Will Microsoft Be Able to Continue to Rip People Off With Their Surface HUB?

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With the deluge of new “Collaboration Boards” that will hit the market over the next six months (this was the most popular launch product at ISE this month), there’s no question that Microsoft will have to cut the price of their Surface Hub. They can’t keep ripping people off at $8,000 — $9,000 (55″) and $20,000 (84″) […]

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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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Rants and rAVes — Episode 583: The Prysm Digital Canvas – Collaboration on Steroids

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The word collaboration is hackneyed in AV — but, I feel we need keep using it as it does, in fact, define a trend in business. People want to connect, share and work in groups — whether they are in-person or working via the Internet. Many would argue that Barco started all this, in AV at least, with their wireless collaboration […]

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Is SiliconCore About to Kick Everyone’s Ass in LED?

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  At ISE, I had a chance to get a behind-the-scenes, top-secret look at the new SiliconCore LISA technology. LISA is basically an LED video-wall material (modular, like all the others) where the electronics and board drivers use Chip On Board (COB) manufacturing technology. So, on one side of the PCB is the LED array and on the other are […]

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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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Is My Favorite ISE Product Good or Bad for ProAV?

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You’ll read a lot about ISE over the next few months. It was the biggest ProAV and HomeAV show ever. Over 73,400 people attended in Amsterdam and it is NO LONGER A EUROPEAN SHOW. ISE is truly an international show. And, you’ll read about all the 4K stuff, all the new software codecs, all the new wireless stuff, all the […]

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Planar Leyard Went to ISE with a 0.7 Millimeter LED

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Planar Leyard surprised everyone at ISE with a 0.7 millimeter LED wall at ISE — it was in there booth as well as in the LANG stand. This is a big deal as the previously smaller working LED was 0.9 millimeter. And, 0.7 millimeter represents nearly the same resolution as direct-view LCD. In addition, Leyard […]

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NEC’s Simon Jackson Helps Launch the InfinityBoard at ISE

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NEC Display Europe went to ISE with a new collaboration board where they partnered with Huddly (for the camera), Sennheiser (for the audio) and FlatFrog (for the touch) and built a Windows 10 interactive board with wireless collaboration integrated all-in-one. It was one of three big attractions in their stand at ISE this year and […]

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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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My ISE Interview with Mike Blackman on the Last Day of the Show

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I caught up with Mike Blackman, ISE’s Managing Director, during the final hours of the show to find out his observations of the show — a show that ended up breaking the world’s largest AV trade show attendance record by more than 8,000. Over 73,500 people came to ISE in Amsterdam and Friday was still […]

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Thank God No One Is Using the Stupid, Hackneyed Term IoT at ISE

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In 2016 some industry self-appointed pundits in the AV-industry were overusing the trite term known as the “Internet of Things” (aka IoT) way, way too much last year. I keep seeing content marketing and blogs using the term — as if we are really part of it. We aren’t. Thank God we are in 2017 […]

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Are HDMI, LLC and MPEG LA, LLC Part of the Digital Mafia?

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I was talking to one of my oldest industry friends at ISE this week here in Amsterdam and he told me how he’d be “shaken-down” by the MPEG LA (the licensing people for DisplayPort). Basically, some two years after he’d been selling products with DisplayPort ports, he was called, out of the blue, by the MPEG LA […]

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Barco Intends to Protect Their ClickShare Intellectual Property, No Matter What

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One of the big stories from Day 1 of ISE here in Amsterdam was certainly the fact that a court officer from Belgium traveled down to the Amsterdam RAI convention center, entered the KanexPro booth and removed all of their MyTurn Collaboration Systems that were being launched into the market. It was the result of a judge’s order that […]

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Clearly, Vivitek Wants to be THE ONE Projector Company

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  Vivitek is clearly staking a claim to be the one-for-all (applications) projector company — all using DLP technology. Their booth has projectors form 500 lumens to 12,000 lumens and everything from pocket projectors to large-venue projection. I caught up with Holger Graff of Vivitek about both their future projector strategy as well as their new […]

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My Interview with Bose’s Fuat Koro Is Telling in Future Direction of Bose Professional

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Bose Professional is well-known for their high-end and live-events speakers and processing products. But, they also want to be known for their new audio conferencing line of products, now, ControlSpace EX line. The ControlSpace EX series includes their EX-1280C conferencing signal processor and three new Dante-based ControlSpace under-table endpoints (EX-4ML, EX-8ML and EX-UH). Bose’ Fuat Koro joined me for […]

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Barco Uses rAVe to Launch the CSE-800 at ISE 2017

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  I was asked to come to the Barco stand before any other member of the press to get a sneak-peek, up-close view of their newest ClickShare, the CSE-800  The CSE-800 is a two-output 4K resolution (4096×2160) HDMI ports and a dual-band wireless access point. In addition, the new ClickShare has annotation, white boarding capabilities (although, they call […]

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Why Google’s JamBoard Could Actually Be a Disruptive Game-Changer

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Yes, it’s only 55″ but, don’t discount it as a potential game-changer in our market. Every single PR firm in the commercial AV market has used the term “game-changer” or “disruptive” to describe a client’s new product or service. But most of the time, that’s just hype or hyperbole. However, even though Google (and their […]

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dnp Is Simply Dominating Ambient Light Rejection Screen Sales – And They Will Keep Growing (or Be Purchased Soon)

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Although there are other ambient light rejection screens out there, the dnp brand and line, by our analysis, seems to be the dominating screen for that application — with over 68 percent of the installs. This carries over to both rear-screens and front-screens. dnp arguably invented that category of screen technology. So, how does an […]

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Are You Thinking Ahead? The Smartphone Is Killing the Large-Screen TV

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In case you haven’t been paying attention, your kids are watching nearly all their entertainment (TV, movies, sports, etc.) on their phones. Oh, and by the way, they’re also using their phones for Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, too. So? Well, that number is moving up — up in age. Five years ago, the average 25-year […]

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