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..

Former Head of Sales at Poly, Kathleen Blackmom, Joins DTEN

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Kathleen Blackmon joins DTEN as head of U.S. channel sales, with over 20 years of related experience. She will guide a team to expand the DTEN channel strategy, nurture new and existing partnerships and manage an assertive growth plan. “Kathleen brings industry expertise, strategic direction and immense enthusiasm to this new DTEN role,” said Peter […]

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CTOUCH, Barco and Kinly Deliver a Glimpse of “New Normal” Corporate Training

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CTOUCH, Barco and Kinly built a unique virtual training room at the CTOUCH office in Eindhoven, Netherlands. This is a unique look into what could become a new way to meet face-to-face without being in the same room. “At this moment, there are only a couple of these training facilities in the Netherlands,” said CTOUCH […]

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Atmos Home Is Now Shipping the AtmosRemote

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Atmos Home today announced the company is finally shipping the AtmosRemote, first-debuted in 2019. The AtmosRemote is a single handheld device providing access to every media device and dozens of smart home gadgets. Through a touch panel, homeowners can control every wireless and IoT device in their home either via touch screen, local voice commands, […]

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Environmental Lights Launches New 4-in-1 LED Strip Light

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Environmental Lights announced the launch of its new MaxRun 4-in-1 5050 LED Strip Light on Thursday. MaxRun 4-in-1 5050 LED Strip Light is designed to solve the creative challenges where a continuous run of color is needed. According to the company, MaxRun 4-in-1 is one of the first 4-in-1 LED strip lights that can light […]

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Renkus-Heinz Has a New Single-Array Module — the Iconyx Compact Series 12/3-RN

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Renkus-Heinz just introduced what may be the best single-array module ever in the form of the Iconyx Compact Series 12/3-RN. The Iconyx Compact Series brings the flexibility of the Iconyx to a smaller footprint array, filling a need for integrators seeking integration options in the “medium-sized” installations typical in the house of worship, corporate, transportation, […]

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Portrait Displays Launches Calman 2020

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Portrait Displays has announced the release of Calman 2020 — an addition to its Calman color calibration solutions. Calman is designed to make the users’ jobs easier by streamlining calibration methods and providing consistent updates with the latest features, according to the company. Calman 2020 boasts several new features, including Calman Ready AutoCal support for […]

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Jetbuilt Celebrates Fifth Anniversary, Releases Prototype Code

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Jetbuilt just celebrated its fifth anniversary with the release of its prototype code, available at prototype.jetbuilt.com, to showcase its proof of concept experienced by selected integrators and investors in 2015. Jetbuilt, introduced at InfoComm 2015, will honor its anniversary during InfoComm 2020 Connected from June 16-20, 2020. Launched by industry integrator Paul Dexter, Jetbuilt was […]

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Facial Recognition Is DEAD in the Digital Signage Market

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Technology seems to be able to do nearly everything — unless the government steps in and says, “No, it can’t.” And, that’s precisely what happened with the concept of facial recognition. Everyone’s experienced it. Everyone’s probably used it, too, if they have a Facebook account or use Apple devices — facial recognition is a giant […]

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NEC Unveils Brightest Projector in its PA Laser Projector Series

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NEC Display Solutions of America launched the brightest projector in its PA laser projector series, the PA1004UL. It has 10,000 lumens of brightness. The WUXGA resolution PA1004UL’s claim-to-fame is how quiet it is — at a 35 dB operating noise level — like 30% quieter than any other projector in its brightness category. This quiet […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 986: WolfVision Cynap the Perfect BYOM UCC Product?

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Gary was joined on today’s Videocast with WolfVision’s Michael Lisi to talk Cynap, the VCX Conference and the future of UCC via BYOM and full collaboration. Cynap is well-positioned to be the ultimate BYOM (bring your own meeting) UCC product to drive both local and distance-based collaboration in classrooms and meeting rooms. Watch and see why!

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Navori Labs Launches QL Access Control Add-on to Its Signage Software

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Navori Labs announced the launch of QL Access Control, a new feature developed in response to COVID-19, as an add-on to its QL digital signage software. According to Navori, QL Access Control enables retailers and public spaces to monitor and secure entry and exit traffic in compliance with the latest health regulations. QL Access Control […]

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Studio Technologies Releases New Headset Aimed at Esports

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Studio Technologies has released the Model 207 Esports Console. According to the company, the console helps to make esports events more compelling by opening the lines of communication, allowing production personnel, team coaches and fans to hear what the players are discussing during gameplay. The solution also prevents teams from hearing their competitors or the […]

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Digital Projection Launches Satellite Modular Laser System

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Digital Projection launched the Satellite Modular Laser System (Satellite MLS) for the North American market on Thursday. This allows the separation of the pure laser light engine, with the associated power and thermal management, to a remote location. It then enables a compact and virtually silent projection “head” that primarily contains optics, video processing and […]

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Parasound Introduces New Amplifier Aimed at Commercial and Residential Installers

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Parasound has introduced a 12-channel, 2-ohm power amplifier aimed at commercial and residential audio systems installers with power options for stereo audio in six rooms (zones) and 24 individual speakers. The Parasound ZoneMaster ZM 12 drives two channels at 120 watts each, 8 ohms, with the remaining 10 channels at 60 watts each. With 4-ohm […]

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New Security Solution From Viking Can Monitor Phone Lines, Measure Voltage Drop

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The new Viking LVR-1 is designed to augment a security system by monitoring analog phone lines and measuring any voltage drop. This drop is programmed to activate relay contacts that signal a nonworking phone line. When the voltage on an analog phone line monitored by the LVR-1 drops below 2 volts, the LVR-1 begins a […]

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Kinly Buys AVMI; Now a Top 5 Global UCC Company

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Kinly, headquartered in Amsterdam, announced the acquisition Tuesday of AVMI, an AV integrator headquartered in London. The acquisition of AVMI strengthens Kinly’s position in the EMEA and likely makes them the third or fourth-largest service provider focused on UCC services, globally. Together, Kinly and AVMI will offer a proposition in the virtual collaboration space to […]

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Extron Partners With GoTo for LogMeIn’s GoToRoom Conference Room Solution

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Extron announced Tuesday it has partnered with GoTo to integrate audio, video and control technologies with LogMeIn’s GoToRoom conference room solution. Basic Extron and GoToRoom systems include an Extron IP Link Pro processor that provides everything needed to control a wide variety of conferencing and audiovisual functions in a room with a Dolby Voice System. […]

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Plantronics and Poly Have a New Series of Solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms

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Plantronics and Poly unveiled a new series of Poly Room Solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms Friday. These are the Poly G10-T, G40-T and G80-T. The listed solutions include audio and video tools for users on Microsoft Teams and give IT managers the ability to scale for meeting rooms of all sizes. Teams has more than […]

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Nominations Now Open for Ninth Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

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We weren’t sure whether to continue with the Readers’ Choice Awards this year. To be honest, with COVID-19 affecting so many different aspects of our work and our lives, it didn’t seem like the right time. That’s when it hit us. We began giving out these awards as a way to let our audience tell […]

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AVIXA Details Industry’s First Rack Design Standard

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AVIXA has announced its standard, Rack Design for Audiovisual (AV) Systems (F502.02:2020), which outlines the requirements for audiovisual rack planning, design, accommodation and equipment layout. This standard joins the Rack Building for Audiovisual Systems standard to provide formalized guidelines for efficient design, build and integration of racks in AV systems. This new standard covers the […]

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Stampede Parent Exertis Makes Major Management Changes

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In expanding focus on North American growth through acquisition, Stampede parent Exertis International announced several key executive appointments. The appointments will help the company to achieve its long-term growth objectives across all of its business units, according to Exertis. Effective immediately, Clive Fitzharris assumes the position of managing director. Fitzharris has been head of group […]

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Crestron Brings Zoom Rooms to the Home with HomeTime

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Crestron is announcing Crestron HomeTime in collaboration with Logitech and Zoom to deliver a videoconferencing, home control and unified communications experience engineered for socializing, remote learning and working from home. Crestron HomeTime is a unification of the Logitech MeetUp conference camera with the Crestron UC Engine that integrates with Crestron control to deliver the optimal […]

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Mimo Monitors and Revel Digital Software Teamed Up to Make a Touch-Free, Temperature-Taking Platform

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Mimo Monitors joined forces with Revel Digital software to create a touch-free, temperature-taking platform using its digital signage tech. Designed for entrances to grocery stores, office buildings, schools, assisted living facilities and more, this so-called “enterprise-grade platform” is customizable to ensure it can optimize every business’s needs. It contains the premium Mimo Monitors hardware display […]

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The OMG Story of the Week: Savant Buys GE Lighting (Yes, That GE — General Electric)

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OK, now Crestron and Control4 have to take Savant seriously, as they just signed a definitive agreement to purchase GE Lighting, a division of GE (NYSE: GE). Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Savant Founder and CEO Robert Madonna said, “Savant’s mission from the start has been to create the number one smart […]

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Kramer Electronics Releases 18G-Capable 4K Digital Scaler for HDMI and USB-C

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Kramer Electronics’ VP-451 is an 18G-capable 4K digital scaler for HDMI and USB-C signals. The unit up and down as well as cross-scales to resolutions up to 4K@60Hz (4:4:4). The output resolution can be set automatically to follow the native resolution of the source or be set manually to a custom resolution. The VP-451 supports […]

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In Response to Barco Lawsuit, Vivitek Agrees to Stop Selling LauncherPlus Button in U.S.

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In June 2019, Barco filed suit in the United States against Delta Electronics, Inc. and its subsidiary Vivitek Corporation for infringement of its ClickShare patents. Now, less than a year after the case began, Delta and Vivitek have agreed to withdraw their LauncherPlus products from the U.S. market. Barco’s U.S. lawsuit against Delta and Vivitek […]

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Visix Is First Company to Launch Voice-Activated Digital Signage for Any Display

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Visix, Inc. has released version 1.32 of its AxisTV Signage Suite digital signage software with a new Voice Recognizer Widget that turns any screen into a hands-free interactive sign. AxisTV Signage Suite users can drag and drop the new Voice Recognizer Widget (VRW) onto any layout and then set custom parameters that instruct the sign […]

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Magewell Has a New Update for Its Ultra Stream Encoders

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Magewell has released a new upgrade for its Ultra Stream family of livestreaming encoder hardware. The update adds flexible new recording modes alongside expanded streaming protocol support and various minor improvements. In addition to streaming live to popular services or a custom server, Ultra Stream encoders can record video as files to a directly connected […]

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AVIXA Announces Award Winners; To Be Recognized at InfoComm 2020 Connected

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AVIXA has announced the 2020 recipients of its annual awards. Honorees will be recognized via virtual ceremony during InfoComm 2020 Connected on Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m. EDT. According to AVIXA, its awards recognize “outstanding AV professionals for their contributions to the industry.” Members of the industry nominate individuals for multiple categories. These are […]

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Williams AV Names Brad Kautzer as New President and CEO

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Williams AV announced the appointment of Brad Kautzer to the position of president and CEO. Kautzer is an executive with a passion for building teams, growing global businesses and driving high tech innovation. Kautzer’s skills and abilities developed during a series of executive-level roles as the senior leader of various global businesses at Honeywell. In […]

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ScreenBeam Classroom Commander Now Available for Chromebook and Windows

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ScreenBeam announced Wednesday that its Classroom Commander platform is now available for both Chromebook and Windows 1:1 classroom environments. The ScreenBeam Classroom Commander is designed for one-to-one or one-to-many classrooms by combining wireless display with student device orchestration to improve lesson flow and collaboration. Supporting up to 50 student Windows or Chromebook devices and a […]

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New Poly USB Headset Comes Equipped with Active Noise-Canceling Technology

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Poly (formerly Plantronics and Polycom) unveiled the latest addition Tuesday to the company’s Blackwire line. The Blackwire 8225 is a corded plug-and-play USB headset. It’s designed to reduce background noise and deliver uninterrupted communications so users can work from anywhere. Three settings of hybrid active noise-canceling (ANC) technology allow users to adjust, to fit their […]

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