I really think there must be a conference room of people at Samung who just sit around and think up new ways (or just really specific ways) that displays can be incorporated into people’s lives at work, at home and out in the world. Their latest involves a bet on young people wanting to watch, on a larger screen, content taken from mobile devices and shot in a vertical format — that comes in the form of the Sero, a 43″ television that can rotate between vertical and horizontal orientations. Do young people want to AirPlay vertical content from TikTok to their televisions? I don’t know. But then again, I’m old for a millenial, and I wouldn’t recognize a single YouTube star if he/she/that guy that got in trouble for going to the Japanese suicide forest was right in front of my face. #getoffmylawn
Speaking of millenials watching TV, I’ve been watching this lawyer drama on TV lately (or rather, on my iPad because I am still, in fact, a millenial), which has in several instances used AV technology for comedic effect. In one scene, a PTZ camera that automatically turns its attention to whomever is speaking (for “lecture” capture recording) has trouble keeping up with all the panning, tilting and zooming it has to do as a group of lawyers in a meeting argue and talk on top of each other. In another, an immigration judge is videoconferenced in to hearings in which the laywers have to shout so they can be heard, the judge’s audio keeps cutting out and finally, he freezes on-screen (in an amusingly awkward freeze frame) as the internet connection is dropped. These are pretty funny and it’s fun to have our industry featured. (If you’re interested, the show is The Good Fight.)
Finally, don’t forget to vote in our rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards. Voting is super quick and closes in a couple days. The finalists were determined during a norminations period last month, during which rAVe readers could nominate their favorite companies and products. These are primarily commercial AV, but not all (and many of you are on both sides of the industry). Winners will be announced at InfoComm 2019 next month in Orlando. Vote here.
Enjoy the issue!