CEDIA Expo Truths: Attendance Flat, Show’s Dominated By DIY and It’s Arguably a Distributor Show Now

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CEDIA Expo is the ultimate AV geekfest. Walking around CEDIA is like being an eight-year-old at Toys ‘R’ Us wishing you could have everything. But like Toys ‘R’ Us, it’s on the verge of disappearing. Let’s be honest here — the show has had flat attendance (right at 20,000, INCLUDING exhibitor personnel) for the past […]

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Are You Really Listening to Your Clients?

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DILBERT © Scott Adams. Used By permission of ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION. All rights reserved. The wild, wonderfully sarcastic and incisive mind of Scott Adams as represented in his legendary Dilbert comic strips perfectly illustrates the core point of this column. It seems, based on the less-than-stellar outcomes of project after project thrashed out on industry […]

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The Role Of the AV Integrator in Huddle Space Design

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Crystal clear audiovisual. Effective acoustics. Perfect lighting. Comfortable and functional furniture. These are the key ingredients of the experiential huddle space design that creates truly memorable experiences and makes participants eager to return and use the space again. What Is Experiential Design? Millennials are likely the group to thank for inspiring the huddle room. They […]

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Speechless

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Those of you who know me know that I loathe most social media, especially Twitter. I feel that Twitter has done significant damage to our language, to the point that I now get email without punctuation or complete sentences. Our universities seem to have eliminated the essay in favor of the Tweet. I actually heard […]

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Good Competition, The CEDIA Conundrum and Julie

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Every business owner in every company hopes, especially when they invent or pioneer something unique, that their competition will be good. Bad competition tends to shred an industry and can lead to its eventual demise. For example, I have many friends that own AV integration firms — they love the good competition and loathe the […]

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#AVisLIFE

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This publication has recently been using the hashtag #AVisLIFE. The first few times I saw it, I thought it was neat, if a bit nerdy. After all, my family still thinks that AV means I set the timers on VCRs and wheel televisions around campus. However, recently I began reflecting on my time in the […]

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The Productivity Playlist

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By now you should now that I’m partial to music, high resolution audio and productivity. What you may not know is how much I rely on music to guide me through my day-to-day task, at work, at home and everywhere in-between. Music can set the stage, the tone and pace to any project at hand. […]

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The Art of Hacking AV Systems

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There are quite a few conferences that focus on AV equipment. On the consumer side, there is CES, on the broadcast side there is NAB, then for residential AV there is CEDIA Expo and for commercial AV, we have InfoComm. The latest conference to focus on AV equipment, however, happened Friday, August 10th. The conference? DEFCON. […]

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Why Are We Not Talking About Digital Signage Security?

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By Viktor Petersson Screenly Over the last few years, we have seen many cases of digital signage players being hacked for fun, profit and even propaganda. Hardcore porn shown on hacked billboard in Malmö Cyberattack claims multiple airports in Vietnam Hacked digital signage displays porn in Union Station Hijacking the Outdoor Digital Billboard – By […]

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In Defense Of The Regional Trade Show

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Last week I attended a small, regional trade show by the name of “CI Expo” in Oakland, Calif. It was one day, lasting less than eight hours, and came with a free lunch, free training and education throughout the day, and my personal favorite part of attending any size/length trade show, lots of meet and […]

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The NEW Electronic Lite Board

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Keeping with the precedents set by other innovative AV companies, AV Phenom typically releases new products around InfoComm and ISE each year.  Phenom has successfully developed and released several products over the last few years including the Smart HUBby, the VoiceSaver Remote, the world’s first 4K Speakers, and most recently the ShareChair TM. It’s hard […]

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A Visit to NEC Display Solutions’ Brand New Executive Briefing Center

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Today I got to check out the new Executive Briefing Center from NEC Display Solutions (that I kept calling an Experience Center), which also doubles as NEC Display’s new offices outside of Chicago, Illinois. This space was designed from scratch, taking up two floors and 6,000 square feet. See our earlier story based on NEC’s […]

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The Customer With Two Brains

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You may have noticed that magazines and other media have for some time been overflowing with content on left brain vs. right brain and a many other variations on that theme. This is NOT one of those articles. In fact, this article takes a completely different analytical path to understanding decision making and the brain […]

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With Panacast Live, #AVisLIFE

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Did you watch the Wimbledon tournament or any World Cup games this year? Tennis, soccer, football, skiing and beach volleyball are just a few of the many sporting events live broadcasted on televisions around the world each day. Sporting events bring fans together in households, restaurants and bars for group cheering or friendly competition, giving […]

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InfoComm’s Most Wanted

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InfoComm 2018 is a month behind us, and over the last few weeks, people have been writing about the trends they saw at the show. We’ve seen blogs discussing increasing end-user attendance as well as several people’s lists of their favorite products or the ones they saw to be the most innovative or disruptive. There […]

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Music Matters

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In the soundtrack of life, music matters. As far back as I can remember, music has always been a big deal in my life. It has always provided a most excellent, or as I like to say, a “double awesome” experience in everything that I do, whether it be work, play, explore, build, create, exercise, […]

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Tony’s Faves from InfoComm 2018

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  InfoComm is the largest, most exciting event in North America focused on the pro-AV industry, with 1,000 exhibitors, thousands of products, and 44,000 attendees from 110 countries. I had the pleasure of attending this year, and it was a blast! The following is a list (not in any particular order) of my favorite booths, […]

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IOT Isn’t New, It’s Just New To You

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“The Internet of things is a network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and network connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data.” Each “thing” is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to inter-operate within the existing internet infrastructure. If this […]

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Random Encounters

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When you deal with the public you get to meet all kinds of people, for better or for worse. Most people you deal with are average, and as a result not necessarily memorable. Others are more memorable, and not always in a good way. I had a new client who wanted a retrofit project: a […]

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