Latest headlines: Gary Kayye on virtual mic technologies and how they have revolutionized meetings, Tony Sprando and Kate Couch on USBs
July 13, 2021 | Volume: 12 | Issue: 13
How’s it going, UCC AV pros and fans? My favorite news piece of this week is the PPDS (Philips) Air Quality Sensor Monitoring System article. I find this solution to be so useful, especially in today’s COVID-recovering world. This leads us into our theme this week … history! I enjoy reading about the past of AV and other technologies to see how far they have come. For instance, according to AQMD, scientists started developing air pollution monitoring devices in the late 1940s. Who would have thought that a technology developed over 80 years ago would be so incredibly necessary today? What do you think has been the biggest AV development in recent years? Luckily, one of our columns talks about this.
In “USB Headaches,” Kate Couch reveals that the creator of the USB actually thinks its design is annoying and hard to use. Since its creation in 1995, USBs have adapted and changed to be faster and more versatile. Just like Kate says, “The audiovisual world is constantly changing; keeping up with it isn’t always easy.” One of these days the USB will be just a piece of history!
The second column is another piece containing elements of history. If you missed it, this blog actually recaps the virtual mic and mic-array technology webinar with Nureva. In “How Virtual Mic and Mic-Array Technologies Revolutionize Meeting Rooms and Classrooms: The Blog,” Gary Kayye discusses the evolution of mic technology. Where will that lead us in the future?
That’s it for today! I hope you enjoy these columns and have a great week filled with all things AV. See you next time!
Audio technology is treated kind of like the stepchild of the AV industry. The glitz and glamour focus on video advancements and new tech, while audio is treated like it hasn’t changed since the ‘70s. The truth is, audio technology has had multiple revolutions since then — even in the last three years. Luckily for you all, the purpose of my webinar (and this blog) is to talk about those advancements.
In 2019, Fox News reported the following: “Ajay Bhatt, who led the intel team that created the Universal Serial Bus [USB], told NPR the design of USB ports used to plug in devices such as keyboards, mice, printers and thumb drives is a bit annoying. Frustrated users have created several memes over the years mocking USB devices.” Even the inventor of the original USB thinks they’re hard to use … How far has USB come since?