Mobile Tablets Drive New Era of Diagnostic Imaging “On the Go” By Barco Stroll down the corridors of any hospital, and you’ll see dozens of physicians tapping away on their smart phones and tablet computers — because diagnostic imaging is not just for the radiology department any more. As the screen quality on these devices has improved, they have rapidly proliferated in doctors’ offices, the ER, patient rooms and everywhere in between as a potentially viable option for viewing patients’ medical images. After all, the pixels on today’s cell phones and mobile tablets are numerous and small enough to feed your eyes as much as they can see, and are sufficiently bright to be seen in most lighting conditions. But are they truly appropriate for use as a convenient — and most of all accurate — portable diagnostic imaging tool around the hospital? Extreme Accuracy is a Must Developed as a consumer device, today’s mobile computers were not created to handle the resolution requirements of diagnostic imaging applications. The key limitation is that electronic tablets lack the necessary internal or external sensors necessary to achieve continuous, accurate DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) calibration, which is a standard in the field of medical informatics for exchanging digital information between medical imaging equipment (such as radiological imaging) and other systems, ensuring interoperability. In the healthcare setting, any mobile device must be DICOM-compliant, i.e., maintain image quality similar to a high-resolution radiology display in order to be used for diagnostic image review. The good news for today’s increasingly busy and mobile physicians is that, if a screen can be properly calibrated, radiologists can diagnose images from most modalities like CT, MR, Ultrasound, including CR & DR. So far, these are the types of exams that have been cleared by the FDA for diagnostic reading on a mobile tablet when proper quality measures are in place. Tap Your Way to Precise Image Quality Fortunately, there are several options available that allow physicians to accurately calibrate their mobile tablet baseds on the use of a “tap test.” This visual calibration process ensures DICOM performance based on a user’s eyesight level and dynamic contrast based on the ambient light conditions. A third-party software tool can be integrated into any authorized mobile viewer application that has obtained all required registrations and certifications as specified by the FDA. Once properly calibrated, the mobile tablet can display images with excellent clarity and precision for modalities currently deemed acceptable by the FDA. Ketan Thanki, Barco’s market development manager for healthcare in North America, explains: “There are numerous conditions under which a DICOM-calibrated tablet can be a safe, convenient alternative to a high resolution medical display: in emergency situations when a diagnostic display isn’t available, when a primary diagnosis has already been made using a full-size display, for consulting with other clinicians and in patient consultations.” Form Follows Function It stands to reason, that one should consider the real estate of the image before determining which imaging platform is best. For example, you wouldn’t use a screen the size of your wristwatch to navigate a path across the United States. By the same token, it’s difficult to properly evaluate an entire radiograph of the chest on a typical smart phone screen. That’s because no matter how many pixels are crammed onto the display, or how much zooming and panning you do, it’s nearly impossible to accurately interpret the image with such a limited viewport. So, while it may be possible to accurately read a large-matrix image on a tablet computer, no radiologist would desire to read 100 chest x-rays on such a small device. It’s just too cumbersome, time-consuming and simply ill-advised, especially when more appropriate alternatives are available. Without question, the image size/area is the driving factor in determining the ideal size of the medical imaging device. Radiography also requires much higher luminance than possible with mobile devices; for primary diagnosis, no less than 350 cd/m2 should be used, and ideally 400 cd/m2. However, the luminance of most smart phones and tablets is perfectly acceptable in cases where a primary care doctor is reviewing findings made by a radiologist using a full-size display. For smaller size modalities like CT and MRI, most smart phone screens are typically up to the task as long as luminance is around 200 cd/m2. Naturally, the larger nine-inch tablet screens are even better suited for these viewing these images. The FDA has cleared the use of some mobile device software for small matrix images (non-radiography) only when a full workstation is unavailable. Pixels and Image Quality — A Paradox With most consumer displays, there is a direct relationship between pixels, screen resolution and perceived image quality. However, when it comes to medical imaging, pixels don’t tell the whole story. The number of pixels alone is insufficient to describe the resolution characteristics of a display (a fact which the American College of Radiology has addressed in its recent guidelines). Here’s why: The size of the pixels relative to the distance you hold the device away from your eyes is really what determines the quality of the image. The closer you hold it, the smaller the pixels should be to maximize what you can see. The larger the screen, the further away one tends to hold it, and therefore the larger the pixels can be. In the Apple “retinal” display, the pixels are just below the threshold of what your eye can discriminate (so, theoretically, there’s no point in making them any smaller). So, while every display has a number of pixels you can count, that number alone is just one factor. Proceed with Caution The general consensus among clinicians and governing bodies alike is that tablet computers are ideal for reviewing clinical images, such as during rounds and by residents and attendings as a portable viewer — but only for images upon which primary diagnosis has already been performed. “They can and should replace the clipboard,” comments David Hirschorn, MD, director of radiology informatics, Staten Island University Hospital and researcher in radiology informatics, Massachusetts General Hospital. “A radiologist could perform primary diagnosis on a mobile device if it is properly calibrated, and only if he thoroughly examines the image via extensive zooming and panning to view enough of the original pixels. However, I would urge caution in cases where residents are making primary diagnoses themselves — such as in ICUs and other tertiary care settings. Extreme care should be exercised to use proper displays for those purposes lest they improperly treat a patient due to use of a substandard or uncalibrated display.” What the Future Holds As mobile devices evolve to process data faster, use less power (resulting in longer battery life), operate more intuitively — and as wireless network coverage expands — they will become even more ubiquitous in the healthcare environment. But further improvements to ensure DICOM compliance, as well as tracking and documenting image information, are also needed to make them a viable alternative to traditional medical displays. Once this happens, there will be no stopping the widespread adoption of mobile devices in diagnostic imaging in and around the hospital. Leave a Comment Share Article
Hospitals Get Smart with Latest Interactive Patient Care Solutions By Warren Kressinger-Dunn Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Point of Care for Barco Healthcare Today’s hospitals are facing a virtual tidal wave of demand for healthcare services based on several factors: an aging baby boomer population that requires more intensive care and more of it, new healthcare legislation that is extending eligibility to thousands of newly-insured patients and emerging treatment modalities offering the potential to extend lifetimes to the longest in history. Complicating matters is an anticipated global healthcare provider shortage, which is threatening the ability of healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) to meet the growing need for services. As a result, HDOs are aggressively seeking ways to re-tool their operations to provide care more efficiently and cost-effectively to an increasing number of patients, without compromising quality or their own financial bottom lines. High-Tech Improves Coordination of Care Fortunately, one of the latest trends in Healthcare IT may provide a partial answer to the crisis in the form of new Interactive Patient Care (IPC) solutions that promise to improve clinical workflow and staff efficiency, while enhancing the patient experience. New and re-purposed technologies are converging to equip the hospital enterprise with a user-friendly IT platform that streamlines numerous processes while empowering patients with tools to personalize their stay and optimize their recovery. Hospitals are rapidly adopting Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) technologies throughout their facilities to automatically identify clinicians and patients and deliver a wealth of patient data to caregivers at the point of care. Featuring built-in security parameters, RFID and RTLS capabilities ensure access to specific patient information only by authorized individuals, so that sensitive data is always protected. These technologies are now providing value far beyond simple inventory tracking and equipment monitoring in facilities, creating opportunities for a more streamlined, coordinated approach to patient care on behalf of the entire healthcare team. Today’s IPC solutions are designed to increase clinician productivity and enhance both patient safety and comfort. Having a patient’s up-to-date medical history and current medications at your fingertips is the key to safely and effectively delivering optimum care while reducing the administrative burden. A Portal in the Storm of Information By combining these automated identification capabilities with new networked, smart terminals located at the point of care, these fully integrated solutions provide a convenient portal to information, services and a diverse array of capabilities for clinicians, staff and patients alike. Today’s bedside smart terminals come in all shapes and sizes to provide the utmost comfort, control and convenience for both patients and clinicians within the confines of the hospital room. Typically comprising a medical grade all-in-one computer, these consoles are available in wall-, ceiling-mounted or tabletop options for easy viewing and mobility. User-friendly graphic interfaces, similar to smartphone menus, make applications easily accessible via an anti-bacterial touchscreen. Patients can select from a wide array of functions to make their stay more personalized, from ordering their evening meal to checking their daily schedule or simply adjusting the room lighting. The best-performing solutions offer a turnkey approach to interactive patient care systems, bundling proprietary software with the terminals to ensure seamless operation and smooth connectivity. Many also feature sound ergonomics and sleek styling, in addition to energy-saving LED backlights for a truly “green” approach to bedside computing. Clinician Collaboration Goes Mobile One of the greatest benefits to physicians and other caregivers is the ability to instantly access, update and communicate a patient’s medical data conveniently at the bedside. Using smart cards or RFID cards, doctors and nurses can also securely access the Hospital Information System (HIS) in addition to complete Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for patients. Healthcare providers can view a patient’s chart to prescribe medication, examine x-rays, update records with lab test results – all conveniently at the bedside, so information is available to the entire healthcare team at any moment, from any networked workstation. Moreover, by entering patient data only once at the point of care instead of transcribing notes or logging into multiple workstations, providers can significantly reduce the potential for error and deliver improved efficiencies and clinical workflow. Clinicians can also use bedside smart terminals to build a rapport with patients, employing these user-friendly tools as an interactive “whiteboard” to communicate more clearly and completely about a patient’s course of treatment. While a patient rests comfortably in bed, the doctor can pull up their latest MRI scan, show a video depicting the upcoming surgical procedure, and provide post-operative instructions to illustrate the continuum of care in a meaningful, understandable way. Staying Connected for Better Outcomes In addition to learning more about their condition and course of treatment, patients can utilize smart terminals to access a diverse palette of entertainment and communication apps, allowing them to stay connected, both inside and outside the hospital, during their stay. Armed with a fully-optimized, ergonomic monitor, patients can quickly and easily access television, movies, radio, Internet, email, games, video conferencing and more to make their recuperation more enjoyable. Hospitalized patients can also use the terminal to communicate with hospital workers, control their room environment, request special meals and view their daily schedule to feel more in control of their experience. It goes without saying that the patient “self-service” aspects of bedside smart terminals can also free up medical staff to attend to more critical tasks and provide better care in a more timely manner. Education Promotes Long-Lasting Recovery Another key benefit, is that patients and their families can view educational brochures and videos about their specific medical condition, including follow-up care, to learn ways to enhance their opportunities for a full recovery. It’s no surprise that a well-informed patient is likely to have a more successful recuperation and return to good health more quickly. We are seeing that patients actively engaged throughout their hospitalization typically experience greater overall satisfaction, which can also positively influence their clinical outcome. Hospitals Re-tool for Efficiency Patients who have taken an active role in their care and treatment are often more likely to continue healthy habits upon their return to home. For an HDO, successful patient outcomes can result in fewer re-admissions due to potential complications or relapses. With fewer re-admissions, hospitals can benefit from faster bed turnarounds to accommodate new, incoming patients. In addition to their clinical advantages, IPC solutions can also aid healthcare administrators in significantly improving operational efficiency throughout the hospital enterprise. Anything that empowers clinicians and staff to increase their productivity and throughput is going to benefit an institution’s bottom line. Hospitals can leverage the networked communications and information-sharing capabilities of IPC solutions to reduce the administrative burden on providers and staff, primarily by eliminating repetitive data entry and automating many routine tasks. Also, by integrating these solutions into the hospital’s nurse call systems, hospitals can enable caregivers to prioritize and more fully respond to requests while allowing patients to obtain exactly the type of assistance needed. For the hospital, these types of modifications can enable a smarter approach to staffing and clinician coverage, which in turn, improves utilization of resources across the enterprise. Creating New Revenue Streams The flexibility of the platform also enables hospitals to package and upsell premium patient entertainment packages to create a new source of revenue stream, complete with integrated billing systems for true self-service entertainment. This may also be a benefit that prompts patients to rate their hospital highly when it comes to satisfaction surveys. The bedside smart terminal makes this easy! Hospitals can offer online patient satisfaction surveys right on the device, potentially using positive results to secure higher reimbursements from many healthcare insurers. Patients can take surveys anytime during, and at the conclusion at their stay, providing feedback on numerous parameters which can be used by healthcare administrators to continue improving the delivery of care. From a cost-containment perspective, hospitals typically benefit from the bundling benefit of IPC solutions, i.e., sole-sourcing TV/telephone/Internet platform and services, which typically results in a lower total cost of ownership for these items when not combined. Paving a New Path to Quality Care IPC solutions can play a vital role in ensuring the continuity and quality of patient care, closing the resource gap with innovative, self-service tools that benefit patients, clinicians and the entire hospital enterprise. By adopting these bedside smart terminals in their facilities, healthcare delivery organizations can continue their mission of safely and cost-effectively delivering high-quality patient care in a new era of growing demand for services. Warren Kressinger-Dunn is vice president of strategic marketing, Point of Care for Barco Healthcare. In his current role, he leads the corporate strategic direction and product development for Barco’s Point of Care solutions. Bringing more than 25 years of experience in the electronics industry, Kressinger-Dunn joined Barco during its acquisition of JaoTech where he formerly served as the company’s chief executive officer. Leave a Comment Share Article
Matrox Mura MPX Series Boards Now Compatible with AMX Control Systems
Matrox Graphics announced today that its flagship Matrox Mura MPX Series video wall controller boards are compatible with NetLinx Integrated Controller systems from automation solutions provider AMX. With the development of a free Mura MPX-specific module for the NetLinx user interface programming language, AV integrators are now able to easily integrate Mura MPX boards with AMX systems and create custom video walls for use within a wide range of industries spanning such sectors as retail, government and process control.
Coded using Café Duet, an extension of NetLinx, the newly developed AMX Duet Module from Matrox will run on NetLinx Integrated Controller systems. Video wall commands sent via AMX touch panel devices will subsequently be translated for the Mura MPX Network Programming Interface (API) and ultimately reach Mura, with any changes displayed in real time on a given video wall. Matrox provides a sample graphical user interface (GUI) for AMX touch devices as a starting point, enabling AV integrators and AMX specialists to customize the user interface to meet individual project specifications.
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Extron Announces New Compact DVI Fiber Optic Extender Extron is already shipping a brand new product in the DFX 100 Fiber Optic Extender, a transmitter and receiver set for long haul transmission of DVI video signals over one fiber optic cable. This extender delivers single-link DVI-D signals over multimode fiber optic cable at lengths up to 300 meters (984 feet). Using all-digital technology to deliver pixel-for-pixel transmission of video images up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60, the DFX 100 can be used for simple point-to-point applications or in combination with DMS Series Modular Matrix Switchers that include the new DMS Fiber Matrix Boards. DMS Series matrix switchers can be populated with any combination of DMS DVI and DMS Fiber matrix boards to support local and remote devices. To simplify integration, ultra-flexible DVI cables are attached to the transmitter and the receiver to allow direct connection to source and destination devices. Pre-terminated multimode fiber optic cable assemblies from Extron are available in various lengths from one meter (3.3 feet) to 60 meters (197 feet). Both the DFX 100 transmitter and receiver are housed in 1U, one-eighth rack width enclosures for discreet installation. Here are all the specs: http://www.extron.com/product/product.aspx?id=dfx100&s=5 Leave a Comment Share Article
Christie Debut Phoenix Video Wall Controller With the new Christie Phoenix multiple users in multiple locations anywhere in the world can share and interact with control room information from virtually any device. Christie Phoenix is an open content management system that lets all users access and control audio-visual data, securely from anywhere, at any time via standard IP networking technology. The same information, presented in the same format, at the same time to multiple users expands the confines, capabilities and effectiveness of a single control room. Phoenix features include:
- A system consisting of one or many hardware nodes and PC software that operates on a standard Ethernet network to encode, decode and display simultaneously, all from the same box
- Based on secure, industry-standard H.264 media encoding and decoding
- Easy to install and configure and can be scaled up or down at anytime
- Ideally suited for fast-paced command and control centers with highly mobile, dispersed workforces
- Up to 2560×1600 resolution per output
- Support for 2560×1600 (overlay mode using output connectors)
- From 640×480 to 1920×1080 encoded to H.264
YCD Multimedia to Launch MegaPixel Playback Players at ISE 2013 At ISE 2013, YCD Multimedia will introduce what it is calling MegaPixel embedded playback devices, based on Intel Core processors, playing ultra-high resolution content to multiple displays. The Intel-based devices are powered by the YCD|Wall video wall solution that projects synchronized visual content on any number of screens at pixel perfect quality. Intel Core processors integrate the graphics (GPU) right into the processor’s package. The MegaPixel Player Devices are very small in size and include two or three video ports, with each port producing higher resolution than full HD. Together, the video ports produce ultra-high resolution and above, with no need to install additional video cards. The combination of YCD’s player and Intel hardware enables video playback that meets advanced video compression standards such as H.264, while enabling advanced management of ultra-high resolution content. Combining several devices in a synchronized manner creates an unlimited megapixel playback canvas. Here are all the specs: http://www.ycdmultimedia.com/products-wall Leave a Comment Share Article
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Christie Intros All-Weather Displays Christie today announced its first LCD panel in the Christie WeatherAll Series of outdoor displays designed for commercial use, the Christie WeatherAll Series FHD551-W. This outdoor LCD panel can be used to enhance out-of-home-advertising, recreational areas (including ski resorts at the top of a mountain!!!), information kiosks, event and entertainment venues and any other situation where protection in an outdoor or public setting is required. Tested at extreme temperatures and with jets of water, it is fully weatherproof (IP56/NEMA 4 rated). The Christie FHD551-W also resists impacts and scratches, giving you an industry-rated display that can be deployed in virtually any environment with complete peace of mind. The 55″ LCD is native 1080p, edge-lit and has a brightness spec of 700 nits (cd/m2). It uses a professional-grade optically-bonded LCD. Here are all the specs: http://www.christiedigital.com/en-us/digital-signage/products/lcd-flat-panels/pages/christie-outdoor-tv.aspx Leave a Comment Share Article
Mitsubishi Goes Lampless with New Laser Projectors Mitsubishi Electric has a big new announcement — the LaserVue family of lamp-free projectors, the company’s first hybrid-design. To produce the red-green-blue lighting elements required to form all displays, Mitsubishi LaserVue projectors use one pure red LED and up to 34 pure blue laser diodes of varying strengths and wavelengths, and a solid-colored phosphor wheel that emits green light.
Unlike other light engine designs in the market today (e.g., Casio), some of the blue laser diodes are diverted to excite phosphors on this single-segment wheel. This creates a clean, clear green, eliminating color breaking or rainbow effects that are sometimes observed in similar projectors. Those that use dual or multi-segment color phosphor wheels often attempt to boost brightness at the expense of color accuracy. Mitsubishi’s new design uses a single-segment wheel — thus, no reduction or brightness.
Mitsubishi’s new line of LaserVue projectors consists of three portable models: the NW31U-EST WXGA (1280×800 resolution) extreme short throw model will be the first to become available in April, followed shortly by two standard throw models, the NW30U WXGA (1280×800 resolution) and the NF32U full high-definition, 1080p resolution projector. They are spec’d with 2,500 lumens, 3,000 lumens and 3,000 lumens respectively, and to last for 20,000 hours. All three have both HDMI and VGA ports and can handle network content as well.
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BEHRINGER Adds 12,000 Watt Models to iNUKE Power Amp Line
BEHRINGER has introduced its most powerful iNUKE Series amps — the iNUKE12000 and iNUKE12000DSP, which are specified at 12,000 total watts — 6,000 watts per channel at 2 0hms, or 3,000 watts at 4 ohms. They weigh less than 18 lbs./8 kg and occupy only two racks spaces each. And, BEHRINGER says they run cooler and don’t require massive heat sinks and heavy toroidal transformers typically found in traditional amplifiers.
The front panel controls and indicators provide users vital information at a glance. Both channels feature positive-detent Gain controls with Signal LEDs that light when a signal is present, as well as clip LEDs to indicate when the signal is distorted. There is also a built-in subwoofer/satellite crossover and input connectors on the iNUKE are XLR and ¼” TRS combination jacks for compatibility with any source. Professional twist lock speaker connectors are found on the back panel.
For sound engineers requiring high-level control capability, iNUKE DSP Series amplifiers come with built-in DSP and 24 bit/96 kHz converters to ensure the ultimate signal integrity with an extremely broad dynamic range. The DSP functions include a sophisticated delay, crossover, EQ (eight parametric, two dynamic) and dynamics processing with lockable security settings. All iNUKE DSP models can be set up, controlled and monitored via the front panel USB connector.
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Quantum Data Intros 4K Test Generator
The AVPro QD804A is the industry’s first dedicated 4K test generator. The 804A is designed for both in-lab and in-field applications, supporting testing of HDMI 4Kx2K resolutions up to pixel rates of 297MHz.
Featuring four HDMI outputs all active simultaneously for testing HDTVs with multiple HDMI inputs, the QD804A eliminates the need for splitters and it can output component analog and composite analog video as well as HDMI through the same port. Switching between video timings and images is fast as the 804A is equipped with all the standard video timings and test patterns including support for 3D necessary for testing HDTVs, including tests for HDMI protocols such as HDCP, EDID and CEC.
The 804A tests compressed and uncompressed HDMI audio formats using a variety of audio test signals. An HDTV’s analog audio inputs can also be tested using the 804’s programmable analog audio outputs.
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Audinate Launches Dante Ultimo Solution
Audinate’s newest member of the Danteä product family: Ultimo. Ultimo is a complete, fully-featured, ready-to-use Dante interface for networked audio products, integrated into a single 13×13-millimeter chip. By providing an integrated, cost-effective networked audio solution over a 100 Mbps Ethernet interface, Ultimo extends the benefits of Dante networking to a wide new range of audio devices.
Dante is licensed by over 70 OEM manufacturers, and Dante networked devices are currently being designed into hundreds of AV OEM products. Audinate says Ultimo delivers a low-cost, small-footprint solution without sacrificing audio quality. As with Audinate’s other networked products, Ultimo uses high-quality, low-jitter clocks with ±1μs time alignment between networked devices. Ultimo does not require specialized switches and works with existing network infrastructure.
Ultimo includes Dante features such as automatic device discovery, plug-and-play networking, network-based firmware updates and customization of device names and channel labels.
Applications targeted for Ultimo include powered speakers, microphones, speakerphones, amplifiers, paging stations, personal monitoring systems, AV wall plates, recording interfaces, analog/digital break-in/break out and musical instruments.
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Mitsubishi Debuts Cloud Projector
Mitsubishi Electric is the first to launch a “cloud projector” in the form of the WD390U-EST. Like the original Apple MacBook Air that had virtually no ports or connections to it, the new Mitsubishi WD390U-EST cloud projector uses its built-in, thin client function to serve as a display device — basically, you log onto your network via the projector (like you would with a computer or iPad) and begin displaying content in seconds, whether from a local server, the internet or the cloud, giving presenters access to files through the projector itself. Using a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard and mouse, users can access content on a server, with such storage now referred to as “cloud content.”
Also, the WD390U-EST is an extreme short throw projector and is technically capable of displaying a 70″ diagonal image from 23 inches away.
Spec’d to project 3,000 lumens and using a 6,000-hour lamp, the WD390U-EST has native 1280×768 (WXGA) resolution and is controllable via RS232 or IP.
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ZeeVee Releases HDbridge 2000 Series Encoders/Modulators
ZeeVee just launched four new HDbridge 2000 Series encoders/modulators that broadcast up to four HD (1080p/i or 720p) channels. Housed in a single 1RU enclosure, the HDb2620 and HDb2640 offer two and four 1080p/i channels, respectively, while the HDb2520 and HDb2540 provide two and four 720p channels. For rapid deployment, all channels can be set at once.
Leveraging high-channel density, the new HDbridge 2000 Series encoders/modulators are designed for local broadcasting of HD channels in sports bars, educational and corporate campuses, healthcare facilities, hotels, stadiums and houses of worship. The HDb2620/40 and HDb2520/40 join the previously released HDb2380 8-channel digital SD (480i) modulator/encoder, which is now shipping. For improving picture quality while adding management capabilities, the HDb2380 can upgrade an entire analog headend to digital channels at a low cost, comparable to analog modulation.
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DynaScan Announces Three New High Brightness Professional Display Models
DynaScan Technology unveiled three 1920×1080 LCDs displays at Integrated Systems Europe this week – all with DVI daisy-chain ports and RS232 control.
The DS55LX3 is a 55-inch, 1500-nit LCD with local dimming backlight. It features a bezel of just 5.3-millimeters and screen-to-screen and built-in video daisy chaining so a single 1080p source can be used on video walls up to 6×6 in size without the need for any additional external video wall controller.
The DS72LT6 is a 72-inch LCD with a brightness spec of 5,000 nit aimed at outdoor apps such as outdoor enclosures and storefront windows. This display has a 30-millimeter bezel and includes a direct LED backlight with local dimming.
DynaScan also introduced a 2,500-nit version, the DS72LT4, featuring a fanless thermal management system, with all other features the same.
The DS55LX3, DS72LT4 and DS72LT6 will ship starting in February. Here are all the specs: http://www.dynascanusa.com/ds2_product_DS72LT6.htmlLeave a Comment Share Article
Extron Introduces New DMS Series Modular Frames and Fiber Matrix Boards
Extron announced the addition of the DMS 2000 and DMS 3200 Frames and DMS Fiber Matrix Boards to the DMS Series of Modular DVI Matrix Switchers. The DMS Series combine the simplicity and reliability of a fixed I/O matrix switcher with the convenience and flexibility of a modular solution. The compact DMS 2000 and DMS 3200 are designed to fit in a wide range of installations. The DMS 2000 is available in I/O configurations of 4×4 up to 20×20 in a 3U enclosure, and the DMS 3200 is available in I/O configurations of 4×4 up to 32×32 in a 5U enclosure. For design flexibility, the DMS Fiber Matrix Boards support transmitted distances up to 300 meters (984 feet) on one multimode fiber. Available in 4×4 I/O, four-input, and four-output configurations, the fiber optic boards can be mixed-and-matched with available DMS DVI Matrix Boards.
DMS Series Frames are available in sizes to fit I/O combinations from 4×4 to 36×36. The DMS 2000 and DMS 3200 frames are designed for applications requiring a compact enclosure size with a single, fixed power supply. For mission critical, 24/7 applications that require dual AC power inputs and hot-swappable power supplies, the DMS 1600 and DMS 3600 frames support I/O configurations up to 16×16 or 36×36, respectively. All four DMS frames accept any combination of the available DMS DVI and Fiber Matrix Boards.
The DMS Fiber Matrix Boards are compatible with the new Extron DFX 100 DVI extenders. The boards utilize standard LC connectors, which provide reliable physical connectivity and precise fiber core alignment, and allow the use of low-cost, widely available pre-terminated cables.
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Epson Adopts HDBaseT for All Future ProAV Projectors
Epson has released its new commercial projectors that incorporate the HDBaseT technology. Epson is the latest manufacturer to join the HDBaseT Alliance, a consortium of companies that works to promote and standardize HDBaseT technology (and is the Cat5 distribution system that’s being used by companies like Extron, Crestron, AMX, Kramer, etc). Empowered by the Valens Semiconductor HDBaseT chipset, HDBaseT enables whole-home and commercial distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content over a single CAT5e/6 cable.
So far, HDBaseT has been added to two of Epson’s ProAV projectors: the EB-G6900WU, a 6,000-lumen, WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution LCD and the EB-G6800, an XGA resolution LCD that claims 7,000 lumens.
If you want to better understand what HDBaseT is, go here: http://www.HDBaseT.org
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New AMX Enova DGX 8 Designed for Small Systems
AMX’s new Enova DGX 8 Digital Media Switcher (AVS-ENOVADGX8-ENC), like its older Enova siblings (the DGX 16 and DGX 32), includes all of the features and capabilities of the larger switchers, including an integrated NetLinx Controller, redundant power supplies and the ability to be populated with Enova DGX video input and output boards.
The Enova DGX 8 is basically a modular media switcher with a built-in controller. It distributes analog and digital audio and video including HDMI/HDCP, control and Ethernet — and is an 8×8 matrix. An integrated NetLinx Controller and embedded Ethernet switch enables management of the entire solution, including source equipment and display devices, all from a single point of control.
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New BenQ Interactive Projectors Bring Handheld Tablet Connectivity BenQ just announced the latest additions to its PointDraw line of short-throw projectors: the MW821ST and MX822ST. Supporting BenQ’s third-generation PointDraw interactive projection technology, the projectors facilitate a more immersive experience in classrooms and boardrooms by enabling integration of iPad and Android tablets and offer greater interaction with new PointDraw Pen 3.0. BenQ’s third-generation PointDraw technology includes the new PointDraw Pen 3.0 to create more engaging presentations. Now with improved pointer accuracy and decreased lag, the optional PointDraw pen enables teachers and presenters to write on any projection surface whenever enhanced interactivity is required. The QDraw3 app is available for download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and can be used via wireless connection with iPad and Android devices. The interactive software is also compatible with Mac and Linux operating systems in addition to offering tile-friendly Windows 8 compatibility, and can be downloaded from thebenq.us website. A license key is included in the PointDraw pen package, which is available for purchase separately. Both the MW821ST and MX822ST projectors are native WXGA (1280×800) and XGA (1024×768), respectively, and claim a contrast ratio of 13,000:1 and a a brightness spec of 3,000 ANSI lumens. The MW821ST is available now and lists at $1,399, while the MX822ST will be available in March and will list for $2,599. Both are here: http://www.benq.us Leave a Comment Share Article
Epson Intros 7K Lumen Projectors with Single Lamp Epson today announced the new PowerLite Pro G-series projectors that include features such as edge blending, 360-degree installation, six optional lenses and several connectivity options. Ranging from 4,500 to 7,000 lumens of “color brightness” (non-ANSI), the projectors are aimed at both the install market and rental and staging. There are seven models in the Pro G-Series:
- PowerLite Pro G6050W specified at 5,500 lumens, WXGA resolution at $3,799
- PowerLite Pro G6150 specified at 6,500, XGA resolution at $3,599
- PowerLite Pro G6450WU specified at 4,500, WUXGA resolution at $3,999
- PowerLite Pro G6550WU specified at 5,200, WUXGA resolution at $4,999
- PowerLite Pro G6750WU specified at 6,000, WUXGA resolution at $5,999
- PowerLite Pro G6800 specified at 7,000, XGA resolution at $4,799
- PowerLite Pro G6900WU specified at 6000, WUXGA resolution at $6,499
Extron Announces Upgrade to Its H.264 Streaming Media Encoder Extron announced an upgrade to its SME 100 encoder, enabling the support of additional network and streaming protocols. The SME 100 now supports push streaming in unicast or multicast applications applying native RTP or MPEG-2 Transport Streams. Session Announcement Protocol and Session Description Protocol are applied to manage push streaming sessions. These new network and streaming protocols make the SME 100 compatible with a greater variety of third party decoding devices and streaming configurations. Other new capabilities include HTTP tunneling and closed captioning support for the EIA-608B standard. These new features are included in all SME 100 units that are shipping. It’s also available firmware upgrade is available as a free download for current users at http://www.extron.com. The SME 100 is available in two models, the SME 100 SD, which streams at resolutions from 166×120 up to 720×576, and the SME 100 HD, which streams at resolutions from 166×120 up to HDTV 1080p/30. Both models accept standard definition video and high definition video signals, including 1080p and computer-video signals up to 1920×1200 plus audio. Extron has developed the SME 100 feature set specifically to support the broad source, control, and processing capabilities that AV applications require. Here are all the details: http://www.extron.com/company/article.aspx?id=sme100ad&s=sl05 Leave a Comment Share Article
InfoComm Opens 2013 Show Registration More than 10,000 of the hottest technology products from more than 925 companies will be featured at InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, Florida, June 8-14, at the Orange County Convention Center. Attendee registration is now available at http://www.infocommshow.org. InfoComm 2013 has more than 500,000 net square feet of show floor exhibits and special events space. More than 35,000 professionals are expected to attend the show, with a third of attendees coming from technology managers, specifiers and end-user communities. InfoComm caters to a broad spectrum of market sectors, including business, government, military, education, worship, healthcare, hospitality, retail and entertainment. Showcasing the latest AV technology, InfoComm 2013 provides the multi-billion dollar industry and its customers with a thriving show floor, along with unsurpassed education and training. Attendees will hear from all the leading audio brands in demo rooms and on the show floor, get connected with collaborative conferencing in the Unified Collaborative Conferencing Pavilion, experience the latest signs of the times at the Digital Signage Pavilion and see the latest in illumination and production in the Lighting and Staging Pavilion. The Technologies for Worship Pavilion will feature the latest AV technology applied for House of Worship staff and volunteers, while new technology zones will highlight emerging trends in the areas of digital content creation, education applications, mobile videoconferencing and security solutions. “The $78 billion AV industry continues to grow each year,” said InfoComm Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD. “Demand for AV technology, including control systems, conferencing, digital signage and networked audio, has increased dramatically in the built environment. Audiences expect increasingly spectacular live events. This interest has resulted in a thriving Show, and I am confident that InfoComm 2013 attendees will experience the most dynamic InfoComm ever.” InfoComm is often praised by attendees and exhibitors as the “can’t miss” technology show of the year because of the ability to interact with all segments of the industry in just a few days, while having the opportunity to attend more than 300 educational sessions offered by InfoComm University and valued partner groups. Beyond the show floor, AV Technology Tours will allow attendees to see installed AV projects in action and networking activities will bring everyone together, allowing for the development of meaningful conversations and relationships. The U.S. Department of Commerce is supporting InfoComm 2013 by promoting the show to overseas attendees because of its export potential, international interest, U.S. exhibitor offerings, stature and overseas marketing efforts. More than 4,500 attendees from 90 countries outside of North America are expected to visit the event. InfoComm 2013 is sponsored by Christie, Crestron and Samsung. For more news on InfoComm 2013 before, during and after the show, visit http://www.infocommshow.org Leave a Comment Share Article
Lectrosonics Intros 8×8 Audio Interface for Dante Products Lectrosonics’ new DNT BOB 88 Dante Breakout Box is an accessory for its ASPEN Dante network processor (or other Dante hardware), which is basically an interface designed to transmit and receive line level analog audio signals via a Dante network. What it’s designed for is creating a bi-directional digital “snake” for stage productions, sending audio to a remote recording location in a courtroom complex or delivering audio to remote amplifiers and loudspeakers in a stadium. With the DNT BOB 88, analog inputs are converted to digital and appear on the network as transmit channels. Audio for the analog outputs is taken from subscriptions to transmit channels on the network from other sources. When connected to a network, each DNT BOB 88 break out box will appear as a separate device in the Dante Controller software interface. The unit operates as a native Dante device with automatic device discovery and clock configuration using standard Ethernet hardware. High quality A/D and D/A converters ensure excellent audio quality. The new DNT BOB 88 Dante Breakout Box features eight balanced line level analog inputs, eight balanced line level analog outputs, Dante primary and secondary ports, eight Dante network outputs, and eight Dante network inputs. The DNT BOB 88 is Gigabit compatible and AVB (Audio Video Bridging) ready. The DNT BOB 88 Dante Breakout Box lists for $1,905 and you can see all the specs here: http://www.lectrosonics.com Leave a Comment Share Article
Extron Announces the VNR 100 VN-Matrix Single Channel Recorder Extron’s new VNR 100 is a single channel recorder that digitally records and plays back high-definition computer graphics, video, audio and data streamed in VN-Matrix systems. It can simultaneously record and play back streaming content. This provides flexibility for recording and playback workflows and can help increase the duty cycle of expensive source and presentation equipment. The VNR 100 presents a scalable solution that can be deployed in single source or multi-source applications. Pre-recorded content can be streamed while an independent source is recorded in time-slip applications, and chase-play capabilities allow time-shifted delays to be introduced into a live stream. Additionally, multiple VNR 100 units can be configured to accommodate recording and playback of AV content presented on multi-screen display systems. As a part of Extron’s line of VN-Matrix streaming solutions, the VNR 100 is ideally suited for AV streaming and recording applications with the most demanding quality and performance requirements. Some applications for the VNR 100 include command and control, training and simulation, or multi-site house of worship and staged entertainment events. Here are all the specs: http://www.extron.com/product/product.aspx?id=vnmr100&s=5 Leave a Comment Share Article
Chief Adds Interfaces to Mount Cisco Telepresence EX90
|Chief’s latest product allows the Cisco Telepresence EX90 to be mounted to Chief’s Kontour articulating desk mount or to Chief’s Thinstall 18” extension swing arm mount.|
- Extension capability to precisely position the EX90 when in and out of use
- Centris low profile tilt to provide up to 15 degrees of effortless fingertip tilt for optimal viewing angles
- Integrated cable management through enclosed, tool-less cable covers
- Dedicated shelf space for the Cisco TelePresence Touch 8
Christie Introduces Phoenix, Control for Control Rooms Christie wants to re-define content management for the control room with the Christie Phoenix, an open content management system designed specifically for fast-paced command and control centers with highly mobile and dispersed work forces (such as public utilities, government, security and surveillance, transportation and telecommunications). A network streaming solution at its core, Christie Phoenix allows users to seamlessly access and control information, in virtually any location, for collaboration, synthesizing of information and decision-making in critical environments. Based on a single streaming appliance, the Christie Phoenix node, and a PC user software environment, Christie Phoenix systems are designed to be simple and cost effective to configure, deploy and manage, simultaneously, all from one box. Christie Phoenix nodes can be combined to create synchronized display walls of virtually any size, or can be used as a desktop processor to augment a single user’s operating environment. PC software offers access and control of Christie Phoenix streams anywhere a user can connect to a network. As a network streaming device, Christie Phoenix nodes are compatible with the majority of existing network cameras and surveillance systems, as well as a number of third-party video encoders. The Christie Phoenix node is a 19” rack mount unit that comes standard with DVI, KVM and audio input and output connectors (which can all be used simultaneously). A Christie Phoenix node can encode up to two and decode up to 12 high definition signals. Multiple Christie Phoenix nodes can be combined and synchronized to create a display wall of up to 128 outputs. Inputs, each up to 1920×1080 resolution, are encoded and placed on the network – while simultaneously allowing keyboard and mouse (KVM) control of those inputs over the network. Where access to output connectors is not possible, Christie Phoenix offers software-only VNC and RDP implementations for direct access to encode, stream, control and display content. The desktop software included with Christie Phoenix features a drag-and-drop interface that can manage content on multiple display walls simultaneously. It can also display Christie Phoenix content locally on a user’s desktop while sharing content with other Christie Phoenix users across the network, all of whom can view and control the content. Phoenix features include:
- A system consisting of one or many hardware nodes and PC software that operates on a standard Ethernet network to encode, decode and display simultaneously, all from the same box
- Based on secure, industry-standard H.264 media encoding and decoding
- Easy to install and configure and can be scaled up or down at anytime
- Up to 2560×1600 resolution per output
- Support for 2560×1600 (overlay mode using output connectors)
- From 640×480 to 1920×1080 encoded to H.264
Sony Intros World’s First 4,000-Lumen, WUXGA Projector Using 3LCD Laser Technology At ISE last month, Sony brought out its next generation WUXGA installation projector with Laser Light Source Technology. It’s a 4,000-lumen, WUXGA (1920×1200) projector with 3LCD laser technology, which Sony says is the brightest projector of its kind and a first for the industry. This new addition to Sony’s installation projector line-up follows the design of the VPL-FH31 and VPL-FH36 models. The chassis is designed for optimum flexibility with a clean white finish designed to blend in with its environment. The Laser Light Source Projector offers low TCO via the newly-developed BrightEra 3LCD technology, which gives the projector up to 20,000 hours maintenance-free, depending on the projector’s environment and setup conditions. As the projector incorporates lasers, rather than LEDs, to achieve optimum brightness, the Laser Light Source Projector claims substantially brighter images, better contrast ratios and color stability. The white light, like traditional UHP light sources, is directed into the 3LCD engine to deliver picture quality. The projector also features a picture muting mode that allows the user to quickly start the presentation once the mute mode has been turned off. The Laser Light Source Projector also delivers installation flexibility as it is tilt-free with an efficient portrait mode to ensure the projector appeals to both corporate and education markets. The Laser Light Source Projector will be available in the summer of 2013. Here are the specs: http://www.sony.co.uk/pro/hub/home Leave a Comment Share Article
Hitachi Unveils Broad Range Of Installation LCD Projectors Hitachi Digital Media launches six new LCD projectors for installation environments. The models, say the maker, feature a contemporary design and deliver substantial improvements in performance, flexible installation, connectivity and most importantly, total cost of ownership. To deal with the high demands of installation environments Hitachi has also launched a family of optional lenses to accompany these new installation models. The lenses cover a wide range of projection distances and lens shifts, enabling them to adapt to the available space. The intuitive motorized vertical and horizontal lens shift mechanism provides fast and efficient installation; users can easily adjust images ± 50 percent horizontally and up to 60 percent vertically. This functionality is designed for theaters and conference suites that require continuous changes to projection set-ups. When stacked, users can achieve double brightness levels. This unique set up also acts as a fail-safe operation mode; if one projector fails the other will continue to operate unaffected. The 6,000 ANSI Lumen color light output of the CP-X8160 means that users have great scope to project large but bright images in all environments. There are six models with an assortment of resolutions and brightness levels. The CP-X8150 and CP-X8160 offer XGA resolution, while the CP-WX8240 and the CP-WX8255 provide WXGA wide screen format. The CP-WU8440 and CP-WU8450 deliver WUXGA resolution. There is also the ability to project the same image on up to 12 projectors simultaneously using the multi-projector facility. In addition the Crestron RoomView software provides a custom configurable interface to monitor, manage and control every device in every room remotely from any computer. The new models feature a 5,000-hour lamp life and a hybrid filter that operates for up to 15,000 hours under normal operating conditions. The CP-X8160 and the CP-WX8255 offer a 360-degree vertical tilt angle, enabling users to project downwards onto a floor or upwards onto a ceiling. Both the CP-X8160 and CP-WX8255 also contain a superior three-layer hybrid filter lasting up to a remarkable 20,000 hours. These models also cater for an increased environmental operating temperature range of 0 ~ 45C. All models are now able to operate at 10,000 feet or 3048 meters. While not intended for actual medical diagnosis applications, the medical industry-standard DICOM simulation mode is available on all models for the accurate reproduction of greyscale levels. It is a feature for viewing medical images such as X-rays in training and educational environments. Here are all the specs: http://www.hitachidigitalmedia.com/pressRelease.do?actionName=loadPressText&id=507&language=dk&country=DK# Leave a Comment Share Article
Mitsubishi Goes Lampless with New Laser Projectors Mitsubishi Electric brings out the LaserVue family of lamp-free projectors, the company’s first hybrid-design. To produce the red-green-blue lighting elements required to form all displays, Mitsubishi LaserVue projectors use one pure red LED and up to 34 pure blue laser diodes of varying strengths and wavelengths, and a solid-colored phosphor wheel that emits green light. Unlike other light engine designs in the market today (e.g., Casio), some of the blue laser diodes are diverted to excite phosphors on this single-segment wheel. This creates a clean, clear green, eliminating color breaking or rainbow effects that are sometimes observed in similar projectors. Those that use dual or multi-segment color phosphor wheels often attempt to boost brightness at the expense of color accuracy. Mitsubishi’s new design uses a single-segment wheel — thus, no reduction or brightness. Mitsubishi’s new line of LaserVue projectors consists of three portable models. The NW31U-EST WXGA (1280×800 resolution) extreme short throw model will be the first to become available in April, followed shortly by two standard throw models, the NW30U WXGA (1280×800 resolution) and the NF32U 1080p resolution projector. They are spec’d with 2,500 lumens, 3,000 lumens and 3,000 lumens, respectively, and to last for 20,000 hours. All three have both HDMI and VGA ports and can handle network content as well. More information is here: http://www.mitsubishi-presentations.com/mitsubishi-electric-introduces-laservue-projectors-that-let-you-wave-goodbye-to-lamp-replacements/ Leave a Comment Share Article
Environmental Lights Introduces Wi-Fi Enabled LED Light Bulbs Environmental Lights just launched a family of Wi-Fi-enabled LED lighting. The LinkUp LED lighting series allows you to control LinkUp LED light bulbs and LinkUp receivers for 12- or 24-volt LED strip lights from your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone, when used in conjunction with the LinkUp Wi-Fi Router. There are three kits of Wi-Fi compatible LinkUp LED light bulbs: dimmable warm white bulbs, white adjustable bulbs and RGB color-changing bulbs. The warm white and white adjustable bulb kits include two bulbs and one remote control, whereas the RGB color-changing bulb kits come with only one bulb. Additional bulbs are sold separately. An unlimited amount of LinkUp LED light bulbs can be controlled simultaneously from the included remote control, or through a single smartphone app on an iPhone, iPad or Android device when paired with the LinkUp Wi-Fi Router. These A-shaped bulbs screw directly into standard E26 sockets so you can simply replace old incandescent bulbs with LinkUp LED light bulbs and customize the perfect lighting environment. The easy-to-use bulbs require no special power sources or electrical equipment. Use any standard E26 base lighting fixture for downlighting or other general illumination. When used as a direct replacement for an incandescent bulb, this A19 LED bulb provides up to 85 percent in energy savings. The RGB color-changing LinkUp LED light bulb can be controlled by choosing a static color (50 hues) from the touch sensitive wheel or by selecting one of 20 pre-programmed modes. The brightness of the lights can also be dimmed and you can control the speed of the color-changing effects. You can learn more at http://www.EnvironmentalLights.com Leave a Comment Share Article
Epson Intros $429 and $359 2,700-Lumen Projectors Epson’s new VS-series (The V stands for Value) projectors include two models so far. The VS220 ($359) and VS320 ($429) offer SVGA and XGA resolution, respectively, and deliver high performance with 2,700 lumens (non-ANSI) of color brightness and 2,700 lumens of white brightness. They also offer HDMI connectivity for high-quality audio and video with one cable. The VS220 and VS320 offer easy-to-use connectivity and control features, including USB Plug ‘n Play for instantly projecting video and audio from a PC or Mac computer via a USB connection, as well as automatic vertical keystone correction for easy image alignment and fast setup. The VS320 offers additional features, including a horizontal easy-slide control bar for enhanced image correction, allowing for a rectangular image from any angle, as well as an A/V Mute slide which stops the sound and picture to allow for a quick pause in the presentation. The new VS models also feature Direct Power On and Off for wall switch power control and Instant Off which instantly powers the projector on and off with no cool down time. Inputs include HDMI and VGA. Here are all the specs of the 220: http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&sku=V11H592020 Here are the specs of the 320: http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&sku=V11H429420 Leave a Comment Share Article
Barco Buys Wireless Company AWIND Without much fan fair, Barco bought one of the leading wireless transmission (wireless high-resolution video and audio) company today for $7.1 million dollars. AWIND, based in Taiwan, was founded in 2003 and employs about 60 people. Currently, it’s the technology that’s used in the majority of the projector manufacturers that do wireless video and audio transmission (e.g., EPSON, Sharp and Sony). AWIND’s wireless transmission system includes its own branded “black box” hardware, embedded firmware, wireless networking and software for Windows, Mac, Mobile and Linux. The system supports resolutions up 2048×1536. You may also know AWIND from its USB dongle called WiGA, which allows for video and audio from a Mac or PC via a USB port to a projector or HDTV: http://www.awindinc.com/products_wiga_wga_120.html Obviously Barco will leverage AWIND for its ClickShare strategy. This is a good move for Barco since well over 65 percent of the wireless video and audio transmission systems (without Apple’s AirPlay) on the market are using the AWIND technology. If you want to see all the products AWIND makes, go here: http://www.awindinc.com/products_all.html Here is where you can see Barco’s ClickShare: http://www.barco.com/clickshare Leave a Comment Share Article
Extron Announces New DVI Signal Regenerator and Audio Extender with EDID Extron’s new DVI 110 Plus is a DVI signal regenerator and audio extender with EDID Minder. The DVI 110 Plus retimes and reshapes marginal or noisy DVI-D signals at the source, ensuring a strong, stable digital signal. It also accepts unbalanced computer stereo audio and converts it to balanced line level stereo audio, eliminating noise usually associated with unbalanced audio over long cable runs. The DVI 110 Plus features EDID Minder, which maintains continuous EDID communication with the source and ensures proper video output even if the display device is off. The DVI 110 Plus is available in Decora-style and AAP form factors, and is ideal for improving system performance by eliminating signal noise and reducing jitter at the output of the source. The DVI 110 Plus can be used in conjunction with an Extron DVI 101 or HDMI 101 Plus cable equalizer to ensure optimal picture quality on a long cable run. It can also be used with DVI or HDMI products equipped with input cable equalization, such as the Extron SMX HDMI and DVI Pro matrix boards, or DXP Series and DMS Series digital matrix switchers. Here are all the specs: http://www.extron.com/product/product.aspx?id=dvi110plus&s=5 Leave a Comment Share Article
Extron Intros High Performance Shielded Twisted Pair Cable for XTP Systems and DTP Series Products Extron has announced its new 24 AWG shielded twisted pair cable for Extron XTP Systems and DTP Series products. XTP DTP 24 cable is engineered to Extron’s exacting standards of performance and is certified to 475 MHz bandwidth at distances up to 330 feet (100 meters). The cable utilizes an SF/UTP Shielded Foil/Unshielded Twisted Pair design for superior performance in digital video and audio distribution system applications, and features 24 AWG solid copper conductors within overall braid and foil shields. Both Non-Plenum and Plenum-rated versions are available in spools of 1,000 feet (305 meters). To ensure end-to-end cable infrastructure performance, a line of matching shielded RJ-45 plugs, punch down jacks, and couplers is also available. XTP DTP 24 Cable is available in Plenum and Non-Plenum versions, in 1,000 foot (305 m) spools with self-dispensing packaging. XTP DTP 24 RJ-45 Plugs, Punch Down Jacks and Couplers are sold in packages of 10. Here are all the specs: http://www.extron.com/product/product.aspx?id=xtpdtp24&s=5 Leave a Comment Share Article
TouchSystems to Launch InspiraTouch Tables at DSE TouchSystems’ new InspiraTouch is a new line of interactive touch tables that includes two models: the InspiraTable and the InspiraPoint. InspiraTable is just the touch table, i.e., the display and the enclosure. InspiraPoint includes not only the touch table, but also multi-touch software and an optional PC for a complete multi-touch solution. Both of the 1920×1080 tables are available 42″ and a 55″ sizes and they company hinted to us that it might have a larger size coming by InfoComm. They have both HDMI and DVI-D inputs. The touch tables are integrated with an infrared multi-touch technology that allows up to forty touch points. The tables also boast advanced anti-image sticking technology that eliminates ghosting and SmartPower, an energy-saving feature that can cut energy costs by up to fifty percent. Here are all the specs: http://www.touchsystems.com/products.aspx?product=InspiraTable42 Leave a Comment Share Article
Extron Expands HDMI Distribution Amplifier Lineup Extron has introduced two new, larger HDMI distribution amplifiers as part of its HDMI DA Series product line. The HDMI DA4 with four outputs, and HDMI DA6 with six outputs, are HDCP compliant and support HDMI specification features including data rates up to 6.75 Gbps, 12-bit Deep Color, 3D, Lip Sync and HD lossless audio formats. They also support HDTV 1080p/60 and PC resolutions up to 1920×1200. For ease of integration and reliable operation, the HDMI DA Series features two Extron technologies: EDID Minder, which maintains continuous EDID communication between connected devices, and Key Minder, which continuously authenticates HDMI encryption between all devices, ensuring the simultaneous distribution of source content to connected displays. To enhance and simplify integration, the HDMI DA Series offers features including automatic input cable equalization, automatic color bit depth management and selectable output muting, as well as indicators for monitoring and troubleshooting. Input cable equalization restores and reshapes incoming HDMI signals, reducing the need for additional signal conditioning equipment by compensating for weak source signals or signal loss from a long input cable. The HDMI DA Series automatically adjusts color bit depth based on the display EDID, preventing color compatibility conflicts between source and display. Outputs can be muted independently via RS-232, allowing content to be previewed on a local monitor. Additionally, the distribution amplifiers provide immediate visual confirmation of EDID status, HDCP authentication, and signal presence confirmation for each port via front panel LED indicators. Here are all the stats: http://www.extron.com/product/product.aspx?id=hdmidaseries&s=5 Leave a Comment Share Article
Dataton Intros WATCHPAX Dedicated Media Server with Built-In WATCHOUT Multi-Display Software
Swedish AV manufacturer Dataton introduced at ISE WATCHPAX, the company’s first dedicated media server with built-in Dataton WATCHOUT multi-display software.
WATCHPAX runs over any standard network. A WATCHPAX media server is required for each display source and delivers full audio and video capability. The built-in WATCHOUT software is accessible by a user interface via TCP/IP. Users can orchestrate stills, 3D objects, interactive elements, animations, graphics, video and sound across multiple displays, soft-edge or scattered.
WATCHPAX comes in a matte black aluminium finish in a small enclosure that’s only 127x148x22 millimeters. It weighs only 470 grams and consumes very little power.
For more information about WATCHPAX, please visit http://www.dataton.com.Leave a Comment Share Article
Barco Intros Free-Standing Structures for Tiled Video Walls
At ISE, Barco showcased its new structures for tiled LCD video walls. Dubbed the OBLX series, these are free-standing structures, meaning they do not need wall support for stability, and expand the applicability of tiled LCD video walls. Barco introduced the OBLX-4610 and OBLX-5510 free-standing structures, which hold 46” or 55” LCD displays, respectively, in a 2×2 landscape setup or a 3×1 portrait setup. Because these structures can be easily placed next to each other, they can be tiled horizontally for as long as a client needs.
The leg of the OBLX series structures is designed to house a 19” rack-mountable controller or, you could use it to install a ClickShare Base Unit or a DISplayer (Barco dzine’s digital signage media player) inside the structure. It’s rear-accessible.
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