The Daily Raff: InfoComm 2024 Day 3 Thoughts

Well, it’s official. The show floor is closed and AVIXA has officially released the numbers. And let me get something clear right away. While this show didn’t technically break attendance records, I chalk it up as a giant success. I have never in my life felt tired all the way into my bones at a […]

The Daily Raff: InfoComm 2024 Day 3 Thoughts

Calling All InfoComm-Attending End Users! Get Your Tails Over to CTI’s Tech on Tap Event!

Get it? (The headline was a plane pun to go with CTI’s AV-ator program. Tobi Tungl, if you’re reading this, I hope you laughed.) I had the absolute pleasure of attending CTI’s “Tech on Tap” event, and it was such a blast that the integrator is doing it all again tomorrow. And the next day. […]

Calling All InfoComm-Attending End Users! Get Your Tails Over to CTI’s Tech on Tap Event!

The Sound Revolution: Unleashing the Power of Audio Tech at Festivals

At the heart of every memorable festival lies a potent—and often invisible—force that captivates and energizes the crowd: sound. Over the years, advancements in pro audio technology have drastically improved how festival goers experience live music. From microphones to loudspeakers, these technologies work hard to transport listeners into an auditory wonderland. Festivals in a Post-Pandemic […]

The Sound Revolution: Unleashing the Power of Audio Tech at Festivals

4 Video Processors to Check Out at InfoComm 2024

Imagine a digital canvas made up of various technologies ranging from transparent, flexible OLED to dvLED to projection-mapped architecture, integrated into an environment where the video is choreographed with the lighting, synced with spatial audio, and personalized to different users based on sensor-based automation or AI. These customized, experiential environments span several resolutions and aspect […]

4 Video Processors to Check Out at InfoComm 2024

MS Teams Tracker: April 2024

Welcome, readers, to this month’s Microsoft Teams Tracker article, where each month, I round up some of the latest and greatest updates to the application. Whether you’re an MS Teams user or you integrate tech that works with Teams, this will be a perfect monthly article for you to find all the information you might […]

MS Teams Tracker: April 2024

Here’s How Logitech and Microsoft Are Integrating Copilot AI into Meetings

Using Logitech‘s videoconferencing device capabilities and Microsoft Teams’ Ai-based features accessible through both personal computers and native Teams Rooms, the two companies have a partnership in AI using Copilot. How does Copilot work in Microsoft Teams? In Microsoft Teams environments, Copilot enhances collaboration and helps employees get the most out of their Teams chats and […]

Here’s How Logitech and Microsoft Are Integrating Copilot AI into Meetings

Will AI Be Big at InfoComm?

We are on the eve of InfoComm, and one of my big questions is this: Will AI be a star of the show, ignored during the show or will it be an imposter? I have been, and continue to be, bullish on the power that AI can have on our industry. It is only limited […]

Will AI Be Big at InfoComm?

Meta’s Ray-Ban Smart Glasses

Last month, I wrote about the Apple Vision Pro and the particular market segment Apple was targeting with the product. The Vision Pro would most accurately be called an entertainment device at this point in its evolution. It is not a device that someone would wear all day — or out in public — for […]

Meta’s Ray-Ban Smart Glasses

I Just Toured the Smartest Smart Building in Switzerland — All Its Content Is Managed By SpinetiX

Last month, I flew to Lausanne, Switzerland, to spend two days understanding how a digital signage company, SpinetiX, is totally managing the content for every single room in the Millennium. The Millennium isn’t your average workplace. In addition to housing a TV station and about a dozen corporations, it also includes: ALL of this is […]

I Just Toured the Smartest Smart Building in Switzerland — All Its Content Is Managed By SpinetiX

More Than Just Earth Day: What SAVe Is Teaching the AV Industry About Sustainability and E-Waste

To those of you reading this, Happy Earth Day (April 22). Every year, Earth Day reminds us to take care of the planet. After all, how long have the terms “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” been drilled into our brains? If you’re like me, you make sustainable choices as long as they don’t inconvenience you at all. […]

More Than Just Earth Day: What SAVe Is Teaching the AV Industry About Sustainability and E-Waste

Learning From the Past

Way back in my high school social studies class, we had a number of lessons that hammered home one of the key reasons for being in school. It was something like, “Learn from the past so we don’t make the same mistakes.” I’m not quite sure when the history repeats itself stuff stopped being taught […]

Learning From the Past

Attend Gary Kayye’s InfoComm Session: ‘The Future of Workspaces Is All About Experiences’

InfoComm 2024 Attendees: You asked for it, so he’s doing it. rAVe founder, Gary Kayye, will be delivering the “The Future of Workspaces is All About Experiences” educational session DURING InfoComm in Las Vegas on TUESDAY, June 11th @ 1p.m. — THIS WILL SELL OUT — so, sign up NOW! Register here. Here’s more information […]

Attend Gary Kayye’s InfoComm Session: ‘The Future of Workspaces Is All About Experiences’

The Potential of Apple Vision Pro

When I first heard of the Apple Vision Pro, I did not pay much attention. I have tried out a few different AR/VR headsets, and while they are very cool, I have never had a desire to purchase one for my own use. However, as I have done more reading and research, I am beginning […]

The Potential of Apple Vision Pro

Here’s Your Chance to See Everything DTEN at Enterprise Connect 2024

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST This is my third year covering Enterprise Connect. I love this show because it’s different than any other trade show I cover — it’s heavily attended by end users and IT professionals. At a show that, at its most basic level, is about communicating in various forms, unified communication technology […]

Here’s Your Chance to See Everything DTEN at Enterprise Connect 2024

The Daily Raff: Brief Thoughts About Enterprise Connect 2024 Day 1

Enterprise Connect is built different. That’s always how I describe this show/conference to anyone who asks me about it. Really, this is more of a conference with a little bit of trade show. While I’ve never had the pleasure of attending any of the talks, panels or education sessions that are here at Enterprise Connect, […]

The Daily Raff: Brief Thoughts About Enterprise Connect 2024 Day 1

That’s a Wrap on LAVNCH WEEK 9’s EdTech Day!

Did you make it to EdTech Day of LAVNCH WEEK 9? I am taking a quick poll. If the answer is no, click here; if the answer is yes, click here. Like what I did there? This was our first-ever EdTech Day during a LAVNCH WEEK, and I can’t believe we didn’t think of adding […]

That’s a Wrap on LAVNCH WEEK 9’s EdTech Day!

Picking the Proper Projector

It’s 2024 and despite the proliferation of microLED and the high availability of low bezel LCD screens, projectors are still alive and well in the AV industry. Rumors of their death have been circulated for years, yet, just like they say in Monty Python, they’re “not dead yet!” Interestingly enough, I find that specifying the […]

Picking the Proper Projector

Like an AV Bridge Over Troubled Water, These Cybersecurity Guidelines Will Ease Your Mind

Back in 2021, I wrote a rAVe column entitled “SecuringAV: The Remote Desktop Attack on a Florida Water Treatment Plant.” In this article, I talked about the different forms of infrastructure being targeted by cyberattacks, and connected the attack on the water treatment plant to similar vulnerabilities in AV systems. I also shared some lessons […]

Like an AV Bridge Over Troubled Water, These Cybersecurity Guidelines Will Ease Your Mind

Retiring in the AV Industry: Advice From Someone Who’s Done it Twice

By Ron DeVoe Since I have retired from the AV industry TWICE, I have been asked to offer advice or recognition of possible fallacies in retirement enjoyment. Because ownership of an AV business requires an enormous amount of mental energy for time and resource management, goal setting and attainment, cash flow and keeping up with […]

Retiring in the AV Industry: Advice From Someone Who’s Done it Twice

ISE 2024: Facts and Figures Broken Down

ISE 2024 has come and gone, and we definitely left a mark on the show with our coverage this year (over 2,000 product videos — crazy). But now that the show is over, ISE released a report reviewing many of its figures. This piece wraps up a few of those highlights. First of all, ISE […]

ISE 2024: Facts and Figures Broken Down

5 Reasons You Should Join LAVNCH WEEK 9

If you’ve been following us or reading our content for a while, you’ve probably noticed that we host a lot of virtual events. Most notably, twice per year, we host something called LAVNCH WEEK. But really, it’s a “LAVNCH four days.” Why? Because it’s four days of panels, product announcements and fireside chats that we […]

5 Reasons You Should Join LAVNCH WEEK 9

Sora Text-to-Video AI Changes the World: Artists Dread It, Producers Love It, Governments Both Fear and Embrace It

We all knew it was coming, but we didn’t expect it so soon. OpenAI, famous for its ChatGPT and Dall-E free-to-use AI system, unveiled a new text-to-video service to select researchers, beta testers, developers and policymakers. “Sora” generates up to one-minute videos from text prompts. You type in a sentence or two as a prompt […]

Sora Text-to-Video AI Changes the World: Artists Dread It, Producers Love It, Governments Both Fear and Embrace It

Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2024 Edition

Welcome to my 24th annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! It’s been an honor to have written this for 24 straight years and even more of an honor for it to have so many thousands of readers annually — it’s almost always our most-read article of the year on rAVe [PUBS]. So, if you’re reading this right […]

Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2024 Edition

Is CES an ‘AV Show?’

As a techy person, I have always been intrigued by the Consumer Electronics Show. It has always been a mix of amazing new technology and useless new technology. I am surprised, though, that the show does not get much coverage in our industry, particularly in the education sector. I think there are a couple of […]

Is CES an ‘AV Show?’

My Review of the Projection Mapping Show at Casa Batlló for ISE 2024

On Jan. 28, most of the rAVe team was spending their first full day in Barcelona, enjoying free time and exploring the city. We chose to end our day by visiting Casa Batlló, on the iconic Passeig de Gràcia avenue. A special event to mark the beginning of ISE 2024, there would be a projection […]

My Review of the Projection Mapping Show at Casa Batlló for ISE 2024

Disney Debuts HoloTile; a Game Changer in both VR and MR Gaming And Maybe Live Events Too!

Usually, Disney is very secretive with the new tech it develops but, in this case, it wants brands to make it better, faster and start integrating with it in real-life VR environments. It’s called HoloTile. So, here’s the scenario … You develop a VR or XR game — one where the players wear either a […]

Disney Debuts HoloTile; a Game Changer in both VR and MR Gaming And Maybe Live Events Too!

AI: A Year Later

In late 2022, ChatGPT was released and the expectations were sky high. The technology was amazing. You could ask it to write a paper on Shakespeare in the language of a pirate and ten seconds later it pops out. You could ask it to program a Crestron control system with an Epson projector, and again, […]

AI: A Year Later

AV Community Is Caring, and it Matters

I am a native Mainer. I was born in Lewiston, attended school, got married, had children, work and live in the city. For me, there is no other place that I will ever be able to call home like Lewiston, Maine. Infamously, the country got to know the name of Lewiston on Oct. 25 as […]

AV Community Is Caring, and it Matters

AMX Takes a Step Away From the Walled Garden

In September, AMX announced a new line of controllers. The most interesting thing about these controllers is, per AMX’s press release, the ability to “simultaneously process a virtually unlimited number of scripts written in JavaScript, Python or Groovy and natively support Low-Code development with Node-RED.” I have written before on the problems with walled gardens, […]

AMX Takes a Step Away From the Walled Garden

Are Dedicated Computers Going Away?

I am on a mail list that has recently had a thread about whether dedicated computers are still necessary. There are several arguments for and against this, although in this particular thread most of the arguments seemed to be for removing the dedicated computers. For some background, higher education has a long history of providing […]

Are Dedicated Computers Going Away?

Behind the AV Lectern

While this article features two lectern companies, it’s really about all lecterns. The author has no commercial involvement with any of the companies mentioned in this article. There it is, always on stage. Standing on a podium for so long and so often, some of the users even call it a podium. But it’s not […]

Behind the AV Lectern

Relationship Selling

A recent discussion on social media centered around relationship selling, what it was and the value of it for all the parties involved. It was a great topic, but on a social media platform, there is very limited time and space to discuss something so important, so I am expanding on my thinking here. Relationship […]

Relationship Selling