Latest headlines: Daniel Shatzkes on the importance of acoustics, Gary Kayye on missing POT calls, plus news from Sony and more
June 9, 2021 | Volume: 19 | Issue: 22
It’s Wednesday, my dudes.
Our morale is medium, and our to-do lists are taller than we are! But still, we press on. I am proud of you for making it this far, and I hope the rest of your week is smooth sailing.
Trade shows are (coming) back! CEDIA Expo has opened live show registration, and as Gary mentioned on rAVe [TV] today, we are covering this show like never before! rAVe can’t wait to be back doing what we do best — super-comprehensive trade show coverage in all forms of media. Also, the numbers from ISE Barcelona show are in! Check that out below as well.
For columns this week, check out Daniel Shatzkes’ latest on the importance of acoustics in commercial spaces. In the world post-COVID, chances are many spaces will have multiple uses (many of them being for meetings), and it’s essential to consider acoustics when outfitting these with technology!
Also, Gary Kayye writes about how he misses the olden days of “plain old telephone” calls. I get it. I’ve been on so many meetings the past two weeks; each one has required me to dress up and smile and nod until my cheeks and neck hurt. Being “on” all the time is no walk in the park; sometimes, I miss when I could just talk to people on the phone, and that was enough.
In other news, catch product news and updates from Kramer, Userful, Marshall Electronics, Panasonic and more.
I’ve got to go — I probably have another Zoom meeting!
In recent months my company has seen an uptick in requests to consult on acoustics solutions and installations in commercial spaces. Some of these clients reached out for assistance on new builds, but most of them were looking for solutions to integrate into existing spaces. In many cases, the request stemmed from the need to repurpose existing spaces as people come back to work post-COVID.
All of a sudden, post-COVID, I find myself yearning for a simple, uncomplicated, spur-of-the-moment phone call. One where I can’t see anyone, just for a while. And, truth be told, I kind of don’t want them to see me. I liked wearing my semi-controversial T-shirts to spark discussions around the office. My once-coveted Star Wars collection is becoming hackneyed to everyone on Zoom.
Several months ago I started a podcast here on rAVe called #DearVendor. The idea behind the podcast is the AV industry is an ecosystem — we are only healthy if all parts of the industry are healthy. In the podcast, I give tech managers (aka in-house integrators) an opportunity to tell manufacturers, integrators, programmers, designers and others what services and products they need. An integrator commented on a LinkedIn post about the podcast, saying it was like eavesdropping on higher ed tech managers who are talking amongst themselves. What a great observation! That is exactly the point of the podcast.