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..

Crestron Debuts an NVX Receiver in an OPS slot for Monitors and Projectors

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Crestron is debuting DM-NVX-D80-IoAV at InfoComm. Basically it’s an OPS slot box with an integrated NVX AV-over-IP receiver (1G) for monitors and projectors with OPS inputs like LG, NEC, Philips, Avocor and Smart. The DM NVX decoder plugs into the OPS port and is powered by the display. This eliminates the need for cables and […]

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Barco Sells Medialon (Live Control) – Not Overture Though

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7thSense Design has reached an agreement in principle with Barco regarding the intended sale of the Medialon brand and ShowControl activities. The team behind 7thSense Design has led the acquisition to form a new company, Medialon Ltd., which will acquire the Medialon brand and ShowControl activities from Barco. The new company will join the 7thSense […]

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Neutrik’s New AES/EBU I/O to Dante Interface Debuts at InfComm 2019

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Neutrik USA has announced a 2×2 NA2-IO-DPRO Dante Interface. The NA2-IO-DPRO features two inputs switchable between mic, line and AES/EBU signals plus two outputs switchable between analog Line and AES/EBU. Two Dante ports provide for either redundancy or device daisy chaining. The NA2-IO-DPRO front panel provides two latching XLR inputs plus two XLR outputs. AES/EBU […]

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Yamaha Debuts Active Field Control System Version 4 at InfoComm 2019

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Yamaha has an upcoming upgrade to its Active Field Control (AFC) acoustic processing system. The new AFC4 (fourth generation) system features upgrades in digital signal processing (DSP) and hardware that, when combined with microphones and loudspeakers, AFC4 operators can greatly enhance or create any space, from a cathedral to an outdoor or roofless venue, with […]

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Mimo Monitors and Tanvas Debuts First Haptic Touchscreen for Digital Signage at InfoComm 2019

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Mimo Monitors partnered with Tanvas to launch the Mimo Vue with TanvasTouch at InfoComm 2019. The 10.1” touchscreen has the textures and feeling of a physical push-button surface (think 3D-Touch on the iPhone). TanvasTouch technology is solid state and software-defined, making it possible to program textures, bumps, edges and collisions that can be felt with […]

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Contacta Returns to InfoComm 2019 Wirth New Assistive Listening Gear

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Assistive listening specialist Contacta is returning to InfoComm in 2019 with a range of new products and a host of high-profile installations at some of the U.S.’s best-known attractions. The Michigan-based company last appeared at the show in 2014 and since then has been concentrating on expanding its offering and building its network of North […]

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Barco’s E2 Processing Family Gets an Upgrade

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Barco just announced the next generation in the E2 processing family, a new expansion card and its standards-based fiber solution for 4K video transport (this is where Barco is doing AV-over-IP, by the way). This is a 10G AV-over-IP system. The newest addition to the E2 family features all the features of its predecessors such […]

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PureLink Intros Modular AV Network Switch with AVB

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PureLink will debut a modular AV network switch featuring AVB (Audio Video Bridging) technology at InfoComm 2019. The Media Hub M28A houses any combination of four Cat/fiber modules (up to 28 ports). With support for AVB, the Media Hub M28A offers master clock synchronization between all connected AV devices and the Media Hub M28A is […]

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Commercial Content Sharing Booms, as Shipments Hit 1 Million in 2018

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AV collaboration is booming — that’s the word from Futuresource Consulting, the company that tracks this data. According to the latest Wireless Presentations Solutions (WPS) Market Report from Futuresource Consulting, WPS passed a major milestone in 2018 with shipments reaching 1 million units for the first time. This equates to about $2.6 billion in total […]

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Draper to Intro AV Mounts and Structures for Leyard, Sony, Barco and DPI at InfoComm

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At InfoComm 2019, Draper is concentrating on AV mounts and structures with several universal solutions for LCD displays and custom structures for LED video walls. The Video Wall Mount is a cost-effective and simple way of building a video wall or mounting several screens in a row. Simply choose as many mounts as you need. […]

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Valens Fires Back at Semtech with VS3000 Chipset for Uncompressed 4K/60/4:4:4

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Less than 24-hours after the Semtech AVX Transcoder Chip announcement clearly aimed at HDBaseT, Valens, the developer of HDBaseT technology, announced today its latest chipset — the VS3000, the first chipset in the Valens Stello family of AV chipsets. The VS3000 claims to be the first solution that enables long-distance transmission (100m/328ft) of uncompressed HDMI2.0 […]

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BenQ Adds USB-C Connectivity to Wireless InstaShow

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BenQ today announced the expansion of its InstaShow wireless presentation system adding USB-C connectivity. BenQ’s USB-C-optimized WDC10C InstaShow button transmitter joins the HDMI WDC10 to provide true plug-and-play wireless presentation capabilities to a plethora of diverse USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 devices, including MacBooks and other PCs. USB-C, the emerging standard for charging and transferring data. […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 881: An AV-over-IP Report from NETGEAR — This is a Must-Listen; Includes Data!

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NETGEAR’s Laurent Masia, Director of Product Line Management Managed Switches, took less than 45-seconds of today’s 10+ minute podcast to talk about products and spent the rest talking about technology, the status of the evolution of AV-over-IP, the market forces and the total number of AV-over-IP units shipped – yes, he gives you a glimpse into the […]

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Globally, NEC Is First to Platinum Partner With UC Workspace QuickLaunch for Collaboration Boards

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NEC Display Solutions of America and UC Workspace, creators of Quicklaunch, announced today that NEC Display Solutions’ has Platinum Partner status with UC Workspace Quicklaunch. The Quicklaunch meeting application is customized for use with NEC’s innovative InfinityBoard solution and is conferencing-provider agnostic. The solution is designed for easy use and delivers optimized integration with the not only NEC, but also its ecosystem […]

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Christie Adds Four New LCD Monitors — One Includes an SDVoE (Terra) Input

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Christie is introducing four new flat panels including the Christie UHD654-X-HR 65-inch with Christie Terra (SDVoE-based AV-over-IP) that allows routing and scaling 4K sources. Combined with Christie Terra, Christie’s AV-over-IP solution, the UHD654-X-HR delivers a turnkey videowall solution using a 65″ monitor — instead of a 55″ like every other monitor company. Debuting at InfoComm […]

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Barco Adds Remote Management and Monitoring to Overture Control

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At InfoComm 2019 next week, Barco will announce that they’ve integrated remote monitoring and automated analytics to their Overture control platform. Adding an RMM solution that allows remote monitoring and control of these devices, will be a key marketing tool they will use to try to get adoption of Overture — mostly aimed at small […]

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Semtech Just Did a Mic-Drop on HDBaseT

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Semtech Corporation today announced its new AVX chipset series — basically, think HDBaseT or, we guess, what everyone wishes HDBaseT was — a consistent and standard “send” and “receive” platform where all the participants worked together. Semtech, with AVX, simultaneously transmits uncompressed-quality 4K-video, multi-channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, USB and other control signals over CatX or […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 880: Logitech is on a UCC Roll and Its Tap Will Dominate InfoComm

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There’s no question that Logitech is about to ship the most popular UCC-based touch controller on the market in the form of the Tap  Originally launched at ISE in Amsterdam earlier this year, Tap is the simplest and most competitively priced turn-key touch control for UCC and includes native support for video conferencing room solutions from […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 879: If You’re in AV and Not Doing Signage Listen to This Mvix Podcast

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There is no better signage CMS provider to partner with than Mvix. They are focused on servicing the integrator channel, have over 200 add-ons/integrations for creative signage designs and applications, they offer white-labeled creative signage as a service AND they are hardware AGNOSTIC – their platform works on any hardware player including BrightSign, OPEN, Android, […]

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New Babyface Pro Podcasting Bundle from RME Rolls Out at InfoComm

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RME will launch an all-in-one audio bundle for professional podcasting at an affordable price. Available now, with other configurations rolling out soon, the new Babyface Pro/Audio-Technica Podcast Bundle offers podcasters broadcast-quality sound and ultimate flexibility by combining RME’s intuitive Babyface Pro audio interface and TotalMix FX mixing software with Audio-Technica’s BP40 Condenser Microphone. The RME’s […]

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Pexip Tries to Fend Off Giant Competitors by Focusing on Relationships via PexAdvantage

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Pexip has announced PexAdvantage — a partner program to help the channel. The unified communications (UCC) market value is expected to reach $45.7 billion by 2022, according to Gartner. By reselling Pexip’s cloud-native video conferencing platform, partners can increase their recurring revenue and help customers collaborate on any device, from any location. The PexAdvantage program […]

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Almo ProAV Pulls Coup by Landing Absen

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Almo Professional A/V (InfoComm Booth #1111) has been chosen as the largest national distributor for Absen, the world’s largest producer and exporter of LED displays. The complete line of Absen products are available in the U.S. through Almo Professional A/V, with an emphasis on the following: Absenicon: Launched at ISE 2019, Absenicon is an all-in-one […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 877: Epson Moverio Will Make Big ProAV Push at InfoComm with New Moverio Assist Feature

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Epson’s Moverio AR glasses have been around for nearly a half-dozen years. But, with their new Mover Assist SaaS solution, integrators will have the perfect tech and remote support feature to amp-up their relationships with clients. With Moverio Assist, Epson now offers a complete, end-to-end remote assistance solution for AR smart glasses that breaks down existing barriers […]

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Vivitek Debuts Two Short Throw Projectors Aimed at ED Market, One Interactive

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Vivitek is launching two new Ultra Short Throw (UST) projectors as part of the D770 Series at InfoComm 2019; both spec’d at 3500 lumen brightness and WXGA resolution — one is interactive. And, the both off the D770’s can project a 100-inch diagonal image from 16-inches away from the screen surface. The DW770UST is the […]

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Christie Is All About Moving from Conception to Reality at InfoComm 2019

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Christie’s 90-year history is marked by continuous technological innovation, from the advent of digital cinema projection and the original MicroTiles to the first high brightness, all-in-one RGB pure laser illuminated projector and the Spyder X80, a powerful image processor. Its latest hardware and software solutions will be on display at InfoComm 2019, June 12-14 in […]

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Sharp’s InfoComm 2019 Booth Is Business as Usual

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For InfoComm 2019, Sharp Electronics has decided to build a day-in-the-life of the office-style booth with AV everywehre: Reception Lobby: Breathtaking 8K resolution welcomes you to our world You will be greeted at the Sharp booth by business VIPs, including the upcoming 80″ Class 8K UHD display. In addition, the recently launched 75″ Class (74 […]

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Flying to InfoComm? Then You’ll Definitely See LG, All 700 of Them!

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More than 1,200 digital signage displays from LG Electronics will greet the 44,000 people coming and going through the Orlando International Airport next week for the 2019 InfoComm trade show, North America’s largest Pro AV technology conference. LG Electronics USA Business Solutions was selected by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) to provide video screens […]

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InfoComm Takes Aim at DSE with New Digital Signage Educational Series

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AVIXA will bring a comprehensive digital signage education program to InfoComm 2019, June 12-14 in Orlando, Fla. The program features five sessions that explore entering new markets with digital signage, taking a close look at transportation and smart cities. The sessions also examine digital signage content strategies and the best approach to analytics. “Digital signage […]

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Vaddio to Use InfoComm for New HuddleSHOT Camera for UCC Applications

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Vaddio will debut the new HuddleSHOT Conferencing Camera at InfoComm in booth 2500. This all-in-one conferencing camera with integrated audio and a wide 125-degree field of view is Vaddio’s newest solution optimized for huddle spaces. It includes USB-C and Ethernet connectivity integrated stereo speakers, built-in microphones (that Vaddio says pick up participant voices from up […]

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Aurora Ships HDBaseT 2.0 HT​ Series​ ​Transmitters and Receiver

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Aurora has shipped three new HDBaseT 2.0 products — the HTW-2, a two gang Decora wall plate HDBaseT transmitter, the HTE- TX2, a box-style HDBaseT transmitter and the HTE-RX2 receiver designed to decode the HDBaseT back to HDMI and audio. All three are capable of transmitting 4K60 4:4:4 18Gbps HDMI 2.0/HDCP2.2 up to 100m (330ft) […]

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Premier Mounts Debuts Two ADA Compliant LED Mount Systems for Unilumin and Samsung

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Premier Mounts just launched two ADA Compliant LED mounts for Unilumin’s Upanels (UNI-UPS ADA) display and the PFC-OMND Mount for Samsung’s dual-sided 46″ and 55″ OMN-D displays take on a functional approach to answering the current demands of the AV market. Premier Mounts says it’s currently the only AV industry manufacturer to make a more […]

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NEC Adds Entry-Level 6000 Lumen P Series Projector to Lineup

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NEC Display Solutions of America today announced the expansion of its P Series line of projectors to include a new 6,000-lumen entry-level installation laser projector equipped with Whisper Quiet technology and the only filter-free LCD, low-maintenance design in its class. NEC’s proprietary Whisper Quiet technology features a patented sealed cooling engine that almost eliminates fan […]

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