THE Best of InfoComm 2016 Awards are Announced

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Welcome to rAVe’s annual Best of InfoComm 2016 Awards! It’s tough to pick out the best and the brightest from the thousands of products and hundreds of exhibitors introduced on the show floor. After much consideration, our entire team picked what we thought were the best things on the show floor. Congratulations to all the […]

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InfoComm 2016 — Life from the Podcast Desk

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The world from the podcast station in Vegas from June 8th through the 10th was filled with #AVselfies, magical Tascam gear, and interviews galore. My partner in crime, Johnny Mota, and I set up rAVe Pubs RADIO desk successfully in the Kramer booth with the help from our friends Eric Larsen of Tascam and our rAVe […]

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InfoComm from Afar

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And… one more quick one post-InfoComm post. For the second consecutive year, family obligations kept me away from the big show. Last year it was my lovely bride’s recovery from major back surgery; this year was a more joyous occasion as my son graduated pre-school (and yes, this is important; another tradeshow will always come, […]

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My Video Interview with Milestone’s Senior Marketing Manager, Melissa Rone

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Milestone is doing something that EVERY manufacturer in the ProAV market should be doing — asking their customers how they can redesign their products to make them better. Simply genius! InfoComm 2016 represented the first U.S. show where Milestone combined both Chief and Da-Lite in to one booth and it included flying 6 Christie Projectors […]

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My Annual Video Interview (& Booth Tour) with Visix’ Sean Matthews

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In addition to talking about the new gear from Visix at InfoComm, Sean Matthews, Visix’ President, took me on a booth tour! Visix launched paper-white ePaper signs that are batter operated (and color), room signs that can use Android tablets, an augmented reality mapping program that’s super-impressive and a hand-held digital signage player. If you […]

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Our InfoComm Coverage Is BIG-TIME, Includes Over 1650 New Product Videos!

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This year at InfoComm, we shot over 1650 new product videos, recorded over 60 podcasts, we debuted rAVe [TV] with over 40 new TV show (featuring one-on-one interviews with rAVe’s very own Joel Rollins), we took over 300 show floor photos, we live-streamed over 90 times from the show floor using Facebook LIVE and Periscope, […]

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Earthworks Debuts FMLR FlexMic Podium Microphones With LED Light Ring

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Earthworks has expanded its FlexMic Series of podium microphones to include the FMLR models, which feature a single color LED light ring at the top of the microphone. The LED light ring can be programmed via an external media control system to indicate on/off status. The FMLR microphones are available with either a green or […]

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A Locksmith, a Monkey and the Oldest Profession: On Disruption

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While I’m not attending InfoComm in meatspace this year, I’ve managed to flitter in and out of the show via Twitter, Periscope, Snapchat, etc. I’ll talk more about the experience of the trade show from afar, but today I’d like to discuss the keynote speech, a recent visit I made to my locksmith and what […]

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Smart Conference Room Technology from Intel

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Intel claims that new features added to their Unite solution aim to give businesses a cost-effective way to transform existing conference rooms into connected meeting spaces. The combination of select Intel Core vPro processor-powered mini PCs and Intel Unite software now offer video playback and audio support, an improved secure guest access plugin and a […]

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Bose Professional Debuts ShowMatch DeltaQ Array Loudspeakers for Installs

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Bose Professional launched its new ShowMatch DeltaQ array loudspeakers during the InfoComm 2016. Bose says that DeltaQ technology advances line-array loudspeaker design by allowing changes in directivity or “Q” for each module in the array to improve sound quality by better matching total array coverage to audience areas and distance, with improved phase coherency. ShowMatch […]

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Allure and Christie Experiential Advertising Network Launch Data Analytics Solution Powered by Thinaire

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Allure and its Christie Experiential Network (CEN) team, creating engaging experiential Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) solutions, has announced their data driven analytics solution for advertisers powered by Thinaire’s proximity engagement marketing technology platform. Adding the proprietary Thinaire mobile engagement platform will enable CEN’s animated digital posters and experiential displays to serve as launch pads for dynamic […]

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Prysm Adds Enterprise-Wide Collaboration with Microsoft Applications

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To enhance the Prysm Visual Workplace, Prysm today announced an integration with Microsoft OneDrive for Business and Office 365. Using the OneDrive for Business API from Microsoft, Prysm has made it easy for customers to connect Prysm to their existing OneDrive for Business environments to make it a seamless experience for end users to access, […]

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InfoComm 2016 Officially the Largest on Record

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A record 1,000 exhibitors, including 211 new exhibitors, filled the Las Vegas Convention Center June 8-10 for InfoComm 2016, occupying 527,105 net square feet of exhibit and special events space — also a show record. Attendees registered for more than 12,000 seats at InfoComm University sessions throughout the week, more than double the number engaged […]

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Barco’s New Real-Time Analytics Platform for Retail Digital Signage Debuts

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Barco just launched InfiniSense, a real-time data analytics platform that collects, manages and applies real-time data for any place-based advertising endpoint. The intelligent sensors of the InfiniSense platform scan the environment and audience in a display’s direct environment. The anonymized audience data is analyzed in real time by the InfiniSense cloud-based analytics software to provide […]

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Two New Crestron DMPS3-4K Series Models are Designed for Small Rooms

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Crestron has expanded its line of all-in-one DigitaMedia 3-Series Presentation Systems with two new models designed specifically for single-display applications. The three DMSP3-4K models all feature a built-in Crestron 3-Series Control System, analog and digital AV switching, 4K scaler, and direct LAN connectivity with Crestron Fusion software for network management. Designed for small rooms, the […]

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Bose Professional Introduces ControlCenter Zone Controllers

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Bose Professional announces the introduction of its new ControlCenter zone controllers. The ControlCenter series is a set of remote controls for use with Bose FreeSpace amplifiers, PowerShare amplifiers, and ControlSpace processors. The three models are: ControlCenter CC-1, providing volume control; ControlCenter CC-2, offering volume plus A/B source selection; and ControlCenter CC-3, offering volume plus A/B/C/D […]

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Crestron Enters AV over IP Network Market

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At InfoComm, Crestron demo’d it’s new video over 1Gb Ethernet infrastructure product line that allows for AV signal routing without a matrix switcher. The network allows for routing of HD signals and H. 264 sources, such as IP cameras, anywhere on the network, including Crestron touch screens, digital signage displays, remote buildings, and global offices. […]

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Kramer Intros VM-4HDT Is an HDMI to HDBaseT 1×4 DA

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The VM−4HDT is a 1×4 HDMI to HDBT distribution amplifier that takes one HDMI input, equalizes and reclocks the signal and distributes it to four identical HDBT outputs. The VM-4HDT can handle resolutions of up to 4K and features include: Maximum Data Rate — 10.2Gbps (3.4Gbps per graphic channel), supports 4K UHD. HDMI Support — […]

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Sennheiser TeamConnect Makes U.S. Debut at InfoComm

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Sennheiser’s TeamConnect is an end-to-end conferencing solution for medium to large conference rooms. Consisting of the Central Unit CU1, which offers both Ethernet and WiFi connectivity options, a choice of fixed or table-top SpeechLine microphones or the new TeamConnect Ceiling microphone, and active loudspeakers. TeamConnect offers comprehensive support for a wide range of Unified Communications […]

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New Company, Avocor, Is Launched in UK — Takes Aim at both SMART and Microsoft

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SMART Technologies has new competition from a brand called Avocor. I had a chance to see a private demo of this at InfoComm and the best way to describe what their first offering, called the Vividtouch is that it’s a combination Microsoft Surface HUB and SMART interactive touchcreen — but it runs Windows 10. The […]

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Kramer Intros Video Content Overlay Solution at InfoComm 2016 — a Real-Time Digital Signage Network)

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Kramer is introducing what they are calling a Video Content Overlay (VCO) solution at InfoComm. Using modular software and scalable hardware, Kramer VCO can deliver targeted promotional content, visitor information, emergency alerts, and more over HDMI video to multiple displays in multiple locations. Applications include bars, restaurants, cafes, hotels, conference rooms, retail, and digital signage. […]

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Bose Professional Expands the F1 Loudspeaker Family

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Bose Professional has expanded its F1 Flexible Array Loudspeaker product line, to include a new passive full range model and a full suite of mounting brackets. Together with a powered model introduced in 2015, both Bose F1 loudspeaker models are designed for portable and installed applications. The F1 Model 812 Loudspeaker is the first portable […]

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InfoComm Recognizes Dycap Media Solutions With 2016 Innovations Showcase People’s Choice Award

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InfoComm International announced that Dycap Media Solutions won the 2016 Innovations Showcase People’s Choice Award, handed out during InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas. At InfoComm 2016, 18 companies exhibited solutions in the Innovations Showcase June 8-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. First introduced at InfoComm 2015, the Innovations Showcase is an area on the […]

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Crestron Intros Audio Products for Simplifying Audio

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Crestron introduced a set of products they say are aimed at simplify audio in conference rooms, lecture halls, sports and entertainment venues, courtrooms and other spaces. Headlining the new audio technology is the full line of Avia Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) featuring a DSP programming tool, as well as a selection of amplifiers that support […]

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Gefen Debuts New Line of 4K 600 MHz Solutions at InfoComm 2016

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Gefen today introduced its new EXT-UHD600 line of 4K 600 MHz products, featuring three splitters, a 4×1 switcher and a 4×4 matrix. This HDCP 2.2-compliant product and claims to allow for AV distribution at full specification of 4K 60 Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sub-sampling along with HDR (High Dynamic Range) support. HDR delivers greater image […]

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My Tour of the Sony Booth at InfoComm 2016

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Sony’s Product Marketing Manager Sander Phipps took the time to give me a complete tour of their InfoComm 2016 booth. The booth’s Crystal-LED may have garnered the most attention from attendees, but the booth was packed with new short-throw options, a complete all-in-one UCC solution, 4K laser-phosphor projectors and BRAVIA displays that include built-in digital […]

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My Two InfoComm 2016 Video Interviews with dnp

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I had a chance to shoot two videos at dnp’s booth at InfoComm 2016 — one with dnp’s Johnny Jensen, Senior Product Manager, and the other with their Senior Sales Consultant, Sally Bermudez. They demo’d a new retractable short-throw packaged solution for their LaserPanel solutions that include a laserPanel screen, a show-throw projector, all the […]

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