Even Apple Sees the Future Is Services – Not Just Products

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I have been harping on this for years. I have been telling everyone in the AV industry that to survive the future of AV, services need to be front and center, along with the products. Sure, a good mix of products with both established technology as well as future-forward, emerging technology is a giant part […]

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The Future of Meeting Rooms and Classrooms is the 4K Digital Canvas

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No technology will impact the future of the meeting room or classroom like 4K. Sure, HD brought us better quality video and images but 4K is way, way more than prettier pictures. 4K projection will mark the dawn of the Digital Canvas. What is the Digital Canvas and why should you care? Well, if you […]

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Chief Debuts Freestyle Rotation Video Wall Mount Adapter

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The new Chief Freestyle Rotation Adapter allows designers to generate a wide variety of video display wall configurations using either ConnexSys or Fusion mounts. The accessory provides infinite orientation possibilities to support your most creative installations and also serves as a fast and flexible landscape-to-portrait solution. It’s perfect to spec in a system when you are designing it when you don’t know exactly […]

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Leyard Planar Launches the Industry’s First Seamless LED Touch-Enabled Video Wall

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Today Leyard Planar launched the Leyard LED MultiTouch, the industry’s first seamless LED touch-enabled video wall. This proprietary multi-touch solution revolutionizes interactivity for narrow pixel pitch LED video walls without the disadvantages of front glass — offering a seamless, lightweight and durable LED touch surface enabled by their patent-pending Leyard PLTS (Pliable LED Touch Surface) technology. The Leyard LED MultiTouch brings advanced interactivity […]

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Samsung Debuts Cinema Screen LED Technology

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Samsung Electronics just unveiled something they are calling Cinema Screen, promoting it as the world’s first High Dynamic Range LED theater display. Citing no pixel-pitch of the LED-based technology, the 34 foot Samsung Cinema Screen is actually aimed at movie theaters but, clearly, has applications in digital signage and rental/staging as well. Cinema Screen is native 4K DCI […]

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Barco Intros UDX Platform Projectors Aimed at Install and Rental Market, All Specified at Minimum 20K Lumens

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Barco is launching a new projector range that they literally claimed “will change the game for rental companies and AV integrators.” Hmmm, that’s s a lot of hype to live up to. The UDX series consists of five 3-chip DLP models — all laser-phosphor based projectors — that all are identically spec’d at a 2000:1 contrast […]

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Middle Atlantic Launches Modular Wall Mount Platform 

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Middle Atlantic Products today introduced the VWM Series Vertical Wall Cabinet specifically aimed at mounting for security and AV applications. The VWM Series provides both vertical mounting of deep equipment as well as small devices. Available in pre-configured models or customizable to exact system specifications through the company’s online design department, the VWM Series utilizes a patent-pending modular systems approach to equipment […]

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Has Anyone Else Noticed Barco’s Rebranding?

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Barco — Belgian American Radio Corporation I am sure I can’t be the only person in AV who’s noticed the subtle re-branding of Barco. But no one seems to be talking about it. Go look at their website, for example. It’s different — more retail-like. And, then, on Friday, I found this video — it only has 800 […]

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I loved AVI’s LIVE Show – Here’s Why

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I was honored to be the Luncheon Keynote Speaker at the AVI LIVE 2017 show yesterday in Cincinnati, Ohio, yesterday. And, it was incredible. Everything about it! The branding, the education, the atmosphere, the venue, the vendors, the customers, the food — well, OK, the food was decent, but the rest was awesome. The Branding: AVI Systems founded in […]

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Embed Signage Announces Support For Samsung TIZEN SSSP.V4

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Embed Signage now includes full support of Samsung’s latest fourth-generation Smart Signage Platform Displays powered by Tizen. Tizen is an open source operating system. Although started by Samsung, Tizen was developed by a community of developers, under open source governance, and is open to all members who wish to participate. From today users can connect […]

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Barco Explains Why the WeConnect Is Aimed at Universities

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Last year, WeConnect was in a private suite hidden from the show floor during ISE in Amsterdam. This year, it was surrounded by people interested in understanding how the wireless collaboration system, aimed at colleges and universities, works. If you haven’t heard of WeConnect, you should watch this interview I had at the Barco stand […]

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Epson Launches New Pro L-Series Laser Projectors at ISE

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Epson has announced the latest Pro L-Series large venue laser projectors. The Pro L-Series come in five new models ranging from 12,000 to 15,000 lumens of color brightness and white brightness plus WUXGA and SXGA+ resolution. Leveraging 3LCD technology, the Pro L-Series integrate a laser-light source with an inorganic phosphor wheel in combination with inorganic […]

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Biamp Systems Expands TesiraFORTÉ Platform with Shure Partnership

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Biamp Systems today announced the TesiraFORTÉ DAN range of audio processors. This is a collaboration between Biamp and Shure where the new DAN line of audio processors directly interface with the Shure MXA beamforming line of microphones. The TesiraFORTÉ DAN will be displayed at the Biamp booth (3-A75) at ISE 2017, Feb. 7-10 at the […]

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Middle Atlantic Steps Up Universal Control for AV Applications

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Middle Atlantic Products has expanded its lineup of power solutions with the new Controlled Wall Plate. Designed for simplified and convenient universal control and efficient integration, the Controlled Wall Plate provides extended power and control capabilities to AV, residential, and security devices within a compact, single-gang design. Available with 15A NEMA or 20A Neutrik PowerCON […]

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Tannoy Debuts CMS 3.0 at ISE

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Claiming the reinvention of the Dual Concentric driver, Tannoy is launching the CMS 3.0 at ISE in Amsterdam next month. The latest line of Dual Concentric equipped CMS comprises five models — CMS 403DCe, CMS 503DC, CMS 603DC and CMS 803DC — each designed to replace previous equivalent iterations — plus an all-new CMS 803DCQ […]

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Chief Ships WBM4E XL Mount for Over Chalkboards and Whiteboards

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Chief has a unique monitor mount that mounts over top of chalkboards and whiteboards called the WBM4E. The WBM4E allows integrators to mount XL interactive displays over existing whiteboards or chalkboards while keeping all existing equipment intact and maintaining a stable surface for the optimal touch screen experience. The features of the mount include integrated […]

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Epson Intros Slimmest Ultra-Portable Projectors with New PowerLite 1700-Series

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Epson today introduced its slimmest (as thin as a laptop and just four pounds) ultra-portable projectors to date – the next- generation PowerLite 1700-Series. The PowerLite 1795F, 1785W, 1781W and 1780W are the smallest form factor of any 3LCD projectors on the market, according to Epson, and are designed for business travelers. They include totally […]

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Biamp Systems and Shure Announce Tesira-Microflex Compatibility

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Biamp Systems and Shure announced today integrated compatibility between Biamp Tesira audio processors and software and Shure Microflex Advance array microphones with Steerable Coverage. With the release of Biamp’s new Tesira software and hardware at ISE in February 2017, it will be possible to interact with the Dante-enabled Shure MXA910 ceiling array microphone and control […]

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Epson Debuts New PowerLite 2000-Series Portable Projectors

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Epson today announced the new Epson PowerLite 2000-Series. The series features nine projectors that are designed for business meetings, large boardrooms, lecture halls, classrooms, and houses of worship. The PowerLite 2000-Series includes up to 5,500 lumens of color brightness and 5,500 lumens of white brightness, in addition to full HD 1080p support and comes equipped […]

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SurgeX Adds Power Solutions for Digital Signage for Chief

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Chief is now offering three new SurgeX solutions designed to safeguard digital displays. SurgeX FlatPak and MultiPak solutions are the premier power protection choice to safeguard digital displays and projectors from the dangers associated with electrical transients. Their multi-stage technology is superior to the single-stage MOV circuitry found in conventional surge protectors and is instrumental […]

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Milestone Buys Vaddio

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Milestone AV Technologies today announced that it has acquired Vaddio. Vaddio, based in Minnetonka, Minn., was purchased by Milestone for an undisclosed amount, and will now join the Milestone family of brands including Chief, Da-lite, SANUS and Projecta.  Milestone is majority owned by the Pritzker Group, alongside management and The Duchossois Group. “Adding Vaddio to […]

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Tannoy Claims New Retrofit Adapter Kit Cuts Installation Time and Costs

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TANNOY has introduced new CMS & CVS Retrofit Adapter Kits to speed up installation of TANNOY ceiling loudspeakers inside existing back-cans from third party manufacturers or, in other scenarios, utilizing existing ceiling cutouts that were sized for other loudspeakers. By using the Retrofit Kits, installation contractors can change to TANNOY while minimizing additional installation time […]

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Vaddio’s AV Bridge MATRIX PRO Ships

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Vaddio is shipping its new AV Bridge MATRIX PRO that adds audio and video mixing functionality directly to your PC for any UC application (Skype, WebEx, etc.). It’s an AV encoder with simultaneous IP and USB 2.0 streaming, a four input seamless HD video switcher, three built-in Quick-Connect interfaces for Vaddio cameras, an 8×4 audio […]

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