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..

Microsoft Follows Zoom and Launches Personal Teams Devices for Homes and Offices

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Microsoft has announced new Microsoft Teams displays, a category of all-in-one dedicated Teams devices (basically a personal Teams touch screen) integrated with voice control via Microsoft Cortana. Microsoft is marketing these as personal workspace devices that integrate with Teams collaboration and communication for your home and small office environments — think of them as personal […]

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LG to Debut New 0.9-mm and 1.2-mm Flagship LED Line Next Month Under LSAA Lineup

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LG Business Solutions is launching an LED Signage system in the United States in August. The LG LSAA LED Signage series, which represents the flagship of LG’s line, will be available initially in a 1.2-millimeter pixel pitch version, followed by 0.9 and 1.5-mm models later this year. LG designed this solution around a single LED […]

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Yamaha Unified Communications and Sharp Business Systems Team up to Make Remote Concierge Station

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Yamaha Unified Communications and Sharp Business Systems have partnered to provide the hospitality, enterprise, education, health care and government industries with a post-COVID Remote Concierge Station solution. This partnership results in a combination of Sharp’s 40-inch or 50-inch flat-screens and Yamaha’s CS-700 Video Sound Bar in a mobile stand to allow organizations to staff key […]

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Projected Rebound of Southeast Asia Economy Allows for Potential Business Growth in AV

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With Southeast Asia poised to rebound in 2021 to become one of the most promising markets worldwide, the established InfoComm Southeast Asia platform offers professional audiovisual companies an opportunity to leverage this market potential and pursue business growth. Despite a gloomy global economic outlook and a general slowdown in 2020, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) […]

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ClearOne Awarded New Patent for Beamforming Microphone Array Technology

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ClearOne just announced Wednesday that it has been awarded another new patent relating to beamforming microphone array technology by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. ClearOne’s new patent, US Patent No. 10,728,653 (the “’653 Patent”), is entitled “Ceiling Tile Microphone.” It describes a ceiling tile microphone that includes beamforming, acoustic echo cancellation and adaptive acoustic […]

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EnGenius Technologies Releases Cloud-managed Wi-Fi 6 Wireless AP

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EnGenius Technologies detailed the release of its new EnGenius ECW260 Cloud Managed Wi-Fi 6 Outdoor Dual-Band Wireless AP designed to handle large crowds on multiple devices using the fastest speeds available. The AP uses Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) technology and is aimed at airports, smart cities, campuses, parks and large industrial sites — and can maintain […]

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The Aesthetics of Atlas’ New Atmosphere Product Line Shows It’s Different

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AtlasIED says its new Atmosphere digital audio platform is designed for use in restaurants, bars, hotels, school campuses, houses of worship, retail establishments and other commercial environments. Atmosphere claims its digital audio processors, amplifiers, graphical user interfaces, and programming software and controls — which are designed with touchless control, automation and artificial intelligence — are […]

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Sony Debuts VPL-GTZ380 Flagship Projector Using New 4K DCI Chip — Capable of 120Hz Refresh Too!

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Sony Electronics launched the VPL-GTZ380 Monday — marketed as its new flagship elective 3LCD, SXRD projector with a native 4096×2160 4K DCI chipset. Integrated with 10,000 ANSI lumens, the VPL-GTZ380 features a newly developed 0.74” Native 4K SXRD panel that Sony specs at 16,000:1 contrast ratio. By adopting a new liquid crystal material for the […]

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Updated: Digital Signage Software Platform Provider, SignageOS, Received $2 Million in Funding From Reflex Capital

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  An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Reflex Capital was rumored to now own around 40% of signageOS. The ownership percentage has been confirmed as “less than 15%” according to signageOS CEO Stan Richter. SignageOS just told rAVe that the company received $2 million in early-stage funding from Reflex Capital, a private […]

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AVI-SPL Launches Enterprise Accounts Management Program

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AVI-SPL announced the launch Thursday of its Enterprise Accounts Management program, a dedicated partnership program with AVI-SPL working hand-in-hand with organizations to strategically deliver workplace collaboration success across their entire enterprise. The Enterprise Accounts Management program is patterned after the model of AVI-SPL’s Global Accounts Management program. Since launching in late-2017, the AVI-SPL Global Accounts […]

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Key Digital Calls 3-Year-Old Technology Game-Changing?

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Key Digital just introduced the KD-BYOD4K, a wireless presentation gateway for the KDPlay system. The company is marketing it as a “Game Changer for Presentation and Collaborations.” Do you agree? Here’s how it works: You can wirelessly connect via MacOS, Android or Windows (not Chromecast) to the KD-BYOD4K presentation system and project in full-screen (4K […]

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Extron Now Shipping NetPA U 1004 Four-channel Audio Power Amplifier

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Extron just announced it is shipping the NetPA U 1004 four-channel audio power amplifier. This Dante-enabled amplifier delivers 100 watts per channel in a half-rack, 1U, convection cooled, plenum-rated enclosure that includes rack mount hardware. With the NetPA U 1004, you get all the advantages of the XPA Ultra amplifiers combined with Dante network audio […]

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Nureva Console Helps Users Manage Company’s Audio Conferencing Systems Via Multiple Locations

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Nureva just announced the availability of Nureva Console, a cloud-based platform that makes it easy for organizations to manage their Nureva audio conferencing systems across multiple locations. This is done from a single, secure dashboard that eliminates the need for IT managers to physically visit meeting rooms to configure and monitor their audio systems. Nureva […]

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NSCA Updates Electronic Systems Outlook Report for Summer 2020

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NSCA has updated its biannual Electronic Systems Outlook report for summer 2020. It includes construction outlook information based on actual data from Q1 and Q2 of 2020 and a forecast outlook for the remainder of 2020, 2021 and beyond. Knowing that new construction is the best indicator of the future business climate for integrators, NSCA […]

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Viking Electronics Announces New Compact Emergency Phones

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The new Viking Emergency single-button phones are ADA-compliant and are housed in a compact chassis. The phones are designed for campus or facility-wide integration — when an LED-lit button is pressed, the emergency phones automatically dial a pre-programmed phone number or central station number. The phones will roll to the next number if there is […]

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Leon Speakers Announces FrameBar to Accompany Samsung’s The Frame TV

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Samsung’s “The Frame TV” looks more like an art piece than a TV and many CIs have been wanting to add high-end audio to the installation. Well, Leon Speakers just announced the launch of FrameBar, a discreet, ultra-thin sound bar that was designed to match the width and finish of The Frame TV. FrameBar is […]

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Hunter Douglas Intros PowerView+ and PowerView AC for Automated Shade Control

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Hunter Douglas just introduced two new installation solutions for a premium automated shade experience. PowerView+ is a new low-voltage, hardwired shading control system with new motors and better communication for automated Hunter Douglas shades. PowerView AC is an AC-powered solution for large windows and/or banks of windows up to 240 inches wide. PowerView+ delivers advanced […]

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ARISTA Enters AV-over-IP Market Using 10G SDVoE

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ARISTA Corporation just launched into the AV-over-IP market with the RS-124-31 Series IP Flash Caster product line with six models: the RS-124-A31-TX01, RS-124-A31-TX02, RS-124-A31-RX01, RS-124-B31-TX01, RS-124-B31-TX02 and RS-124-B31-RX01. ARISTA’s RS-124-31 Series is a 1U rack-mount AV-over-IP product line that can be configured with either dual SDVoE encoders/decoders with copper or fiber interface and a variety […]

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LG Readies Turnkey Health Solutions for Reopening Businesses and Schools; Partners with Peerless-AV

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As businesses and schools around the country reopen amid the ongoing pandemic, LG Business Solutions USA has expanded its suite of Health Protocol Solutions, introducing new digital signage packages that provide information, guidance, wayfinding and interactive experiences. And, LG partnered with a few third-party companies to provide the products, including wellness kiosks, occupancy management systems, […]

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Extron Now Shipping ENERGY-STAR-qualified Audio Power Amplifiers

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Extron announced that the company is shipping the XPA U 1004 SB and XPA U 2002 SB, ENERGY-STAR-qualified audio power amplifiers, featuring flexible channel pairs that can drive 8-ohm, 4-ohm, 70-volt or 100-volt loads. The individually bridgeable channel pairs of the XPA U 1004 SB can deliver two 100-watt channels into low-impedance systems or one […]

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Amber Solutions Is Moving Closer to Making This Control a Mainstream Reality

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You may recall a story we published on Amber Solutions back in April — when the company received a patent for solid-state electricity control. Amber Solutions announced Thursday that it has signed one Letter of Intent with revenue and six Memorandums of Understanding with leading global electronics manufacturers — three of which were signed during […]

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AVIXA Data Shows $20 Billion Decline in ProAV Revenue in 2020; But, 2021 Will Be Back to 2019 Levels

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The global ProAV industry reached a peak of $259 billion in 2019. Due to the global pandemic, the industry is expected to decline to $239 billion in 2020, according to the new 2020 AV Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis (IOTA) produced by AVIXA (the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association). IOTA shows the industry recovering back […]

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Torus Power Now Shipping AVR ELITE With TorusConnect Power Control

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Torus Power is now shipping its new AVR ELITE featuring TorusConnect Cloud-based monitoring and control. This model offers a combination of isolation-transformer-enhanced power management and remote operation capabilities. It features new PCB designs, a 32-bit processor, a separate power supply board for a higher-quality audio path, a larger LCD display and tighter voltage regulation than […]

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AmpliVox Intros “Ready-to-Assemble” Cabinets for IT, AV Components

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AmpliVox Sound Systems has introduced new “ready-to-assemble” cabinets for rack and storage of IT and AV components. The cabinets ship flat and assemble quickly with the included hardware. There are two sizes — Model RC8002, 16” H x 21” W x 18” D that accommodates standard 8U rack rails, and Model RC1202, 23” H x […]

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Logitech Adds Alexa to UCC-based Zoom Room Solutions

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Logitech announced Logitech Solutions for Zoom Rooms with Alexa for Business, giving users contactless collaboration. As businesses continue to prepare for hybrid work environments, Logitech Solutions for Zoom Rooms and Alexa for Business, a service from Amazon Web Services (AWS) that enables organizations and employees to use Alexa to get more work done, provide companies […]

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Origin Acoustics — Worldwide Distributor for Ambisonic Systems Products — Tapped to be Exclusive Distributor for Ambisonic’s New Loudspeaker

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Origin Acoustics is now the exclusive source (and worldwide distributor) for a particular product in the custom integration realm: the Ambisonic Systems Landscape Ribbon Six. Created by speaker designer Jeff Coombs and his team, the loudspeaker is the next iteration in Ambisonic’s line of audiophile pro-luxury speakers. Origin Acoustics has also, in fact, partnered to […]

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Intel Awards Crestron 2020 US Partner of the Year Award

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Intel recently awarded Crestron the 2020 US Partner of the Year in the program’s IoT Solutions Alliance (ISA) category. Crestron received the award for its achievement in co-marketing through the launch of The Crestron Collaboration Solution, an Intel IoT Market Ready Solution. The Crestron Collaboration Solution is an Intel IoT Market Ready Solution built on […]

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Epson Unveils New Version of Its Projector Professional Tool

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Epson announced a new version of its Projector Professional Tool (EPPT) Monday. The EPPT is a free software utility that helps users set up multiple Epson networked projectors in a large space. Version 1.3 provides support for macOS for the first time, in addition to Windows. This software offers access to the projection features built […]

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Marshall Electronics’ New Zoom Block Cameras Feature 2.5-12.4 Million Pixels

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Marshall Electronics just announced the release of its CV420-18X and CV355-10X zoom block cameras, one with 12.4 million pixels designed into a 1/1.7-inch 4K sensor and the other has 2.5 million pixels with 1/2.8-inch covering the HD range in a compact design. Both cameras are designed with the latest sensor technology and are refined to […]

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Extron Has LinkLicense Upgrades for its SMP 111 Streaming Media Processers

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Extron just announced two new LinkLicense upgrades for SMP 111 Streaming Media Processors. These LinkLicense upgrades empower Extron SMP 111 users to stream live-event broadcasts to Kaltura or Panopto video management systems. With the rise of online learning, flipped classrooms, lecture capture and virtual meetings, educational institutions and corporations can use a unified and integrated […]

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Clare Controls’ New ClareOne Wireless Security and Smart Home Panel Now Available

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Clare Controls announced the availability Thursday of its ClareOne Wireless Security and Smart Home Panel integrated with the new back-end management platform, FusionPro. Aimed at Crestron Home and distributed exclusively by SnapAV, ClareOne unifies smart wireless security and smart home control, with a full line of encrypted security sensors and smart home integrations. And the […]

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