Volume 4, Issue 2 — February 26, 2018
|Digital Signage and Facial Detection: More Than Meets the Eye|
By Richard Ventura
Vice President of Strategy, NEC Display Solutions of America
To overcome the challenges they face competing with e-commerce sites and other retailers, brick-and-mortar retailers are adopting many different approaches to personalize the shopping experience for their customers. Smart digital signage, which combines facial detection software and anonymous analytics, is a tool that enables retailers to engage customers and provide an extra personal touch.
Digital signs linked to cameras, sensors and anonymous analytics software can recognize certain details about a shopper and deliver content tailored to that person’s age, gender, actions and likely preferences. A facial detection system also provides many benefits beyond presenting content. The anonymous data that the system gathers — combined with a retailer’s other data — can provide retailers actionable information and a more holistic view of their customer base, which they can use to streamline and fine-tune floor layout, inventory, shelf displays and other processes.
Let’s talk privacy
Privacy concerns move front and center when discussing the topic of facial detection. That’s understandable. No one wants to contemplate living in a Big Brother society that continuously tracks a person’s location and activities.
In addressing privacy concerns, it’s absolutely essential to understand the types of information that cameras linked to digital signs are actually gathering. These cameras are not capturing and storing images for the purpose of identifying specific individuals. That process is known as facial recognition, which is used for security purposes and at certain hospitality venues to spot celebrities and other VIPs. In sharp contrast, retail environments use facial detection systems that measure certain characteristics and using special algorithms are able to determine the age range and gender for the audience.
How it works
A facial detection system scans faces within the view of its cameras for basic attribution data. Its software uses algorithms to analyze this biometric (and other) data to determine, for example, that a person approaching a digital display is likely a 40- to 45-year old male or that there are a significant number of 25- to 30-year-old females among a crowd. Facial detection systems do not capture images or save personal information about the people they detect. These systems also are able to be used to measure dwell time, traffic patterns and even facial expressions. Along with this data retailers are also able to input other data points that will help paint a picture of understanding about how customers engage with content presented on a display.
Once age, gender and other data have been analyzed, the software can deliver an ad relevant to the shopper or shoppers. For example, the store may have a cosmetics advertiser interested in targeting 18- to 24-year-old females. When a shopper with that profile approaches a digital display, the software can deliver the cosmetic brand’s ad to its targeted audience.
What is the gain?
Retailers can combine facial detection with analytics to learn more about their customers’ buying habits and which products or brands they should be offering. For example, if a store’s digital displays present an ad for a new jacket to 100 women ages 30 to 35 over the course of a weekend, the retailer can check its POS to see how many of those jackets were sold during the same time period. That data can be used to make an informed decision about whether to increase or decrease advertisements for the jacket, whether to target the ad toward a different demographic or whether to change the ad’s content.
In DOOH operators can use facial detection to target audiences for their advertisers. A company can gather data that shows a certain demographic, 40- to 45-year old males for example, passes by the billboard every work day at a specific time. This enables companies to match advertisers to locations and time periods that are best suited for their brand messages.
What is the goal?
Facial detection systems can help retailers become more intelligent about who their shoppers are, at what times of the day they visit the store and what kind of products they’re buying. This knowledge will help them improve store layout, drive inventory decisions, and suggest changes in display content so it’s more effective.
Facial detection allows retailers to deliver more and communicate a stronger, cleaner message to targeted audiences. By measuring how long a shopper spent looking at an endcap or product or engaging with signage, retailers can also tell whether content is working or not working.
A new way to obtain insights
Facial detection systems allow retailers to leverage their built-in advantage over e-commerce competitors — direct interactions with customers — and to distinguish themselves from other retailers by delivering highly relevant ads on digital displays aimed at finely tuned target audiences. In addition to giving shoppers a more personalized, memorable shopping experience and providing them incentives to make a purchase and return to the store, these systems allow retailers to assess customer response to new products and to gather anonymous data that helps them to better understand their customers and to adjust their sales approaches.Leave a Comment
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|Aesthetics, Part the First — Minimalism and the Tyranny of the Black Rectangle|
By Leonard Suskin
Pixel and Ink-Stained Wretch
The past centuries have spanned many technological eras, each with a dominant aesthetic as well as dominant technologies.
The Victorian era was the age of steam, of the first attempts to harness electricity. It was also an era of brass, polished wood, colored glass. It was an era in which a technical marvel was also expected to be a thing of beauty. Modern “steampunk” culture — a literary and stylistic movement — strives to recapture this today.
Technology and culture marched on, from the clean art-deco lines of the diesel age to the exploration of plastics in the early atomic age. One thing is certain — each age had a look. A television or phonograph from 1950 was clearly different in look and style from one in 1980, but each had a look that fit its generation and culture.
At some point, perhaps with the first iPod, we collectively fell in love with minimalism as a design choice for technology. Soon thereafter, we chose the featureless black rectangle as the ideal shapes. I own no fewer than seven featureless black rectangles in varying sizes — three LCD TVs, two computer monitors, a tablet and a phone.
Why does this matter?
For some products it not only doesn’t matter, it can be an advantage. The Shure MXA910 microphone is designed to invisibly fit into a standard 2×2 ceiling grid; this saves some of the conflict between the AV and interior design disciplines. When the Clear One was the only available digital array microphone there’d often be a debate between aesthetics and audio reproduction and whichever solution was chosen would be a compromise. The Beamformer does have a more distinctive look than the MX910, but in this case a distinctive look is not what most of us want in a microphone.
A video display, however, fills a different niche than a microphone, often serving as a visual focal point, be it in a boardroom or a living room. There is a growing part of me that wonders: Why do we want our visual focal points to be featureless black rectangles?
I was thinking about how easily this could be improved while running on the elliptical machine at the gym one morning. Here’s my view:
As you can see, the gym has a design aesthetic, one rooted in the later part of last century. They also have a color scheme — everything is red and yellow — the weight machines, the accent walls, even the staircase to the mezzanine is red-painted steel. The signs reminding you to wipe down your machine are red and yellow.
The TVs — including the one mounted right in front of your face — are black.
Imagine how much more unified a look they’d achieve if they were only featureless red rectangles, or yellow rectangles. The treadmills, stationary bikes and ellipticals even have yellow-painted VESA mounts for black flat panels. For manufacturers of flat panels, are options for differently colored bezels really that difficult a thing to offer?
Why are we so in love with black and so afraid of embellishment?
Imagine how much more unified it would look without the red and yellow being broken up by dull black.
As an AV professional, imagine not having to debate aesthetics.
Uniformity of theme is one reason I long for a splash of color, but ornamentation can be more — It can be a way for a piece of tech to become something special, something which creates an emotional connection. Something more than a mere tool. Read this passage from Cathrynne Valente’s The Boy Who Lost Fairyland:
“The gramophone unfolded four long, curved brass legs from its wooden table. Each one of them ended in a curly lion’s paw like Thomas’s bathtub. It had been beautiful once. Bold green and blue filigree patterns still gleamed on its bell, though the paint peeled and cracked. The gramophone tottered up and backward like a baby bird…”
So yes, this was an ordinary gramophone a fairy had brought to life and was keeping as a sort of pet. What occurred to me as I read this passage is that we have relatively few things — especially in the tech world — which are lovely enough to become cherished and special items, that we could imagine as a pet or a plaything. Minimalism does have its place and might fit in some places and some situations, but must minimalism be the ONLY design choice? Can we break free of the black rectangle?
There are signs of hope. At this year’s CES, Sony introduced a short-through projector with an Italian Marble surface and shiny chrome legs, clearly meant to serve as a handsome piece of furniture as well as an admittedly high-priced bit of technology. Is it the best choice for a lobby display? Perhaps not. What does make it interesting is that the way the object looks and the way it fits into a space were clearly considerations. It’s not merely a display, it’s a handsome piece of furniture which, on its own, makes a statement.
Samsung offers three colors for “picture frame TV” — walnut, blond wood, and white. While three colors of one frame style are hardly a dizzying array of choices, it is a step towards having more options, to breaking free of the tyranny of the featureless black rectangle.Leave a Comment
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|Vivitek’s NovoConnect With LauncherPlus Poised to Catch Barco’s ClickShare|
By Gary Kayye
In the five or so years since Barco debuted the ClickShare, no company has had anything significant, as a stand-alone packaged product, which comes close to the simplicity and compatibility of their BYOD solution. The ClickShare likely has a more than 70 percent market share of this segment even though there have been a half-dozen or so copycats of that product — the most famous, of which, was KanexPro’s MyTurn that was launched at ISE 2017 and was quickly seized by a Dutch Court-appointed bailiff on day one of the ISE show last year. What made the MyTurn exciting was that it was a button-based solution — mimicking the simplicity of the ClickShare.
And, even though Barco and KanexPro settled their patent infringement dispute, it was not to be as the agreement included ceasing the distribution and sale of its MyTurn wireless presentation system in Europe and the US.
But last year at ISE, Vivitek launched its NovoConnect series of wireless collaboration products — and it includes a button-style feature called LauncherPlus.
And, even though having a USB-conencted button seems overly-simple, that’s the beauty of the ClickShare and, thus, what could make the Vivitek solution a winner.
Available in three flavors, the NovoConnect includes screen mirroring, BYOD collaboration, file sharing, connectivity from one to 64-sources/participants and iOS as well as Android wireless compatibility (AirPlay and Google Casting). And, they have a stand-alone, professional and enterprise-level product (depending on what level of network security and compatibility you want) and all meet ISO21118 standards. Oh, and one that even outputs 4K (3840 x 2160, too).
Soooo, I am interested, now that Vivitek is shipping, to see the attention it receives at ISE in a couple of weeks. Aren’t you?Leave a Comment
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|Optoma Intros 10K Lumen Laser ProScene Projector for Large Venues|
Optoma today announced the ZU1050 WUXGA 10,000 lumens laser projector. The ZU1050 has seven interchangeable optical lens options, MultiColor laser (MCL) technology for a wider color gamut and Optoma’s DURACORE laser phosphor light source for virtually maintenance-free operation.
The Optoma ProScene ZU1050 is a WUXGA laser phosphor projector that’s designed for large venues is spec’d at 10,000 lumens, a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio with Extreme Black. Its motorized lens shift, zoom and focus with 360-degree and portrait operation mode allows for installation nearly anywhere. Combined with a laser light source and IP6X-certified dust rating for its optical engine, the ZU1050 is a cost-efficient and low maintenance option that provides up to 20,000 hours of light source operation for large meeting rooms, auditoriums, museums, houses of worship and broadcast environment installations.
Optoma ProScene ZU1050 specs include:
- Resolution: 1920×1200 WUXGA
- Brightness: 10,000 ANSI lumens
- Light Source: Laser phosphor, providing up to 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance free operation
- Laser Type: MCL (red and blue laser)
- Optical engine: Airtight optical engine independently dust certified to IP6X
- Contrast Ratio: 2,000,000:1 with Extreme Black enabled; 2,000:1 full on/off
- Vertical and Horizontal Lens Shift: 50 percent vertical, 15 percent horizontal motorized lens shift, zoom and focus
- Edge blending and warping: with built-in with portrait and 360-degree operation mode
- Throw Ratio: 0.36:1 to 5.5:1, with seven interchangeable lens options, including the BX-CTADOME for dome applications
- Connectivity: a wide array, including HDMI, DVI-D, VGA, 3D sync in and 3D sync out, HDBaseT and 3G-SDI
The Optoma ProScene ZU1050 is $16,999 and it’s here.Leave a Comment
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|InFocus Introduces Its Largest Open Android-Based Touch Display for Collaboration|
InFocus Corporation today launches an addition to their JTouch product family, with the JTouch Plus INF8630AG. It’s the largest open Android-based interactive touch display solution built for collaboration, featuring a 4K anti-glare 86-inch display that users can customize and annotate over any documents, whiteboard, browse the web and run Android apps, plus wirelessly cast with ease using LightCast.
The 86-inch JTouch Plus is optimal for education applications, using an open Android platform that allows users to easily install and use any applications from the Google Play Store. Students can interact with educational content, games and information on the large screen as they would on a tablet. Featuring Total Touch Control, the JTouch Plus is intuitive to use without a remote. Presenters and peers can simply touch icons on the display to change inputs, or access the home screen, all applications and control functions; and when whiteboarding, users can draw with one finger, move on-screen content with two, or use three fingers to quickly erase.
Like its predecessors in the JTouch line, the 86-inch JTouch Plus features the premium LightCast suite of presentation, teamwork, and content-sharing capabilities. Teachers and students can use a variety of pens and shapes to annotate on top of e-books, lessons and notes, web pages or student’s work, and even spotlight areas of the screen to hide answers or focus attention. Teachers and presenters can also connect any device (HDMI, VGA or PC), freeze the screen and annotate over any content, and then save screen captures to the internal storage or an external USB drive.
It also features multi-device touch control, which allows presenters to plug in up to eight devices including smartphones, laptops or tablets, without needing to change cables. In addition to LightCast, there is also wireless casting via built-in AirPlay that allows presenters and teachers to share work or lessons to the display from their mobile device or computer.
The 86-inch JTouch Plus INF8630AG and INF8630eAG for K-12 education customers is now available in the U.S. and Canada for $11,999 and $11,099, respectively. More information is available here.Leave a Comment
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|Bose Professional Debuts S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System|
Bose Professional is debuting the S1 Pro multi-position PA system — an all-in-one PA, floor monitor, practice amplifier and primary music system. Designed for general PA use, the S1 Pro is 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) and with dimensions of 13″ x 9.5″ x 11.2″ (330 x 241 x 286 millimeters), it easily fits in an airplane’s overhead compartment. Leave a Comment
The S1 Pro is engineered to be used in four different positions to accommodate a wide range of applications — tilt-back, elevated, mounted on a speaker stand or placed on its side (as a floor monitor). Built-in sensors detect positional changes and trigger Auto EQ, which automatically recalibrates the system’s internal settings for each different placement/application, ensuring that users always sound their best with optimum sound in any position.
The S1 Pro comes with a three-channel mixer. Reverb and tone controls are featured on two channels with XLR / quarter-inch combo jacks and a third channel is for either 3.5 mm (1/8”) line-in or wireless Bluetooth connectivity. Additionally, a line-out jack offers easy expansion to other systems.
Using the wireless channel, music can be played from a mobile device easily using Bluetooth streaming (great for pre-produced backing tracks or background music), while getting great sound quickly with integrated ToneMatch processing for microphones and instruments. Additionally, users can enjoy hours of play on-the-go with the S1 Pro’s optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery; a special setting and intelligent circuitry offer a choice between trickle charge or dedicated full-power charge.
The S1 Pro multi-position PA system is $599 (optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery is also available at $99). Here are all the specs.
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|Leyard and Planar Announce Third Generation Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall System|
Leyard and Planar announced the third generation Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall System, which combines the industry’s thinnest profile ultra-narrow bezel LCD with improvements to video processing, installation, management and off-board electronics.
The new Clarity Matrix G3 LCD Video Wall System advances nearly every aspect of the unique Clarity Matrix architecture. It features a new, off-board video controller that offers unrivaled video processing capabilities built into the product. It includes new Leyard WallDirector Software to further simplify video wall installation, monitoring and management.
Clarity Matrix G3 claims to be the first LCD video wall solution on the market to embed advanced video processing directly into the product. The new Video Controller offers built-in video wall scaling for a single source input beyond 6K resolution (5760×3240) with Planar Big Picture Plus video wall processing, providing flexibility without the need for an external video processor or audio/video switch. Customers can take multiple 4K @ 60Hz signals and scale them across an entire video wall or separate sections within a video wall. They can also display content from a higher number of independent sources, superimpose a smaller image over a larger one with Picture-in-Picture (PiP) and incorporate up to four different image sources within a single display with 4K quadview. Clarity Matrix G3 supports 4K connectivity standards, including both HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2.
Clarity Matrix G3 also comes standard with the touch-based Leyard WallDirector software that simplifies video wall set-up, configuration, operation and monitoring. The powerful, web-based interface automatically identifies video wall components such as the display configuration, power supply quantities and source inputs, significantly reducing the time it takes to configure a complex video wall. It offers the ability to drag-and-drop sources onto the video wall canvas and easily manipulate their size and position. Presets can recall video wall windowing layouts, making it easy to quickly configure content on a video wall.
Leyard WallDirector also makes it possible to monitor the health status of all video wall components from a central, local or remote location.
Clarity Matrix G3 comes with a new Clarity Matrix G3 Remote Power Supply that moves heat, noise, weight and service points away from the video wall and into a ventilated rack room. The advanced Remote Power Supply offers three times the power density per rack unit of previous versions, minimizing rack unit requirements.
As with Clarity Matrix G2, it offers a tiled bezel width as small as 1.7 millimeters and also includes standard and high brightness 46-inch and 55-inch models along with options for Planar ERO (Extended Ruggedness and Optics) glass, fiber video extensions, passive 3D and interactive multi-touch.
Clarity Matrix G3 also features the Planar EasyAxis Mounting System.
The Clarity Matrix G3 LCD Video Wall System will begin shipping in early 2018 and the details can be found here or here.Leave a Comment
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|Nureva Audio Manager Adds New Functionality to the HDL300 System|
Nureva Inc has announced the Nureva audio manager, software for the HDL300 audio conferencing system that automatically detects and performs updates to the HDL300 system’s firmware and to the audio manager itself. This means that HDL300 system customers will always have the latest advancements in the system’s Microphone Mist technology, which simultaneously processes audio from 8,192 virtual microphones that fill the meeting space. This is the first of a planned series of enhancements to the HDL300 system.
The Nureva audio manager provides a hassle-free mechanism for ongoing and automatic enhancements to the HDL300 system. In addition to automatic updates, which customers can turn off, the audio manager will provide adjustable settings including an audio equalizer, audio processing levels and other settings for interoperability with third-party devices. This will give customers more control of their audio experience.
The Nureva audio manager is available now to HDL300 audio conferencing system customers at no additional charge. An update with the additional functionality and adjustable settings will be available in spring 2018. Here are the details.Leave a Comment
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|TrueConf Announces Skype for Business Interoperability|
TrueConf has announced an integration with Microsoft’s Skype for Business through its latest offering, TrueConf Server v. 4.3.9.
The integration adds interoperability for TrueConf and Skype for Business users, including audio, video and instant messaging functionality. TrueConf and Skype for Business users can easily participate in joint video calls and conferences, as well as invite legacy room endpoints. TrueConf clients can call, invite Skype for Business users to the conference or add them to the address book from their client applications. Skype for Business users can call TrueConf users with the help of simple chatbot commands, for example, “call to start a video call.”
TrueConf has added support for X-H264UC video codec to enable integration with Skype for Business 2015 or Lync 2013 dedicated servers, demonstrating TrueConf’s commitment to provide integrated video conferencing experience for users of different platforms, systems and applications. TrueConf will showcase TrueConf-Microsoft integration during Integrated Systems Europe 2018, one of the world’s largest AV shows.
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|Vaddio OneLINK Codec Kits Ship|
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Vaddio is now shipping its new OneLINK Codec Kits for Cisco and Polycom Codecs. OneLINK Codec Kits give room designers more camera flexibility by providing the ability to connect Cisco, Polycom or Vaddio cameras to codec rooms. Using Vaddio RoboSHOT PTZ cameras in rooms with Polycom and Cisco codecs provides a broader array of camera choices including 12x, 20x and 30x optical zoom.
OneLINK Codec Kits provide an HDBaseT interface that extends video, power, control and network up to 328 feet (100 meters) over a single Cat6 cable. This means Cisco and Polycom systems can now go into larger rooms, with more flexibility in camera and/or codec placement, while appealing to end users who want to enjoy the benefits of cloud conferencing.
Vaddio OneLINK extension systems and RoboSHOT PTZ Cameras are now also compatible with the popular Cisco TelePresence SX20 Codec.
Vaddio’s OneLINK Bridge Codec Kits provide the added flexibility of connecting over USB 3.0 to any cloud conferencing software such as Google Hangouts, Skype for Business, WebEx, Zoom and others — regardless of the brand of camera or codec installed, greatly enhancing capabilities of traditional codecs.
Details on each kit are here.
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|NEC Debuts New 4K/UHD Display Range at ISE 2018|
NEC Display Solutions Europe debuted its latest range of 4K/UHD displays at ISE 2018 in Amsterdam this month. The new MultiSync P and V Series large format displays are available in four sizes from 65” to 98” and feature High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities.
Both series are designed for a range of industries and environments, from retail and Digital out of Home (DooH), to finance, manufacturing, education, healthcare and transportation, where UHD displays are increasingly used in a range of applications. Due to its high image homogeneity and stable uniformity, the P Series is particularly well-suited for mission-critical control room environments.
The two series have been designed for image performance. The P Series features a brightness output of 700 cd/m2 for complete clarity even under bright ambient light, while the V Series, at 500 cd/m2, is perfect for common light conditions. Viewing quality has been significantly enhanced with the latest anti-reflective surface coatings delivering clearly visible messages even under varying and demanding ambient conditions. And, they can be installed in portrait, landscape or even table mode.
The P and V Series displays are future-ready with Open Modular intelligence (OMi) expansion, enabling owners to upgrade the power of their display at any time by seamlessly integrating one of NEC’s options for Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) Slot-in PCs, Raspberry Pi Compute Modules, or signal interfaces for content feed and computing.
Both the MultiSync P and V Series large format displays will be available across the EMEA region between May and August 2018. See the specs here.Leave a Comment
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|Next-Generation of the Nureva Wall Debuts at ISE|
Nureva Inc debuted its Nureva Wall WM408i system at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam this month. The WM408i combines a high-definition ultra-short-throw projector with a projected capacitive multi-touch surface to create an expansive interactive working space that supports a wide range of collaborative processes and activities. The tightly integrated system delivers an advanced multi-touch experience in nearly any space, regardless of the wall type or lighting. The new system also incorporates an automated start-up experience through presence detection. Walls from 7.5′ (2.29 m) to 30′ (9.14 m) wide can be installed in side-by-side or corner configurations to create workspaces tailored to individual customer needs. The Nureva Wall is optimized for use with Span visual collaboration software, but can also be used with any Windows OS application.
The WM408i system responds to customer demand for digital tools that directly support and accelerate structured processes such as agile, lean and design thinking and addresses an overall need for more visual working space. Compared with typical interactive displays, the Nureva Wall provides larger, wall-sized working spaces at a lower cost. Collaborative processes often involve distributed teams that face the challenge of working together effectively in real time from multiple locations. The Nureva Wall with Span software is ideal for distributed teamwork. It is further enhanced when paired with the Nureva HDL300 audio conferencing system, which uses Microphone Mist technology to deliver a clear and natural audio experience.
The Nureva Wall WM408i system includes:
- A solid-state illumination (SSI) 1080p ultra-short-throw projector, featuring 3,600 lumens in a unique 17:9 aspect ratio with an expected life of 25,000 hours and integrated image alignment to support single and multisystem configurations
- A 7.5′ (2.29 m) wide (100″ diagonal) multi-touch interactive surface, incorporating presence detection, a power on/off button and an interlocking feature to simplify multi-system installation
- Up to four walls can be combined to create a 30′ (9.14 m) wide working space, with the most common configurations being two (15′ or 4.57 m) or three (22.5′ or 6.86 m) systems. Multiple walls can be installed side-by-side or in a corner
Additional product details:
- Minimal-width, low-profile bezel and flush-mount design mean the projection surface is unobtrusive in any space, creating a calm display that keeps the focus on the working session
- Projected capacitive touch technology allows up to 20 simultaneous touches and low-latency inking, to encourage more interaction and participation
- Advanced multitouch performance is maintained in virtually any space regardless of wall type, unevenness of wall surface, bright overhead lighting or reflected sunlight
- The Nureva Wall is optimized for use with Span visual collaboration software and the Nureva HDL300 audio conferencing system, which are sold separately
- The system requires a customer-provided computer running Windows 8.1 or higher
The Nureva Wall will be available for pre-order in February 2018 through a global network of value-added dealers and distributors, and will begin shipping in June 2018. The list price in the United States is $8,999. Prices in other countries will vary. Nureva is here.Leave a Comment
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|DisplayNote Technologies to Launch Real-time Collaborative Workspace at ISE Called Mosaic|
DisplayNote Technologies will announce the launch of its new collaborative workspace solution, Mosaic, a software-only solution that is designed to bring people, ideas and content closer together.
Mosaic, a software solution for Windows and Android, combines video and voice with the ability for teams in different locations, on different displays, to collaborate in real-time on documents, text, images and sketches in the same expansive workspace. Using proximity detection, in-room attendees can share content from an iOS device in to a collaborative workspace where it can be shared and edited.
- Mosaic combines video and voice with the ability for teams in different locations to collaborate in real-time on documents, text, images and sketches in the same expansive workspace.
- Import a Word document, Excel spread sheet, PowerPoint or PDF into a workspace and teams in different locations can share and co-edit those documents in real-time.
- With Mosaic, teams in different locations can connect to draw and sketch in the same collaborative workspace.
- Using proximity detection, and low energy bluetooth, Mosaic allows users to push content from mobile devices into the workspace with support for Jpeg, Word, Powerpoint, PDF and Excel.
- When you’re done creating and collaborating, workspaces can be permanently deleted or saved to work on later.
- With Mosaic, all inbound and outbound data from Backend layer is encrypted and transmitted over TLS or DTLS with 2048-bit asymmetric encryption and 256-bit symmetric encryption. For secure point to point audio and video, data is encrypted through secure real-time protocol.
Ahead of launch, DisplayNote Technologies announced that Mosaic will be included as the main collaborative workspace solution on both NEC’s range of Infinity Boards and Sahara’s CleverTouch Pro series.
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|Screen Innovations Debuts Totally Wireless (Including Power) Motorized Screens and the Zero Edge Series|
Screen Innovations (SI) is at ISE 2018 (Booth #1-N85) debuting its Solo motorized screen that the company says requires zero wiring. Powered by a lithium core motor, Solo is charged by the use of SI’s patent-pending magnetic power cord that they say provides over two years of life with one charge.
SI is showing two variations of the Solo screen at ISE. First, Solo, which comes in a clear anodized cassette, is being shown in a 100” configuration. And second, Solo Pro, which can be ordered in 12 different designer-selected colors and in low-voltage, is being shown in a Ferrari red cassette color and suspended on aircraft grade cables.
In addition, SI is showing a new type of Zero Edge screen called Zero Edge Pro — a screen that’s 36 screens in one. SI is here.Leave a Comment
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|Crestron Debuts AirMedia 2.0Crestron announced today it will debut AirMedia 2.0 at ISE 2018. Built in to Crestron Mercury or as a stand-alone product, AirMedia 2.0 is a network-based wireless presentation technology that leverages the latest security protocols: 802.1x network access control; Active Directory user authentication; AES-128 content encryption; and SSH, SSL, TLS and HTTPS to send.
AirMedia 2.0 allows people to sit or stand anywhere in the room or space and connect their smart devices and laptops to the room display, regardless of operating system. No more wires or dongles cluttering the table. It supports standard network security protocols and and supports Windows, Mac OS, iOS and Android mirroring without Bonjour and it can be deployed and managed from the cloud with Crestron XiO Cloud.
Since most people leave meetings without disconnecting their device from the wireless gateway. As a result, private or sensitive information is still visible on the display when the next group of people enters the room. AirMedia automatically disconnects devices from the wireless gateway to safeguard sensitive content.
AirMedia 2.0 is a network-based appliance that can be deployed, configured and managed from the cloud. Using Crestron XiO Cloud or the built-in web tool, the mobile app can be silently deployed to laptops and smart devices across the enterprise, and user access rights and firmware updates can be remotely managed.
AirMedia 2.0 technology is built into: DMPS3-4K-350-C, ideal for multi-source presentation and video conferencing rooms with dual displays; DMPS3-4K-250-C, a perfect fit for multi-source rooms with just a single display; Crestron Mercury for single source, single display rooms; and Crestron FreeForm (CCS-F-2) for open spaces.
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|Zoom Launches Communications Product Suite|
Zoom Video Communications today announced a variety of new features and enhancements to its core Meetings platform and its Zoom Rooms software-based conference rooms. Altogether, these enhancements streamline administrator and user experiences and increase productivity as part of Zoom’s ongoing effort to create frictionless experiences for buying, deploying, using and managing enterprise video communications. Zoom also announced the general availability of a feature it previewed at Zoomtopia last September: speech-to-text recording transcripts.
Sixty-two percent (62 percent) of organizations use three or more communications solutions, but 100 percent of CEOs believe that their companies would achieve greater cost savings and effectiveness from communications platform consolidation (Forbes Insights Research, 2017). onal organizations over the past six months including HP and Brown University.
Updates for Zoom meetings include:
- Recording Transcripts: Machine learning-based Recording Transcripts create accurate, searchable speech-to-text transcripts of Zoom meeting and webinar recordings, particularly helpful in legal, content creation, and training use cases, and generally useful to anyone who misses a meeting. Zoom is the first meeting solution to bring this technology to market. It is now generally available to Zoom Business, Enterprise, and Education plan customers.
- 7×7 View: Zoom now allows users to see up to 49 video feeds on their desktop screen at once. Zoom supports up to 500 video feeds, so the user would page through the feeds by clicking on the right side of their Zoom window.
Updates for Zoom Rooms include:
- Zoom Rooms Scheduling Display: Zoom has unmoored its Scheduling Displays, so that these tablet schedulers (app runs on an iPad that sits outside the room to show upcoming meetings and allow for room reservations) can work for both Zoom Rooms and any other collaboration space. With the purchase of just one Zoom Rooms account and a customer can outfit their entire organisation with scheduling displays. Scheduling Display tied to Zoom Rooms is currently available to Zoom Rooms customers. Standalone Scheduling Display will be available later in Q1 2018.
- Streamlined Set-Up for Zoom Rooms: From purchasing hardware (available in five kits with more to come here), to deploying with Zoom’s Professional Services Team, to a simplified set-up flow, Zoom has made trying and rolling out Zoom Rooms easy. Customers can now try Zoom Rooms to join meetings without setting up an account. And for customers deploying hundreds of rooms in different locations, IT can simply give an activation code to the installer for instant room setup. This activation code feature is now available in Beta to Zoom Rooms customers.
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|Nureva Unveils Customizable Templates in Span Software at ISE|
Nureva, Inc. has announced customizable, intelligent templates (patent pending) in Span software. This dynamic functionality makes it easy for the growing user base to leverage their existing lean, agile, design and business processes within Span software. For example, paper-based templates or physical project boards commonly used in sprint planning, Kanban and pull planning can be easily transformed into customizable digital templates within a Span canvas. Images, such as an overhead view of a property development site, can be transformed into an intelligent template that is divided into color coded zones for visual review or managing project progress. Users can create intelligent templates from documents produced in applications like Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel and automatically assign color to notes that are placed within groups and subgroups. This provides users with rich project information at a glance. Users will also be able to customize stock templates currently available in Span software, such as SWOT analysis and fishbone diagrams. Nureva will unveil this new functionality at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam, Feb. 6-9, 2018.
These intelligent templates in Span software appeal to the growing number of process-driven teams that regularly meet in physical and virtual spaces to prioritize, plan, track and visualize contributions from team members. The introduction of this functionality is the first delivery against a road map of intelligent features that will be released within Span software throughout 2018.
Intelligent functionality in groups and templates will be available in the next release of Span software in March 2018 at no additional charge to subscribers. Nureva’s software is here.Leave a Comment
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|Basalte Intros Thin iPad Dock in Eve PlusBasalte introduces an iPad docking station in the same minimalist design as its fixed Eve mounts for iPad & iPod touch. Eve Plus lets users mount the iPad in any orientation while keeping it permanently charged. The Eve Plus allows users to keep their iPads always charged and ready to take for all applications at home and at work: playing music, using it in meetings or taking orders at a restaurant.
Eve Plus has the same minimalist design as the fixed Eve mounts and is precision machined from high grade aluminum. Eve Plus offers both the company’s slimmest case and the smallest base ever. Just slide the iPad in the case and magnetically attach it on the Eve Plus wall base to hold and charge. Eve Plus cases are available in a satin white, brushed black and brushed aluminum finish. The wall base has the same form and dimensions as the Basalte switches and sockets. It’s available in the case’s aluminum finishes, as well as in brass, bronze, copper and more.
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|Crestron FreeForm Turns Enterprise Spaces Into Meeting SpacesCrestron announced FreeForm (CCS-F-2) at ISE 2018, a new addition to its line of Enterprise Room Solutions. FreeForm enables secure wired and wireless presentation in lobbies, lounges and other public spaces and integrates with popular calendaring platforms. Crestron is demonstrating FreeForm in Hall-2, Stand 2-C20 at ISE 2018, 6 – 9 February, 2018.
FreeForm mounts invisibly behind wall mount displays and enables wired or wireless presentation with auto-switching. No furniture, dongles or new Wi-Fi networks are needed. FreeForm features built-in AirMedia 2.0 wireless presentation capability; DM and HDMI inputs; HDMI out to the display; keypad control from anywhere in the space; and auto-display on/off via CEC, serial and IR. Its built-in graphics engine displays a custom branded welcome screen on the room display, and when connected to Microsoft Exchange, Office 365 or G Suite software, space availability and meeting details appear as well. Now, even open spaces are searchable and bookable.
FreeForm is an enterprise-grade solution that provides cloud-based management and deployment, and supports standard network security protocols, including 802.1X network access control, Active Directory authentication and AES content encryption.
With the addition of occupancy sensors and integration with Crestron Fusion software, FreeForm spaces and technology can be centrally monitored and managed. Spaces are automatically turned “on” and “off” and returned to inventory in the event of “no-shows,” thereby maximizing availability. Occupancy and usage data is collected, which helps organizations optimize investments in space and technology. Instant alerts are sent to the help desk to rapidly resolve technical issues and maximize uptime and workflow.
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|New Crestron DM XiO Director Network Appliance Is for DM NVX AV SystemsCrestron announced the DM XiO Director at ISE 2018. An enterprise-grade network appliance, the DM XiO Director centrally configures, manages, and controls DM NVX network AV systems. The DM XiO Director is available in three models, depending on the number of DM NVX endpoints. The software tool enables device discovery, domain configuration, endpoint mapping, multicasting management, and status monitoring. DM NVX Series is a 4K60, 4:4:4 (with HDR video) over 1Gb Ethernet.
The DM XiO Director is designed to emulate the functionality of a traditional hardware-based DigitalMedia matrix switcher, routing 4K60 streaming AV signals throughout a room, building, or campus. Three models are offered which support 80 (DM-XIO-DIR-80), 160 (DM-XIO-DIR-160), or up to 1,000 (DM-XIO-DIR-ENT) endpoint devices. DM XiO Director can handle even the largest corporate enterprise, university, governmental, military, medical, transportation, sports, entertainment, hospitality, gaming, or retail application.
Crestron said the DM XiO Director automatically discovers each DM NVX endpoint on the network, and allows each one to be assigned to a “domain” using a simple UI. A domain is simply a logical grouping of endpoints that operate together as a single switching entity, allowing individual rooms and other subsystems to be arranged and controlled independently. The DM XiO Director effectively eliminates the need for physical switchers in every room, replacing them with the virtual equivalent running on the AV network.
The DM XiO Director provides a web-based user interface to facilitate system configuration, signal routing, and comprehensive diagnostics of the complete AV network. Each domain and endpoint can be designated with a user-friendly name.
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|InFocus Debuts Range of Laser Projectors at Integrated Systems Europe|
InFocus Corporation just entered the laser projector market including everything from large venue to ultra-short throw options.
For large venue installations such as auditoriums, lecture halls and houses of worship, the INL5350 Series has two models — the 6,000-lumen INL5359 and the 8,000-lumen INL5369. Using InFocus Quantum Color Laser technology the INL5350 Series provides installers with six interchangeable lenses that can project images at any size from any location, whether short throw or ultra-long throw. The INL5350 Series offers a variety of connectivity options including all the expected inputs and outputs such as VGA, HDMI, 5BNC, DVD-D, video, RCA audio, 3D Sync, RS232, as well as HDBaseT for single cable connectivity.
The new INL140 Series from InFocus is designed for the international education market. Combining ultra-short throw capability with high brightness and laser performance that never fades, the INL140 Series offers 22,000:1 contrast ratio for darker blacks and whiter whites, utilizing InFocus Quantum Color Laser technology. The INL140 Series includes three models: INL148HDUST featuring 1080p resolution, 4,000 lumens and 0.25 throw ratio; INL146UST featuring WXGA resolution, 4,000 lumens, and 0.27 throw ratio; INL144UST featuring XGA resolution, 3,600 lumens, and 0.33 throw ratio.
InFocus’s new ultra-short throw projectors utilize a small chassis while providing an image of up to 100-inches from only a few inches from the screen. Designed for interactive solutions and group presentations, these ultra-short throw projectors remove any possibility of presenters blocking the image or creating shadows and include HDMI inputs as well as a 16W built-in speakers for rooms without audio.
These InFocus projector models are laser-based, built on InFocus Quantum Color Laser technology spec’d to last 30,000 hours.
The INL5350 Series will be available worldwide and the INL140 Series will be exclusively available in the Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions to start. You can see the specs for each one here.Leave a Comment
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|Biamp Systems Tries Again With New Version of Devio Collaboration PlatformIf you don’t succeed, you try again, right? Well, Biamp Systems today announced the next generation of the company’s Devio collaboration platform. Devio is the first collaboration solution that integrates Beamtracking microphones.
Many conference rooms feature microphones or integrated audio devices that are static. Equipped with Biamp’s patented beamtracking technology, Devio microphones not only identify and lock onto a signal source, but also track that source as they move around the room. This ability to capture participants’ conversation as they collaborate, while mixing conversations from around the table, allows far-end conference participants to experience a more natural-sounding conversation as it unfolds.
The new Devio product family includes the following:
- Devio CR-1: A fixed configuration DSP optimized for small rooms and ready for the demands of BYOD use cases.
- The new Devio SCR-20: Building on the capabilities of the Devio CR-1 with additions that include full integration of HDMI audio, support for 4K30 video and HDCP 1.4.
- The new Devio SCR-25: Adds to the capabilities of the SCR-20 with support for Bluetooth wireless technology and a wired VoIP/POTS headset interface.
- Devio DTM-1 (tabletop) / DCM-1 (ceiling) microphones
The Devio base unit can be mounted under the table or surface or behind the display. Multiple speaker options are supported, including a ceiling speaker powered by the integrated amplifier, powered speakers connected via RCA line-out or even the integrated display speakers. The Devio microphone form factors require little or no table space while being centrally positioned within the room.
The new Devio SCR-20 and SCR-25 are sold bundled with either the DTM-1 or DCM-1 microphone, and will be available in the second quarter of 2018. All of the specs are here.Leave a Comment
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|NSCA Announces 2018 Excellence in Business AwardsNSCA has announced the winners of the 2018 Excellence in Business awards in six categories:
- Business Performance: Infinity Sound, Grand Prairie, Tex.
- Customer Experience: JKL Technologies, Newbury Park, Calif.
- Differentiating Strategies: ET Group, Toronto, ON
- Employee Engagement: Avidex, Bellevue, Wash.
- Strategic Transformation: Tech Electronics, St. Louis, Mo.
- Talent Development: Bluewater Technologies, Southfield, Mich.
“As usual, this year’s submissions were very impressive,” says NSCA Executive Director Chuck Wilson. “Every year during this process, we learn about new strategies and initiatives that innovative companies in our industry are taking on in order to create new business and keep up with the changes headed our way. There are some great lessons to be learned from these leaders.”
This year’s Excellence in Business awards honor six systems integration firms in their efforts to adapt to the constantly changing industry:
Infinity Sound, winner in the Business Performance category, wanted to position its company to generate more sales through existing channels and markets. Its capture rate had remained the same over the last few years, even though the company was gaining more clients and leads. After conducting research on proposal wins and losses over a two-year period, Infinity Sound spoke directly with customers to learn more about buying habits and decisions. After creating new pricing strategies and examining value-added options, the company’s project backlog is now five times larger than the last few year-over-year sales. Monthly sales intakes have more than doubled.
JKL Technologies, winner in the Customer Experience category, expanded its AV services and wanted to help customers introduce new technologies to their end-users to ensure long-term success. Through a combination of training, communication, proactive assistance, near-immediate support, and highly accessible expertise, JKL Technologies has helped clients successfully launch new technology initiatives and increase business. The service has been so well received that technology adoption services have been requested even when JKL Technologies wasn’t the company to complete the project.
ET Group, winner in the Differentiating Strategies category, knew that the industry was shifting, and wanted to refocus its offerings to clients, expanding from technology to business advice. With a new approach that weaves together people, space, and technology, ET Group employees embed themselves into their clients’ organizations to become strategic advisors. To do this, the company adopted design thinking and participatory leadership approaches, moved to a self-managed structure composed of cross-functional teams servicing specific customer types, decentralized decision-making, and embraced a work-from-anywhere culture. As a result, ET Group has grown its revenue by 30 percent.
Avidex, winner in the Employee Engagement category, wanted to establish a positive experience not only for its customers, but for its employees as well. By creating an internal team dedicated to developing standard processes for all areas of operation across all Avidex branches, the company now has an established guideline for growth and expansion, and can ensure the best financial results possible.
Tech Electronics, winner in the Strategic Transformation category, recognized the need for change in order to continue its success. Instead of convincing them to stick with existing solutions that were familiar, the company wanted to be ready when customers asked about future technology. Just one example of success in this area for Tech Electronics has been the establishment of its own hosted voice solution, which allows clients to forgo upfront equipment purchases and bundle services and maintenance into one monthly fee. This solution will expand to support hosted access control and many other technologies.
Bluewater Technologies, winner in the Talent Development category, developed a new mentorship program to help employees successfully onboard and feel secure in their roles. This program has helped employees establish personal and professional development goals by being paired with someone to help them exceed their objectives. Through a mix of one-on-one mentoring, e-mentoring, reverse mentoring, group mentoring, and peer mentoring, mentors and mentees can select which method will work best for them. This mentoring program has empowered Bluewater to foster innovation and collaboration, which helps employees in all roles and at all age levels become exponentially more successful.
Award winners will be recognized at NSCA’s 20th annual Business & Leadership Conference, Feb. 28-March 2, 2018, in Irving, Tex. To attend the conference, or to learn more, go here.Leave a Comment
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|NEC Launches Native 4K UHD Laser Projector at ISE 2018|
NEC Display Solutions Europe today debuted a 4K new projector as part of it’s PX Series, the NEC PX1005QL, at ISE 2018 in Amsterdam.Leave a Comment
The new laser projector is based on the latest NEC scaler chip that they are marketing as having a “pixel free” image. The projector heritage comes from NEC’s work as one of the three companies supplying the digital cinema world with projectors via the DCI. This projector is aimed at high-pixel-density installs like large digital canvas installs in meeting spaces, boardrooms, and from conferences and education establishments as well as unique bendable-light digital signage applications in retail or leisure areas.
The new projector inputs include Quad 3G SDI, two DisplayPort and HDMI (2.1) inputs each, plus an optional slot for 4K/UHD Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) Slot-in PCs. And the PX1005QL projector is spec’d at 20,000 hours of laser life time as well as the ability to install in a 360-degree installation, unique geometric adjustment, Picture-in-Picture capability, and 3D support applications. The projector incorporates a wide zoom bayonet lens portfolio as well as support for third party lenses.
The new NEC PX1005QL estimated availability will be in June 2018. Here are more detailed specs.
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|Barco Launches AVaaS Service Aimed at Education and Meeting Room Control Markets|
Barco has become the first manufacturer to launch a AVaaS (AV as a service) model for integrators that involves real hardware that the client never has to purchase. Here at ISE today, Barco announced the launch of what it’s calling, in the press announcement, a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) offering — something I predicted back last fall. Powered by its newly-minted Digital Engagement Platform, it is marketed as a “new way for Barco to provide great value for the customer.”
At first, the AVaaS model is only part of the Barco weConnect (higher-ed collaboration system) and Overture (meeting room control) platforms but I predict it will be rolled out in an even larger offering in 2019. The current offering through their Digital Engagement Platform provides a digital portal that allows partners and customers to manage their subscription and, even if the customer comes firstly to Barco via a referral or inquiry, Barco told me that they will still engage an integrator. They made it clear to me they have no plans to sell SaaS offerings directly without a partner.
With this service, Barco leverages digital approaches such as cloud technology and BYOD, offering customers the opportunity to benefit from flexible consumption. With the subscription-based model, customers only pay for the services they use, at a predictable cost. Barco partners also benefit from recurring revenue offers. For example, the weConnect hardware required for a system would be sent to the customer – without an upfront charge for the hardware itself — and would be covered via the monthly “seat license” or “room license” for usage of the AVaaS-based Digital Engagement Platform.
Barco’s software-based A/V control solution (Overture) and collaborative learning solution (weConnect) are the first products that will be offered in a subscription-based business model via the Digital Engagement Platform. Overture provides centralized management, monitoring and A/V control for meeting rooms. For its part, weConnect enables BYOD content-sharing and video collaboration in classrooms. These new solutions serve small and large organizations, likely fitting in well with the flexibility of the SaaS model. As an organization grows, new rooms can be easily introduced into the system.
In the first phase, starting in February 2018, weConnect and Overture will be available in a SaaS-model in the U.S. and Western Europe. More regions will follow later this year. Barco is here. weConnect is here. Overture is here.Leave a Comment
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|Sony Expands Laser Projector Line with Five New Models|
Sony is adding five new WUXGA resolution models to its family of laser light source projectors. Each is aimed at commercial mid-range installation applications in schools, including education, faith, corporate and museums.
The new models include the VPL-FHZ120L (12,000 lumens) for larger venues, the VPL-FHZ90L (9,000 lumens) for mid-sized classrooms, and the compact VPL-FHZ66 (6,100 lumens), VPL-FHZ61 (5,100 lumens) and VPL-FHZ58 (4,200 lumens). These new projectors grow Sony’s laser offerings to more than a dozen.
Each model uses Sony’s Z-Phosphor Laser with a blue laser as its light source complemented by a 3LCD optical system, to achieve the full spectrum of light and continuous, clear RGB color. The five new projectors feature auto color calibration, a function that enables users to maintain picture quality over time and Sony’s instant on/off, which can be used to begin presentations at full brightness, with almost no warm-up/cool down time.
The VPL-FHZ120L and VPL-FHZ90L use a newly-developed LCD panel with enhanced light resistance, and for the VPL-FHZ120L, an optical compensator to realize high contrast that delivers stable brightness and high-quality image with vibrant color reproduction.
The VPL-FHZ120L is ideal for auditoriums and conference halls requiring AV solutions to support live performances and ceremonies. The projector covers sRGB100 percent, making it suitable for applications requiring precise color reproduction such as in exhibitions and museums.
The VPL-FHZ90L is suitable for mid-sized classrooms or corporate meeting rooms, even those with challenging installation environments due to natural lighting or bright spaces with ambient lighting. This allows students and meeting attendees to easily take notes and review presentation materials while still clearly viewing the projected images.
Both models also benefit from a new range of features including industry-leading wide lens shift capabilities (Max. Vertical ±107%, Horizontal ±60%) and six lens pre-set positions for instant recall and enhanced usability. New HTML content display functions offer the ability to project customized content including logos, news, or advertisements via the network or a USB memory stick, even when the projector is on with no input signal.
The three new mid-range WUXGA models — VPL-FHZ66 (6,100 lumens), VPL-FHZ61 (5,100 lumens) and VPL-FHZ58 (4,200 lumens) — feature compact bodies designed for small to mid-sized rooms, while taking advantage of the full benefits of laser projection: long-lasting brightness, up to 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation, fast easy set-up and no need to replace lamps.
All of Sony’s new models are compatible with the latest software packages such as Vision Exchange active learning solution, Display Power Management software and IP Remote App, enabling customers to create the next generation of AV solutions.
All five new models beginning in summer 2018. You can get more information here.Leave a Comment
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|Samsung Intros The Wall Professional, a 3D LED Screen for Movie Theaters, New LCDs and Shows the Flip at ISEUsing MicroLED (think: Sony CrystalLED) technology, Samsung Electronics showed something at ISE called “The Wall Professional” — a modular, large-format indoor MicroLED display that can extend to hundreds of inches in size and is designed to replace projectors in movie theaters.
The Wall Professional’s modular design allows for customized configurations beyond or below its 146-inch size standard. Users can add or remove unlimited LED screens to and from The Wall Professional without impacting performance or presentation quality. The display’s self-emitting MicroLED pixel modules produce brilliant imagery free of color filters or backlighting and envelop viewers through elevated peak brightness (up to 1,600 nit) and a near infinite contrast ratio.
The Wall Professional builds upon its consumer counterpart with the integration of Samsung’s MagicInfo content management platform. Within MagicInfo, users can create, schedule and deploy content across a single Wall Professional display or Wall Professional display network from any location. The platform also provides complete display performance visibility for immediate error detection and troubleshooting.
In addition, Samsung’s cinema team showed a new display technology claiming to be the world’s first 3D Cinema LED screen. This enhanced display maintains consistent brightness to deliver subtitle text, images and even minor visual details with unprecedented accuracy, even while viewers wear 3D glasses. Unlike standard 3D cinemas with more limited visual reach, the Samsung 3D Cinema LED screen delivers these quality-enhancing benefits throughout the entire theater, ensuring that all movie-goers enjoy the same immersive viewing experience.
In fact, they claimed it’s already DCI (Digital Cinema Initiative) certified. This 3D film accommodation would mark a significant advancement upon the initial Samsung Cinema LED screen model. First introduced in March 2017, Samsung’s High Dynamic Range (HDR) Cinema LED Screen surpasses the capabilities of legacy screen-and-projector operations to deliver superior visual quality, technical performance and reliability for theaters and their guests.
Also at ISE, Samsung’s new versions of their QM Series (450nit brightness) and QB Series (350nit brightness) UHD 4K (3840×2160) displays — all integrated with their Optimal Color Mode.
On the standard LED front, Samsung’s fine pixel-pitch IF-D Series LED Signage with HDR picture and Scene Adaptive HDR technology was on display in both concave and convex formats.
Samsung also used ISE to formally introduce its Samsung Flip interactive digital flip chart (WM55H) to the European market at ISE 2018.
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