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..

Ideum’s Interactive Tables Get a Significant Upgrade With Zytronic’s ZyBrid Sensor

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Zytronic announced its patented multitouch projected capacitive technology (MPCT) has been selected by the designer of creative public installations, Ideum, for its next-generation Pano Duo 49” interactive touch table. One of the first deployments is at the Röntgen Museum in Remscheid, Germany, where visitors can view and interact with both terrestrial and celestial objects and […]

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Who Doesn’t Want This in Their Home? The Ultimate At-Home Golf Simulator Is Now in a Packaged Solution From AV Planners

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AV Planners has partnered with a golf simulation solution Golfzon. With more than two million online members, Golfzon hosts an average of 300 amateur tournaments daily. Golfzon is available in 62 countries with 30,000 simulators in operation around the globe. Recognized by Golf Digest as the best golf simulator for four consecutive years, Golfzon is […]

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EAW and dB Technologies Form Unique Distribution Alliance — Could This Be More Than a Trend?

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By distributing each other’s products in their home regions, Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) and dB Technologies say they plan to better serve their customers and position themselves for growth into 2021. “The dB Technology and EAW brands offer exceptional innovation and value to their customers and deserve the best chance to grow globally,” said Arturo […]

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8K Association Updates Performance Spec for Mark Program

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The 8K Association (8KA) has published an updated performance specification for the 8K Association Certified mark program. TV shoppers looking for televisions that offer four times the resolution available from 4K TVs and that meet the high-performance standards of the 8K Association Certified program will benefit from the new broader performance requirements applied to 8K […]

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Lightware Has a Big Announcement Coming Your Way During LAVNCH WEEK 3.0!

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During the week of Feb. 8, the industry’s flagship virtual event returns: LAVNCH WEEK 3.0. And, Lightware sent this teaser video as a pre-launch (pre-LAVNCH?) piece. I must say: It’s clear Lightware is about to launch itself into a totally new space in UCC — and AV for that matter. From this teaser, it appears […]

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The Movie Theater Is Now Dead, Plus a Prediction: Apple Will Buy Sony

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As much as I hated writing that headline, it’s true. And, despite years of warnings that the future of the cineplex was nothing but apocalyptic, Hollywood wasn’t prepared. Let’s back-up. Back in the late ’90s, companies started building DVD servers for home theaters. The idea was that a homeowner could buy a cache of DVDs […]

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ISE Research Shows AV Industry Eager to Return to In-Person Events

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In October 2020, Integrated Systems Europe commissioned research, targeting AV professionals to evaluate visitor appetites for conferences and events following COVID-19. The research, completed before news of a COVID-19 vaccine, gauged interest in face-to-face, digital and hybrid event formats. The results show that 98% of the audience missed attending in-person AV industry events. ISE was […]

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Atomos Enables Apple ProRes RAW Recording Support for Sony FX6

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Atomos has enabled Apple ProRes RAW recording support for Sony’s new FX6 professional camera with full-frame image sensor; which natively outputs RAW over SDI. This is all made possible with the Atomos Shogun 7 AtomOS 10.43 update which now allows users to record ProRes RAW images at up to DCI 4K@60Hz. The resulting images have […]

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Epson Receives 2020 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Award

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Epson announced the Golden Bridge Awards named Epson a Gold winner in the 12th Annual 2020 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards. Light Harvest’s artwork at the Lightning in a Bottle 2019 festival won in the “Live Event of the Year — Cultural and Festival Event” category. Tasked with creating an intimate art experience for […]

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LAVNCH Sets Virtual Event Engagement Bar By Delivering 57,000+ Group Conversations and Chats During the D=SIGN Virtual Conference

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AVIXA and the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) hosted its first event collaboration, D=SIGN: the Digital Signage Conference, on Dec. 8-9, 2020. The virtual event brought together AV professionals from around the world to explore the digital signage ecosystem with 30 speakers across 18 sessions. And, it was served-up on THE rAVe Agency’s LAVNCH Platform! Total registrations for D=SIGN came to […]

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PSA and USAV Select Matt Barnette as Next CEO

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PSA and USAV announced the appointment of Matt Barnette as its next chief executive officer; PSA/USAV’s current CEO, Bill Bozeman, plans to retire from the organization in 2021. Barnette most recently served as vice president of physical access control solutions North America business unit for HID Global and previously held the role of president at Mercury […]

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Extron Now Shipping DTP2 T 202 FB Two-Input Transmitter

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Extron announced it is shipping the DTP2 T 202 FB, a two‑input transmitter that sends DisplayPort or HDMI, audio and control up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a shielded CATx cable to a DTP-enabled product. Its unique form factor provides a flexible, floor box mounting solution that is compatible with offerings from OBO Bettermann, […]

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Zoom Is Top UCC Platform for 5th Year in a Row

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Gartner just released its 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions report and Zoom has been named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions for the fifth consecutive year as well as a Leader in the 2020 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Worldwide. Zoom was named a […]

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Z-Wave Long Range Spec and Starter Kit Announced; Line of Sight Transmission is 1 Mile!

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The Z-Wave Alliance announced the Z-Wave Long Range (Z-Wave LR) specification is available for product development. Z-Wave LR connectivity enables new IoT applications beyond the home, without any need for repeaters, ensuring easy install and low cost. With a network size of up to 4,000 nodes, Z-Wave LR provides the scalability needed in MDU & […]

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SynAudCon Updates Famed Audio 100 Course

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SynAudCon announced and update to its “Course 100 – Principles of Audio” and it’s already on live on the website. “Course 100 – Principles of Audio” is the fifth course to undergo such renovations by SynAudCon in the last 24 months. The newly released Course 100 underwent a six-month transformation process — expanding on topics […]

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SoundTube Releases 2-Channel Dante Amp With Built-In DSP

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SoundTube’s IPD-Hub 2 Amplifier is a two-channel Dante amp with DSP built-in. The amp is AES67 compatible and powered by PoE, PoE+ or 40-watt PoE. It includes an RJ45 Ethernet connection and can be used with Radio Design Labs Format A (RDL) or Attero Tech Axiom line level, mic level, balanced XLR or Bluetooth input […]

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Barco Projectors Take Guinness World Record Title for Largest Projection of a Video Game

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Rentex and Barco (using the UDX-4K40 Flex projectors) set a record for the largest ever projection of a video game. This display, produced by LA-based Be Core, Inc., featured snowboarder Grant Giller playing Xbox’s Destiny 2. The spectacular live event was executed by 3D projection mapping leader, PaintScaping Inc. Projected at the top of Copper Mountain in […]

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QSC Adds Room Solutions for Microsoft Teams

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QSC just added Room Solutions for Microsoft Teams including compute, audio, video and room control capabilities in a certified for Teams packaged aimed at IT departments. As part of this offering, QSC is also announcing new Microsoft Teams certified accessories for the Q-SYS Ecosystem and a host of new Teams Rooms-related software. The QSC Room […]

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Meridian Audio Now Certified by ‘Works With Sonos’ Program

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Meridian Audio is now certified by the “Works with Sonos” program, offering a new integration for its premium audio equipment to connect with the Sonos sound system. This new integration makes it even easier for customers to enjoy Meridian’s signature audio quality while streaming from more than 100 music services available in the Sonos app, […]

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AVer Information Releases PTZ Control Panel App for iPad

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AVer Information today announced the release of the AVer PTZ Control Panel application for iPad. The mobile application removes the need for complicated controllers, heavy software programs or professional AV operators to control AVer PTZ and TR series cameras. The AVer PTZ Control Panel is free for iPad users to manage AVer PTZ cameras through their network. […]

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Definitive Technology Announces the Studio 3D Mini Sound Bar System

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Definitive Technology announced the Studio 3D Mini Sound Bar System Tuesday. The Studio 3D Mini sound bar claims premium-grade components and Dolby Atmos and DTS:X signal processing for what DT says is dynamic sound stage that rivals sound bars twice its size. At only two inches high and 26 inches wide and built with Definitive […]

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Tascam Intros New Series of High-Resolution USB Audio Interfaces

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Tascam just introduced the US-HR Series High Resolution USB Audio Interfaces; including three models — the US-1x2HR, the US-2x2HR and the US-4x4HR, all including 24-bit/192-kilohertz audio performance, ultra-low latency (four-sample driver buffer), Ultra-HDDA mic preamplifiers with +48V phantom power and a software control suite. In addition, all the US-HR Series interfaces have a loopback function […]

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Extron Announces SoundField XD Ceiling Speaker

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Extron just announced availability of the SoundField XD model SF 26CT LP, a low profile 6.5-inch two-way ceiling speaker featuring a 4.2-inch (107-millimeter) deep composite back can for use in restricted height plenum environments. The driver complement includes a 6.5-inch (165-millimeter) woofer coupled to a 3/4-inch (19-millimeter) ferrofluid-cooled dome tweeter. The SF 26CT LP offers […]

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Synergy SKY Debuts IoT Sensing Platform While Also Becoming Cisco Certified, Too!

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Synergy SKY has added an IoT technology platform to expand its data analytics for room usage. The technology will make it possible to detect presence in meeting rooms without videoconferencing equipment, by using low-cost IoT sensors that are quick and easy to deploy. Empty meeting rooms that are booked out, cause frustrations among users and […]

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Paul Harris Gives Gary Kayye a Walkthrough of Aurora Multimedia’s TAVIS Temperature Sensing Digital Signage Tablet

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In case you missed it, I recorded a live demo of the Aurora Multimedia TAVIS: Temperature Sensing digital signage tablet. Paul Harris was kind enough to join me on LinkedIn Live and give rAVe a tour of all the features.   Watch this — but only if you want to learn how the TAVIS uses […]

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Just Add Power Intros 2GΩ/3G ST1 Sound Transceiver

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Just Add Power today introduced its new 2GΩ/3G ST1 Sound Transceiver. An audio-only component that functions as either an input or output, the ST1 allows integrators to add a stereo audio source to any Just Add Power system, or to extract stereo audio from an existing transmitter. With the ST1, integrators can build a stereo […]

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Clare Controls Releases ClareOne Software Update

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Clare Controls today released a ClareOne v1.2.3/9.1.2 software update that adds new drivers for select smart garage doors and climate control solutions, simplifies partners’ remote access and control capabilities and provides a Control4 driver update that simplifies security integration with the ClareOne platform. The company has also added new wired and wireless security solutions and […]

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DOOH Technology Platforms Team Up to Standardize Data

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Six digital-out-of-home (DOOH) technology platforms — Adomni, Broadsign, Place Exchange, Verizon Media, VIOOH and Vistar Media — announced that they are coming together to bring standardization to digital-out-of-home venue (DOOH) data and help drive programmatic DOOH forward. Today, the consortium of ad tech innovators released a new set of recommendations, aligned with OpenRTB2.5, for labeling […]

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Martin Audio Announces New Additions, Upgraded Voicing for CDD Series

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Martin Audio has announced new additions and upgraded voicing for its CDD series — as well as improved production capacity — as part of a concerted effort to meet the growing needs of installation applications. CDD was original launched in 2015, combining curved enclosures with patent protected Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology. Martin Audio further extended […]

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Epson LightScene Product Line Grows and Adds Bluetooth

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Epson introduced its LightScene EV-110 and EV-115 Accent Lighting 3LCD Laser Projectors at the virtual D=SIGN: The Digital Signage Conference. A convergence of lighting and display technology, LightScene’s spotlight form factor, combined with laser technology and easy content management tools, allows users to unleash dynamic displays for digital art, commercial signage and decor applications. The […]

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LG Business Solutions Releases New 136-Inch Model All-in-One LED Display

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On the heels of its 130-inch All-in-One LED display, LG Business Solutions USA has expanded the category with a brand new 136-inch model that the company says is even easier to install — and is portable when integrated with an optional mobile stand. The LG LED All-in-One 136-inch display (model LAEB015) comes ready to assemble […]

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