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..

ClearOne Announces Zoom Certification for UNITE 200 PTZ Camera

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ClearOne announced its third Zoom Certification for its camera lineup, now for the UNITE 200 PTZ, its top-of-the-line model. The UNITE 200 PTZ professional conferencing camera is optimized for a wide range of applications and environments requiring professional-quality visual collaboration at an affordable price. The UNITE 200 provides four network connectivity options, supporting USB 2.0, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 969: Ever Wondered How Experiential Marketing, Entertainment or Amusement Park Venues Use AV?

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rAVe founder, Gary Kayye, has always been a giant fan of immersive entertainment experiences – ride simulations at amusement parks, experiential retail venues and immersive movie theaters. And, he’s always wondered what it takes, from an AV perspective, to design and integrate them. So, he asked Barco‘s own Leander Werbrouck, to join him to talk all-about-immersive experiences. If […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 968: Crestron: from ISE, to Masters to Enterprise Connect – a Spring Podcast with Daniel Jackson

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Crestron will be on the road for most of the spring demo’ing their new gear launched at ISE 2020 last month — except for the Innovation Concept center, though. So, what does Crestron have planned for Enterprise Connect, the Crestron Masters and where do they see the future of Cloud-AV? Listen to this podcast with Crestron’s Senior Director, Digital Workplace Products, Dan […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 967: The Intel Unite Post-ISE Podcast; Teacher Feature and Partnerships Dominate

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Gary was joined by Intel Unite’s VP and General Manager, Jason Goecke, and Worldwide Director Intel Unite Sales & Technical Enablement, Dave Buchholz, to talk about their ISE presence, new Intel Unite 4.1 features and where they see the collaboration market heading. Intel Unite sits in a unique position as they integrate with any UCC platform or can reside on nearly any PC. […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 966: Did You Hear About the Lightware Taurus UCC System?

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At ISE 2020, Lightware previewed an entirely new family of products called Taurus — designed to be UCC hub, of sorts, to accommodate both wired (all forms of USB) in a meeting room. Here’s a slide deck that explains it but, more importantly, Gary was joined by Lightware’s President, Jason Tirado, who explains the concept of Taurus, when […]

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Here’s a Breakdown of My Top 10 From ISE 2020

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Every year, I like to release a top 10 list of my favorite things that I have seen at Integrated Systems Europe. Last Wednesday, in collaboration with Almo Pro A/V and Barco — I hosted a webinar in which I expanded on just that. But I understand that not everyone can attend every single webinar, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 965: Holger Gräff and Gary Kayye Talk All-About ISE

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In today’s Rants and rAVe’s podcast/videocast, Gary speaks to Vivitek‘s GM Holger Gräff about ISE 2020, attendance, technology and wireless sharing. Holger is bullish on 2020 and sees new tech as driving the year – regardless of the fears over a work-stoppage due to COVID-19 or competition. He has an interesting perspective on the ProAV market and this is worth […]

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ATEN Technology Announces Three Presentation Switchers

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ATEN Technology today introduced three presentation switches aimed at small- to medium-sized meeting rooms and educational spaces. The VP1420  is 4×2 4K presentation matrix switch and features include: Connect up to four sources (three HDMI, one VGA) to two HDMI outputs Control via front-panel pushbuttons, IR remote control, RS232, contact closure and web-based GUI through […]

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The 20th Annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2020 Edition

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Welcome to my 20th Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I know, I was shocked too. Twenty years of this. But I love writing this annual predictions article. If you’re a regular reader, you already know this, but for those who don’t, my Kayye’s Krystal Ball piece is an annual article where I not only tell you what […]

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MSE Audio Announces New 70-Volt-Based SuperT Subwoofer

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MSE Audio has announced the 70-volt-based RS1201i-SuperT subwoofer from SoundTube. SoundTube’s RS1201i SuperT, available in black and white, is designed for use in an open ceiling or can be surface-mounted into the ceiling to produce low frequencies to the surrounding listening area. The RS1201i SuperT uses a 70/100v technology that the company claims is devoid […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 964: Mvix Details ISE Launches and Its Cloud-based Digital Signage System

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If you don’t already have a cloud-based signage partner, Mvix should be your go-to. Gary was joined with Mvix Senior Solutions Consultant, Dan Mersberger, today to talk about their system, the new ISE 2020 launches last week and why you should consider cloud-based vs. on-premises-based signage platforms. Listen! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 963: What Did Epson Launch at ISE 2020? Listen to This Post-ISE Podcast and Learn!

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Epson hit the 52,000 ISE 2020 attendees at last week’s show in Amsterdam with its brightest projector, ever — a 30,000 lumen 3LCD. And, at the same time, launched ultra-short-throw lens that matches it! Gavin Downey, Epson’s Sr. Product Manager, joined Gary on today’s post-ISE podcast to talk the new Pro L30000 as well as the other surprise intros at […]

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Martin Audio Adds New In-Ceiling and Pendant Speakers to ADORN Series

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Martin Audio has added five new products targeting the commercial installation market with in-ceiling and pendant loudspeakers joining the ADORN series. The ADORN commercial series of on-wall loudspeakers was first introduced in 2019. This has now been expanded by three in-ceiling loudspeakers and the company’s first-ever pendant speaker, available in white or black as standard. […]

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Visix Releases Version 1.30 of AxisTV Signage Suite

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Visix has released version 1.30 of its AxisTV Signage Suite enterprise digital signage platform. In addition, they have released version 3.11 of their Connect Room Sign software, adding JSON and XML calendar types and improving device management. The new AxisTV Signage Suite release adds a new Adjust Message and Adjust Layout workflows that allow users […]

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ScreenCloud Adds New Features Including Smart Scheduling and Branded Content

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ScreenCloud has added a host of new features to its digital signage SaaS platform. The key new features include: Smart scheduling: Managers can schedule content in advance and choose expiration dates for automatic content removal to ensure better content governance. Screen takeovers: Users can now cast content to one screen nearby – or hundreds of […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 962: Room-Based Meetings vs BYOM — The T1V Perspective and a Demo of HubVC

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Gary was joined on this videocast with T1V‘s CTS, Jim Morris, to not only demo some new features of the new HubVC Room-Based Meeting (RBM) system but, the two of they also debated the merits of BYOM (Bring Your Own Meeting) vs RBM, too. What’s your opinion of which platform is going to win the UCC video-based meeting […]

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Vivitek Expands Novo Ecosystem

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Vivitek has announced the expansion of its Novo Ecosystem, which offers wireless collaboration and digital signage functionalities. The NC-X700 and the NC-X900 are new additions to Vivitek’s range of NovoConnect devices. Both add-on devices are ideally suited to those who already have a screen or a projector, but wish to enhance or extend their existing […]

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CasaTunes Ships CasaTunes 12X8 matrix

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CasaTunes just started shipping the CasaTunes 12X8 matrix for high-end home audio distribution. The CasaTunes 12X8 combines an audio matrix switch with six stereo 110W power amplifiers and two dedicated pre-amplified outputs. The number of rooms configured can easily be expanded by adding up to seven additional CasaTunes 12X8 matrix amplifiers, for a total of […]

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Premier Mounts Expands LED Mount Options for Barco XT

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Premier Mounts announced the expansion of its LED mounts product line with the new Convergent XT modular LED mount for Barco XT. Premier Mounts adds Barco to a long list of major LED manufacturers who have solutions that can be paired with Convergent. In the Fall of 2018, PM added to the Convergent product line […]

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Yamaha Communications Announces Discount Program for Education Customers

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Yamaha Unified Communications has announced that all U.S. and Canada-based K-12 schools, colleges, universities and other qualified institutions will be able to experience Yamaha quality at reduced pricing. The Dean’s List Program lets educational organizations enhance the student learning experience with an additional 10% to 20% instant discount on any qualifying Yamaha product order. To […]

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Barix’s Hardware Devices Are Now Endpoints for Syn-Apps Revolution Mass Notification Platform

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Barix and Syn-Apps LLC have announced that Barix’s hardware devices have been certified as endpoints for Syn-Apps’ Revolution mass notification platform. Syn-Apps Revolution software is designed to transform communication systems into a powerful, unified notification tool used to manage emergency alerts, mass notification, IP paging and more. Revolution provides the advanced functionality customers need to communicate pertinent information to people […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 961: Watch How Easy It is to Switch from a Laptop Meeting to a Zoom Room Meeting in Real-Time

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Gary was joined by Zoom Account Executive, Salomée Rodenburg, on today’s Rants and rAVe podcast for a live, real-time video demo of a feature that only Zoom has — the ability to switch, in mid-meeting, from a laptop-based meeting to a room-based meeting without disconnecting and reconnecting or without even logging in, again. Watch this! This […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 960: Peerless-AV Gets Three ISE 2020 Awards and Talks Booth Traffic

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Gary was joined by Peerless-AV EMEA‘s Senior Business Development Manager, Tom Fenton, today to talk all about ISE 2020. His perspective on show attendance and which products were most popular are interesting as Peerless-AV’s one of those glue-companies that everyone uses. So, Listen! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS

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AVI LIVE 2020 | What, When, Where and Why You Need to Register

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM AVI LIVE Next month rAVe heads to San Diego for the first of four AVI LIVE 2020 shows and I will be presenting the keynote at each event. In San Diego, I will be speaking about the future of AV design and why we need to think about the […]

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READ THIS FIRST: How to Use the rAVe ISE 2020 MicroSite

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The 2020 version of the ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) Show has come to a close, but our coverage here will live forever here — on this rAVe [NOW] InfoComm 2020 Microsite! We have so much coverage — and there’s so much information on this ISE 2020 microsite that it can be overwhelming. So, please take moment […]

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Some Personal Observations of ISE 2020, Professional Observations to Follow Later

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While the coronavirus certainly decimated attendance at Integrated Systems Europe 2020 — coming in right at around 52,000 attendees — exhibitors were thrilled with those who showed. NOT ONE exhibitor complained to me. Quantity was down, but the quality was up. Way up. This actually could have been the best thing ever to happen to […]

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ISE 2020: Black Box’s Doug Kuzma, SDVoE Alliance’s Justin Kennington Talk AV-Over-IP Training Tour

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We already told you that the SDVoE Alliance is teaming up with Black Box and NETGEAR to sponsor a series of Design Partner Certification Live events >> register here for the tour. But just in case you need a refresher, the SDVoE Design Partner certification program teaches you how to take full advantage of the […]

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Yorktel Buys Video Corporation of America’s Assets

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AV integrators Yorktel announced today that it will be acquiring the business assets of Video Corporation of America (VCA), a New Jersey-based provider of audio video integration, digital signage and unified communications solutions and services. “With very little overlap in our respective customer portfolios, the team at VCA brings extensive experience in audio and video […]

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BenQ Launches EW800ST Education Projector

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BenQ has launched the EW800ST, an education projector with Google cloud account integration, screen-mirroring and wired as well as wireless connectivity for K-12 classrooms. Using its Dust Guard technology and Lamp Save mode, the short-throw projector also includes X-Sign Broadcast, a centralized messaging and display-scheduling system. The 1280×800 resolution 1-chip DLP EW800ST’s user interface is […]

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Here’s a Glimpse Into How the ProAV Market is Doing

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On the third day of ISE last week, with little fanfare, Barco announced its 2019 earnings report while also commenting on how they think 2020 will play out. As we have very few publicly traded companies of this magnitude in the commercial AV space, I always appreciate Barco’s earnings report as it’s become a bellwether […]

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ISE 2020: ScreenBeam May Have Secretly Shown the First UCC Room Integration of a PC-Less Meeting Room

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  You may know ScreenBeam as that wireless sharing company. But, at ISE, I stumbled upon a hidden demo in the back corner of the company’s stand where it had added UCC-based video collaboration into its product. (Think Barco ClickShare Conference but imagine having the Zoom client right on the ScreenBeam instead of needing a […]

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Silex Insight Debuts Product Using Gary Kayye’s Digital Canvas Concept Using AV-Over-IP

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Silex Insight announced that its AV-over-IP board (called VIPER) now offers 4K multiview supporting up to 12 simultaneous streams of 4K@60Hz (4:4:4) resolution, with ultra-low latency. You can place all 12 video windows on one screen, tile them, layer them or spread them anywhere across a 4K image. The Digital Canvas is a concept that […]

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