drawing is reproduced on the content shown on the extended desktop. It’s a pretty cool, simple way to move content — check out this video here and note that, at the 0:46 mark, the user “swipes” the content towards the wall and it moves from the table display to the wall.
Each of these bundles immediately brings a new dimension to sales environments such as furniture or interior design show rooms, car dealerships, architectural sales, etc. Salespeople can bring up examples of items that may not be present on the show floor or examples of products in use, all while using the drawing/annotation tool to highlight aspects of a particular photo or video. While all of this can be done on table alone, the swiping of content to a large extended desktop gives users a more life-sized impression of the content that is being reviewed.
The cost of lending touch interactivity to a video wall can be significant- much higher than the addition of an interactive table in many cases. The “Anywhere” and “Impact” Bundles allow you to integrate touch into your video wall experience without the added cost of applying a touch overlay and protective glass to a video wall array. Moreover, the height of a touch video wall must be taken into account, making a package like the “Impact” Bundle all the more attractive.”
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|Extron Intros DIN Rail-Mountable IP Link Pro Control Processors|
Extron just added more to its DIN Rail-Mountable product line with the introduction of the IPCP Pro 350DR and IPCP Pro 355DR. These high-performance, DIN-rail-mountable control processors are designed for centralized AV control in mid-sized applications. As with all IP Link Pro Series control processors, both feature advanced security standards and Gigabit Ethernet, which ensures compatibility with multiple TouchLink Pro touchpanels using a standard network infrastructure. The IPCP Pro 355DR features a secure, dedicated AV LAN port designed to control local AV devices and safeguard them from outside intrusion. The IPCP Pro 350DR and IPCP Pro 355DR can be used with Extron LinkLicense, which further adds to the capabilities of Extron Pro Series control systems. Either processor would be an ideal choice for controlling multiple devices and signal types within AV systems while providing the flexibility of DIN rail mounting.
The Extron IPCP Pro 350DR and IPCP Pro 355DR can be configured using Global Configurator Plus or Global Configurator Professional software or programmed using Extron Global Scripter. For enterprise-wide applications, GlobalViewer Enterprise can provide centralized AV resource monitoring, management, and control over a computer network. The IPCP Pro 350DR and IPCP Pro 355DR can communicate with multiple TouchLink Pro touchpanels over a standard Ethernet network allowing utilization of existing network infrastructure.
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|FSR Launches New OWB-500P Outdoor Wall Box|
FSR has announced the launch of the OWB-500P, the newest addition to the Company’s Outdoor Wall Box series. The OWB-500P box features locking white doors as standard with color and decorative selections, including windows. The covers have “flip up” cable entry doors so that the main cover can be locked once the cables are connected, and every OWB-500P is equipped with FSR’s enclosure box light — LITE-IT — for connecting in dimly lit areas. Custom interiors are available to meet each individual application.
The box’s square shape allows mounting in any orientation so the door can swing left, right or up. It is available in flush or surface mount models and includes blank plates for custom mounting. The OWB-500P’s design provides a safe and secure mounting for a variety of control panels including hard switches, elastomeric pads, touch screens, IPS plates and infrared pickups.
The 8” deep OWB-500P features internal brackets that can be arranged to provide numerous options for both high and low voltage. Standard gang openings make it the most flexible and easiest-to-install wall box available, while removable center dividers allow cables to be passed through the various compartments in a flash. The enclosures are constructed in NEMA-4 style and with the integral door, will meet the NEMA-3 and 3R ratings providing protection against falling dirt, rain, sleet and snow.
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|BenQ Gets Distribution Deal with Google’s Collaboration Panel, JamboardBenQ America today announced it will exclusively bring to market Jamboard, a 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) touch-enabled device aimed at enhancing collaboration in the enterprise workplace.
Headlining BenQ’s portfolio of interactive flat panels (IFPs), the 55-inch Jamboard is part of Google’s collaboration line of products called G Suite — designed for conference room or huddle spaces or with a remote team via the integrated videoconferencing features. Basically, it’s a product that’s designed to compete with Microsoft’s Surface Hub, Smart Technologies’ SmartBoards as well as Sharp’s AQUOS BOARD line.
The fully integrated Jamboard will retail at a very competitive price point under $6,000 across the U.S. and Canada and will be available from select BenQ partners in Q1 2017. More information about Jamboard is available here or here.Leave a Comment
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|1 Beyond Launches New StreamMachine Line1 Beyond announced a new, more powerful line of StreamMachine systems for live streaming and recording. The 1 Beyond StreamMachine, billed as an all-in-one video switcher, recorder, streaming encoder, comes in five models designed for different needs.
The new StreamMachine systems are:
- 1 Beyond StreamMachine Edge ($3,995) is a compact and affordable desktop system for those who want a professional quality broadcast on a tight budget.
- 1 Beyond StreamMachine Portable ($8,495) and StreamMachine Portable Pro ($11,995) are all-in-one units with built-in monitor, keyboard and trackpad for those who want to take their production on the go.
- 1 Beyond StreamMachine Studio ($5,995) and StreamMachine Studio Pro ($8,995) are sturdy rack units for control rooms, production trucks or other locations where portability is not needed. They can also be configured as a desktop unit.
All models have at least four HD-SDI inputs and can capture, stream and record 1080p. The Pro level units have more storage capacity, CPU power and 8 HD-SDI inputs. Highlights of new features for all systems include:
- Powerful GPU encoder to stream high resolutions using less CPU
- High resolution ISO recording
- Easy to use Wirecast Pro user interface to add effects, resize, position, crop, flip rotate, and combine multiple video sources, apply color correction filters and more.
- Updated 2D/3D animated titles with live text entry, or scroll/display text from a file or an RSS feed.
- Virtual sets, instant replay, enhanced built-in audio mixer and audio/video delay all standard.
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|NEC Europe Launches Another WUXGA Native But 4K-Capable, Laser Installation Projector|
NEC Display Solutions Europe today launched the PX1004UL laser phosphor projector. Offering maintenance-free operation for up to 20,000 hours and spec’d at up to 10,000 ANSI lumens brightness, the PX1004UL completes NEC’s Solid State Light (SSL) source line-up of projectors with 5,000, 6,000, 8,000, 10,000 and 12,000 ANSI lumens.
Using Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology and native WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), the projector has the capability to process 4K input signals – but converts them to WUXGA. In addition, the laser projector utilizes a filter-less design technology and is essentially dust proof, removing the need for filter cleaning or replacement. These features combined with low overall power consumption provide exceptional reliability and virtually zero maintenance. The PX1004UL projector is therefore an attractive option in scenarios where total cost of ownership is crucial and maintenance access is limited.
The projector offers easy and flexible installation options with support for third party lenses. This enables the PX1004UL to be used as a drop-in replacement without any reprogramming. The free landscape and portrait orientation function of the projector makes it suitable for use at any angle, while the geometric control function makes the projector perfect for projection onto curved surfaces. Furthermore, the projector supports automatic camera-based stacking and blending. This gives users quick and easy multi-screen setup capabilities, plus support for large presentation pictures.
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|Extron Intros SMP 111 With Recording and H.264 Streaming Capabilities in a Compact Package
Extron just launched the SMP 111, a high performance recording and streaming processor for capturing and distributing AV sources and presentations as live streaming and recorded media. The SMP 111 accepts an HDMI signal with embedded audio and an analog audio signal. Extron high-performance scaling and flexible signal processing enables superior display of content of varying resolutions from computer and HDTV sources.
The SMP 111 supports extensive streaming capabilities. It can record and stream simultaneously, with independent resolutions and bit rates using a range of transport protocols and session management options. Recording with the SMP 111 provides easy capture of live HDMI signals to an internal flash drive and external USB drives. Optional RCP 101 Series remote control panels are available to extend both front panel control as well as USB connectivity for thumb drive recording media. Requiring no licensing fees, the SMP 111 is a compact, flexible, and cost-effective solution for streaming and recording content.
The SMP 111 is ideal for applications that require simple recording of a single video signal with audio and metadata. It provides MP4 or M4V file format recordings integrated with metadata, chapter and event marking. It is also ideal for applications that require live streaming to remote participants, hosting services, or local confidence viewing. The SMP 111 can be adapted to many applications, documenting virtually any meeting, conference, or activity that uses an AV source as a reference. The SMP 111 is ideal for use in corporate, education, government, and rental and staging applications.
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|Nureva Launches Mobile HD Collaboration CartNureva Inc just launched the new Nureva Span MC306i visual collaboration system, a full HD mobile cart. The MC306i is purpose-built for Span software, which supports ideation, design, planning and other activities by groups that need to be immersed in visual information. The mobile Span system integrates a full HD 1080p solid-state, interactive projector and a customer-supplied PC to transform almost any wall into a 6′ 2″ (1.88 m) wide interactive workspace. Two or three carts can be linked together using Span software to produce 12′ 4″ and 18′ 6″ (3.76 m and 5.64 m) interactive digital workspaces.
For groups that need the flexibility to meet anywhere, the MC306i offers access to an expansive cloud-based canvas for creative collaboration. With Span software, users can create, share and edit ideas and information on their own personal devices as well as contribute and interact with content directly on the wall. By drawing upon familiar tools, including sticky notes, sketches, images and flip charts, teams can make the shift from a paper to digital collaboration experience without compromising their proven processes. The MC306i addresses a growing need for organizations to re-imagine how groups innovate and create together, allowing them to make better use of open or underused areas, like corners, huddle rooms, large common spaces and even hallways. It can also be used in multiple meeting spaces, providing cost-conscious organizations with a way to share their technology investments.
The mobile Span system includes a full HD 1080p ultra-short-throw solid-state projector with:
- 25,000 hours of expected life (similar to flat-panel displays), carefree maintenance and high resistance to dust
- An energy efficient optical engine, which consumes 80% less power than lamp-based projectors and 30% less power than an 84″ (2.13 meters) flat-panel display
- The cart can be moved around an office and then started up quickly:
- A fold-down handle and durable casters allow the cart to be easily rolled up to and used with nearly any flat or smooth surface
- Near-instant on/off lets groups get started immediately
- Two infrared pens provide accurate interactivity through auto-calibration and are easily stored on a magnetic pen tray when not in use.
Availability and pricing
The Nureva Span MC306i visual collaboration system is available immediately through a network of value-added dealers and distributors globally. The list price in the United States is $6,999. More information is here.Leave a Comment
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|Epson Debuts New PowerLite 2000-Series Portable ProjectorsEpson today announced the new Epson PowerLite 2000-Series. The series features nine projectors that are designed for business meetings, large boardrooms, lecture halls, classrooms, and houses of worship. The PowerLite 2000-Series includes up to 5,500 lumens of color brightness and 5,500 lumens of white brightness, in addition to full HD 1080p support and comes equipped with built-in enterprise level Wi-Fi security, and features a full interface for multiple connections and installation flexibility.
The PowerLite 2000-Series leverages HDMI connectivity but also includes USB ports for images from a USB drive stored as PDF, JPEG, BMP, GIF, or PNG files without having to connect to a PC. In addition, leveraging a wireless LAN module, the PowerLite 2000-Series projectors offer security features such as WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA-EAP, WPA2-EAP wireless encryption to help prevent information leakage in an enterprise environment.
The series also features Faroudja DCDi Cinema video enhancement technology delivering exceptional image quality without introducing artifacts. In addition, the DICOM Simulation Mode (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) provides the ability to reproduce images with an advanced grayscale level that simulates DICOM Part 14, designed for viewing grayscale medical images, such as X-rays, for training and educational environments. Wireless screen mirroring with Miracast allows PowerLite 2000-Series users to stream Full HD movies, videos, photos, and music from a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC directly to the projector.
The flagship models – PowerLite 2265U and PowerLite 2165W – include HDBaseT connectivity for easy installation, in addition to support for Multi-PC projection, which allows up to four individual PC screens to be displayed simultaneously over the network with up to 32 connected to the same projector. The projectors include Screen Fit, an auto-sensing feature that adjusts the image size to fit within a frame, whether it’s a screen or a board, with the push of a button. The PowerLite 2265U and PowerLite 2165W projectors can be used with the Epson iProjection App to display content from an iOS or Android mobile devices with wireless or network capabilities4.
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|Zytronic and Tangible Display Wants to Remind You That They Pioneered Object Recognition on Large-format Touch TablesIn the wake of the new Microsoft Surface Studio computer with built-in object recognition (a video you NEED to watch), Zytronic with Tangible Display have launched object recognition capability on its MPCT multi-touch glass (ZyBrid) and foil (ZyFilm ) sensor products up to 85″ in diagonal.
When deployed in touch tables, object recognition provides a compelling new way of engaging the user with the touch screen and the interactive content. The function is particularly well-suited to retail applications, museums and galleries. The Zytronic and Tangible Display solution is based on the attachment of physical markers to the objects to be tracked and does not require modification of the touch sensor or multi-touch controller. Tangible Display’s proprietary object recognition user interface (UI) software, ObjectViz, works in concert with proprietary Zytronic firmware that can be quickly installed onto a standard ZXY200 or 300, 40-point multi-touch controller.
A key advantage of the combined Zytronic and Tangible Display solution is that although the sensor will continue to respond to multiple touches, any objects placed on the screen that do not have the requisite “tags” on their base are disregarded. Therefore a cup, pen or a bag left on the table, or a sleeve making contact with the glass, will be ignored. As part of the guided setup process, the Tangible software is taught to recognize only a specific pattern of tags attached to an object, and respond accordingly. Furthermore, a full report of user interactions can be saved for later review and analysis.
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|Optoma Launches Redesigned Line of Projectors Built for Small Business, Education and Corporate Markets|Optoma today announced 10 new and redesigned projectors aimed at education, small business and corporate markets. The new projectors are:
- Optoma S321 is an entry-level SVGA projector designed for small classrooms and meeting rooms. It has 3,200 lumens of brightness and a 22,000:1 contrast ratio, weighs four pounds, has a VGA input, and costs $289.
- Optoma X345 and Optoma X355 are XGA projectors for classrooms, small businesses and training labs. Both models feature a 22,000:1 contrast ratio, a 10,000-hour lamp, 3,200 lumens and 3,500 lumens, respectively, and $449 and $499.
- Optoma W345 and Optoma W355 are both 22,000:1 contrast ratio and 10,000 lamp life and are native 1280×800 projectors aimed at classroom, small business or training labs, too. The W345 and W355 are spec’d at 3,300 and 3,600 lumens respectively, and list for $549 and $699.
- Optoma EH331 is a 1080p projector with 3,300 lumens, a 22,000:1 contrast ratio for $599.
- Optoma EH345 is aimed at corporate professionals and educators looking for a 1080p projector that is 3,200 lumens, 22,000:1 contrast ratio and 1.3x zoom for flexible installations. With a 10,000-hour lamp life, 10-watt speaker and MHL 1.2 support, the EH345 is $649.
- Optoma X416 is an XGA projector aimed at mid-size venues including corporate, house of worship and higher education environments with a 20,000:1 contrast ratio, 4,300 lumens and a 1.36x zoom. It also offers Wall Color Adjustment, allowing it to adjusted to project on non-white surfaces and it lists for $749.
- Optoma W416 is an WXGA projector for corporate, house of worship and higher education but this one is 4,500 lumens with a 1.6x zoom and 20,000:1 contrast ratio. The W416 lists for $799.
- Optoma DU380 is a WUXGA projector at 3,800 lumens, a 15,000:1 contrast ratio and a 1.6x zoom. DU380 is $799.
All the models mentioned above, except for the S321 and EH331, offer installation flexibility and variable throw distances. Here are all the details.Leave a Comment
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