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..

Magewell Updates Select Pro Convert IP Decoders to Support Newtek’s NDI Media-over-IP Technology

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Magewell announced new updates Tuesday for the company’s Pro Convert for NDI to HDMI and Pro Convert for NDI to HDMI 4K stand-alone IP decoders that further expand the devices’ support for Newtek’s NDI media-over-IP technology. The free upgrades add compatibility with the lower bit rate NDI|HX mode in NDI 4, complementing the decoders’ existing […]

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Audio-Technica Announces Two Cardioid Condenser Mics for Content Creators

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Audio-Technica announced two limited-edition iterations of its AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone featuring a reflective silver finish: the AT2020V (standard) and the AT2020USB+V (USB model). The finish is meant not only to celebrate the mic’s clear, natural sound quality but also to mirror the creative force of its user, making these mics ideal for YouTubers, livestreamers […]

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Primeview Intros Fusion Max Outdoor Series LED Solution

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Primeview’s new line of outdoor turnkey LEDs includes what the company is claiming as the world’s most flexible, 16×9 aspect ratio standard, bezel-free panel. Available in 158” (PRVLEDFSNM158OUD), 203” (PRVLEDFSNM203OUD) or 247” (PRVLEDFSNM247OUD) diagonal displays, they are designed for hotel rooftops, casino signage, drive-in cinemas and other usages. The scalable building block of outdoor LED […]

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Poly Picks Dave Shull As New President and CEO

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Poly (formerly Plantronics and Polycom) announced the appointment of Dave Shull as president, chief executive officer and a member of the company’s board of directors, effective Sept. 8, 2020. Shull succeeds Robert Hagerty, who has served as interim chief executive officer since February 2020. Hagerty will continue in his role as chairman of the board, […]

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BenQ Is Reminding Schools That Jamboard is a Thing, Too

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As touch-based collaboration systems have declined in sales during COVID-19, BenQ — maker and marketer of the Google Jamboard — is reminding one of the only segments of the AV market who’s buying them right now (education) that there’s a dedicated Google device. BenQ and the Google Jamboard is part of the Google for Education […]

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Draper Now Shipping Foundation Mount System for Absen Acclaim Series

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Are you looking for a better and faster way to install Absen Acclaim Walls and Plus LED panels? Well, Draper just started shipping its Foundation Mount System explicitly designed for the Acclaim and Acclaim Plus series. Draper designed the Foundation Mount System specifically with installers in mind. Walls that aren’t flat, floors that aren’t even […]

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AVI-SPL Partners With Vega Global for Go-To-Market Strategies

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AVI-SPL announced the expansion of its strategic alliance with Vega Global, an AV and UC market leader in Asia. Through this alliance, the two companies will collaborate on joint go-to-market strategies and further integration of their delivery operations with a specific lens toward optimizing strategic global customer relationships. AVI-SPL’s approach to global customer engagement activates […]

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NEC Adds Features to Its ProAssist Projector Software

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NEC Display Solutions of America announced an expansion of features, capabilities and availability of the ProAssist projector software solution. Expanding the number of projectors that its software is compatible with, ProAssist can now provide projection perfection to the NEC NP-PA803UL / NP-PA703UL (Firmware version 1.12 or later), NP-PA804UL / NP-PA1004UL, NP-PX803UL (Firmware version 1.11 or […]

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Vivitek Introduces New 5,100-Lumen Short-Throw Laser Projector

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Vivitek has introduced the DU4371Z-ST short-throw laser projector spec’d at 5,100 lumens at WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution using DLP DarkChip3 and BrilliantColor technologies. The DU4371Z-ST uses a laser light source, so it’s capable of being used in 360-degree positioning applications and integrates a 0.5 short-throw lens — so, from two meters, it can project […]

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Waves Audio Now Shipping WRC-1 Wi-Fi Stage Router

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Waves Audio is now shipping the WRC-1 Wi-Fi Stage Router. The Waves WRC-1 Stage Router is a rack-mountable wireless router, explicitly designed for pro-audio applications such as onstage IEM control. The WRC-1 is ideal for use with the Waves MyMon in-ear monitor mixing app, as well as other audio setups that require secure and robust […]

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CEDIA Announces 2020 CEDIA Awards Finalists for Projects in Americas

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CEDIA just released the list of 2020 CEDIA Awards finalists for projects in the Americas region. Selected through a process taken on by CEDIA’s panels of industry expert judges, this year’s Americas region finalists hail from a varied geographical footprint throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In total, from the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific […]

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Thank You Mandy, Debbie and Scott

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No one is immune to COVID-19. This is a defining moment in world history that our kids, their kids, their kids’ kids (and so on) will learn about in grade school for generations to come. Likely, everyone will eventually know someone directly or indirectly affected by this pandemic, either personally or professionally. As you probably […]

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Extron Announces Latest Addition to NAV Pro AV-over-IP Products

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Extron announced that the NAV E 101 DTP, the latest addition to its NAV Pro AV-over-IP products, is now available. The NAV E 101 DTP is an encoder to bridge DTP Systems with NAV Pro AV-over-IP by accepting an input signal from any DTP Systems transmitter and streaming ultra-low latency content over standard Gigabit Ethernet […]

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AudioControl’s Latest Line of Receivers Include Dirac Live Bass Control

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Dirac and AudioControl announced that AudioControl’s latest line of receivers and processors include Dirac Live Bass Control for a more immersive home theater experience in any space. Dirac Live Bass Control uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to co-optimize a sound system’s components to deliver consistent bass throughout a room. Dirac Live Bass Control aggregates […]

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AVIXA Study Shows $9 Billion 2020 Drop in ProAV. But, They Forgot to Track Something Positive

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After reaching $93 billion in 2019, the Americas ProAV market is set to drop 8% to $86 billion in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the new 2020 AV Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis (IOTA) Americas Summary produced by AVIXA (the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association). However, a strong recovery is expected, with […]

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Neonode Gets Another $13.9 Million in Private Capital Investment

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Neonode Inc. announced Wednesday that it has entered into definitive agreements with institutional and accredited investors, including insiders of the company, for the private placement of $13.9 million of Neonode’s common stock and convertible preferred stock (the “Private Placement”). Neonode provides advanced optical sensing solutions for touch, gesture control and remote sensing. You’ll eventually see […]

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Glass-Media Launches New Offering Dubbed “Digital Activation as a Service”

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Glass-Media launched a new Digital Activation as a Service (DAaaS) Wednesday, an offering designed to help create engaging storefront displays using digital signage. Glass-Media’s digital displays are said to be designed to bring more shoppers into the stores when consumer traffic is down. The displays serve to drive incremental foot traffic, build brand awareness and […]

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Logitech Takes Aim at Barco ClickShare Conference With New Logitech Swytch

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Logitech introduced Logitech Swytch Tuesday, an enhancement to Logitech room solutions, including Microsoft Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms, enabling you to join meetings for other videoconferencing systems from your laptop. Using a single USB connection, you can switch control of the camera, audio devices and display in meeting rooms to your computer. Sound familiar? This […]

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Jon Sidwick and Jane Hammersley, of Maverick AV and TechData Fame, Join USA-Based Collabtech

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Collabtech has appointed Jon Sidwick as president — as part of a growth and innovation strategy designed to help people work better together. As the largest independent solutions business in the AV market, Collabtech says its mission is to provide “best-in-class, physical and virtual enablement services” in over 110 countries. Working through the channel to […]

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ISE 2021 Looking Optimistic After WHO Risk Assessment

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A risk assessment carried out to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines has rated the overall risk of transmission and further spread of COVID-19 at ISE 2021 as “low.” The assessment considers the risk factors associated with the event and the impact of specially formulated safety measures. Fira de Barcelona, risk consultancy AON and the Hospital […]

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AVer Just Introduced the Best Classroom and Remote Learning Camera Ever!

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AVer Information today launched the TR310 AI Auto Tracking Distance Learning Camera. Designed specifically for the evolving K-12 distance learning classroom, the TR310 integrates Artificial Intelligence to automatically detect the teacher’s movement within the classroom (allowing them to focus on delivering their curriculum instead of worrying about staying within the camera’s view). The Artificial Intelligence […]

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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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