Up Your Whiteboard Game by Combining the Best of Analog and Digital

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Trade show season is back. ISE is going on in Barcelona as I type, and Infocomm 2022 in Las Vegas is just 25 days away. This means that manufacturers, integrators and *gasp* end users are all converging to explore new partnerships and help people bridge the analog-to-digital gaps that have been isolated during the great […]

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How a Dutch Company Became a Tiny Bottleneck in the Enormous Semiconductor Supply Problem

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The shortage of semiconductors has had a profound effect on the global economy. Semiconductors, in particular microprocessors (semiconductors containing a CPU, essentially a computer), are the brains inside so many things that are a part of daily life: washing machines, toys, watches, cameras, ATMs, planes, televisions, LED light bulbs and nearly every form of human […]

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Expectations for ISE 2022: Press Briefing and More

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This year’s ISE Show arrives in Barcelona on 10-13 May 2022. Speaking at a press briefing last week, Integrated Systems Events managing director, Mike Blackman, said: “I’m delighted, and honoured, to be standing here today five years since Integrated Systems Events, and its co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA, decided to relocate the Integrated Systems Europe show […]

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Artificial Intelligence in AV

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Here’s an acronym that has gone from high thinking darkroom nerd zone ether to everyday common lingo and even general conversational fodder over a latte on a sunny afternoon with some friends. Artificial Intelligence or AI, this acronym seems to have evolved into the general public lexicon and is persuasively become a hot selling point […]

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Rethinking Space

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If there’s one topic that has been totally exhausted and “overthunk” in the last year, it’s the post-COVID return to work. I don’t say that because it’s unimportant; I say that because most of the pieces we see written try to draw some new one-size-fits-all conclusion to what the… gulp… “new normal” will, or should, […]

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Google Wants Us on Its Radar

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The latest human-computer interface — an interface that could dramatically impact the AV business — comes from Google’s hardware invention studio, Advanced Technology & Projects (ATAP). What if our devices (in-home, in-office building, and in-store) had social intelligence within? People and devices have their own concepts of personal space — and Google uses its research […]

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Will NFTs Play a Role in AV?

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Over the past two months, I have written about the metaverse and cryptocurrency. The next logical topic of this new digital world is the NFT. What is an NFT, and will you as an AV professional ever have to deal with them? Let’s get started with the first question. NFT stands for non-fungible token. That […]

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Enterprise Connect rePLAY: Featuring Our Favorite Products From the Show Floor

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I had a great first Enterprise Connect in Orlando! As you probably know, most people are ready to get back to trade shows. We are ready to get back to in person and figure out more about how to do that in a way that’s respectful and comfortable for all. EC was a great reminder […]

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Enterprise Connect 2022 Will Be the Hybrid, New Normal, Pivoting Trade Show of My Dreams

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All those buzzwords got you to click, didn’t they? And they say clickbait doesn’t work anymore. Let’s get to the point — our team will be at Enterprise Connect 2022 March 21-23 in Kissimmee, Florida. We’ll be on the show floor (at the Gaylord Hotel) doing what we do best: Creating a virtual video library […]

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Desire Paths: Hidden Opportunities for Improvement

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You have most likely run across one of these pictures posted on social media, showing a high-end corporate campus or university with an engineered walkway through a large expanse of grass that is marred by a dirt trail worn through the landscape as a shortcut. It’s just as likely that you’ve seen these in real […]

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The Incredibly Complicated, Extremely Small World of Semiconductor Manufacturing

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In 1965, a remarkably prescient young chemist working at Fairfield Semiconductor wrote an essay for “Electronics,” a trade magazine. His essay was quite technical, but it has been boiled down to a rule that has been often referenced over the years when people talk about the speed of technological advancement in computers. That chemist was […]

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2022 Edition

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Welcome to my 22nd annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I can’t believe I have written this article 22 times. I am beyond humbled by how many of you read this; last year, it was viewed by over 90,000 #AVtweeps. #LOVE ❣️ The bottom line is I love writing this article. It keeps me curious and humble. […]

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What in the Universe Is the Metaverse

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In IT (and therefore AV as well), we certainly don’t have a shortage of our acronyms and buzzwords. When Meta, formerly known as Facebook, changed its name in October, the newest buzzword, “metaverse,” exploded into our feeds. We have heard the word countless times, but what the heck does it really mean? What, after all, […]

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Gaming Accessories Market Growth Aided by a Growing End-User Group: At-Home Workers

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By Maxym Dmytriyev Futuresource Consulting According to Futuresource Consulting’s latest Gaming Headset Market H2 2021 report, the overall gaming accessories market is expected to grow 10% year-on-year in 2021, despite a deceleration in volume and value growth compared to 2020. Onset by the continuous efforts in combating COVID-19’s spread, work-from-home trends have supported market growth, […]

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How COVID-19 Has Reinvigorated the Professional Camcorder Market

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By Helen Matthews Futuresource Consulting COVID-19 has had a lasting impact on the professional camcorder industry. Its initial impact appeared to be negative, with the first half of 2020 seeing a significant downfall in sell-in compared to previous years. Lockdowns, social distancing and event cancellations affected markets across the globe, resulting in the majority of […]

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Collaboration Is About Workflows — Not Screen Sharing

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As we navigate the reasons to get together in person, collaboration seems to be one of the main terms used as to why we still need physical spaces. We’ve seen a multitude of solutions pop up in this arena, typically consisting of a screen, cameras, microphone, speakers and screen sharing software. Some systems take this […]

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Log4j Could Drive New Business for AV

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In late December, a flaw in software that is ubiquitous around the world was reported, and it sent cybersecurity pros into a frenzy and turned the hairs of technology pros gray. There are countless articles about this vulnerability, so I am not going to go deep into the technology of what occurs. Here is what […]

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Learning From the Exercise Industry

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After all the guessing, prognostication and assumptions, it actually happened. InfoComm 2021 took place in Orlando the last week in October. What surprised me most during the event was the social media banter that went back and forth between the “should” and “should not” crowds. That is those who thought that AVIXA “should have” InfoComm […]

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Protecting the Supply Chain to Serve Integrators and End Users

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By Bryce Dunn Audinate Supply chains — once solely the domain of product managers and procurement specialists — are now being discussed in the evening news as disruptions impact the availability of a wide range of consumer and commercial goods. Semiconductors, in particular, have been affected by a significant uptick in demand that has not […]

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The Blue LED Problem: How a Difficult Solid State Physics Obstacle Delayed LED Technology by Decades

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The first LED was invented, or actually, accidentally discovered, in the fall of 1961 by engineers working at Texas Instruments. James R. Biard and Gary E. Pittman were working together on a project for the U.S. Airforce to build “low noise parametric amplifiers for X-band radar receivers,” and discovered that IR light was being emitted […]

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rePLAY: Featuring My Must-See Products From InfoComm 2021

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It has been 18 long months since we last met in person for an InfoComm show. It’s no secret that rAVe takes hundreds of product videos at every trade show; it’s one of the things we’re known for! We were so excited to head to Orlando for this year’s InfoComm 2021 and see all the new tech […]

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SecuringAV: The iPhone Spyware Vulnerability

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What YOU Can Do To Prevent Hackers From Hijacking Your Smart Device’s Microphone   For each column in this series, rAVe writer Paul Konikowski takes a deeper dive into a recent security event or data breach, shedding light on supply chain vulnerabilities, infrastructure and cyber-physical security. OMG, did you watch the Apple “Unleashed” stream? No, not the […]

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Part 4: Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021 — Just Relax

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In Part 1 of my “Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021” series of blogs, I explained some of the elements of how InfoComm 2021 will be like no other InfoComm we’ve had in history — for OBVIOUS reasons. In part 2, I explained why showing only one product in your booth is critical to success at InfoComm […]

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Conferences Need to Adapt to the New Normal

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Over the past couple of months, we have seen some in-person conferences begin to resume. The biggest in our industry, InfoComm, is coming up in just a few weeks. AVIXA has been very clear that unless it is told by authorities to cancel the show, the show will go on in person. Yet, there are […]

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The Great Resignation in Higher Ed

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For the past 18 months, firms in most industries have struggled with the dual challenge of hiring new employees and retaining current employees. Retaining employees has become a major issue across our country as the number of people quitting their jobs has been dubbed “The Great Resignation.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that […]

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How to Get the Job You Want — Selling Your Value: Part 2

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This is the second article in my “How to Get the Job You Want” series. To view the other articles in this series, click here. I had been working in data storage and backup for about 10 years when I got a Dell catalog in the mail. When I opened and skimmed through it, I […]

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Create Opportunities for Young People to Enter the AV Industry

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One of the reasons I advocate for internship and apprenticeship opportunities for young people is because of the opportunities that I experienced myself as a young person starting out. When I graduated from high school, I enrolled in the tech program in college to become a chemical engineer.  I applied for and joined an organization […]

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Bridging the Gap: ITSM Tools for AV and IT

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Over the past several months at my institution, we have been implementing a new Information Technology Service Management Tool (ITSM). After looking at several different products, we chose to go forward with TeamDynamix. The cost is reasonable (not cheap, but reasonable), even for small higher ed institutions (like us). Cost was a factor in our […]

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Sony’s In-Person AV Tech Expo Did Not Disappoint

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I took my third business trip post-vaccination today and headed up to New York City for Sony’s first-ever AV Tech Expo at its 25 Madison Ave. location. I’d say it was worth the masking, walking and mouth-sweating (inside the mask). The expo was primarily focused on the new B (for high-brightness) and C (for high-contrast) […]

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