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..

MAXHUB Releases M27 and G31 Series Custom LED Displays

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MAXHUB announced the new M27 and G31 Series custom LED displays. Key features of the M27 Series (which includes the M2712, M2715, M2719 and M2725 displays) are a lightweight design with a panel weight of 10.5 pounds and a depth of 1.2 inches. With a panel resolution of 480 x 270, these panels utilize a […]

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Extron Now Shipping New ENERGY-STAR-Qualified Audio Power Amplifier

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Extron is shipping its XPA U 3502, a high-performance ENERGY-STAR-qualified audio power amplifier delivering two 350-watt channels into 8 ohms or 4 ohms in a 1U, half-rack device. It is convection cooled, UL 2043 rated for plenum installation, and includes hardware for rack-mount configurations. The XPA U 3502 offers the ability to install high power […]

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Federal Circuit Dismisses Shure’s Appeal of District Court Order, Holds Shure in Contempt

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ClearOne today comments on an opinion issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the “Federal Circuit”) regarding an appeal filed before that court by Shure Incorporated. Through the appeal, Shure sought to overturn an order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois that held Shure in contempt […]

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Samsung and SoFi Stadium Reveal Name for NFL Videoboard, ‘The Infinity Screen’

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Samsung Electronics America and SoFi Stadium formally revealed the new name of the center-hung videoboard at SoFi Stadium — The Infinity Screen by Samsung. According to Samsung, the Infinity Screen not only features the most LEDs ever used in a sports or entertainment venue, but also has the first and only 4K, end-to-end video production […]

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Extron Adds USB-A Socket-to-Plug Optical Cable in USBA Pro Plenum Series

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Extron announced the availability of USB-A socket-to-plug optical cables that extend USB 3.2 signals and power over distances up to 65 feet. The cables support a SuperSpeed USB data rate of 5 Gbps and deliver 5 volts and up to 900 mA of power to the USB peripheral device. The ultra-thin 0.24” (6 millimeters) diameter […]

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Kramer Launches VW-4 Video Wall Driver

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Kramer launched the VW-4, a hardware-based video wall driver for video walls within a closed system. The VW-4 delivers perfectly aligned content onto video wall displays of any size, with plug-and-play wired connectivity that requires no adjustments. Using the VW-4’s one HDMI video input, you can drive up to four HDMI display outputs and support […]

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B-Tech AV Mounts Intros New LCD Video Wall Mount

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B-Tech AV Mounts just announced the introduction of the BT8312; a slim, soft open LCD video wall mount that provides installers with the flexibility and accessibility at project sites that every LCD video wall needs The BT8312 includes a patent-pending soft open feature; B-Tech says the BT8312 ensures controlled and unassisted forward extension of the […]

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Network Device Interface (NDI) Now Supported in Zoom Rooms

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NDI is now supported in Zoom Rooms. The move follows the adoption of NDI by Zoom for MacOS, Microsoft Teams in 2020 and Skype in 2018. Zoom Rooms brings HD video collaboration into any space — in the office, in the classroom or at home — and enables in-person and remote participants to interact in real-time. […]

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Barco Records $460 Million Q1 and Q2 Combined — Tracking Only $40 Million Behind 2019

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Orders for the first half of 2021 for Barco were significantly above the same period of 2020 driven, according to Barco, by strong demand growth for healthcare and entertainment and continued to demonstrate quarter-to-quarter improvements. However, the conversion of orders to sales was hindered by prolonged pandemic-induced restrictions (Entertainment and Enterprise) and, to a lesser extent, […]

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Part 1: A Simple Expectation of InfoComm 2021

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We’re fewer than 100 days from InfoComm 2021 week — the first InfoComm since 2019 and the first time two InfoComm shows will be in the same town two times in a row in over 20 years. I don’t think we need to review how and why we came to where we are with this […]

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Extron Debuts Digital Canvas Presentation Switcher in MGP 641

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  Extron announced the MGP 641, a multiwindow processor for scaling and presenting up to four 4K@60Hz (4:4:4) source signals on a single screen. Extron’s Vector 4K scaling engine ensures downscaled and upscaled content is presented with unequaled image quality. In addition to four HDMI inputs that support data rates up to 18 Gbps, the […]

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Avocor Announces G Series Edge-to-Edge Displays Without Bezel

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Avocor today announces its G series, a new product family of no-bezel, edge-to-edge interactive displays for collaboration. Available in 65”, 75” and 85”, the G series collaboration displays feature Avocor UiQ single-button touch interface and the latest generation of Avocor InGlass Intelligent Touch. With native 4K resolution, 30-bit color, and 500 nits of brightness, the […]

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Draper Inc Releases Foundation Mount System LED Panels

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The Draper Foundation Mount System for LEDs is now available for nearly any LED panel on the market. The company says the foundation was designed specifically with installers in mind and is loaded with features to help technicians install and precisely align LED panels in significantly less time. The Foundation is preconfigured at the factory […]

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Panasonic Announces Technology Solutions-Focused Organization, ‘Panasonic Connect Europe GmbH’

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Panasonic announced the foundation of a new solutions-focused organization, Panasonic Connect Europe GmbH, to address the changing technology needs of European businesses. Panasonic Connect Europe will offer diverse B2B technology solutions, alongside an enhanced services capability. The new organization will bring together Panasonic’s B2B product portfolio with consulting, systems integration, project management and application software […]

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USIS AudioVisual To Join USAV Group Integrator Membership

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USAV Group, a division of PSA, announced USIS AudioVisual has been approved for membership within its group of integrators. USIS AV is a national design/build/service firm delivering solutions for a built and digital environment’s AV technology stack. “USIS AV is a top-notch organization is highly decorated and accredited within our industry with over eighty years of expertise and […]

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AtlasIED’s Digital Audio Solution, ‘Atmosphere’

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AtlasIED says it is helping security integrators interested in adding digital audio solutions to their product portfolios. Introduced last year, AtlasIED’s innovative Atmosphere digital audio platform is a complete, turnkey audio system designed and engineered for quick deployment in a wide range of commercial environments, with capabilities particularly beneficial for the distribution of high-performance music, […]

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CEDIA Announces Virtual “First Look” Media Preview Tour, Registration Now Open

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CEDIA Expo 2021 announced a VIRTUAL “First Look” Media Preview Tour. The tour will air virtually for all CEDIA Expo media registrants on Wednesday, August 25. It will offer a first look at select CEDIA Expo exhibitor products. Ten products will be featured on the tour. A panel of VIP judges, including rAVe’s own Gary […]

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Wall-Smart Debuts Ruckus R850 Mountable Wi-Fi Access Solution

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Wall-Smart debuted a mounting solution that makes Wi-Fi access points disappear. Customized for the Ruckus R850 Wi-Fi 6 access point, the mount takes a device that would ordinarily protrude from the ceiling and recesses it completely within a surface. Integrators can deliver their customers high-performance Wi-Fi 6 connectivity without compromising the aesthetics of the home […]

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Screen Solutions Launches Online Fabric Selection and Personalization Website, ‘Fabric Wizard’

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Screen Innovations has launched an online shade selection and specification tool. Guiding integrators, designers, homeowners and end users through the fabric selection process, SI’s new Fabric Wizard provides one place to learn about and determine the best shading fabric for any indoor and outdoor application. More than 850 indoor and outdoor fabrics and insect screens from […]

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Snap One Introduces New Binary BX 8K Active HDMI Cable Line

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Snap One today announced the introduction of its new line of Binary BX 8K Active HDMI Cables, designed to support 8K UHD at 60Hz 4:2:0 and up to 10K at 30 Hz 4:4:4. They also display 4K at 120Hz and 4K at 60Hz 4:4:4 and handle transmission speeds up to 48Gbps. The new line of Binary BX 8K […]

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DSE Is Back on — and DSE Advisory Board Is Announced

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The yet-to-be-renamed Digital Signage Expo (or DSE) will take place March 21-23, 2022 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center; now part of the Questex family of shows. The new DSE will be co-located with the Bar & Restaurant Expo (formerly Nightclub & Bar Show) and be aimed at an end-user audience, not […]

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How Virtual Mic and Mic-Array Technologies Revolutionize Meeting Rooms and Classrooms: The Blog

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Hello, #AVtweeps! On June 30, I hosted this webinar with Rob Ziv, vice president of business development and strategy at Almo Pro A/V, as well as Adrian Doughty, director of North American sales at Nureva. For this webinar, we discussed how virtual mic and mic-array technologies revolutionize meeting rooms and classrooms — and this is […]

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Panasonic System Solutions Announces Collaboration-Focused Hybrid Learning Solutions

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Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America (PSSNA) announced several collaboration-focused solutions to support hybrid learning experiences. Project Moonshot To increase learning productivity and student achievement, Panasonic has partnered with cyberlearning pioneer, Dr. Sonny Magana, founder and CEO of Magana Education, to create Project Moonshot. Implementing Dr. Magana’s T3 Framework for Innovation, Moonshot is designed […]

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Epson Shipping Seven New Pro Series Compact Laser Projectors

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Epson announced it is shipping seven new compact laser projectors designed for large venue applications, including the world’s smallest and lightest 10,000-lumen projectors, the EB-PU2010W and EB-PU2010B. It is also shipping the EB-PU1006W, EB-PU1007W, EB-PU1007B, EB-PU1008W and EB-PU1008B. Joining Epson’s existing line of Pro Series interchangeable lens projectors, the new solutions pair with Epson’s lens family. Ranging […]

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PPDS Partners With i3 Technologies for Education Software Solutions

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PPDS (aka Philips) has partnered with education software solutions specialist i3 Technologies. Now, PPDS’ interactive touch screen displays come with access to i3LEARNHUB, i3 Technologies’ cloud-based digital creation and learning platform. The platform is designed to enable teachers to bring digital content to students, stimulate collaboration and prepare students with 21st-century learning skills. Complementing the […]

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MSE Audio Now Shipping Dante-Enabled IPD-TSB2.0 SoundTube

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MSE Audio announced the SoundTube IPD-TSB2.0 STNet Dante-Enabled Soundbar is now shipping. The IPD-TSB2.0 Soundbar brings Dante connectivity from end-to-end in conferencing and boardroom video installations. Making the soundbar interoperable with other Dante products gives integrators additional flexibility when designing and installing audio systems. The IPD-TSB2.0 features a built-in amplifier and DSP, and the soundbar […]

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USAV Partners with Jabra For Global Brand Expansion

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USAV, a division of PSA, announced a new partnership with global brand, Jabra. Jabra provides integrated headsets and communication tools to help professionals, wireless headphones and earbuds for consumer use and videoconferencing solutions to foster seamless collaboration between distributed teams. Jabra is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and operates in over 100 countries worldwide. “This partnership […]

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SnapAV Introduces WattBoxx 800 Series Power Conditioner With New Features

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SnapAV introduced the new WattBox 800 Series 1U 8-Outlet IP Power Conditioner with individually controlled and metered outlets, OvrC functionality and an LED front panel. The new 8-outlet 800 Series Power Conditioner has front with indicators that denote internet connectivity, outlet-specific current and proper grounding. Additionally, front-facing buttons allow local reset of individual or multiple […]

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I Was Right — Epson Releases New Wireless Whiteboard Tech

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In January, as part of my 2021 predictions (dubbed Kayye’s Krystal Ball), I wrote “Epson will debut a new technology.” Well, my prediction came true today as Epson announced a hardware and software solution for enhanced lesson plans and student engagement — the BrightLink GoBoard Wireless Collaboration and Integrated Whiteboard Solution. BrightLink GoBoard will be […]

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