Oculus Connect 5 – The Experience

Oculus Connect 5 – The Experience

Last month, we discussed the Oculus Connect Developers Convention, a meeting I had recently attended in virtual reality. This month, I thought we would address …

AV=Actual/Virtual

AV=Actual/Virtual

Last week, I attended Oculus Connect, the conference for Facebook/Oculus virtual reality developers. It was one of the best glimpses I have yet seen into the …

The Oldest Profession

The Oldest Profession

Like many of you who are in the electronics business, I am an Amazon Prime subscriber. I’m somebody who has always searched through multiple stores to find …

Speechless

Speechless

Those of you who know me know that I loathe most social media, especially Twitter. I feel that Twitter has done significant damage to our language, to the …

Mobile Apps for AV Rental and Staging

Mobile Apps for AV Rental and Staging

This week, I was really excited to see a new documentary, “Love Notes to Newton.” I was a die-hard fan of the very early and much-maligned Apple Personal …

Searching for Internet Cheese

Searching for Internet Cheese

In my day job, I answer a lot of people’s questions about audiovisual and virtual reality technology. In fact, lately, that’s really all I seem to be …

InfoComm: A Wild Kingdom

InfoComm: A Wild Kingdom

When I was a kid, “family television” meant television to be watched by the family, and not television about families rehearsing for their court …

When Every Shot Is a Selfie

When Every Shot Is a Selfie

In politics and economics, a Potemkin village is any construction built solely to deceive others into thinking that something is better than it really is. The …

Defining AVaaS for Stagers

Defining AVaaS for Stagers

Over the last year or two, I have been reading with increasing frequency about AVaaS, or “Audio Visual as a Service.” In particular, I’ve been paying …

Higher Resolutions

Higher Resolutions

Each year at this time, it is a Western tradition to examine our lives and to make New Year’s resolutions to improve them. Right. In previous years, I have …

Losing Our Lunch

Losing Our Lunch

This morning I was involved in testing two of the new virtual reality conferencing environments. As most of you will be painfully aware, the conferencing …

Can AV Pull Off a 360?

Can AV Pull Off a 360?

The onslaught If you have been to any of the major electronics shows this year, or even if you have only been looking at websites for the advance sales for the …

Are You the Keymaster?

Are You the Keymaster?

In the original movie Ghostbusters, Rick Moranis (in his immortal role as Vince Tully, CPA) is taken over by an evil spirit from another dimension and …

State of the, Um, Art

State of the, Um, Art

If you move back in history, the human race progresses from crude tool to artform along a predictable path. For instance, once humans learned to break rocks, …

Collaboration: What’s Next?

Collaboration: What’s Next?

Over my last couple of columns, we have talked about the trend in meetings towards group collaboration, and the equipment and setups that will be necessary to …

Safety On Deck

Safety On Deck

Well, once again January has come around. Time to close out 2016, to send out all those final invoices that you forgot about and to make some dynamic …

A Season of Understanding

A Season of Understanding

I love the holidays. Even though they often come as a mixed blessing, combining some welcome time away from the office with seeing the relatives that I …

Surviving the 4K Temple of Doom

Surviving the 4K Temple of Doom

In a cold, punishing rain, only the brilliant flashes of lightning illuminate our hero, who stands at the entrance to the mysterious, forbidden jungle temple. …

The Future is Here, Part II

The Future is Here, Part II

Last month, my column spoke about the changing role of the AV rental and staging company in the client’s technical universe. As I stated in the article, one …

The Future Is Here

The Future Is Here

Over the last couple of months, a lot of the articles here on rAVePubs have had to do with new technology adoption, and the costs involved with being either …

Shooting the Messenger

Shooting the Messenger

Last night, I was watching the Republican convention from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. I will admit up front that I tend to watch political …

All Ticked Off

All Ticked Off

Just a couple of days ago, I was working with a colleague in the UK to troubleshoot a conferencing system with a client in a third location. We got together on …

Political Rentals

Political Rentals

Well, things are heating up in the quadrennial political circus: Our presidential election in the United States has begun. We are approaching the time when the …

Selective Memory

Selective Memory

As some of you will know, a few years ago I moved home to Connecticut, the state that I was born in. However, I moved to the southern part of the state, about …

How We Roll(odex)

How We Roll(odex)

Recently, a rep from a firm that we work with fairly frequently asked me to name the most important tool in my toolkit. I believe he was expecting me to name …

The Small World of AV

The Small World of AV

Well, February has come around again and I am in the process of preparing for rAVe’s annual odyssey to the ISE show in sunny Amsterdam. As with any trip of …

Remote Cubed, Part 3: Phoning It In

Remote Cubed, Part 3: Phoning It In

Last month, we looked at the ways that a rental and staging company can use videoconferencing and collaboration technology to maintain better contact with …

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