Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper, a former rAVe employee, enjoyed the endless opportunities for creativity in many different formats. Whether it was print, web, e-mail, 3D illustration, video, screen printing or any number of new forms of media – he had the opportunity to try it all while getting rAVe’s message out. Every day has new design and project management challenges – but it’s what he loves to do and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Matt lives in Durham with his wife and two cats. He likes fiction podcasts, NPR, game nights and watching obscure television on stations you’ve never heard of. Matt knows a ton of facts about random topics, and he regularly likes to correct Gary and Sara when they are wrong.

DSE 2014 to Offer Record Four Professional Certification Programs – Debuting DSCE in Spanish

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Digital Signage Expo (DSE) announced today that its 2014 Educational Conference will feature four individual full-day educational programs for Digital Signage Expert Group (DSEG) certification or renewal credits, including the debut of the DSCE program for Spanish-speakers. Tuesday, February 11th – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Digital Signage Certified Expert (DSCE) Designed for anyone whose professional involvement requires a full […]

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Vivitek Introduces NovoClassroom

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Vivitek has just launched NovoClassroom, a tablet software package that helps with teacher/student interaction in the classroom. NovoClassroom is available on both the iOS and Android platform tablets and also integrates with other classroom technology, including interactive whiteboards and projectors. The system coordinates classroom interaction between teacher and students and incorporates presentation management, instant response and two-way annotation into its suite of […]

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Chief Launches FastFlip Digital Catalog

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Chief has released its 2013-2014 online digital catalog and it’s been redesigned based on extensive feedback from installers and dealers — resulting in a streamlined layout with easy-to-navigate products and accessories.The new catalog includes the latest product information and Chief’s continually solid lines of mounts, racks, interactive technology and accessories. New products this year include: • Fusion […]

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Vivitek Targets IWB Market with New NovoBoard Whiteboard Frame Adapter

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Vivitek has launched NovoBoard, a new, adjustable interactive whiteboard proximity frame. The NovoBoard frame can be installed on any school whiteboard to turn the surface to be interactive with the combination of a projector. With its built in IR LED optical sensing system, NovoBoard enables two users to write simultaneously on the board using a finger or stylus pen. […]

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rAVe SCOOP: Mitsubishi to Exit Projector and Stand-Alone Display Market

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We just had an exclusive interview with very high-level source at Mitsubishi that told us the details of their divestment of their projector and stand-alone monitor market. Yes, you read that right, Mitsubishi – the creator of the first large-format monitor (the 35″ CRT you may have remembered and loved) is is not only quitting […]

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So Close! Why True “Smart” Residential Power Management Needs to Happen

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Last week I received a press release from BlackWire Designs about its new SafePlug Smart Energy Electrical Load Controller. My high hopes came crashing down through the floor as I realized it was just one more broken smart power solution to be tossed onto the slag heap along with: Belkin Wemo, BlueBolt, ube (remember them?), […]

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CEDIA 2013: Day 1 Impressions

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There’s no question that the theme for this year’s CEDIA Expo is, “We’re going commercial.” What? Yep, the HomeAV’s annual trade show is full of ProAV gear. It’s all over the place. In small ways — like Draper showing its VTC camera-lift systems and in big ways where AMX and Crestron are showing as much […]

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CORE Brands Offers Korus Line to CI Channel

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Core Brands’ new whole-home Korus audio matrix controller is available via the CI channel now. Korus is a whole-home system based on DTS Play-Fi technology for wirelessly streaming music to architectural speakers simultaneously from multiple sources such as iOS, Android and Windows mobile phones and tablets, as well as Windows computers. CORE says it’s also […]

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Crestron Shows New Quiet Shade Controller

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At CEDIA this week Crestron is lowering the volume on its shade motors with a new Digital QMT (Quiet Motor Technology) motor and a power supply (CSA-PWS10S-HUB-CAEN) that supports up to ten motorized shades and provides integrated diagnostics and controls. The Digital QMT motor can operate Crestron window shades of any size and the company […]

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Sony’s NXL-IP55 Takes the Cabling Out of Live Camera Events

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Sony’s new NXL-IP55 utilizes IP technology to simplify the camera set-up and cabling of live productions. Now it’s possible to transmit essential broadcast signals from up to three different cameras via a single IP LAN with low latency. That means you save time and money by reducing the number of cables required compared to conventional […]

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Stealth Acoustics Allows for Custom Finishes of StingRay Flat Speaker Line

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Stealth StingRay speakers are available in five standard finishes including black, white, sandstone, graystone and greenstone. These standard finishes, along with the new aluminum look of Element line will fill most project needs right out of the box, but Stealth is now adding “custom” to their color options. You can customize any StingRay speaker or […]

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JVC Debuts Entirely New Home Theater Projector Line – All 4K Capable

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JVC Professional today announced a new line of home theater projectors that incorporate a new imaging device, upgraded version of the company’s e-shift technology, 4K source compatibility and a user-selectable Intelligent Lens Aperture. The entire line is D-ILA based and has a new wire grid polarizer. JVC has also added a user-selectable Intelligent Lens Aperture […]

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The Lutron Design Collections Offer Homeowners More Fabric Choices

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Lutron Electronics has announced the availability of The Lutron Design Collections — more than 1,500 redesigned, high-fashion fabrics and materials for the company’s motorized shade family of products. The move comes after the company said it identified a market need to offer stylish and fashion-forward options at a variety of price points. New additions to […]

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Christie Adds 46-Inch LCD

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Christie added a 46″ LCD cube to its line today in the form of the FHD461-X, a 1920×1080 resolution direct LED-lit LCD that’s specified at 4000:1 contrast ratio and with a brightness of 700 nits (cd/m2). The bezel on this LCD is only 0.13″ (3.4 millimeters) — top/left — and 0.08″ (2.0 millimeters) — bottom/right. […]

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Audinate Adds AEQ to Dante Licensing

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AEQ announced that it has entered into a license agreement with Audinate to develop its broadcast products with Dante digital media networking. AEQ manufactures communications equipment, automation systems, audio mixers and routing systems for the radio and television broadcast markets. Built on existing networking protocols and standards, Audinate’s Dante technology is a plug and play […]

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Crestron Launches Modules Store for Crestron Control Systems

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Whether Crestron dealers and partners need a module to drop into a Crestron system or want to sell one they have designed, the new Crestron Application Market (ApplicationMarket.Crestron.com) is the place to go. Crestron Partner Modules are created specifically to support popular AV, security, lighting, HVAC and other diverse products using Crestron’s RS232 and IP […]

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Omnivision Studios Develops New Windows-Based Multitouch Software

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Omnivision Studios just launched the Multi-Touch Suite 3.0 at the ‘Intel Touch the Future’ Event in Sweden this week. Omnitapps Business Multi-Touch Suite 3.0 is a software suite targeted at at large-format displays in digital signage applications and operates on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Omnitapps Business Multi-Touch Suite 3.0 now includes more languages than […]

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NanoLumens Aims Studio Pro Series at Broadcast and Live Events

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NanoLumens today announced its Studio Pro Series LED displays for broadcast studio and live events applications. Launched last week at the Atlanta regional section of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) September meeting, Studio Pro gives users the flexibility of using a curved or flat LED screen. The company claims to have […]

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Nest Adds API-Based Developer Program – Hints at Getting into Control System Market for the Home

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Today at CEDIA, Nest Labs, the Apple-like HVAC Wi-Fi-based HVAC controller, announced plans to begin working with developers on creative ways to connect with the Nest Learning Thermostat through integrations such as home appliances, lighting and home automation. By introducing a Web API, Nest is taking the first step toward working with partners to build a simple, secure and connected experience for […]

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FSR’s DR-SOCK Provides Help for Pulling Cables

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FSR’s new DR-SOCK is a creative cable-pulling tool designed to simplify and accelerate every installation requiring cables and connectors. The DR-SOCK is pre-assembled, easily accessible in frustration-proof packaging and re-useable. It protects cables and connectors from being damaged by taking the stress off the connection points while pulling through a conduit. The design opens up […]

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Crestron Makes Smart TVs Smarter at CEDIA

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Crestron has announced at CEDIA today that it is building the Crestron control system interface into SmartTVs as an app – starting with Samsung and Sony – eliminating the need for a touch panel. Available soon, the Crestron App for Samsung Smart TV enables Crestron system owners to control AV, lighting, shades, climate and more […]

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New, Energy-Saving Features Added to Lutron HomeWorks QS System

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Lutron Electronics today announced three new features for its HomeWorks QS total home control system.  RF SoftSwitch Module Switches large loads, like landscape lighting, pumps, and gates, without any wear on the relay, and without the need for multiple devices Can switch an entire branch circuit of lighting, up to 16A, from Pico wireless remotes, […]

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Your Next Competitor is Staples as It Enters the Control Market Selling HomeAV, ProAV and IT Gear

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At CEDIA, Staples, the world’s largest office products company and second largest Internet retailer, announced Staples Connect — an exclusive offering that lets customers’ home or office technology interact and be controlled by a single app. Staples is promoting it to end-users as: “With the touch of a button, Staples Connect lets customers shut down […]

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Yeah!!! ihiji ConnectNinja Eliminates the Need for VPN or Unsecure Port Forwards

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ihiji at CEDIA today announced the release of a new feature enhancement called ConnectNinja. Available now, ConnectNinja allows authorized network technicians simple and secure remote access to troubleshoot and configure their client’s devices and networks through the ihiji invision web portal. ihiji invision, a cloud-based remote network management system, simplifies the work of IT Professionals […]

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Digital Projection Intros 1080p LED Titan

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At CEDIA, Digital Projection International (DPI) announced the TITAN 1080p LED 3D projector, which the company says is the world’s first combination of 3-chip DLP imaging and solid-state LED illumination. Utilizing Texas Instruments’ DarkChip DLP technology, DPI’s new TITAN 1080p LED 3D is spec’d at 2,000 lumens and lists for $79,995. The benefits of LED […]

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Tripp-Lite Adds Surge Suppressor with Two USB Ports and Clamps

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Tripp-Lite has expanded its line of surge protection products with the introduction of the new TLP606DMUSB Protect It! Surge Suppressor — a new economical surge suppressor that features built-in clamps that attach to the sides of desks, workbenches and tables for better accessibility to outlets. It also has two USB ports for charging and powering […]

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SAVANT Adds Wi-Fi Power Management Products to SmartEnergy Lineup

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At CEDIA, Savant Systems introduced three power management products in its SmartEnergy product line. The SmartEnergy products are primarily focused on energy monitoring, and these new devices bring Wi-Fi connectivity to the lineup. Installers and end-users can now access SmartEnergy monitoring and control features with simple plug-in modules. The three new energy management products include […]

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