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 16: Christie’s Control Room Tour is for EVERYONE

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Control rooms are not just for super high-end earthquake monitoring and city traffic surveillance anymore. Control rooms are being used in all sorts of applications including social media marketing efforts. Check out the details of Christie’s control room tour now: Show links: For more information on Christie’s Control Room Roadshow, click here: https://www.ravepubs.com/ Podcast: Play in new […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 15: Who’s Buying SMART?

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In this episode I rant a bit about why SMART Technologies’ products continue to be spec’d by AV dealers, meanwhile there are not only companies like Promethean that have a superior technology, but there also several manufacturers with projectors, boards and LCDs on the market today that have their own built-in interactive technologies. So I ask this simple question: who’s buying […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 13: AV and IT Work Perfectly Together: I Agree with AVDawn

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The convergence of AV and IT has been a huge point of contention in the AV industry, but perhaps you should be thinking about the relationship between the two industries as more of a partnership. AVDawn, a rAVe BlogSquad blogger, posted a great blog about how CompTIA (basically the InfoComm of the IT industry) cites InfoComm’s standards, practices and procedures as the way to do AV. […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 12: How to Hire Creative Content Designers

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Most graphic design majors in college are relegated to designing websites when they graduate. But you’ve got the ultimate job for them when they graduate, and you can sell their services profitably! Use their skill set to help you design creative content for digital signage systems and more. The future of the AV industry is […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 11: Peerless-AV’s Best Kept Secret: HD Flow

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One of the best kept product secrets in the AV industry is a product from Peerless-AV — yes a mount company. It’s called HD Flow (www.hdflow.com) and it allows you to send HDMI signals (up to 1080p) wirelessly over an 802.11n network up to 40 meters. But, it doesn’t just do one-to-one HDMI; they even have a version that takes two HDMI inputs […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 10: Barco’s ClickShare is the real-deal

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If you’ve ever wanted Apple’s wireless video streaming product to work with BOTH Macs and PCs, well Barco’s ClickShare does just that. It creates a wireless network that’s capable of sending whatever is on a laptop’s screen to a connected projector (via ClickShare) wirelessly just by pressing the ClickShare button. All you have to do is connect a ClickShare button to any […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 9: David Labuskes Gets It!

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InfoComm’s new Executive Director, succeeding Randy Lemke, is David Labuskes -a VP ofRTKL Associates. RTKL is the 5th largest architectural and engineering design firm in the world. David currently leads their practice in technology systems encompassing voice, data, audio-visual, wireless, environmental media, electronic security and acoustics. So, he’s got what it takes to COMPLETE the AV/IT convergence. Show Links: rAVe [Publications]: InfoComm International Appoints David Labuskes as New Executive […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 8: Visix’s Mini Form Factor Media Player – Terrible Name, Great Box

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Visix’s latest is in the form of a solid state media player with a 60GB drive. Designed to fit behind an LCD hanging on a wall in a digital signage system, it’s perfect for simple digital signage systems… Show Links: rAVe [Publications]: Visix Adds Super-Slim Media Player Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 7: Vaddio Adds Free Advanced Replacement Program

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Sure, everyone’s got warranties for all their gear- and as most manufacturers would say, you don’t need warranties as their gear never breaks. But, in case it does, everyone needs at least a two year warranty. But, Vaddio one-up’ed their competition by offering a one-year, free Advanced Replacement program. We talk about this on today’s program. Show Links: […]

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This Matters: Sony’s 2012 Sales Suck Worse and Sharp to Fire 10 Percent

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According to a Reuters story just posted this week, Sony has slashed its earnings AND sales forecasts for 2012-2013. This is terrible timing as it comes barely a month before CEDIA Expo next month in Indianapolis.  Apparently, Sony’s Q2 2012 profit (April through June) dropped a whopping 77 percent (vs 2011) – nearly twice what they’d originally expected. Who […]

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Leviton Buys HAI – But, Stupidly, Keeps It a Separate Company

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Leviton this week announced it has purchased Home Automation, Inc. (HAI) – giving Leviton customers access to HAI control system products. Exciting? Yes! Well planned? No. “Leviton’s acquisition of HAI represents a significant expansion of our offerings in the residential market, and furthers Leviton’s commitment to providing customers with the latest technologies as affordable, easy-to-use solutions,” said Daryoush Larizadeh, chief operating officer of Leviton. “Leviton and HAI are two established brands […]

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Did You Know That AVI-SPL is BLOWING You Away?

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If you’re reading this in the first 10 minutes of me posting it, statistically, you’re likely work for AVI-SPL. And, if you’re reading this from a referral via Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, I’ll almost guarantee you that you heard about it from someone who works at AVI-SPL! Why’s that? Well, simply put: AVI-SPL is frickin’ blowing every other integrator away […]

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It Should be Called E5 Now!

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Well, the Spring 2012 edition of the Almo ProAV E4 AV Tour just finished with a stop in Washington DC last week and it couldn’t have ended at a better location. Why? Well, for the 2011-2012 edition of the ALMO ProAV E4 Tour my keynote was How to GoGreenAV, Profitably and since a lot of the GreenAV initiatives are headed up by InfoComm, who’s also headquartered […]

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Has Arrive Really Arrived?

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Today, I received this eBlast from Arrive Corporation (see image, linked to actual e-blast). It’s not the first communication I’ve ever received from them, but it’s the first in a while. Why do I care? Way back some 10 months or so ago, I asked their PR folks to send me ONE contact of ONE client who’s […]

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HDTVs: Officially a Commodity

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If you’re not making money selling HDTVs now, you NEVER will — so get out of it ASAP! Why? Well, the IKEA announcement earlier this week that they’re integrating HDTVs into their home furnishing line (they are literally selling a piece of furniture with an already-builtin TV and other AV gear) will spark copycats by everyone from Target to Pottery Barn. […]

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Sony to Cut 10K Jobs Immediately, But This Won’t Work

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Japan’s leading business publication, KIKKEI, is claiming that Sony’s getting ready to dump 10,000 people from their company payroll. The story is here. As most of you don’t speak Japanese, I’ll translate it to you. Basically the story says that this cut will result in about a 6 percent workforce reduction as Sony has about 160,000 employees. […]

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More About Extron and InfoComm

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Since breaking the news that Extron is no longer exhibiting at the InfoComm USA or Integrated Systems Europe shows two weeks ago, we’ve had a deluge of comments on our website, our LinkedIn page, our Facebook page and even our Twitter feed. And, the opinions have been all over the place. On one side are those that think this is simply a bad decision. Why? […]

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