Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..

Rants and rAVes — Episode 841: Here’s a Real-Time Video Demo of the QuirkLogic Quilla

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The QuirkLogic Quilla is an eInk based virtual (and endless) flip chart that puts simple collaboration on steroids. The Quilla is a paper-like writing experience (no glass and weighs only 23 pounds), allows for simultaneous remote collaboration (with other Quillas or via iOS and Android devices) and you can save, share and manage content on-the-fly. QuirkLogic’s […]

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LG USA’s Garry Wicka Appointed VP of Marketing

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Garry Wicka has been named vice president of marketing for LG Business Solutions, LG Electronics USA’s business-to-business division that encompasses information displays and renewable energy technologies. I have, personally, worked with Gary for almost a decade now and he’s built the commercial LG division’s marketing exposure from the ground-up. He’s creative and he has a […]

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New tvONE CORIOmaster Adds Security, HDMI Scalability, IP Streaming and Audio Support

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM tvONE tvONE has already started shipping its new CORIOmaster (4RU), CORIOmaster mini (1RU) and CORIOmaster micro (1/2 RU) video wall processors. These originally debuted at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam in February. There are some unique features on this new family of video wall processors, the […]

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Do Not Miss the Drunk Unkles at InfoComm

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The NSCA Education Foundation is excited to announce the Drunk Unkles’ first NSCA Education Foundation Charity Concert of 2019, scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, at B.B. King’s in Orlando. Now in their 14th year of supporting the NSCA Education Foundation, the Drunk Unkles have generated more than $1 million for the industry through this annual […]

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Center Stage Returns to InfoComm 2019 to Spotlight Pro-AV’s Role in Experience Design

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Center Stage returns to the InfoComm 2019 trade show floor June 12-14, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Leading thinkers and practitioners from the fields of retail, entertainment, hospitality, events and beyond will take the stage to explore how proAV technology contributes to better experiences. The free Center Stage (Booth 3161) sessions […]

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Yet Another Company Launches a “Button” Solution in an Attempt to Compete with ClickShare

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BenQ’s new InstaShow WDC10 wireless presentation system is a button-based wireless sharing system for up to 16 users. Claiming compatibility with any OS and any hardware platform, InstaShow is designed to allow any participant, even a guest, to take control of the meeting and share content with the group. Completely hardware-based, InstaShow’s setup and connection […]

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Three New Omega Presentation Switchers from Atlona Debut

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Atlona today announced three new Omega Series products for 4K/UHD presentation and conferencing applications including the OME-PS62, a 6×2 matrix presentation switcher featuring three HDMI inputs and two HDBaseT inputs alongside a USB-C AV input. The USB-C interface also can be used for data connectivity to the OME-PS62’s integrated USB 2.0 hub, as well as […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 840: Audio Does Not Suck – And, It’s More Profitable Than Video

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST Next week, on Tuesday, April 23rd at 2pm, Gary is delivering a LIVE webinar that’s worth 1.0 AVIXA CTS RUs that will not suck. If you’re curious about what a DSP is, what does Beamforming Mic Array does or how to install really good audio in a UCC space, this is the […]

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Could the Acquisition of DeltaLive UK by L-Acoustics Have a Trickle-Down Effect?

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L-Acoustics announced its intent to take a majority stake in DeltaLive UK (Delta Sound Incorporated (UK) Ltd.), an audiovisual services and rental company. This operation follows the November 2018 acquisition by L-Acoustics Group of HGP, a manufacturer of precision sheet metal, and its sibling entity, API, specialized in powder coating. For the founders of DeltaLive […]

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Epson Talks Digital Signage Show and 72-Mega-Pixel VR Tour of their Booth

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At the DSE (Digital Signage Expo) last week, we partnered with Epson to shoot the highest resolution VR-based trade show booth tour, ever. No one has ever shot an entire VR tour in 72 Mega-Pixel resolution — and it’s one you can see with either a VR headset OR with a regular web browser — […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 838: Epson Talks Digital Signage Show and 72-Mega-Pixel VR Tour of their Booth

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At the DSE (Digital Signage Expo) last week, we partnered with Epson to shoot the highest resolution VR-based trade show booth tour, ever. No one has ever shot an entire VR tour in 72 Mega-Pixel resolution — and it’s one you can see with either VR goggles OR with a regular web browser — using […]

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ClearOne Says It Isn’t Done Suing Shure; Shure Calls Allegations Meritless (Updated)

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ClearOne told us today that it has filed a lawsuit against Shure Incorporated for trade secret misappropriation and willful patent infringement of a third ClearOne patent — U.S. Patent No. 9,264,553 (“’553 Patent”) — in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. This patent covers each cancelation in beamforming mic arrays. You […]

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The New Extron ShareLink Pro 1000 Is a 4K Wireless and Wired Collaboration Gateway

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Extron has announced the immediate availability of ShareLink Pro 1000, the Wireless and Wired Collaboration Gateway that enables anyone to present content from their computers, tablets or smartphones onto a display for easy collaboration. ShareLink Pro supports simultaneous display of up to four devices including an HDMI‑connected device and dynamically updates the display layout as […]

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InFocus Is Getting Out of the Projector and Display Business (Updated)

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The industry’s first portable “projector” manufacturer, InFocus, is getting out of the display and projector businesses overall. The company apparently held an all-company meeting at 12:30 p.m. today to inform their teams that they were ceasing display operations. Telling their teams they were “looking at new strategies,” they started to layoff the majority of the […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 837: MSolutions (the HDBaseT Test Gear Company) Just Debuted a Tiny HDBaseT & Ethernet Switch

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Gary was joined by MSolutions CEO, Eliran Toren, to talk about the industry’s smallest HDBaseT Switcher. Dubbed the MS-0401,  it’s a handheld 5 port combo-switch (HDBaseT and Ethernet) that can be 1×4 or 4×1. It has a data rate of 8.91 Gbps, and supports HDBaseT 1.0 and 2.0 and is HDCP 2.2 compliant. It’s an interesting […]

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Did You Know That Intel’s Best of ISE Award Winning Unite 4.0 Collaboration Platform Was Never on Intel’s Product Roadmap?

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM INTEL Ironically, the Intel Unite platform was not started as a product offering within Intel — it was started as a grassroots effort to simplify collaboration within the company’s own employee meetings. Of course, content sharing was a big part of it. But, it was really adding in bi-directional […]

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Matrox Debuts 4K H.264 Streaming Encoder in EDGE

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Matrox Video today launched Matrox Monarch EDGE, a 4K and HD, low-latency encoder for webcasting and remote integration (REMI) applications. An H.264 encoder that is capable of delivering resolutions up to 3840x2160p60 or quad 1920x1080p60 at 4:2:2 10-bit color, it can handle 3G/12G-SDI and SMPTE ST 2110 over 25 GbE connectivity and support RTMP, SRT, […]

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Sonos and IKEA Finally Debut Speaker-Furniture Lineup

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The collaboration between Sonos and IKEA to design furniture with built-in Sonos audio has finally officially debuted. And, although it isn’t shipping until August, it’s one of the most highly anticipated whole-home audio launches in a decade. Sonos has collaborated with IKEA on SYMFONISK, a range of speakers designed to “democratize the home sound system.” […]

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Yamaha SIP-Based CS-700 SIP Video Sound Bar Ships

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Yamaha is now shipping the CS-700 SIP Video Sound Collaboration System. Part of Yamaha’s Video Sound Bar family, the CS-700 SIP model claims to be the industry’s first video collaboration solution to integrate PBX and UC applications thus, customers can bridge telephone calls and web conferences. The Video Sound Bar family features an adaptive beamforming […]

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What Happened to Proxima Is a Business School Case of How NOT to Merge Two Companies

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On the day that InFocus shocked the AV industry and announced they’d bought its largest competitor, I was actually there. It was Monday, March 6, 2,000 — I remember the details of the day very well but my old Franklin Planner helped me keep track of the date for the purpose of this article. Let me […]

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Zoom Debuts Zoom Phone – Attacking Slack and Microsoft Teams in the Process

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Simply put, Zoom Phone includes business phone system features that enable employees to talk anytime, anywhere. Conceptually, this isn’t new, but this is Zoom – the company that literally disrupted and took over the majority of the video conferencing market in less than four years of existence. So, don’t just blow this off as another […]

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Williams Sounds FM+ System is Truly Innovative in Wireless Assistive Listening

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Williams Sound’s new FM+ is the industry’s first system able to broadcast both FM and Wi-Fi audio from a single source. The new FM+ integrates professional WaveCAST Wi-Fi audio server technology into a Williams Sound FM assistive listening system. End users can now listen with either an FM receiver or with their own smartphone (via […]

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Middle Atlantic Ships the Industry’s Best Looking AV Credenza

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Middle Atlantic Products today announced the company’s C3 Series Credenza — previewed at CEDIA 2018 and ISE 2019 — is now shipping. This solution combines a 10-inch-deep space-saving profile with modern design that meets the compliance standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The true innovation, using Middle Atlantic’s unique Frame to Furniture design […]

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Sharp Debuts the Future of All Displays with New SoC- and Cloud-Based 4K Monitors

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Sharp today launched two new lines of 4K UHD (3840 × 2160) resolution commercial displays. Sharp’s PN-HM Series includes the PN-HM651 65” Class (64 ½” diagonal), PN-HM751 75” Class (74 9/16″ diagonal) and PN-HM851 85” Class (85 9/16” diagonal) displays. They each provide a brightness of 500 nits, are designed for 24/7 environments and are […]

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A VuWall / IHSE Partnership Will Bring Virtual Video Walls to Everyone

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IHSE announced a partnership with VuWall, a provider of virtual video walls software and systems, for the integration of the IHSE KVM matrix and VuWall systems to control and visualize all sources from the matrix switcher onto the video wall. With this system, multiple sources can be switched and displayed simultaneously on the video wall. […]

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Torus Power Debuts PB 5

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The Torus PowerBlock family is now shipping, including the new PB 5, a 5-amp toroidal isolation transformer with a compact footprint and rugged construction. The PowerBlock PB 5 can be used in compact systems to power remote source components, monitors, projectors, etc. It’s designed for situations where you want to isolate digital components from analog […]

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