Volume 5, Issue 1 — January 13, 2012
AV Project Overachievers
By Greg Bronson, CTS-D
In a perfect AV world, a consistent work effort put into a project would net a consistently (and proportionate) successful outcome. Unfortunately, beyond what can be attributed to Murphy, some projects seem to be resource drains until they finally make it to completion. But with this being a new year and all, lets not focus on those. Rather, this month’s focus of the AV Club body of knowledge will be on some real world tidbits that, given an AV Pro's other technical expertise, can push beyond "whew, finally done" to "and take that."
Before kicking off this dialog on such extras that contribute to end of project bonus(es), here are a few backdrop comments on the assumed AV Pro's tech experience. Suffice to say that none of these "extras" should be considered in place of the requisite applied technical skill required of the responsible parties. Rather, they are in addition to possessing and applying them. A gross example: If one project goal is to provide a new primary display for a classroom and the solution includes a slick-looking (but small for the room) flat screen display, when all is said and done, students in the back of the room complain (which is a major red flag as they rarely speak up on such things) they can't read the typical text content. No amount of "spin" of following extras will right that wrong. Leave a Comment
OK, so aside from first addressing the right technology solutions, what are some elements that can contribute to pushing an AV project into high achievement?
Sliding Achievement Scale. The best AV project plan (typically articulated by the AV program document) includes some variability in its goals. This does not mean ambiguous goals so as to stack the deck for loose interpretation of ultimate success; rather, it’s acknowledgement that technology is always evolving and we want to maximize the return to the customer in terms of latest and greatest features. What is especially important here is to make sure that the new model upgrade offered "just in time" has all the original criteria needed… and at least one feature of those that were on a previous wish list. Then, make sure the end users are aware those wish list features were ultimately provided (at no additional cost, thank you!).
Know Thy AV User. Despite its politically incorrect connotation, profiling the real end user base can be helpful. And as any happy customer ultimately means, to some degree, cast the final product in his own image, it's important to understand how (or equally, how not) his view of things colors the likelihood of successful application of what might be an otherwise atypical solution in his environment. The dicey part of "build it and they will come," like the movie Field of Dreams, is that one could be literally alone (at least initially) in appreciating the final outcome. So listen, and probe, intently to what is initially described as the real end users’ goals for the AV system (and/or the space itself). These conversations can become slightly uncomfortable when they occur upfront. But that all fades away when the same folks are seeking you out afterwards for the next project due to your thoroughness.
Timing is everything. A great final project that is not ready for its first substantial use is going to be a hard sell. And, while perhaps a hallmark of great AV project management is making good decisions in time-critical situations, it's also true that almost all those decisions would be better made with a broader set of choices available when not under the sound of a ticking clock. So, don't assume "work by others" will be done as initially indicated and do assume you'll be expected to deliver on contingency plans. The theme here is to err on the side of being a pest to get critical tasks completed in time windows that allows for good decisions. This way the project vortex toward bad ones won't suck you (and your final product) down, but have you delivering solutions to an otherwise weary end user.
Shouldn't every AV project have the opportunity to be viewed in the end as being an overachiever? The obvious answer is yes, but getting there isn't as easy as just applying best AV practice. While our techie dreams have us wowing roomfuls of end users with the latest AV equivalent Red Ryder gadget, reality is what it takes to get that extra attention has more to do with the extras that matter to them.
The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views of the authors’ employer(s), past or present.
Greg Bronson, CTS-D, applies AV technologies in the development of innovative learning spaces for higher education. Greg spent the first 10 years of his career as AV technician and service manager, with the past 12+ years as an AV system designer and project manager. Bronson currently works for Cornell University and has also worked for two SUNY (State University of New York) campuses as well as a regional secondary education service depot. Bronson is the originator of concept for InfoComm’s Dashboard for Controls and has had completed projects featured in industry publications. You can reach Greg at email@example.com
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Projectors: Lamps, LEDs, Lasers and Hybrid Illumination
By Matt Brennesholtz
Analyst, Insight Media
There are 3100 exhibitors here at CES, according to the Consumer Electronics Association and probably most of them are not building projectors or projector components. Projector components don’t show up too much on the show floor at CES since consumers don’t buy components like lasers, LEDs, microdisplays, etc. End users buy systems, and it is up to the manufacturers to make these systems as transparent to the buyer as possible. Leave a Comment
For example, consumers don’t like changing lamps. A lamp is a component and the consumer preference is that the lamp should stay hidden behind a door that never needs opening. Never mind that some lamp-based projectors feature a lifetime of 6000 hours and that may rise to 10,000 hours by the end of 2012. For many users, by the time a projector accumulates 6,000 hours, it is functionally obsolete so rather than replace the lamp, the user just replaces the projector. For some key markets like education, 4,000, 6,000 or 10,000 hours just isn’t enough.
End users want 20,000 – 30,000 hour lamp life? No problem. RGB LEDs have no problems meeting this target — in a 500 or so lumen projector. 300- to 500-lumen projectors are available from multiple vendors and have been available for a couple months. There have also been some LED projectors with higher output but in larger form factors and at higher prices.
For some users, 500 lumens is fine and Insight Media expects these projectors to do well (we recently reviewed the Acer K330 and ViewSonic PLED-W500 500-lumen projectors for subscribers of Mobile Display Report, and issued a new report on this class of microprojectors).
Like the microprojector market, the mainstream projector market continues to trend toward higher lumen products. Fifteen or 20 years ago, a 500-lumen projector was mainstream and considered pretty bright, but not in 2012. 2000 lumens was the lower limit for mainstream projectors for a while, but the trend is upward toward, and beyond, 2500 lumens.
Lasers will give you an almost arbitrarily bright projector. Kodak and now Barco have publicly demonstrated laser cinema projectors. These projectors are 1) not portable, 2) not cheap and 3) high powered laser devices that require special safety precautions. While a Class 2 laser projector in the 2000 – 2500 lumen range probably could be built, it probably would be priced out of the mainstream market.
One answer to these opposing desires among projector end users is the hybrid projector. The reason you can’t make brighter LED projectors is the restricted output of the green LED so just eliminate the green LED while keeping the red and blue LEDs. The use of a blue laser to stimulate a green phosphor to replace the green LED has been well demonstrated by Casio, who is now working on their second generation of hybrid projector design which offers outputs up to 4000 lumens in a good form factor and reasonable price.
Does one company coming out with a projector family based on blue lasers exciting a green phosphor represent an industry trend? In this case, the answer is clearly yes. Insight Media has been told that at least three projector companies are going to issue press releases on their own hybrid technology projectors over the next couple of days. These announcements won’t necessarily come at CES: at least one will be made at a British conference and trade show for the education market.
Insight Media will be taking a close look at the market and technology of hybrid projectors. The plan is to produce a market forecast for this illumination technology going forward to about 2017. Stay tuned, we think the future is bright.
Matt Brennesholtz is an analyst for Insight Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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In Maybe Worst Marketing Move Ever in ProAV, SMART Launches Projector Line
By Gary Kayye
How does that old saying go? Something like, "Don't bite the hand that feeds you." Leave a Comment
Well, that's exactly what SMART Technologies did today by debuting its own interactive projector in the form of the LightRaise 40wi — a projector with a 0.30:1 throw ratio (ultra-short throw), 10-watt speakers, a mic input, an interactive pen-based system that's integrated specifically for SmartBoard applications.
Many might think this is genius — but, they'd be wrong! Dead wrong.
Smart is a glue company. No matter what they think or want to be, they are a glue-manufacturer — meaning, they are part of an AV system, not the system itself. They a part of the glue that holds an AV system together. Sure, in schools, they are a giant part of it, but in reality, they need other parts to work. Clearly, SMART now thinks it's such an integral part of a system that the company can "go it alone" and don't need the support of the 30 or so other manufacturers out there (namely display manufacturers) that have pulled SMART along in all sorts of educational and corporate AV applications.
But, they're wrong.
SMART just cut its sales staff by 90 percent — without even realizing it. How so? Well, in addition to the sales team SMART has employed over the years — the company's been fortunate enough to enjoy being listed as a third party accessory and option in over 30 projector manufacturers' literature. In addition, these same manufacturers have allowed the words SmartBoard to roll off their salespeople's tongues as if it were an accessory cable to their own products. This ostensibly made those projector salespeople and account managers part of SMART's own sales force.
Not any more.
SMART, by firing the salvo known as the LightRaise 40wi, has decided to go it alone.
Whoever within SMART's product group came up with this idea just put the first nail in the proverbial coffin.
Gary Kayye is the founder of rAVe [Publications]. Reach him at email@example.com
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YouTube's EDU Channel Finally Organizes All Their Educational Video Content in One Place
YouTube has launched an amazing one-stop-shop section on its website for all types of educators and students – with topics arranged in educational hierarchy of primary, secondary, university and continuing educational levels. Dubbed YouTube for Schools, the site is designed as a way that schools can allow/grant content access to the EDU content without having to free up access to all the YouTube programming (theoretically eliminating wasted time playing dog-on-skateboard videos while still allowing access to valuable educational content). Leave a Comment
YouTube says: "We’ve been hearing from teachers that they want to use the vast array of educational videos on YouTube in their classrooms, but are concerned that students will be distracted by the latest music video or cute cat, or a video that wasn’t appropriate for students. While schools that restrict access to YouTube may solve this distraction concern, they also limit access to hundreds of thousands of educational videos on YouTube that could help bring photosynthesis to life, or show what life was like in ancient Greece."
In addition to organizing the content via educational levels, the site also breaks down all the educational content via subject matter (e.g., history, science, physics, journalism, foreign languages).
It's new, but you'll see this explode into a massive database of educational video content. In fact, YouTube says it's working with school districts, teachers, 600 educational content providers and even the Smithsonian to aggregate content for the site.
It's free and you can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/education
Or watch this video to get a better understanding: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NegRGfGYOwQ
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Casio Adds Six to Hybrid LED Line
Casio's SLIM Series has been updated with six updated models: the XJ-A141, XJ-A146, XJ-A241, XJ-A246, XJ-A251 and XJ-A256. Weighing in at only five pounds, the new SLIM projectors are 1.7 inches high, making them the thinnest projectors in the industry. Leave a Comment
Leveraging its LASER & LED HYBRID light source production, Casio America added six updated models today: the XJ-A141, XJ-A146, XJ-A241, XJ-A246, XJ-A251 and XJ-A256. With a wide-angle 2x power zoom lens allowing an extensive range of projection distance, the refreshed SLIM series sets the standard for mobile projection. Three of Casio’s new SLIM projectors — the XJ-A146, XJ-A246 and XJ-A256 — are equipped with USB capabilities, MobiShow, Wireless Presentations and a presentation timer.
All use DLP technology with a hybrid Laser/LED light source, which provides lamp-free, eco-friendly projection that combines blue laser light and a fluorescent element to generate a high output of green light. The green light, blue laser light and the light emitted by a red LED are projected through a DLP chip which, in turn, is passed through the projection lens to form an image. This technology achieves an increase in color spectrum compared with a mercury lamp, while lowering a projector’s total cost of ownership and maximizing investment.
The new SLIM models will list for $999.99 – $1,499.99 and will ship next month. You can see all the specs here: http://www.casioprojector.com/products/Slim_Projectors
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Da-Lite Reformulates Ultra Wide Angle Surface
Da-Lite has reformulated the Ultra Wide Angle fabric to increase the contrast on this innovative screen surface. The viewing specifications of the Ultra Wide Angle surface remain virtually identical to the original, including its viewing half-angle of 78 degrees and a 0.65 gain. Leave a Comment
The new light grey tint for enhanced contrast means that Ultra Wide Angle now performs better in mild ambient lighting conditions, such as those found in meeting environments with typical task light levels.
The Ultra Wide Angle flexible rear projection fabric is formulated for applications where exceptionally wide viewing angles are desired and ambient light is controlled. With its ability to diffuse light uniformly, the Ultra Wide Angle fabric is ideal for installations using multi-projector edge blending, as well as wide format screens with short focal length projection lenses. With its advanced performance characteristics, Ultra Wide Angle fabric dramatically reduces the likelihood of hot spotting.
Ultra Wide Angle is available in seamless sizes up to 16 feet in height. For more information on the Ultra Wide Angle fabric, go here: http://www.da-lite.com/products/selecting.php?viewMode=rear#anchor-14
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SMART Technologies Enters Projector Market
Billed as the only interactive projector that includes SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, SMART's new LightRaise 40wi is an ultra-short throw (0.30:1) DLP projector that offers native WXGA resolution (1280×800). It's capable of projecting image sizes from 77" to 100", includes integrated 10-watt speakers, plus a microphone input, one HDMI input, two VGA inputs and network connection. It also comes pre-loaded with SMART Notebook collaborative learning software. Housed in a wall-mounted enclosure and designed as a purpose-built projector specifically for SMART classroom applications, the 40wi is spec'd by SMART as having 2500 lumens. It uses a 2500-hour lamp (with an eco-mode that helps the lamp achieve 4000 hours), has built-in scaling for everything from VGA to 3D HDTV and includes a rechargeable interactive pen. It's also truly a GreenAV product as it consumes less than 1 watt of power in standby mode. Leave a Comment
If you're interested in seeing the brochure, go here: http://www.ravepubs.com/utility/documents/SMART-Technologies-LightRaise.pdf
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Peerless-AV Ships Wireless Mounting Solutions
Building on the popular HD Flow wireless HDMI transmission systems, Peerless-AV has debuted a series of creative wirelessly integrated HD mounts for home and pro applications. PeerAir Wireless Mounting Solutions is the world’s first fully integrated line of indoor and outdoor wireless mounts that can stream Full HD 1080p 60Hz content to flat panel screens and projectors up to 131′ away. These mounts introduce new installation possibilities by eliminating time consuming, sometimes prohibitive, and expensive cable runs opening up screen and projector placement opportunities that previously were not possible.
PeerAir products are simple-to-use systems that get wireless content streaming in less than three minutes. Each product comes with everything needed to deliver wireless content from source to screen, including a Peerless-AV mount, HD Flow Wireless Multimedia Kit, power and cabling provisions, plus short-length HDMI cables specified to fit neatly behind the screen. Just add an electrical outlet.
Wireless Indoor Mounts
- PeerAir Wireless Mounting Solutions include models to fit from 37" to 65" screens and projectors weighing up to 50 lbs.
- Peerless-AV has introduced the following models for indoor use:
- PeerAir Wireless Tilt Wall Mount for Flat Panel TVs 37" to 63"″ (WL-ST660-100)
- PeerAir Wireless Articulating Wall Mount for Flat Panel TVs 42" to 60"″ (WL-SA761PU-100)
- PeerAir Wireless Flat Panel Cart for Flat Panel TVs 47" to 65"″ (WL-SR560M-100)
- PeerAir Wireless Projector Mount for projectors up to 50 pounds (WL-PRG-UNV-100)
Outdoor Wireless Mounting Solutions
- PeerAir Outdoor Wireless Mounting Solutions provide a weather-resistant way to mount flat panel screens and stream Full HD 1080p wireless content to backyard patios, outdoor restaurant seating areas, or other outdoor areas where entertainment or digital signage is desired, without the need to run signal cables.
- Peerless-AV has introduced the following models for outdoor use:
- PeerAir Wireless Outdoor Articulating Wall Mount for Flat Panel TVs 42" to 60"″ (WL-ESA763PU-100)
- PeerAir Wireless Outdoor Tilt Wall Mount for Flat Panel TVs 42" to 60" (WL-EPT650-100)
Want more specs? Go here: http://www.peerless-av.com Leave a Comment
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Insight Media Releases Report on Microprojectors with Solid-State (LED & Laser) Illumination
Insight Media, a market research firm specializing in new technology, has released a report called the 2012 Solid State Projector Report: Forecasts, Human Factors, Technology and Market Factors for Micro Projectors with Solid State Illumination. This report covers micro-projectors, which currently produce outputs in the 50 – 500 lumen range, expected to go up to a maximum of 2000 lumens by 2016. Microprojectors have been available since 2005 and are available around the world from multiple vendors. Leave a Comment
“It is critical to understand how end-users have used these microprojectors,” said lead analyst Matthew Brennesholtz. “End users have found a very wide variety of applications for these small projectors and any individual will typically use his projector for multiple applications. This makes versatility the key to microprojector marketing.”
“While the current market volume is modest, as light output grows, these solid state projectors will begin to become attractive for main stream projection applications,” said Insight Media president, Chris Chinnock. “This could drive sales to over 1 million units per year or more by 2016, depending on which forecast scenario (conservative, optimistic or expected) develops.”
Part 1 of this report covers the technology, human factors and market drivers that are common for all market segments for mobile projectors with solid-state and hybrid illumination. For 2012, this common section has been completely updated and expanded from the version used in Insight Media’s 2011 picoprojector reports.
Part 2 of the report then takes a deep-dive into how this general information applies to microprojectors. The use-model for these systems was investigated to understand in detail what an end-user expects when he buys a microprojector. Part 2 of the report also provides optimistic, conservative and expected forecasts through 2016 for these microprojectors with solid-state illumination. These forecasts include both unit sales and revenue.
The 2012 Solid State Projector Report is the fourth in Insight Media’s series on projectors with LED and laser illumination. The 2011 Picoprojector/Smartphone, 2011Picoprojector/Camera and 2011 Stand-Alone Picoprojector reports have already been released and a report on projectors with hybrid illumination will follow.
You can check out all the report details here: http://www.insightmedia.info/reports/2012solidstatetoc.php
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Gibson Guitar Parners with Onkyo to Form New ProAV Division
As part of its continued diversification into the music and audio lifestyle arena, Gibson Guitar Corp. today announced a strategic partnership with Onkyo Corporation that will essentially form a new Pro Audio Division. Gibson will provide Onkyo with its marketing resources and expertise and Gibson will also acquire a majority of Onkyo USA (Onkyo’s exclusive distributor for North America and a distributor for Central and South America), becoming the second largest shareholder in Onkyo Corporation. Gibson will make a strategic investment in the company, and Gibson Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz will be given a position on the Onkyo board of directors. Leave a Comment
Likewise, Onkyo will invest in Gibson, and CEO and President Munenori Otsuki will take a position on the company’s Board of Directors. Together, the two entities will form a Hong Kong-based joint venture focusing on design and development of unparalleled consumer audio products. Through this alliance, Onkyo USA becomes the latest addition to the Gibson Pro Audio division, which already includes KRK, Cerwin-Vega! and Stanton.
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Chief Adds Medium and Large Ceiling Mount Accessories
Chief's latest offerings are the MAC230 and PAC230, which the company is calling "aesthetic ceiling mount accessories." These aesthetic covers conceal cables and media players for a clean, professional look. Leave a Comment
The MAC230 is compatible with MCSU universal ceiling mounts and installs directly into a MSBUB universal interface bracket. The PAC230 installs directly into a PSBUB universal interface bracket and works with PCSCU universal ceiling mounts. Both products ship will all necessary hardware and tools.
The MAC230 is here: http://www.chiefmfg.com/Series/mac230 and the PAC230 is here: http://www.chiefmfg.com/Series/pac230
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Premier Ships Cable Flat Panel Mount
Premier Mounts is finally shipping the CMF, a fixed cable mount featuring the MagnaGuide installation plate. Leave a Comment
The patent-pending MagnaGuide installation plate allows the cable adapter to snap onto the back plate and slide easily into place. This makes it easy for the installer to secure the flat panel in the right position without having to see where the mounting base is located on the wall. The kickstand feature holds the flat-panel up to 4.28 inches away from the wall to allow room to connect any AV components. Basically, it hangs a TV a lot like you'd hang a mirror on the wall.
The V-shaped 6×3-inch back plate mounts easily on a single stud and is designed to hold flat-panel displays up to 65 lbs. with a VESA mounting pattern ranging from 200×200 mm to 600×400 mm. The four flat panel anchors are installed to the back of the display.
To adjust the tension, the cables are pulled until tight and the excess is wrapped around the adapter’s teeth to hold it in place. The self-adjusting cable mount holds the display close to the wall while the teeth ensure that the cables are out of the way.
An in-wall box, such as the GB-INWAVP, can also be added for additional equipment storage and to hide power cables behind the display.
Here are all the specs: http://www.mounts.com
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Vivitek's WXGA-resolution Qumi Q2 Takes Top Spot in New Era Category
Pacific Media Associates (PMA), a market information firm on front projectors, has added a very useful “Top Selling Projectors” area of its enhanced website.
For more than a dozen years, PMA has collected monthly sell-through data from leading North American projector dealers, retailers, web resellers and distributors. The company's Tracking Service family of monthly reports offers timely sell-through data and analysis on unit sales, true volume-weighted street prices, and inventories of front projectors for these channels.
Each month, Pacific Media Associates posts the Top 5 selling Projectors in each of the following categories:
- New Era / Pico and Personal (sub-500 lumens) Projectors – This “Top 5 list is compiled from data collected from PMA’s monthly Retail Projector Tracking Service sample, which is made up of North American retailers and web resellers. The November results showed the top 5 selling projectors, by unit volume, were the Vivitek Qumi Q2, followed by the Optoma PK-301 and Optoma PK-201, the Acer K11 and the Optoma PT100. In addition, overall sales of New Era projectors saw big gains in November over the previous month.
- Mainstream (500 to 4999 lumens) Projectors – This “Top 5 list is compiled from data collected from PMA’s monthly Distributor Projector Tracking Service sample, which is made up of United States distributors. The November results show that the top 5 selling projectors, by unit volume, were the NEC NP-V260X, the ViewSonic PJD5123, the InFocus IN114, the NEC NP-V260X and InFocus IN112. With two models in the “Top 5” listings this month, NEC moved up to the top brand share position.
- High-End (5000+ lumens) Projectors – This “Top 5 list is compiled from data collected from PMA’s monthly Pro A/V Projector Tracking Service sample, which is made up of North American dealers and integrators. The November results show that the top 5 selling projectors, by unit volume, were the NEC NP-PA550W and NEC NP-PA550W-13ZL, the Christie LWU505, the NEC NP-PA600X-13ZL and the Christie DHD800. WXGA projectors remained the leader in high-end projector sales, no doubt helped by NEC’s top-two selling models in the 5000+ lumen segment.
You can visit PMA’s site each month at http://www.pacificmediaassociates.com to learn the Top Selling 5 projectors for these categories. Leave a Comment
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AMX Adds Three New Sizes of HydraPorts
With space for up to six, nine or 12 modules, the new models of AMX's Architectural-based connectivity ports allow for connectivity of inputs at a desk, lectern or table using a system that supports pass-through connectors for audio, video, Ethernet, USB, power and control. The modular design of the HydraPort allows for integrators to configure a system for whatever inputs will be used. Modules include HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, USB, Line Audio and Video, S-Video, DVI, power and even control via backlit push buttons. Leave a Comment
All three systems are identical except for the number of port slots: the HPX-600 is 6 slots, the HPX-900 is 9 slots and the HPX-1200 is, you probably guessed, 12 slots. These three systems join the HPX-1600 16-slot system.
Complete details are here: http://amx.com/products/categoryArchitecturalConnectivity.asp
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PMA Quantifies Current and Intended Use of Interactive Projection Systems in K-12 Classrooms and Other Organizational Users
Pacific Media Associates (PMA), the worldwide market information experts on front projectors, has released its findings on interactive technology used in conjunction with front projectors.
This is the second set of important results from the company's sixth biennial large-scale (1000 responses) and statistically-representative survey of United States users and intenders of front projectors, both individual consumers and organizations. The survey focused on topics of timely interest, including requests for additional or modified questions from PMA’s extensive client base of front projector manufacturers. K-12 education is the largest and most rapidly-growing vertical market for front projectors today. So Pacific Media Associates’ 2011 End User Survey separated K-12 teachers from all other organizational users, and analyzed the answers separately.
PMA’s survey data for K-12 included the numbers for classrooms currently served by projectors and the fraction of those projector installations that had interactivity of some form. It also confirmed that K-12 teachers place a high value on interactivity for their future purchases, as 79 percent said that interactivity was “an absolute must” or “very important” in choosing their next classroom projector.
For organizations other than K-12 schools, PMA’s 2011 End User Survey also found considerable interest in interactivity, though the numbers were somewhat lower than for K-12 schools. 68 percent of these organizations said that interactivity was “an absolute must” or “very important” in choosing their next projector. Of even greater interest was that these users placed a high level of importance on multi-person interactivity, and a lower, though notable, level of importance on having remote connections.
For complete report details, go here: http://www.pacificmediaassociates.com/ Leave a Comment
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Chief Intros Ceiling Tile Storage Kit
The CMS490 Ceiling Tile Storage Kit from Chief conceals AV equipment cleanly above a 2' x 2' (.61m x .61m) ceiling tile. With its textured finish, the CMS490 is a perfect solution for classrooms and conference rooms. Leave a Comment
Made from lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum for easy handling, the CMS490 includes four dual gang electrical knockout locations for conduit and wiring and key-locking security. A variety of AV components can be stored in the removable AV tray.
Chief says that only one person is needed for installation as all that has to be done is simply frame with WireVice cable, snap housing into frame and attach AV tray.
Full specs are here: http://www.chiefmfg.com/Products/cms490
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InfoComm to Host The Power of AV for Education Event
InfoComm is hosting its inaugural Power of AV for Education event in the Washington, D.C., metro area on Feb. 16. The half-day session will be held at InfoComm's headquarters in Fairfax, Va., and give attendees the opportunity to hear success stories from their peers, network and discuss the issues most impacting education technology managers. Leave a Comment
Attendees — particularly managers serving primary, secondary and post-secondary institutions — will be be able to see Technology in the University: Future Trends, a presentation by Andy Howard, managing director of Howard & Associates, which consults with clients on using IP video to enhance communications. Attendees will also learn from three case studies, presented by technology managers representing the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, George Mason University and Providence College.
You can register or review the agenda here: http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/19544.htm
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