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..

NEC Display Debuts Replaceable Laser Module for Digital Cinema Lineup

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NEC Display Solutions of America today announced the world’s first digital cinema projector that offers exhibitors the ability to replace the laser module in the projector head. The NEC NC2402ML is a 3-chip DLP projector that features RB laser technology delivering richer colors, brighter images and a sealed optical engine and laser module for unsurpassed […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 835: A Post Enterprise Connect Show Review with Logitech

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Gary was joined on today’s podcast with Logitech’s Head of Marketing, Joan Vandermate, who talks all about Logitech’s giant showing at the Enterprise Connect show last week. Enterprise Connect is the industry’s only dedicated UCC show and Logitech was in 20+ booths on the show floor with their new Logitech Tap  MeetUp and Rally Ultra-HD ConferenceCam system with automatic camera control. In […]

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Lenovo to Sell Avocor – This Could Be Great or Bad

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At Enterprise Connect, Avocor announced an alliance with Lenovo that will sell Avocor displays across all of Lenovo’s campuses, but they will also sell the Avocor product via its Vendor Label Hardware Program. This is not good news for AV integrators. Lenovo is not known for value-add selling of third-party hardware. Theoretically, they do have a very […]

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A DOOH Best Practices Document Finally Exists – rAVe is Proud to Have Helped!

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A comprehensive compilation of best practices for digital out of home (DOOH) media has been published by five leading industry trade groups. DOOH Best Practices is a collaborative joint venture between the Digital Place Based Advertising Association (DPAA), Digital Signage Federation (DSF), Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), Geopath and Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA). Half of the project funding was provided […]

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Extron Ships Industry’s Only Adjustable Width Soundbar (With Built-in Camera, If You Want)

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Extron is already shipping the SB 33 A Adjustable Width Sound Bar, designed to enhance the audio experience in collaboration spaces. With its exclusive adjustable width design, the company’s new sound bar can be customized to precisely match the size of the display, offering high performance audio reinforcement that looks great in any space. Offering […]

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Chief Intros FCS1U Cable Floor-to-Ceiling Flat Panel Mount and Two Column Adapters at DSE 2019

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Chief debuted new mounting solutions at DSE 2019 in Las Vegas. The FCS1U Cable Floor-to-Ceiling Flat Panel Mount provides QSRs and retail with a new low-profile option for digital signage. The mount supports both portrait and landscape orientations in a single SKU, with the option to retrofit a second, back-to-back display with the PACFCB accessory. The mount supports large displays […]

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NEC Debuts New 55″ 4K Displays

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NEC Display Solutions of America announced new 55″ 4K (3840×2160) UHD commercial-grade displays and a slim new design. Like other new models in the C & V Series, the V554Q features an anti-reflective high haze coating, external control and network capabilities through LAN, and SpectraView Engine Technology, which allows for complete color control. Featuring 500 […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 834: At DSE, Epson Will Easily Excite with LightScene and Laser Projection Message

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Gary was joined on today’s podcast with Epson’s Sr. Product Manager, Remi Del Mar, to talk both LightScene and their Digital Experiences booth at the show. Epson excited the projection market last year at DSE with the debut of their LightScene Accent Lighting Laser Projector lineup and at DSE 2019, they’ll focus on differentiated applications with LightScene as […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 833: Almo Pro AV Welcomes Three New BDMs – Angie Greene, John Borns, Melanie McKowan

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THIS IS A SPONSPRED POST Almo is growing — big-time. And, we welcome three new BDMs (Business Development Managers). This is a great offline discussion of what they do and who they support inside the Almo Pro AV support system. Please listen to this podcast with Angie Greene, John Borns and Melanie McKowan. And, don’t forget the […]

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Welcome to the Seedy Side of Digital Signage

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All of us in the digital signage market have been preaching the call — and future potential — of interactive signage. Interactivity makes signage more engaging, can be used to “gamify” the information and, in some cases, makes signage more multi-purpose — think about the case where the sign can magically transform into a huddle-room […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 832: Sharp to Debut New 4K and 8K Displays at DSE

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Gary was joined on his podcast today with Sharp’s Product Marketing Leader, Gary Bailer  today to talk about their ‘4K & Beyond’ theme for the DSE Show and how it’s influencing product launches. Sharp will debut a few families of new products at DSE — from 43” to 86” LCD monitors — and will also demo their newly debuts […]

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This Tweet Explains Why Zoom Is Dominating Meeting Rooms

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This is the tweet heard ‘round the AV world — or at least, it should have been: The March 21st tweet from R/GA read: A thousand years from now humans will have shed their physical form and ascended to a higher state of consciousness and conference room AV systems still won’t work. — R/GA (@RGA) […]

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TrueConf Makes Major Leadership Change

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TrueConf has appointed Dmitry Odintsov as the new chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. Former CEO Michael Gotalsky, who has been at the helm of TrueConf since 2007, will continue to serve as president and chief commercial officer at TrueConf’s group of companies. With more than 10 years experience in the video conferencing market, Dmitry […]

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RGBlink Joins SDVoE Alliance

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The SDVoE Alliance today announced that RGBlink has joined the alliance as an adopting member. RGBlink will be exhibiting at InfoComm 2019 (Orlando, June 12-14) in booth 601. The SDVoE Alliance will be in booth 1143. SDVoE technology provides an end-to-end hardware and software platform for AV extension, switching, processing and control through advanced chipset […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 830: The Dan Goldstein Podcast – My Conversation with the Creative Brain behind AVIXA

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I am excited to bring you an exclusive podcast with the newly promoted Chief Marketing Officer at AVIXA, Dan Goldstein, a year and a half after the rebrand — which saw the debut of AVIXA — the AudioVisual Integrated Experience Association. This underrated effort to separate InfoComm (the show) from InfoComm (the association), has turned out to be pure genius. And, […]

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Key Digital Intros 4K/UHD 18G HDMI Distribution Solution

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Key Digital just launched the KD-DA2x4G and KD-DA2x8G 18 Gbps HDMI distribution amplifiers with two HDMI inputs to four or eight (respectively) HDBaseT outputs for distribution to four or eight screens up to 100 meters / 328 feet away at 1080p resolution or 70 meters / 250 feet at 4K. All four / eight monitors […]

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Reflect, BrightSign & D3 Team Up for LED Wall for Levi’s in Times Square

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Reflect, a provider of retail digital signage programs and longtime digital partner to Levi Strauss & Co., today announced that they teamed up with D3 and BrightSign to create a striking visual experience at the recently opened Levi’s flagship store in Times Square. At nearly 17,000 square feet, it is the largest Levi’s flagship store […]

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Oblong Targets Zoom Video with Debut of Rumpus Multi-Stream Collaboration Video System

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Oblong Industries just announced something called Rumpus, a new visual collaboration application for purely virtual teams. Oblong is marketing it saying that Rumpus makes web conferencing both content and context rich. It provides simultaneous access to shared screens from meeting participants, and delivers a new layer of communication with shared cursors, annotation and emojis for […]

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Extron and Logitech Collaborate for AV Control with One-Touch Collaboration

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Extron Electronics has announced that Extron AV control can now be part of Logitech SmartDock and forthcoming Logitech Tap collaboration spaces. Their work with Logitech through the Logitech Collaboration Program allowed them to extend automation and professional control integration capabilities to a workspace. The Logitech SmartDock and, soon Logitech Tap, can be equipped with Extron […]

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We Just Shot 1500+ Videos (and Posted 300+ New Product Articles and Recorded 55 Podcasts) at ISE 2019

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The 2019 ISE show last week in Amsterdam ended with over 80,000 AV and IT professionals walking the 15 show floor halls. And, we had nearly 20 reporters in Europe recording it all so our coverage will live forever — on our dedicated ISE 2019 microsite! We shot 1,500+ new product videos, took 1500+ photos on the […]

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Here Are the Best of ISE 2019 Awards – AV’s Only NOT-Pay-for-Play Awards

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You can’t enter a product in them. And, you can’t ask us to nominate you. And, you can’t get an award by advertising or sponsoring us or paying for it. There are NO award entry fees. We sent reporters to EVERY booth/stand at ISE 2019 and we selected the TOP products in every possible product […]

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The All-NEW E4 Experience was a GIANT Hit

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Over 600 People traveled through the doors of the all-new Almo ProAV E4 Experience (formerly E4 AV Tour). And, they didn’t just come for the 45+ exhibitors who all showed new products, they didn’t just come for my AV-over-IP Keynote, they didn’t just come for the SDVoE Alliance or DSF (Digital Signage Federation) Certification Courses, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 829: The Samsung Digital Signage Options and Webinar

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THIS IS A SPONSORED POST Next week, Gary Kayye is delivering a webinar that’s sort-of a “state-of-the-digital-signage-market” that’s a must-attend. Digital Signage has been the fastest growing segment of the AV market for eight of the last 10 years and 2019 will see its biggest year, yet. Why? Well, you need to join Gary’s FREE webinar next […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 828: Meet Lisa Peveler – My first AV People to Feature a Manufacturer’s Rep

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Lisa Peveler “fell” into the AV market in a similar way to how many of us do, accidentally — and thanks to a friend.  And, she’s grown to love it and she’s worked at both big-time manufacturers like Acoustic Innovations and Stewart Filmscreen.  But, now she’s a regional manager at Mizzen Marketing in TOLA – don’t know what that is? Then, […]

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KT Corp Connects With Oracle for New 5G Business Services

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KT Corp has selected Oracle Communications for the 5G Policy Control Function (PCF) in the buildout of its 5G network and to enable new Network as a Service (NaaS) offerings for businesses. An early adopter of 5G, KT Corp is known for innovation and selected Oracle for its overall 5G readiness, product maturity and competitive […]

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Barco Extends Video Wall Portfolio with OverView LVD5521B

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Barco is introducing a new addition to its OverView LCD video-wall series. The OverView LVD5521B is a 55” 500-nit LCD solution that features a 1.8-mm seam, modular structure and the option of operating the (redundant) power supply remotely. It’s designed for control rooms, broadcast studios, corporate lobbies, experience centers, meeting rooms and signage applications. Other […]

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disguise’s vx 4 Media Server Ships

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disguise announced the launch of its new vx 4 server, which has been engineered to play back video at higher quality and resolution than ever before. The vx 4 is optimized for playing up to four times uncompressed 4K60 using its high-performance NVME RAID drive array, as well as the capability of playing lossless 10-bit […]

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IntelliVision Awarded Patent for Scalable Video Cloud Services

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IntelliVision Technologies today announced it has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office titled “System and Method for Scalable Could Services,” number US 10,142,381 B2. This technology of scalable cloud-based services is a component of the IntelliVision video analytics service, which can also be deployed on the device or at […]

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Extron Adds More Control for Zoom Rooms

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Extron has announced a series of system enhancements and updates to Extron control for Zoom Rooms including a single user interface on an Apple iPad or Extron Pro Series touch panel. This latest release adds a number of enhancements, including improved GUI elements, contact presence information, content sharing, new camera controls and more. Extron and […]

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Arista Corporation Announces the Emerald Series HDBaseT 2.0 Family of Tx & Rx

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Arista Corporation just introduced the Emerald Series HDBaseT 2.0 Family of Transmitter/Receiver Products. Consisting of four products, with each based on the HDBaseT 2.0 architecture and controllable via either Telnet or an RS232 interface, each product has a built-in web server and can be controlled via a common web browser. The four products that constitute […]

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Sterling Audio SL230MP Mic Pair Is for Stereo Recording

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Sterling Audio announces the SL230MP medium-diaphragm condenser microphones. Offered as a matched pair, the SL230MP mics are designed for capturing stereo recordings. Each SL230 mic employs a real gold-sputtered condenser capsule with a six-micron membrane, allowing for very high sensitivity to even the subtlest dynamic nuances in the source material. The mics’ cardioid pickup pattern […]

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