Amazon’s New B2B Service Includes ProAV


At least five MAJOR ProAV manufacturers have relented to Amazon’s push into the ProAV market. In case you haven’t heard, Amazon quietly launched a business-to-business initiative earlier this year called — appropriately — Amazon Business. Its charter is to become a multi-billion-dollar supplier of anything a business needs to operate. And, Viewsonic was one of […]

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Crestron Exiting CEDIA Was GENIUS


It appears that Crestron can, in fact, predict the future. The 2017 CEDIA Expo is shaping up to be a very good show. We have a team of five people out in San Diego right now covering it live and you can follow our coverage here. The show floor is beautiful and we’ll spend the morning, right before the […]

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CEDIA’s Keynote Speaker Has Plenty of Irony to Go Around


There’s no doubt that Amazon’s Sarah Zenz will be one of the best keynote speakers CEDIA has ever heard. She’s one of the smartest people at AMAZON, she’s an amazing speaker and she was a kick-ass product manager. But, in a doubly-irony, she’s been asked, by the ALL-MALE CEDIA board to address the attendees who […]

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CEDIA (the Organization) Is Exactly What’s Wrong with Consumer Tech Today


Here’s a list of the current CEDIA Board of Directors. Notice anything wrong? Yep, you got it — all dudes. No women. How could this have happened? Is CEDIA so arrogant to think the the way to solve the world’s HomeAV problems is to have a group of dudes sitting around making decisions on how […]

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A Bag of Money Just Fell Out of the Sky and Hit AVI-SPL and SKC on the Head


Earlier this week, we broke the news that Plantronics was entering the ProAV market with a new product called Habitat Soundscaping. It wasn’t a complete surprise as Plantronics is one of the worst companies I’ve ever seen at keeping secrets. I found out about the product five months before they called me out of the blue to “tell […]

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The Microsoft Surface Hub Is in Big Trouble


A few months back, I wrote a column: Will Microsoft Be Able to Continue to Rip People Off With Their Surface HUB? Most of you agreed; some didn’t. And now, four months after writing that piece, I still think it’s way, way, way overpriced for what you get. But on the same week that Whitlock recently awarded Microsoft’s Surface Hub […]

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HDBaseT Over IP: Courting Disaster


The HDBaseT Alliance used InfoComm to officially debut the first set of products using their new HDBaseT over IP infrastructure — designed to compete against the SDVoE Alliance standard, more commonly known as the AptoVision BlueRiver NT+ AV-over-IP system. This is a disaster waiting to happen. Why? Well, I love HDBaseT. The transport platform that was originally launched by — and is still […]

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Epson’s InfoComm Surprise Includes Two Interactive Short-Throw 3LCD Laser Projectors


Get ready for the industry’s one and only short-throw laser projector in the form of two new versions of the Epson BrightLink line. BrightLink is their Interactive line of short-throw projectors and Epson, this morning, rolled out one aimed at education and one aimed at corporate applications in the form of the BrightLink 710Ui and BrightLink Pro 1470Ui, […]

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AVaaS is the Future of AV and the Econocom Buyout of BIS Group Will Trigger This First in Europe


Last week, in an acquisition that was barely mentioned by the AV trades, Econocom Group purchased 100 percent of BIS Group, an AV and Smart Buildings integrator mostly focused in the Netherlands and Belgium. And, Econocomm also purchased a 40 percent stake in JTRS,  an Apple and Google partner focused in the education market in the UK, as well as 100 percent […]

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Christie’s Use of SDVoE Validates Standard, But rAVe Gets Scoop Bigger Than That


The SDVoE just got the biggest endorser yet. SDVoE is currently the only off-the-shelf technology that offers a “full stack solution” for AV-over-IP.  SDVoE addresses the full seven-layer OSI network stack and offers solutions at every layer. SDVoE technology creates a flexible hardware and software platform which can enable many applications including matrix switches, KVM switches, video walls controllers and multiview image processors. It can also be integrated […]

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Christie Takes on Crestron, AMX’s SVSi & Everyone with New Terra AV-over-IP Line


In addition to showing new 4K projectors, a new high-end Spyder processor and an all-new LCD lineup at InfoComm, Christie is getting into the AV-over-IP market as a founding member of the SDVoE Alliance and a new product line called Terra. Christie Terra solutions  support video formats up to 4K at 60Hz (10-bit color) and provide the processing […]

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Sony’s InfoComm Booth is All About 8K (& Digital Signage)


Sony will take to booth 2200 at next week’s InfoComm show with two demos of 8K resolution displays – one using a curved CLEDIS (the mind-blowing LED technology they showed at InfoComm last year and won our Best of InfoComm 2016 award with) and the other made from Sony’s new laser projector line. I was joined on today’s […]

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Vivitek is All About 4K, Collaboration and Short Throw Projectors at InfoComm


Vivitek will be in booth 4443 at Infocomm next week showing a few industry firsts. They’ll have a 4K home cinema projector for sub-$3000 that also reproduces the Rec.709 color space! And, we got the scoop on my podcast today – you’ll even see it asa we did a videocast demo of the product. And, they’ll […]

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Barco to Bring New ClickShare, X Series LEDs and UDX 4K Projector Line to InfoComm


I was joined by Barco Strategic Marketing Director Wouter Bonte today to talk everything InfoComm. Barco’s new UDX 4K Laser projector line is already making a splash in the rental market and the new products will spill into the install market as they begin to ship this summer. Barco’s booth will have a dual-projector seamed-demo that will likely […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 619: InfoComm Special Videocast: We Got the Scoop on Bose’s Launches for InfoComm


Bose Professional is hitting the show floor (in booth #4061) at InfoComm with three major new product launches. The company is using InfoComm for the official U.S. rollout of ControlSpace EX, the conferencing solutions that originally debuted at ISE in Amsterdam in February. I nabbed a one-on-one interview with Rob Kosman, Bose’s events and applications manager, today on […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 615: InfoComm Special Videocast: Altia Systems Debuts PanaCast Whiteboard on Today’s Videocast


Altia Systems, creators of PanaCast 2 Panoramic-4K USB video camera system, has worked with Intel to launch PanaCast Whiteboard, a computer vision software that detects content on an existing whiteboard and displays (in any room) and adds it in (automatically) into a vide meeting. This may not seem like a big deal but, watch this videocast with their CEO and […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 614: InfoComm Special Videocast: Logitech’s MeetUp ConferenceCam Debuts on rAVe RADIO


Today’s edition of my Rants and rAVe’s podcast includes the first public showing of Logitech’s new MeetUp ConferenceCam  I was honored to be joined by Logitech’s Head of Marketing for the Collaboration Business Unit, Joan Vandermate, who explains the features behind the 4K USB camera and what makes it perfect for small rooms and huddle spaces. This is one […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 610: InfoComm Special Videocast: NEC Talks InfoComm, ThinkHub, LEDs — Plus, a Giant Surprise


Gary was joined by NEC Display’s Rich Ventura  today on a video version of his Rants and rAVe podcast – and this one was definitely a rAVe! The NEC ThinkHub is coming off a four-city roadshow, where 500+ people got to play with it first-hand. The response is that NEC Display’s collaboration with T1V for the ThunkHub collaboration board in 55” […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 609: InfoComm Special Videocast: Anchor Audio Adds Air to Bigfoot and Beacon


Gary caught up with Anchor Audio‘s new director of sales, Nick Craig, on a pre-InfoComm videocast today where he talks about why Anchor added their Air feature to the Bigfoot and Beacon portable PA systems. Air is their wireless system and they have a very cool feature where you an use different PA’s together, wirelessly. Watch this videocast with Nick […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 608: InfoComm Special Videocast: Absen Uses rAVe to Debut the New Indoor M Series LEDs


The world’s first look at the new indoor LED M Series (m for mobile) from Absen happens right here – on Gary’s latest Rants and rAVe podcast. The M series is completely modular – even the video board is modular. On this special InfoComm videocast Gary is joined by Absen’s Marketing Communications Manager, Alison Maxson. And, Absen’s Key Account […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 601: InfoComm Special Videocast: dnp to Expand Way Beyond Screens at InfoComm


dnp is known as the company that invented the ambient light rejection screen technology. And, now they have AV furniture — here, take a look a the video we shot of some of their projection furniture this past February at ISE here. But, as you’ll see on today’s pre-InfoComm videocast with the VP of Global Sales […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 599: InfoComm Special Videocast: How About a LIVE Demo of the Nureva HDL300?


You’ve been hearing about the new Nureva HDL300 audio conferencing system for almost a year now. And if you’ve had the fortune to attend the half-dozen or so shows that it was demo’d at, you were able to hear what it’s like to have 8,192 virtual mics (using Nureva’s Microphone Mist technology) inside a room so that […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 595: QSC’s InfoComm 2017 Booth Will Be an Interactive Look at Q-SYS (And a Glimpse into Their V over IP)


Gary was joined on his Rants and rAVe podcast by QSC’s product manager, Martin Barbour  who explained the philosophy behind their play-oriented booth at this year’s InfoComm 2017 booth. In the past, QSC has built running systems in their booth but this year they will be focused on engaged interactivity. Of course, they’ll have all their gear there, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 594: InfoComm Special Videocast: The Drunk Unkles Concert Details for InfoComm


For the 12th year in a row, the industry’s most famous (and only) band will play a benefit concert during InfoComm. With the money going directly towards financing the NSCA Educational Foundation and Ignite program, the Drunk Unkles will put on a show with a 9 p.m. concert at BB King’s across the street from the Orange […]

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Even Apple Sees the Future Is Services – Not Just Products


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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#ICYMI: Thank God No One Is Using the Stupid, Trying-to-Sound-Cool Term “IoT” at ISE – Ugh, But They Will at InfoComm


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


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?


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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