Chief Debuts Kontour
At the Digital Signage Expo, Chief announced the launch of a unique line of desk and wall monitor arms called the Kontour Series. Kontour mounts are designed with a forged aluminum body and can hold monitors weighing up to 40 pounds (18.14 kg). Variable mounting options allow installers to choose between desk and wall mounts with varying extension up to 24” (61 cm). Advanced models also include Extreme Centris with -10 degrees to +75 degrees of fingertip tilt that lends itself well to sit-to-stand workstation applications. A hassle-free cable management system easily conceals cables beneath hinged channel covers in the K1 Series. Easy Access loops keep cables tidy in the K2 Series.
To see the entire line, go here: http://www.chiefmfg.com/search_results.aspx?view=initial&quick=k1d100 Leave a Comment
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Epson Debuts Projector That Turns Any Surface Into Interactive Space
Dubbed the BrightLink 455Wi, this projector is designed to turn ANY space into an interactive learning space – a wall, a table, a desk, a floor or even a whiteboard. Leave a Comment
The package includes a 2,500-lumen, native WXGA resolution (16:10 aspect ratio), 3LCD projector and the wall mount, two interactive pens, a short throw lens (capable of projecting an 80-inch image from three inches away). It’s network-enabled, includes a 3000-5000 hour filter and lists for $2199.
Here are more specs: http://www.epson.com/brightlink
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Vaddio Unveils HD Robotic 3-Chip Camera
Vaddio says you can “experience true 1080p HD video quality, without the artifacts and noise so many single chip HD cameras produce,” with Vaddio’s newest high definition camera, the ClearVIEW HD-20. With a glass multi-element 20x motorized zoom lens and the newly designed precision slip-clutch robotics, the HD 20 provides fluid broadcast-quality motion control with smooth pan/tilt operation for accurate camera movement and control.
The new HD-20 is built around the 6.49mm diagonal (1/3-Type) Sony Exmor Sensor, which adopts the “Column-Parallel A/D Conversion Technique” to create images containing more detail than ever before. It combines the speed of the 3.27 megapixel CMOS sensor with the advanced quality image sensor technologies accumulated through the development of CCD sensors. With a LUX rating of 1.6, the HD-20 achieves improved picture quality in very low light environments, resulting in a truly accurate and clean HD video image. Outputs include high definition video in both analog and component (YPbPr) and HDMI formats in resolutions of 1080p, 1080i and 720p, ideal for use in presentation and videoconferencing environments. SDI is also available with an optional Slot Card.
Here are all the specs: http://www.vaddio.com/product-detail.php?p=381 Leave a Comment
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Dukane Intros Low Cost Document Camera for K-12 Market
For schools looking for a high-quality, low-cost combination document/Web camera, look no further than the Dukane Cam9100, the updated version of the award-winning Cam9000. At an end user price of $199, the Cam9100 doubles as a regular document camera or a Web cam with USB driven audio/video capabilities.
Using a 2.1 megapixel sensor, with a 68-degree view and image capture capability of 1920×1080, the Cam9100 includes built-in echo cancellation, noise reduction and compatibility with Skype and Yahoo Messenger for quick PC-based videoconferencing applications.
Here are the specs: http://www.dukane.com/ Leave a Comment
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NEC Launches V Series
The V Series (probably stands for “value”) is flagshiped with the 3000-lumen V300X, what NEC is dubbing an affordable XGA (1024×768) projector that’s aimed at the ED market. Weighing in at five pounds and using a lamp spec’d for 5000 hours, NEC is aiming for simplicity and cost savings, including a feature where the projector automatically turn off when an incoming signal is not detected from any of the inputs. Including their quick start (three seconds) feature, auto power and direct power-off with no cooling required, the projector doesn’t even use a filter that needs to be replaced. Leave a Comment
3D-ready, the V300X is a single-chip DLP projector that includes VGA, HDMI and S-video inputs, is network-enabled and includes a carbon-savings meter.
Here are all the specs: http://necdisplay.com/category/multimedia-projectors
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Thorburn Associates Hosts Designing AV Classrooms Workshop in Chicago
At Steve Thorburn’s workshop on designing AV systems for classrooms, not only do you earn six InfoComm RUs, but you can also earn six AIA CEUs by attending. The workshop provides the foundation needed to recognize the components of a successful learning space design. Those involved in the planning of learning spaces and the support of instructional technology will obtain an understanding of best practices as well as useful rules-of-thumb to guide the initial planning efforts.
Guided by Steve Thorburn, PE, CTS-D, CTS-I, nationally recognized for his teaching and consultations in acoustics, and audiovisual communications, participants will take home the foundational understanding of key components of successful learning space design.
Want more details? Go here: http://www.ta-inc.com/planning Leave a Comment
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Extron Awarded U.S. Patent for Flat Field Speaker Technology
Extron was recently granted a U.S. Patent for its Flat Field speaker technology. Flat Field is an Extron exclusive loudspeaker technology that helps sound system designers address a challenge: ensuring uniform delivery of audio content to all participants in a classroom, conference room, or boardroom. While this can be achieved by spacing a sufficient number of ceiling speakers throughout the room, designers often have to limit the quantity of speakers due to budget concerns. The result is inadequate coverage where the level is too high in some areas and too low in others. Flat Field Technology solves this problem with a proprietary speaker design that produces even sound pressure levels over a sound field much wider than a conventional ceiling speaker, according to Extron. With this uniform sound distribution, two Flat Field speakers can deliver the same audio coverage that would have required four or more typical ceiling speakers. This technology is available in the Extron FF 120, FF 120T, and FF 220T ceiling tile speakers.
Learn more about Flat Field Technology here: http://www.extron.com/company/article.aspx?id=ffsad&s=0 Leave a Comment
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Milestone AV Technologies Merges With Da-Lite for $202.5 Million
Milestone AV Technologies (maker of Chief and Sanus brand AV mounting and display solutions) announced this month that it will merge with Da-Lite Screen Company (maker of Da-Lite, Projecta and Procolor brand commercial and residential projection screens) for $202.5 million.
It’s the type of corporate transaction that we will see more of as the AV industry consolidates. This new combination will create an industry leader in mounting solutions, AV furniture, and projection screens across both commercial and consumer AV markets with nearly 1000 employees worldwide and 8 major operating locations around the globe.
“We are pleased to announce the combination of these two great companies,” says Scott Gill, CEO of Milestone AV Technologies. “Through the strength of this combination, we will be able to offer a more comprehensive product line to our joint customers, open up new sales channels for our brands, and provide growth opportunities for our employees…” Milestone is no newcomer to mergers and acquisitions — it was formed from the successful merger of Chief Manufacturing and Sanus Systems in 2004.
In May 2008, the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Duchossois Group (the $2 billion group that also owns AMX, HeathCo, Brivo Systems, Chamberlain and other companies). As an operating subsidiary of Milestone, Da-Lite will continue to be based in Indiana under the leadership of Da-Lite President Richard Lundin. A definitive agreement (where Milestone assumes more than $90 million of Da-Lite debt) has been signed with the transaction expected to close within the next 30 days.
Here’s the official press release: http://www.milestone.com/article11.html Leave a Comment
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Premier Debuts Digital Signage Package Using iPad
Premier has introduced a unique iPad mount that’s aimed at helping turn an iPad into a low-cost, networked digital signage display. Dubbed the IPM700, this mount uses a wall-mount frame that completely covers all iPad controls and allows access to only the touch screen, basically turning the iPad into a compact interactive display for digital signage. Leave a Comment
The frame, available in various finishes, allows the iPad to be used as a protected digital signage delivery platform, preventing any unauthorized access. The mount does not obstruct reception to Wi-Fi networks. Premier Mounts has also partnered with AVD to develop a complete, iPad-based digital signage package. Download the AVD Browse app from iTunes to control the iPad and its digital content via a Wi-Fi network.
To learn more about this app, download a free version from the iTunes App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/avd-browse/id372757110?mt=8
Want all the specs on the IPM700? Click here: http://premiermounts.cmail3.com/t/r/l/jljldlt/okhdtjklk/ky/
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Peerless Shows Digital Signage Stand at DSE
Later this year, Peerless will ship a movable cart/stand product for digital signage displays that’s designed to display up to four digital screens simultaneously. Constructed of welded steel, it’s made with gusseted uprights in its tubular frame to avoid tipping and a horizontal rail system allows users to adjust side-by-side displays. Peerless even says that at full capacity, the cart can be easily moved by one individual.
The product can accommodate screen sizes from 40 to 60 inches through staggered hole patterns on the vertical supports. Conversion to a stand is quickly accomplished by replacing the wheels with the available Peerless leg accessory leveler.
Click here to see a video we shot of it at DSE: http://ravepubs.com/rave2011/index.php?option=com_ravevideo&ravevideo_id=3999&view=ravevideo Leave a Comment
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