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..

Coretronic Reveals Future Store Scenario, Immersive Curved Interactive Wall and 4K Signage Display Solutions at 2018 ISE

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The Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) saw Coretronic Corporation’s vision for the future store scenario, an immersive curved interactive wall and a seamless signage display as well as a family of 4K digital signage display products. In the future, facial recognition and cloud services will become the next baseline in the retail industry. The scenario for a future store allowed everyone […]

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VIA Launches New Vtric Active Optical Cable Brand

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VIA Technologies today announced the launch of the Vtric Active Optical Cable brand. Initially, three Vtric products will be available — all fiber-optic based cables for high-resolution applications: HDMI 1.4 10m AOC, HDMI 2.0 10m AOC and USB 3.0 10m AOC for $139, $229 and $239 respectively. Vtric Active Optical Cables are spec’d for bandwidth up to 18Gbps for the HDMI […]

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IHSE to Demonstrate the Extension and Switching of Virtual and Augmented Reality Signals

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At Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam, IHSE will be introducing a solution to extend and switch immersive reality signals over long distances using Draco KVM systems. The new solution addresses growing interest in virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) systems in a wide variety of pro AV market sectors; in corporate and education applications such as product design and prototyping; in situational training […]

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CEDIA Unveils New Three-Year Strategy

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CEDIA today unveiled outputs from its new strategic plan that will prioritize the work of the association over the next three years. Developed jointly by the CEDIA staff and board, with input from members and guidance from esteemed strategy expert Dr. Rebecca Homkes, the plan aims for significant advances and leadership in three key areas: education; increasing professionalism though […]

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Barco Launches AVaaS Service Aimed at Education and Meeting Room Control Markets

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Barco has become the first manufacturer to launch a AVaaS (AV as a service) model for integrators that involves real hardware that the client never has to purchase. Here at ISE today, Barco announced the launch of what it’s calling, in the press announcement, a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) offering — something I predicted back last fall. Powered by […]

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Focal Introduces Ci-Fi at ISE 2018

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ISE sees the launch of two new built-in speaker ranges from Focal, with the introduction of the new entry-level 100 Series and additional products added to the mid-priced 300 Series. These new solutions integrate into the home with discretion, just like the in-ceiling loudspeakers of the 100 Series.  Featuring an impressively compact design, the speaker driver’s basket and chassis […]

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Extron Intros Entry-Level Collaboration System With Wallplate Transmitter

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Extron just introduced the HC 403, marketed as an easy-to-use AV system for professional and educational spaces. The system features built-in control capabilities and connects with occupancy sensors to automate display power and source switching for an intuitive, effortless user experience. Created for professional integration, the HC 403 wallplate transmitter blends with surrounding décor and the HC 403 […]

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Matrox Unveils Monarch LCS Radar Centralized Monitoring Application at ISE 2018

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Matrox Video today announced Matrox Monarch LCS Radar, a centralized monitoring application that provides a streamlined overview of multiple Monarch LCS lecture capture appliances. The easy-to-use web application allows IT administrators to monitor the status, health and activity of all encoders from a single dashboard. Overseeing the critical functions of every single encoder simplifies the maintenance and upkeep of the […]

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Hogar Controls Debuts Pro Solutions Line for Smart Homes and Buildings at ISE 2018

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Hogar Controls is launching their new Pro Solutions lineup of control and automation products for the residential and commercial markets at ISE 2018. At the core of Hogar Pro Solutions suite is the Home Controller (HC) Pro, a compact hub that uses Z-Wave Plus, Zigbee and Wi-Fi to connect and control smart home devices. This plug-in controller is small enough […]

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NEC Creates Endless Impressions at ISE 2018

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NEC Display Solutions Europe today unveiled a range of new technologies at ISE 2018 around the theme of “Creating Endless Impressions,” focusing on retail signage technologies and meeting and collaboration solutions as well as large venue display products. These display solutions include direct-view LED signage for huge visual surfaces and walls for in-/outdoor advertising – in the stand here at the […]

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New Marine Speakers From Origin Acoustics Are 100 Percent Weatherproof

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Origin Acoustics just announced its new line of marine loudspeakers. The Explorer collection features seven models that are specifically designed for the harsh environments presented by installations on ocean going vessels. Utilizing proprietary coatings, the Explorer collection will withstand direct exposure to saltwater as well as extreme temperature and humidity conditions. They will produce incredible musical fidelity while […]

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Biamp Systems Tries Again With New Version of Devio Collaboration Platform

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If you don’t succeed, you try again, right? Well, Biamp Systems today announced the next generation of the company’s Devio collaboration platform. Devio is the first collaboration solution that integrates Beamtracking microphones. Many conference rooms feature microphones or integrated audio devices that are static. Equipped with Biamp’s patented beamtracking technology, Devio microphones not only identify and lock onto a […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 677: ISE Special Videocast: Logitech Heads to ISE with New SmartDock Flex

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Logitech’s SmartDock  a touch-enabled meeting room console designed for Skype Room Systems, debuted in late 2016 and they’ll head to ISE 2018 with the new SmartDock Flex. If you use ANY cloud-based videoconferencing solution, you’ll want to watch this video cast as their new SmartDock Flex not only allows the SmartDock to be integrated into Zoom but also […]

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New IP Link Pro Control Processor from Extron Provides Device and AC Power Control

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Extron is pleased to introduce the IPCP Pro PCS1 high-performance IP Link Pro control processor with device and AC power control. This unique control processor combines a variety of AV control ports and the ability to supply and manage device power. Featuring IEC power connectors and rated for 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz operation, the IPCP Pro PCS1 provides worldwide compatibility. The […]

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Hogar Controls Debuts Complete Pro Line for Smart Homes and Buildings at ISE 2018

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Hogar Controls is launching their new Pro Solutions lineup of control and automation products for the residential and commercial markets at ISE 2018. With a modern aesthetic at an affordable entry price, Hogar Controls Pro Solutions line is designed to provide easy customization, flexibility and style for homeowners and building managers. At the core of Hogar Pro Solutions suite is the Home […]

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IHSE to Debut Full Line of New KVM Extenders at ISE 2018

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IHSE USA is exhibiting at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2018 from Feb. 6-9 at the RAI in Amsterdam. During the event, IHSE will introduce a full line of new Draco extenders based on the Lici video codec, developed in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS), to provide the highest possible efficiency in video, audio, and […]

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NEC Buys German-Based LED Company S[quadrat]

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NEC Display Solutions today announced the acquisition of S[quadrat], a provider of LED solutions, as the company looks to expand its display technology portfolio to include complete LED systems for indoor (fine pitch) and outdoor solutions, designed and engineered in Germany. With more than 30 years’ experience in the AV industry, this acquisition further strengthens and positions NEC as […]

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Christie Intros New Lower Cost Velvet CorePlus LED

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The new Christie Velvet CorePlus LED offers design flexibility for a value-priced LED video wall solution. Ranging in pixel pitches from 1.2 to 4.0 millimeters, the single architecture scales more easily to popular resolutions including 4K, is fully customizable with remote and on-board options and can be both installed and serviced from either the front or back. Perfect for public […]

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VuWall Debuts TRx 2.0 Universal AV-over-IP Management Platform

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VuWall just announced the next generation of its unique solution for distribution of AV signals over standard IP networks. The solution, called TRx 2.0, is designed for presentation rooms, control rooms and complex distributions across multiple buildings typically found on campuses. VuWall’s TRx 2.0 is the next generation of distribution of audio and video signals and content over standard IP […]

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Christie Boxer Is First Projector with Integrated SDVoE 10G AV-over-IP Port

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The Christie Boxer 3DLP projector is the first, ever, projector with a direct interface for up to 4K content and control over 10G Ethernet using the SDVoE standard. The Christie Terra SDVoE input board for Boxer allows for video, audio and control onto a single system using a single cable. As an SDVoE Alliance founder, Christie is leading the transition of AV systems from bandwidth-limited, scale-limited, circuit-switched signal infrastructures onto […]

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Valens Adds New HDBaseT Chipsets to the Colligo Family for Plug-and-Play Product Design

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Valens, the developer of HDBaseT and founder of the HDBaseT Alliance (which does absolutely nothing to help or support the HDBaseT standards), announced the availability of the VS200 and VS210 chipsets, for simpler HDBaseT installations where not all 5Play features are necessary. The addition of the VS200 and VS210 to the Valens Colligo family allows HDBaseT […]

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Nureva Unveils Customizable Templates in Span Software at ISE

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Nureva, Inc. has announced customizable, intelligent templates (patent pending) in Span software. This dynamic functionality makes it easy for the growing user base to leverage their existing lean, agile, design and business processes within Span software. For example, paper-based templates or physical project boards commonly used in sprint planning, Kanban and pull planning can be easily transformed into customizable […]

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Crestron Rumored to Be Starting an AV-over-IP Alliance with Microsoft and Intel

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Update: I spoke to Robin van Meeuwen, president and CEO of Crestron EMEA, at ISE 2018, where he confirmed this story to be true. I think it’s possible that Crestron is, behind the scenes, forming an “alliance” of sorts of AV-over-IP companies that focus exclusively (for now) on the 1Gig method of sending AV signals over an IT […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 676: ISE Special Videocast: iMAG Systems Heads to ISE with New iPress Button Solution for AV-over-IP

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iMAG used rAVe RADIO today to launch a product no one else has ever seen! It’s a single-button approach to controlling an AV-over-IP function – literally any function. Gary was joined by iMAG founder, Gerry Raffaut, today on his Rant’s and rAVe podcast on a special video-version to demo their iPress and show him how their new analytics […]

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ISE 2018 Will Be the Biggest and Best AV Trade Show in History

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If you’re not headed to Amsterdam next week for ISE, you should be. So, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make reservations to go next year. ISE has quietly and quickly become the most important AV trade show on this planet. I don’t know which show AV people on Mars go to, but on Earth, nearly all of them are […]

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NEC Launches the World’s Brightest RB Laser Projectors for Large Venues

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NEC Display Solutions Europe today launched the world’s brightest red-blue (RB) laser projectors, designed to bring cinema quality imagery to the largest venues. The new PH Series comprises two models, NEC PH3501QL and NEC PH2601QL, both 4K resolution. The PH Series has been designed for large venues and the PH3501QL delivers 40,000 center lumens, while the PH2601QL features 30,000 center […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 675: ISE Special Podcast: Barco is All About Collaboration and Meeting Experiences at ISE with Focus on ClickShare and WePresent

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In addition to their obvious array of new display gear – and the first time most AV people will see UniSee – Barco will use Hall 12 Stand F100 at the ISE Show to demo their new ClickShare products, software vision 1.5 and the family of WePresent products – now branded as Barco. Version 1.5 includes new audio lip-syncing timing, 30fps video for […]

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Silex Inside Releases JPEG 2000 AV-Over-IP OEM boards

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Silex Inside, formerly known as Barco Silex, has extended its family of audio/video over IP OEM boards to include JPEG 2000 encoding and decoding. Silex Inside has further enhanced its Viper OEM solution with the support of JPEG 2000 codec. The JPEG 2000 codec adds new possibilities to the Viper family by supporting higher bandwidth video […]

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New Kiosk, LED and Electric Height Adjust Solutions from Chief Debut at ISE

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Chief is debuting several new solutions at ISE stand 2-C50. The first is the Impact On-Wall Kiosk — a digital signage enclosure that has a depth-adjustable exterior frame allows for a variety of display sizes. Reversible hinges help to avoid installation and service obstructions and our exclusive design keeps the display mounted to the frame when opened, providing […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 674: ISE Special Podcast: BrightSign Heads to ISE with New Series 4 HDR10+ and Dolby Vision Digital Signage Players

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Gary was joined by BrightSign‘s CEO, Jeff Hastings, today who explained what they will show in their booth in Hall 8 Stand G240 at next week’s ISE Show in Amsterdam. There are two focuses (new 4K players and software compatibility) — so listen to today’s podcast and check them out at www.brightsign.biz  Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 673: ISE Special Podcast: ZeeVee Will Bring H.264, 1Gig and 10Gig AV-over-IP Solutions to ISE

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Most AV-over-IP companies have embraced one technology over the others. But, ZeeVee can send AV over an IP network in all three flavors – H.264, over a 1Gig and over a 10Gig network. So, depending on the application, the client chooses — the NFL, for example, chose H.264 for the Super Bowl. Listen to today’s podcast with […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 672: ISE Special Videocast: Mike Blackman Shares Details on Next Week’s ISE Show in Amsterdam

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ISE Managing Director, Mike Blackman, joined Gary on a special video edition of his Rants and rAVe’s podcast today to share details on the two new ISE Halls, how to register for exclusive Projection Mapping Shows and on every special event at the show. This year’s show will be the biggest AV show ever- he even […]

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