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..

Have You Considered Using Projection in Digital Signage?

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Digital signage plays a key role as brands search for new ways to create safe and engaging experiences as businesses open up. From eye-catching, dynamic displays to social distance and safety cues, digital signage projectors are a useful tool to deliver helpful, larger-than-life content while optimizing existing spaces. Leveraging Epson’s laser display solutions, businesses and […]

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Barco Intros ClickShare Present Family

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Barco just expanded the ClickShare family with two new models in what the company is calling the ClickShare Present family. The entry-level C-5 is designed for huddle spaces and small meeting rooms, offering simply wireless 4K content sharing. The high-end C-10 is for interactive collaboration in any meeting space, adds better video performance (higher video […]

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BrightSign Players Now Integrated With Nexmosphere Technology

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BrightSign today announced that BrightSign players have been integrated with Nexmosphere technology to help tempt customers back into brick-and-mortar retail stores as they reopen. To enable touchless navigation of digital content on screen, the new Nexmosphere XT-EF650 AirGesture sensor has been integrated with BrightSign players to register hand swipes. In addition, the AirButton feature detects […]

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Resideo Acquires Shoreview Distribution

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Resideo Technologies today announced it has acquired privately held Shoreview Distribution (“Shoreview”), based in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Shoreview was founded in 1989 and is a distributor of professional audio, video, lighting, display and broadcast equipment. With warehouse locations on the east and west coasts, Shoreview serves customers across the United States and will be part of […]

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Extron Announces Quantum Expansion Cards for Large Video Walls

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Extron just announced the availability of Quantum Expansion IN and Quantum Expansion OUT cards that simplify the design, integration, and operation of large video walls. The cards link up to five Quantum Ultra frames together, extending the high-speed HyperLane bus between processors. Once configured, the processors operate as a single system with a common, shared […]

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Vivitek Adds Four New Sizes to NovoDisplay Digital Signage Line

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Vivitek’s NovoDisplay family of 4K (3,840 x 2,160) UCC and digital signage displays has grown by adding four sizes, 43”, 55”, 65” and 75”. The flagship is the 55” model — able to be used in both landscape and portrait modes and designed for 18/7 operation. It comes integrated with NovoDS software. Using NovoDS Studio, […]

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Yamaha Leapfrogs Most Other AV Receivers Offering 8K/60 Inputs

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The new Yamaha RX-A8A, RX-A6A and RX-A4A are 11, nine and seven-channel, respectively home theater receivers that manage 4K and 8K signals. Dubbed the AVENTAGE series, all three include seven HDMI 2.1 inputs (supporting up to 8K@60/4K@120 signals and look unique with a center-mounted front-panel volume knob, a color LCD display a rotary jog dial […]

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Google’s Project Starline to Bring 3D Holographic Videoconferencing Booths to AV Market

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Google announced the company has been working to perfect Project Starline — a technology project that combines hardware and software to enable friends, families and co-workers to “feel together” — for years. And, the demo was stunning. Watch this video so you’ll understand what I am writing about here: To make this experience possible, Google […]

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DV Signage and Prysm Systems Partner for Work From Home Collaboration Proposition

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DV Signage and Prysm Systems have announced a partnership for “Collaboration-as-a-Service,” a joint purpose-driven proposition as a response to the Work From Home (WFH) revolution. Post-pandemic business leaders face new challenges and opportunities in devising effective strategies for the burgeoning demand for hybrid (home and office/workplace) working. The partnership will launch in June. “We are going to […]

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Lumens Announces OBS Plugin for Camera Compatibility

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Lumens Digital Optics announced the Lumens OBS Plugin, an open-source software for video recording and livestreaming. The plug-in is a free software for controlling Lumens cameras in order to pan, tilt, zoom and other advanced functions. The integration between Lumens and OBS makes your camera control much easier during live streaming events like game shows, […]

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Logitech Intros AI-Powered Whiteboard Camera — ‘Logitech Scribe’

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Logitech has introduced Logitech Scribe, an AI-powered whiteboard camera. Logitech Scribe, compatible with leading services like Microsoft Teams and Zoom, broadcasts whiteboard content into video meetings. In-room participants can share whiteboard content into video meetings by pressing the wireless button included with Scribe or by tapping the meeting room touch controller (like Logitech Tap). The wireless […]

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Savant Updates Ring X Line for Enhanced Security

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Savant announced the release of Ring X Line integration with the Savant Pro App. Last year, Savant and Ring announced a multi-year strategic initiative, starting with Ring X Line bundles available to Savant authorized integrators via the Savant Store. Now, with the release of Savant’s daVinci 9.4, Savant has updated the design for professional installers […]

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Vision Launches Floor Stand for Microsoft Surface Hub Lineup

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Vision, a U.K.-based AV company, has just launched a unique niche product for the Microsoft Surface Hub lineup in the form of the Vision VFM-F10/HB, for the 50-inch Hub 2S from Microsoft. Here’s a video of how it works: Vision’s VFM-F10/HB is a one-box solution that includes the Vision Hub Halo, matching Hub’s unique rounded […]

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Russound Enters Commercial AV Market with New Amp

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Russound announced the MIXAMP-60, an all-in-one mixer amplifier designed for light commercial and “resimercial” applications. Designed for multiroom audio in restaurants, retail stores, medical offices and schools, the MIXAMP-60 features a range of distribution inputs, built-in Bluetooth connectivity, an FM tuner, a USB/SD MP3 player and the ability to connect up to four external sources. […]

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Bluescape to Integrate With Amazon Chime SDK

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Bluescape announced its integration with Amazon Chime SDK to enable scheduled and ad-hoc video meetings. This integration allows Bluescape customers to host and join video calls in Bluescape. They can also schedule their meetings directly through Microsoft Outlook. “Bluescape’s integration with Amazon Chime SDK is creating a paradigm shift in video collaboration,” said Dr. S. […]

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The Zigbee Alliance Rebrands as Connectivity Standards Alliance

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The Zigbee Alliance, an organization of hundreds of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced its organizational rebrand to the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA). The organization announced a second brand, Matter, formerly known to the industry as Project Connected Home over IP (CHIP), the future of […]

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IMCCA Announces Strategic Partnership with CEDIA Expo

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CEDIA Expo is partnering with IMCCA (Interactive Multimedia & Collaborative Communications Alliance) as a strategic programming partner for the CEDIA Expo to be held Sept.1-3, 2021 in Indianapolis. The IMCCA will bring insights and subject matter experts to a variety of CEDIA Expo 2021 activations, including on the CEDIA Expo Smart Stage and Innovation Hub. Topics will […]

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Access Networks Adds Unmanaged Services Option to ARCC Solution

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Access Networks, now part of SnapAV, just added an unmanaged services option that can be added to any access point purchase to its cloud-based solution ARCC (Advanced, Resilient Cloud Controller). ARCC delivers simplicity during deployment, a higher level of control with more tools to customize each job and a lower cost of entry for industry-leading […]

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BrightSign Unveils New Media Connection Solution

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BrightSign unveiled BrightSign Mobile Wednesday, a new solution to connect media players to the cloud where traditional methods of network connectivity are difficult to achieve. The solution is available as an accessory to BrightSign players that includes a low-profile USB modem with an installed SIM card. Customers have a choice of data plans which are […]

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Extron Announces Collaboration With Yealink

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Extron just announced a collaboration with Yealink to create simple control and collaboration solutions for UCC workspaces. With these scalable solutions, Extron is integrating room automation, audio and signal extension capabilities with the Yealink MCore Mini-PC, Microsoft Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms solutions. Its collaboration with Yealink brings Extron AV and room control capabilities to […]

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Monterey Conference Center and Immersive Design Studios Partner for CANVAS Studio Solution

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The Monterey Conference Center partnered with Immersive Design Studios to build a new 10,000-square-foot CANVAS Studio, a state-of-the-art space available for virtual or hybrid meetings and events. The Studio will open in June, abiding by all local safety protocols. The CANVAS Studio at Monterey sets a new standard for professional events, providing an immersive and […]

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AtlasIED Upgrades Atmosphere Digital Audio System

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AtlasIED just upgraded its Atmosphere digital audio system with a new 2.0 firmware update (available here for free). The updated version enables many performance and installation enhancements, including stereo and subwoofer support, self-healing accessories, room combine and bell scheduling. These and other updates offer integrators even greater opportunities to customize, deliver and control audio to […]

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AVer Conference Camera, Pro Conferencing System Receive Zoom Hardware Certification

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AVer Information has announced that its CAM520 Pro2 Conference Camera and VC520 Pro Conferencing system have been granted official hardware certification by Zoom Video Communications, Inc. Before approving the CAM520 Pro2 and VC520 Pro2 for official certification, Zoom put them through lab tests to verify its imaging quality and ensure that its intuitive features can […]

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Poly Announces Voyager Focus 2 Bluetooth Headset

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Poly announced the Voyager Focus 2, the latest addition to Poly’s line of stereo Bluetooth headsets. The Voyager Focus 2 is a smart, wireless headset with amazing audio that’s intuitive and easy to use, combining Poly’s next-generation Acoustic Fence technology with Advanced Digital Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). Poly’s Advanced Digital Hybrid ANC comes with […]

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tvONE Releases Software, Firmware Update for Coriomaster2 Video Processor

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tvONE has released a new software and firmware update for its CORIOmaster2 video processor that’s 4K/8K (4K@60Hz 4:4:4) for high-end LED installations, projection edge blending or monitor walls. And, the new updates are aimed at the healthcare, broadcast, esports, live events, education and corporate environments. The biggest updates add a new Quad 4K HDMI Input […]

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Adamson Systems Engineering Releases New Range for Installation Market

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Adamson Systems Engineering just introduced a range of new products aimed at the installation market, including an extension to its IS-Series of installation loudspeakers and a suite of design tools for architects, integrators and sound designers. With the introduction of the IS-Series Weatherized line, Adamson offers AV pros a loudspeaker family built to withstand extreme […]

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Two Biamp Conference Room Audio Bundles for Zoom Rooms Are Now Zoom-Certified

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Biamp says that Zoom has certified two conference room audio bundles aimed at medium and large Zoom Rooms. Each bundle includes Parlé Beamtracking microphones for the ceiling and all the connectivity required. The system includes automated EQ, minimal cable requirements (with zero termination), zero network setup and what Biamp is calling a simper install aimed […]

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Audio-Technica Introduces New Microphones

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Audio-Technica has introduced four new condenser boundary microphones: the ES945O/FM3 omnidirectional, ES947C/FM3cardioid, ES945O/FM5 omnidirectional and ES947C/FM5 cardioid condenser boundary microphone. These mics feature a capacitive-type user switch that enables muting of the microphone – making them especially ideal for conferencing applications. The FM3 models replace the existing ES945/LED and ES947/LED and feature local muting, while the FM5 models represent an entirely new product for […]

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Hitachi Launches Hospitality Displays

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Hitachi has announced the launch of a line of hospitality displays from 32”-65”. When combined with the Hitachi Hospitality Content Management Solution (CMS), each connected display is enabled with a centrally controlled entertainment and communications hub that delivers personalized interaction, tailor-made content and additional revenue for the hotel or hospital. The entire line can also […]

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