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..

CEDIA Announces David Weinstein as Chair of Board of Directors, Names 2022 Executive Committee Officers

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The CEDIA board of directors announced the unanimous election of David Weinstein as its new chair and listed new officers that will serve as its 2022 executive committee. The appointments are as follows: David Weinstein, chairperson: vice resident, residential sales at Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. He is responsible for product specification and sales across Lutron’s […]

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Vanco Expands Beale Street Audio Line With Landscape Subwoofer, Speaker and Accessory Stake Kit

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Vanco has expanded its Beale Street Audio line with three new products: a ten-inch Down-Firing Landscape Subwoofer, four-inch Landscape Speaker and a Landscape Accessory Stake Kit. The four-inch Pendant Speaker joins its six-inch predecessor in this line, offering a smaller form factor but the same indoor/outdoor rating and a mounting system that allows it to […]

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AmpliVox Sound Systems Now Offering Lecterns and AV Equipment Rack Carts

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AmpliVox Sound Systems is now offering lecterns and AV equipment rack carts. In fact, they say it’s the old Da-Lite lineup, too. The lecterns, engineered and manufactured in AmpliVox’s wood manufacturing facility using CAD/CAM technology, are available in several basic series as well as an extended offering of over fifty standard and custom models. A […]

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Logitech’s Sync Device Management Platform Now Supports Personal Collaboration Devices

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Logitech announced a major update to its Sync device management platform. Sync now supports personal collaboration devices, such as webcams, headsets and docking stations. Sync also provides insights such as meeting room occupancy. Sync is designed to simplify IT work in supporting distributed teams. Through a single web-based platform, IT managers can push firmware updates […]

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MAXHUB Introduces UC M40 360-degree All-in-One Camera for Immersive Meeting Experience

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MAXHUB introduced the UC M40 360-Degree All-in-One camera. Designed for huddle to small-sized meeting spaces, the UC M40 tracks every face and follows every word when placed in the center of the table. The UC M40 integrates four 4k cameras to create a 360-degree camera with speakers and voice-tracking microphones. It combines this with four-lens […]

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Digital Projection and Display Devices Partner for Projection Mapping Project that Shines Art and Messaging on Denver Tower

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Denver, Colorado, has a rich history of infrastructure and cultural development. What started as a small gold-rush town now boasts the 10th largest downtown area in America. But even with its status as a major metropolis, the Mile High City has always tried to maintain a healthy balance of population, urban beauty and ecological impact. […]

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ATOMOS Develops Feature to Record Apple ProRes RAW Via HDMI

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ATOMOS introduced a feature to expand recording options for Sony’s FX6 full-frame Cinema Line camera. With Sony’s latest firmware release (V.2.00) for the FX6, it’s possible to record Apple ProRes RAW over HDMI to the NINJA V and NINJA V+. The convention has been for compact cameras to output RAW via SDI only. ATOMOS has developed […]

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Technological Innovations Group Appoints Onur Esame as Sales Engineer to Expand Team in Turkey

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Technological Innovations Group (TIG) is expanding its sales team in Turkey with the appointment of Onur Esame. Onur joins the team as sales engineer and will work to grow the existing Crestron dealer network in the region by inspiring customers with technical knowledge and industry expertise. “I was very excited to hear that TIG was […]

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Pliant Technologies Announces CrewCom v1.10 Firmware and Software Update

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Pliant Technologies announced the CrewCom v1.10 Update. Version 1.10 is the latest firmware and software update and adds two new major features and several enhancements. The new upgrade is free of charge and is now available for direct download from the company website. Included in the update is the new High Density mode, a selectable mode […]

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QSC Promotes Ron Marchant to Vice President EMEA Sales and Marketing

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QSC promoted Ron Marchant to vice president EMEA, sales and marketing. In his new position, Ron will oversee the company’s sales and marketing activities and initiatives throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Ron has played an instrumental role in the development and growth of QSC throughout the EMEA region,” said Markus Winkler, senior vice president, […]

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Access Networks Offering Line of Testing and Analysis Tools from NetAlly

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Access Networks announced it’s making it easier for integrators to design, deploy, validate and troubleshoot wired and wireless residential Wi-Fi networks by offering a full range of testing and analysis tools from NetAlly. Access Networks’ new line of NetAlly products provides visibility for problem-solving, streamlined workflow, reduced service calls and greater customer satisfaction through network optimization […]

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Clare Controls Releases Winter Update to Enhance System Security and Control Features

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Clare Controls has a “Winter Update” for its system control that focuses on enhanced security features, provides dealers with new system management options and adds 10 new drivers for native integration of more third-party peripherals. For end users, a redesigned pull-down menu in the ClareOne Panel now provides instant access to control volume, screen brightness […]

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AVer Information Announces VB130, CAM520 Pro2 and CAM130 Videoconferencing Cameras Now Microsoft Teams Certified

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AVer Information announced the company has three videoconference cameras certified for Microsoft Teams, including the VB130 enterprise-grade USB video bar, the CAM520 Pro2 an enterprise-grade conference camera and the CAM130 4K conference camera. All of the cameras are optimized to work with Microsoft Teams Rooms. AVer certified videoconference cameras are being used by enterprises, universities, K-12 classrooms and government […]

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Datapath Announces Three New Leadership Appointments for Global Team Support

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Datapath announced a trio of new appointments to its global team. For Southern Europe, covering Spain, Portugal and Italy, Datapath welcomes Carmen Jerez as regional sales manager. Based in Madrid, Carmen brings extensive experience in AV technical support and management following a strong history of success at Aplein Ingenieros. Carmen will manage Datapath’s key accounts […]

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Auton Motorized Systems’ ‘Dream Machine’ Under the Bed Lift Chosen for Install in Client Bedroom

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Auton Motorized Systems announced that integration company Welcome Home Living selected Auton’s Dream Machine Under the Bed Lift to conceal displays in a client’s bedroom. The lift conceals displays without needing additional furniture and enables control via the remote of their choosing. The Dream Machine fits flat-screens up to 80 inches in size under any bed, lifts […]

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BenQ Releases 4K LK936ST Laser Projector as Part of Laser DLP Lineup

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BenQ released the first 4K laser projector in its Laser DLP lineup, the LK936ST laser projector. The 4K UHD 5100 ANSI lumen projector is built for home and commercial golf simulators and is available for $5,849. It features 92% Rec. 709 color coverage for more realistic golf course hues, 20,000 hours of maintenance-free use and […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1085: The ISE 2022 Postponement Interview

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ISE broke the news Tuesday that the show, scheduled for Barcelona Feb. 1-4, 2022, will be postponed until May 10-13, 2022. In this episode of Rants & rAVes, I sit down with Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events, to talk about the reasoning behind the decision. We talk about the importance of health and […]

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Projection Mapping Is Now a $3B Segment of Digital Signage — But Its Future Is Advertising

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When we think of digital signage, we think drive-thru menu boards, retail store signage and even wayfinding on a college campus. But, the coolest part of the signage market (and the segment that the advertising industry is accelerating) is what’s commonly referred to by techies as Projection Mapping. Of course, everyone reading this would immediately […]

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Sharp/NEC Reorg Details Announced

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Sharp NEC Display Solutions of America and Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America teams will be integrated starting in Q1 of 2022. A statement sent out to the market detailed the reorganization of Sales and Marketing, Finance/Accounting, Business Operations, Service/Support and IT departments. After discussions and analysis, the companies decided to make the following […]

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Extron Taking Orders for ISS 612 Seamless Switcher

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Extron announced it is now taking orders for the new ISS 612, a 12-input seamless switcher for the dynamic presentation and scaling of HDMI, DisplayPort and 12G-SDI content at resolutions up to 4K/60. It supports a maximum data rate of 18 Gbps and features advanced Extron Vector 4K scaling technology. Separate Preview and Program outputs […]

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ClearOne Now Shipping DIALOG 10 USB Single-Channel Wireless Microphone System

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ClearOne announced it is shipping the DIALOG 10 USB, a single-channel wireless microphone system offering professional-quality audio with USB connectivity. ClearOne claims the DIALOG 10 USB is the industry’s only single-channel wireless mic system that offers pro-quality audio with USB connectivity. The DIALOG 10 USB is designed for webcasting and cloud-based collaboration through Microsoft Teams, Zoom, […]

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Macnica To Demo IPMX Product and Software Developments and IPMX Development Kit at ISE 2022

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Macnica will celebrate the two-year anniversary of IPMX at ISE 2022 in space 5N200 with demonstrations that emphasize the standard’s flexibility across hardware and software implementations. Macnica has worked closely with the AIMS Alliance and other standards organizations to drive IPMX product development since AIMS introduced the standard at ISE 2020. Macnica has prepared an IPMX […]

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Z-Wave Alliance 2022 Ecosystem Report Finds Strong Market Desire to Expand Smart Home Security and Control Ecosystems

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The Z-Wave Alliance announces the release of its third-annual Z-Wave State of the Ecosystem Report. The newly available report, fielded in cooperation with Interpret, leverages a mix of syndicated data to provide a baseline of the overall smart home market landscape as well as data collected from a custom quantitative survey of 1,500 U.S.- based smart […]

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SiliconCore Technology Will Debut MicroLED Display Solutions at CES This Week

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SiliconCore Technology is debuting its microLED display solutions at CES in Las Vegas this week. SiliconCore has three patents relevant to microLED displays. The Common Cathode patent, held since 2011, offers 10-20 degrees cooler operating temperatures at up to 200% higher brightness levels. Its patented ZACH technology widens the dynamic range to near Rec. 2020 […]

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XTEN-AV’s Vibhav Singh Accepted Into Young Entrepreneurs Council

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Vibhav Singh, co-Founder & CEO, XTEN-AV, the world’s first AI-powered AV design software, has been accepted into Young Entrepreneurs Council (YEC), an invitation-only community for the world’s most successful entrepreneurs 45 and younger. “I am beyond excited and extremely grateful to be invited to join the Young Entrepreneur Council. It is a privilege to be […]

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Extron Now Shipping Power Management Solution for Small, Medium AV Systems

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Extron is shipping the IPL EXP PDU4H control system power expansion interface. This compact interface is designed to provide centralized power management for small and medium-sized AV systems. It delivers the ability to control individual AC outputs remotely and allows for aggregate current sensing. The IPL EXP PDU4H is Ethernet enabled and features four AC […]

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Zytronic To Demonstrate ZyBrid Edge Touch Sensor Technology at ISE 2022

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Touch technology innovator Zytronic will demonstrate the new ZyBrid edge touch sensor technology at ISE 2022. Zybrid was designed to mirror the narrowest bezel video wall monitors and the glass sensors feature an ultra-narrow border (anywhere from 3 millimeters to 0 millimeters) to create a sleek appearance by using the maximum display area. The sensors can […]

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ISE Releases Details on Thought Leadership Program for 2022 Show

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ISE announced details of its extensive thought leadership program for 2022. The content offering will help attendees learn about issues affecting market verticals, get up to speed with the latest technology developments and discover what the future holds for the industry. ISE 2022 is designed to ensure that all attendees, whether from the AV channel […]

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Savant Joins Avnu Alliance To Facilitate Device Interoperability

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Savant has joined the Avnu Alliance, a consortium of professional, automotive, consumer electronics and industrial manufacturing companies working together to ensure the interoperability of devices within the Audio Video Bridging ecosystem. As a promoting member of the Avnu organization, Savant participates in pre-certification working groups to facilitate important technical updates and certification standards to meet market requirements […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1083: There’s More to Seneca Than Just Media Players

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In my latest episode of Rants & rAVes, Seneca’s Jami McGraw joins me to talk about the company (owned by Arrow), its latest innovations and more. He also gives a firsthand look at the ElementMP series — a series of digital signage hardware solutions claiming to have the simplest out-of-box experience possible. So, if you’d like to learn […]

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AVI-SPL and SKC Communications Close Acquisition Agreement

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AVI-SPL and SKC Communications announced they have closed their acquisition agreement and will merge as one under AVI-SPL. Integration of the two businesses and teams is anticipated to be substantially completed by March 31, 2022. The acquisition of SKC Communications enhances AVI-SPL’s customer experience through deepened UCC voice expertise, stronger U.S. geographic presence and more […]

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Extron’s NAV Pro AV-over-IP Series Receives JITC Approval

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Extron announced the NAV Pro AV over IP Series has received Joint Interoperability Test Command — JITC approval by the U.S. Department of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). This approval complements Extron FIPS 140-2 validation by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Extron says the […]

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