Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons is executive editor of rAVe [PUBS] and managing director of THE rAVe Agency. She is also a graduate of the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Reach her at sara@ravepubs.com or on Twitter @SaraAbrons. Pronouns: she/her.

Tightrope Introduces New Compact, Multiformat HD Video Server for Small-Scale Broadcast Operations at $14,995

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Tightrope Media Systems announced at InfoComm the Cablecast SXHD LE video server, a new multi-format HD and SD video server that joins Tightrope’s Cablecast family of all-in-one broadcast automation systems. SXHD LE is a single-box, 1 RU solution for video playout that includes 4 TB of storage and built-in branding functions. It’s meant for small-scale […]

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An In-Depth Interview with Prysm President, CEO and Founder Amit Jain

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Prysm is still building a business on one product — a laser phosphor display (LPD). And now it’s partnered with Cisco in telepresence suites. The company’s on a run — it was even a finalist in rAVe’s Reader’s Choice Awards in the Greenest AV Manufacturer category because LPD uses significantly less power than many traditional […]

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Peerless-AV’s KioskBuilder is InfoComm Hit

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Peerless-AV’s KioskBuilder eliminates the need to source components from multiple vendors, enables custom kiosk design without custom project cost, and reduces the time and expense of on-site systems integration for installers and end customers alike. Now available at kiosks.peerless-av.com, the KioskBuilder application guides customers through a series of questions and options for designing a solution […]

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Philips Takes Digital Signage Players Out of the Equation with IP-Addressable Displays

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Philips showed at InfoComm a new IP-addressable LED displays for digital signage, called the QL series. The idea behind these displays is basically to remove the signage player from the equation, taking the model of consumer content distribution technology (such as Apple TV, Google TV, etc.) and applying it to “IP signage.” These displays were […]

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The Barco Acquisition of projectiondesign is Right on Time

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I caught up with Wim Buyens, Barco’s senior VP of projection, today at the projectiondesign booth at InfoComm in Orlando and I got the scoop on how the Barco acquisition of projectiondesign is progressing. You may recall, about six months ago, Barco announced they intended to acquire projectiondesign and integrate them into the Barco brand. […]

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Williams Sound Debuts Personal PA with Network Control

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The Williams Sound PPA T45Net transmitter offers control or monitoring capability from any remote location, multiple digital audio input options and an OLED high-resolution screen. It features three microprocessors; offers the ability to select between three modes for DSP: voice, music, or hearing assistance in the application preset menu; and quickly configures itself. With a […]

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IED Adds New Power Amplifiers

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Innovative Electronic Designs’ (IED) new IED1581NA-C/IED1581NA-D and IED1542NA-C/IED1542NA-D are single and dual channel power amplifiers designed for use in smaller applications that require full-bandwidth audio and where low power and low cost are considerations. The IED1581 amplifiers have a single channel output that offers 8 watts of power at either 4Ω or 8Ω. Model IED1581C […]

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Atlas Sound Intros New Live Surface Mount Sound Speakers

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Atlas Sound’s new series of powered and passive surface mount speakers are aimed at cafeterias, classrooms, restaurants/bars, DJs and other applications where sound reinforcement of live or recorded music or vocals are required. The SMA-12 and SMA-15 are two-way powered speakers that include a single woofer, 12″ or 15″, and a high frequency, horn style […]

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Gary Kayye Interviews NEC President Pierre Richer About NEC’s New Gear

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NEC is famous for doing things big at InfoComm. Most recently, it’s had a flash mob, started a Best of InfoComm Award and even had a giant booth with nearly no products at all in it. This year’s show featured famous NFL quarterback Joe Theismann doing an ESPN-style sports broadcast with NEC’s President Pierre Richer […]

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PrimeView Intros 84″ 4K Display with HDBaseT

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Primeview this week is unveiling its new 84” 4K HDBaseT-enabled display, a solution to the 4K distance problem that plagues commercial projects. HDBaseT can deliver 4K video up to 100 meters over a single Ethernet cable, making the installation process much simpler and more cost effective compared to all other cabling options for professional installers […]

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Sennheiser Anakonda, a Bendable K-Array Speaker, Introduced at InfoComm 2013

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Sennheiser has announced the availability of the latest K-array product: Anakonda is a bendable speaker meant for indoor our outdoor applications such as theme parks, museums and broadcast studios. Since each speaker element is bendable, the Anakonda can be wrapped around poles, columns or mounted to curved or otherwise uneven surfaces. Speakers are available in […]

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Barco Announces New CMS, Third Generation of TransForm N

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Barco announced a new version of its networked visualization system – including both Barco’s CMS (control room management software) and the TransForm N family of networked controllers at InfoComm 2013. The new 2.5 release of Barco’s CMS offers maximum IP camera compatibility and use case flexibility, as well as expansion of its application management. With […]

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MultiTouch Announces SUR40 Migration Guide for Users, Developers and Integrators

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MultiTouch Ltd. announced this week that it has released a ‘Migration Guide for SUR40/Pixelsense Users to MultiTaction,’ a comprehensive documentation for software developers with applications already launched on SUR40 displays. The guide addresses a number of issues varying from total protection of external lighting conditions to the use of real-life objects and optical markers on […]

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Shuttle Computer Intros Fanless and Rugged DS47 Digital Signage Player

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Shuttle Computer Group announced today its DS47 digital signage media player designed for harsh business environments, and is showing it for the first time at InfoComm. No fan means that no grease or particles are drawn into the device, which makes for cleaner, more efficient, longer-lasting operation, especially in harsh working environments like fast food […]

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Revolabs Announces Updated Executive Elite Wireless Conferencing Solution

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Revolabs Inc. announced at InfoComm 2013 its next-generation Executive Elite four- and eight-channel wireless microphone systems, the company’s new flagship product and latest addition to its family of unified communications solutions for boardrooms and conference rooms. The system’s features include a new distributed architecture, increased density, enhanced integration with room control systems and cloud-based management […]

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Aviom Partners with Yamaha, Intros D800-Dante A-Net Distributor

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Aviom has introduced the D800-Dante A-Net Distributor, a product designed in collaboration with Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems at InfoComm 2013. The new D800-Dante A-Net Distributor offers Dante connectivity for integration of Aviom Personal Mixing Systems with Yamaha CL Series consoles and Rio Series I/O racks. With a D800-Dante A-Net Distributor connected to the Dante network, […]

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SurgeX SEQ-1U: Smart, Slim Surge Eliminator and Power Conditioner

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Here at InfoComm, SurgeX’s is showing the 1U Sequencer (SEQ-1U), a single rack unit power management surge protection, conditioning and sequencing solution for AV, broadcast and computer equipment. The SEQ-1U offers advanced protection for any size AV or IT installation. Proprietary SurgeX technology in the SEQ-1U includes Advanced Series Mode surge elimination, a zero let-through […]

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Vaddio Introduces Complete UC Meeting Room Solutions for Laptops and Tablets: the GroupSTATION and HuddleSTATION

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Vaddio has introduced two new unified communications room solutions designed for mobile laptop or tablet users to enable its computer applications for group collaboration and presentation meetings. By just connecting a laptop or tablet directly into the GroupSTATION or HuddleSTATION dock users can add HD video, wideband audio microphones and a loudspeaker system to their […]

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Panamax/Furman Introduces Vertex VT-EXT Eight-Outlet Vertical Power Strip for A/V Racks

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Panamax/Furman today introduced a new vertical power strip for A/V equipment racks. The Vertex VT-EXT provides integrators with eight outlets (three with transformer spacing), addresses ground loop issues with specialized mounting brackets and simplifies cord management to reduce installation time. The vertical power strip is designed to be used in conjunction with a Panamax/Furman power […]

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Pexip: A New Software-Centric UC Company

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Pexip says it’s determined to revolutionize the unified communications industry. That’s a strong statement, but its founders are industry veterans from Tandberg and Cisco who are all experts in their fields — so they might just pull it off. The company’s got a small 10×20 presence here at InfoComm and rAVe founder Gary Kayye caught […]

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Mersive Debuts Solstice 1.1

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Yesterday Mersive announced a new version of Solstice software (version 1.1). Solstice enables multiple users to connect simultaneously to a shared display using a range of devices and applications over an existing Wi-Fi or Ethernet network, which fundamentally changes how people are able to use displays in meeting rooms. Three key new features of Solstice […]

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Knocking Down Barriers to Pervasive Video Collaboration: Comprehensive Interoperability

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By John Restrick Cisco I am a strong believer in the power of video; video can transform the relationships we have with our colleagues, partners, suppliers and customers. Our goal is to make video as universally available and easy to use as voice and data are today. Recent developments  make it possible to scale video […]

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Da-Lite’s Wendy Cox Speaks with rAVe Founder Gary Kayye About Da-Lite’s New Branding

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Although the 2013 InfoComm show floor isn’t yet open, Wendy Cox spent a few minutes with rAVe founder Gary Kayye to not only talk about its new branding/logo, but she gave him a status update on how the Milestone integration is progressing and how they’re innovating towards more and more systems products and technology. Here’s […]

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How Tupac Performed at Coachella, Despite Dying 16 Years Ago

By now you’ve probably seen the video from music festival Coachella of long-deceased rapper Tupac performing “live” on stage with Snoop Dog. This was done using a modern version of the century-old visual trick called Pepper’s Ghost and was put together by integrator AV Concepts using British company Musion’s patented Eyeliner 3D Holographic Projection System. I should point […]

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A Very 3D Star Wars

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I’ve never been on the 3D bandwagon. While I thought there were some interesting applications for which 3D would be useful and revolutionary (gaming, digital signage if/when glasses-free 3D becomes viable, medical imaging), I was not that excited for the inevitable flood of 3D movies from Hollywood. Movie studios love 3D. They can charge a […]

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Using Kaizen: Toyota’s Lean Business Practices

At CEDIA Management Conference this morning, the first session was a keynote from Rick Drumm, president of D’Addario, a manufacturer of music accessories. His topic was “Using Lean Practices to Open New Opportunities.” At D’Addario, they have adopted the Toyota style of lean and efficient business management, known as kaizen. Kaizen literally means in Japanese, “small improvements.” Drumm spoke about how businesses […]

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They’re Golden

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go down to the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta for Sanyo’s 3-millionth projector event. In celebration of their 3-millionth projector coming off the line, Sanyo donated a PLC-WTC500L to Georgia Tech. The projector was sold through AVI-SPL, and they were on hand as well. Sanyo specifically chose Georgia Tech to be the recipient of this projector […]

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