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..

CEDIA to Build a New Global Headquarters in Fishers, Ind. 

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CEDIA has announced plans to build a new global headquarters in Fishers Ind., a suburb just northeast of Indianapolis. After more than 18 months of research, financial analyses, and due diligence, the CEDIA Board determined that a new built-to-suit global headquarters would provide the best solution for the current and future needs of the association and its […]

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ClearOne Adds Two New DSP Mixers to Its CONVERGE Pro 2 Lineup

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ClearOne launches two new and affordable CONVERGE Pro 2 DSP mixers, joining the already impressive lineup. The new CONVERGE Pro 2 48V provides four mic/line inputs with ClearOne’s next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) technology, eight mic/line outputs and a VoIP interface with two default phone lines — and three more available through a software upgrade. The 48V shares an important distinction […]

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Barco Debuts New Overture AV Control System Aimed at Meeting Rooms at InfoComm

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Barco will provide an opportunity for visitors at InfoComm to test drive the new Overture solution. The new version of Overture will be available to ship by Aug. 31, 2017. This new system is an attempt for Barco to take a position in the control system market — competing with Crestron, Extron, AMX, Utelogy, etc. Overture is an enterprise-wide AV control software solution. It controls […]

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AVaaS is the Future of AV and the Econocom Buyout of BIS Group Will Trigger This First in Europe

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Last week, in an acquisition that was barely mentioned by the AV trades, Econocom Group purchased 100 percent of BIS Group, an AV and Smart Buildings integrator mostly focused in the Netherlands and Belgium. And, Econocomm also purchased a 40 percent stake in JTRS,  an Apple and Google partner focused in the education market in the UK, as well as 100 percent […]

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beyerdynamic Names New CEO

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  beyerdynamic, Inc. announced that as of June 1, 2017, the administrative board named Dutchman Edgar van Velzen as the company’s new managing director. Together with Wolfgang Luckhardt, long-standing managing director, he is now at the helm of the Heilbronn, Germany-based audio specialist. Most recently, van Velzen was CEO of Teufel GmbH in Berlin, Germany. “We value the extensive experience […]

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NanoLumens Files Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Four LED Display Manufacturers

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NanoLumens today announced that it has filed patent infringement lawsuits against LED display manufacturers PixelFLEX, of Nashville, Tenn.; InFiLED USA, of Marietta, Ga.; DetaiLED Solutions, of Marietta, Ga.; and Gable Company, of Baltimore, Md. for unspecified damages stemming from the companies’ infringement of four U.S. patents issued to NanoLumens. According to NanoLumens CEO Rick Cope, the decision to file suit in […]

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InFocus Transforms Collaboration With ConX Ecosystem

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InFocus unveils its transformative ConX communication and collaboration ecosystem today, centered around the new ConX Cloud video conferencing service. ConX Cloud connects with ConX display hardware solutions ranging from Mondopad touch-enabled displays and ConX video phones to scalable ConX video conferencing walls supporting up to 96 displays, as well as ConX software and web apps for laptops, iOS and Android smartphones […]

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B-Tech Debuts New Floor Stand Monitor Mounts for Signage and Rental

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B-Tech Audio Video Mounts just launched a new range of “premium” (aka: high-end) freestanding stands for mounting monitors in portrait and landscape format. Designed for digital signage and video conferencing, the line is part of its  B-Tech’s System X range. The BT8380-FSB is a premium base which supports BT8380 columns and can also be used with B-Tech’s […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 625: InfoComm Special Podcast: InFocus Talks ConX Cloud – New Cloud-Based VC Service – and Mondopad Flex

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InFocus will be at InfoComm re-launching their new cloud-based VC service called ConX Cloud. InFocus’ Director of Product Marketing, Glynn Jystad was on this podcast and explained that ConX Cloud is free for a 3-seat license and a 10-seat option is only $8 per month and a 50-seat license is less than $10 per month. They’ll be demonstrating ConX Cloud […]

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Christie’s Use of SDVoE Validates Standard, But rAVe Gets Scoop Bigger Than That

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The SDVoE just got the biggest endorser yet. SDVoE is currently the only off-the-shelf technology that offers a “full stack solution” for AV-over-IP.  SDVoE addresses the full seven-layer OSI network stack and offers solutions at every layer. SDVoE technology creates a flexible hardware and software platform which can enable many applications including matrix switches, KVM switches, video walls controllers and multiview image processors. It can also be integrated […]

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Premier Mounts Launches Dedicated Custom Division

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Branded as PDS (Premier Dedicated Solutions), Premier Mounts is setting up a new team that includes a set of engineers that work with clients and integrators from concept to installation to design and build any mounting solution. Drawing on 40 years of ProAV experience,PDS designs and manufactures large-scale visual display structures for a wide range […]

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BrightSign Built-In Displays at InfoComm 2017

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BrightSign, LLC today unveiled its plans for InfoComm 2017 (June 14-16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL). In addition to offering in-booth manufacturer training courses for CTS RUs, the company will showcase several collaborative efforts with leaders in the digital signage space, including: interactive, beacon-integrated digital signage to engage customers via their mobile devices; new displays […]

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HARMAN Introduces Sonique Far Field Voice Input Technology for HomeAV and ProAV Applications

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HARMAN International, as you know, a subsidiary of Samsung, today announced a new Far Field Voice Input Technology, called Sonique. This technology is intended for the fast-growing market of devices in the Consumer Electronics, Enterprise, and Robotics spaces that utilize voice commands, rather than traditional physical inputs via buttons, keyboard inputs, or mouse clicks. Translation: Harman (with Samsung) […]

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Stewart Filmscreen Has New Commercial Projector Screens at InfoComm

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Stewart Filmscreen is celebrating 70 Years of Innovation at InfoComm 2017 by showcasing a comprehensive lineup of new projection screen technologies. During InfoComm17, Stewart Filmscreen will demonstrate the award-winning Phantom HALR High Ambient Light Rejection Screen, innovative Globe and Hemisphere Multi-touch Interactive Spherical Screen Solutions, new Jumbo ElectriScreens, and fixed frame screen systems to serve a wide range of […]

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VuWall Debuts Personal Videowall Solution in New VuStation

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VuWall’s new VuStation is a KVM solution for “personal” video walls, that allows for multi-source control inside the operator’s personal working surface. It enables the operator to interact with multiple sources on a monitoring and control level from a single station with a single keyboard and mouse. The collaborative VuStation interface supplies the operator with all critical […]

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Christie Launches New Access Series of LCD panels

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Providing what Christie says is commercial-grade quality at consumer-based pricing, the new Christie Access Series of LCD panels feature 4K UHD resolution (3840×2160) and USB playback in a flexible package. Debuting at InfoComm 2017, designed for meeting rooms and retail applications, all four panels feature an OPS slot and with the optional touch overlay, the Access Series provides an interactive solution. The Christie […]

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Barco Adds Mobile App for X2O – and New Version, Too

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Barco is releasing a new version of its X2O visual communications platform, and a new mobile app extending the reach of an organization’s visual communications network beyond the desktop to every user’s mobile device. The products will be available beginning July 15, 2017. The latest version of the X2O visual communications platform will integrate with […]

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FSR to Introduce Huddle BLOX Charging Station at InfoComm

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FSR is introducing Huddle BLOX, a charging station that doubles as a table, at InfoComm 2017. The Huddle BLOX from FSR are tables designed to function as charging stations in libraries, coffee shops, lobbies media rooms or any location where powering up is desired. Providing Wireless and USB charging along with AC power allows connections […]

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Christie at InfoComm 2017 Includes Spyder X80, Mystique, Pandora’s Box and New LCDs

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Christie will again showcase the Christie Center, an integrated and synchronized sports venue-themed experience that provides a glimpse into the visual experiences that are achievable for even the most budget-minded user, at InfoComm. The Center features on-court projection mapping using Christie Boxer and Pandoras BoxQuad Server; warped and blended visuals including the iconic Wolf Head, […]

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ClearOne Debuts PC-Based Kit Aimed at Huddle Spaces and Small Rooms

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ClearOne launched the ClearOne COLLABORATE Versa 150, PC-based video and web conferencing applications in huddle spaces and conference rooms. Versa 150 includes: • CHAT 150 speakerphone (HDConference audio processing with Distributed Echo Cancellation) • UNITE 150 PTZ camera (1080p@30fps 12x optical zoom, 73° wide angle) • Central Versa hub — Features single USB 3.0 connectivity […]

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BTX to Celebrate 50th Year and feature Room Scheduling System, Collaboration, A/V-Over-IP and More at InfoComm

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BTX Technologies will be celebrating their 50th year in business at InfoComm 20217. The booth will include the BookIT room scheduling solution, Mersive’s Solstice Collaboration solution (including a new multi-room feature), Reach streaming and capture solutions, 4K over IP from Just Add Power, Video Wall Software from Userful, Digital Signage solutions from IAdea and NDS, […]

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Barco Will Show AV and IT Innovations at InfoComm

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Barco says they are raising the bar at InfoComm. From powering visual spectaculars, to boosting creativity in live events, from collaborating across the enterprise with industry icon ClickShare, to driving critical decisions, Barco solutions are raising the bar for quality, performance and reliability. Visitors attending InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, Florida will see many of these […]

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FSR Continues Industry Support With Strong Presence at InfoComm 2017

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FSR will continue its long-standing tradition of supporting the ProAV market by sponsoring a number of events and fundraisers surrounding the 2017 InfoComm show in Orlando, FL from June 14th to 16th. FSR will once again sponsor the popular Drunk Unkles concert at BB Kings Blues Club, the established Tech Manager’s Reception and the annual Women of InfoComm Networking Breakfast.The […]

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ClearOne Introduces UNITE 150 Professional PTZ USB Camera

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ClearOne introduces the ClearOne UNITE 150 PTZ, a full high-definition, USB camera that designed for all room types and sizes. The UNITE 150 is compatible with PC-based applications in meeting rooms, such as Cisco Jabber and WebEx, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Skype for Business, ClearOne’s Spontania and more. The camera rounds out the UNITE line, providing the balance of high-end PTZ features with an economical […]

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Christie’s New AV-over-IP Line Aims for AMX, Crestron & Everyone Else

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Today, Christie announced Christie Terra, a line-up of new products that use the Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE) Alliance standard for AV-over-IP system. Comprising of a line-up of transmitters, receivers and control hardware and software, Christie Terra solutions are designed for small, mediums-sized and ever large systems and capable of sending up to 4K […]

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Christie Takes on Crestron, AMX’s SVSi & Everyone with New Terra AV-over-IP Line

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In addition to showing new 4K projectors, a new high-end Spyder processor and an all-new LCD lineup at InfoComm, Christie is getting into the AV-over-IP market as a founding member of the SDVoE Alliance and a new product line called Terra. Christie Terra solutions  support video formats up to 4K at 60Hz (10-bit color) and provide the processing […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 623: InfoComm Special Videocast: Christie Terra an all-new AV Solution

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I jumped on a videocast with Karl Johnson, Sr. Product Manager for Christie Digital’s Image Processing department, and he showed me their first box and was surprisingly candid in saying that Christie intends to add SDVoE AV-over-IP as an input on their projectors and monitors as well as use it for their video wall products. The first […]

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Atlona Enters USB-based PTZ Camera Market with an Average Product

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Atlona will use InfoComm 2017 to launch the company’s first PTZ conferencing camera. Built for use with Atlona’s HDVS-300 Series soft codec conferencing solution, the AT-HDVS-CAM, coupled with the AT-UHD-HDVS-300-KIT, are designed to form a collaboration solution including auto AV switching, USB and HDMI extension, and display control for PC-based conferencing using software and cloud-based […]

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Yamaha Forms New Dedicated UC Department

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Yamaha today announced its commitment to the unified communications (UC) market with the development of a dedicated UC department. Leveraging the expertise of Revolabs, a subsidiary of Yamaha that will be part of the new department, Yamaha will focus on solutions that enhance communication and continue to develop products that help organizations reach their business […]

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rAVe 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Winners Announced

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We are excited to announce the winners of our 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. To be frank, this doesn’t need much written about it as the stats prove its importance. And, here are some stats in case you are doubting the validity of these awards: 1. We had over 86,000 voters for the final awards! 2. […]

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rAVe Anoints Dan Dugan the Most Honest Guy in Audio as He Launches AES/ADAT Automixer

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The Most Honest Guy in Audio, Dan Dugan, founder of Dan Dugan Sound Design, will be introducing the Model E-3A, an automatic microphone mixing controller with AES digital I/O. The E-3A is designed to connect to standard mixing consoles via insert points, making it a useful tool for sound engineers who frequently manage multiple microphones at live events […]

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