Latest headlines: Mark Coxon on seamless hybrid experiences, Bob Snyder on Pitch, plus news from Extron, Biamp, MAXHUB, Powersoft and more
June 24, 2021 | Volume: 14 | Issue: 12
Happy Thursday, AV pros and fans! There’s a really cool case study in this newsletter I think you’ll find interesting — it’s my favorite piece this week! 62 of Vivitek’s NovoTouch displays were selected by Education Other Than at School (EOTAS) Centers in Northern Ireland. The program caters to children who find traditional schooling challenging, and Vivitek’s reseller partner, IMEX, consulted and installed the displays. You don’t want to miss that story below!
Time to get to our columns. Our first piece, “The Struggle for ‘Seamless’ Hybrid Experiences,” discusses how software-based meeting platforms often do not match displays in large classrooms. Projection systems and direct-view LED screens can sometimes help with this problem, but participants are often “interrupted” from view on a canvas. Can hardware-based solutions provide a fix to this issue?
Our second column, “Pitch Perfect in Berlin,” is Bob Snyder’s deep dive into a startup called Pitch. Though it only launched in 2018, the company has already raised $85 million this year. This possible contender to the PowerPoint program isn’t lacking much — except maybe Anna Kendrick. Find out the details in this great column!
Find all this and more in this newsletter, #EdTweeps! If that’s not a hashtag yet, it should be. I hope you have a great rest of your week, and I’ll see you next time!
There are 1,001 blogs on the hybrid workplace and hybrid classrooms. Heck, I may have even contributed to that total. But before you dismiss this one, I’ll tell you it’s short, intuitive and not quite the same as the others. If you’re doing hybrid meetings or classrooms, you already know the main components. The other main component is the computer running the software-based meeting platform.
As much as people gripe about PowerPoint, no one has been able to jiggle that rock, let alone seriously dislodge that mainstay of Microsoft’s bluestone wall of business productivity software. “Death by PowerPoint” became a familiar phrase in global culture and defenders only sound like America’s NRA when they argue “It’s not the tool; it’s the user!” Pitch launched its vision in October 2020.