We Just Shot 1,550+ Videos (and Posted 200+ New Product Articles and Recorded 75+ Podcasts) at InfoComm 2018

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The 2018 version of InfoComm came to a close last week, but our coverage will live forever — on our dedicated InfoComm 2018 Microsite! We shot 1,550+ new product videos, took 2,000+ photos on the show floor, recorded more than 75 podcasts and wrote up 200 or so news stories covering the show. Check it […]

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The BEST of InfoComm 2018 Awards

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Unlike EVERY other InfoComm awards program, we don’t let companies enter themselves AND we don’t take money to apply for awards. EVERY other InfoComm awards program is pay-for-play and are NOT to be believed. They aren’t real. They are, in fact, #FakeAwards Now, I am not saying rAVe’s Best of InfoComm 2018 Awards are perfect, […]

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InfoComm 2018 Recap, Part the Second: Words by Which to Live

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With the new branding, AVIXA appears to have picked up a new motto, one which many of us have seen on the various promotional items for sale in the AVIXA store at InfoComm: “Together, we can change the way people experience the world.” Those who know me I believe in language, and believe in having […]

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InfoComm 2018 Sets New Records for Size, Attendance in Las Vegas

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The Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association lowered the curtain on its first InfoComm show in North America as AVIXA. The event kicked off with a record-setting TIDE conference and concluded with a trade show exhibition that attracted nearly 43,000 registered attendees, 10 percent more than the last time InfoComm was held in Las Vegas, in […]

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The TIDE Conference and Learning how to Think

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Another InfoComm is now behind us. As we return to our everyday lives, we should look back and reflect on what we learned and experienced over the past week. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, this is a chance to share some of the lessons I found across the country in Las […]

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New #AVChallenge: Programmers, Get Your CTS-D

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I just finished up teaching CTS prep for Avixa during the three-day classes before the InfoComm show. Not only was this a fun and a rewarding experience… I also came away with a new challenge. Several of my fellow instructors encouraged me to step up my certification game and get both my CTS-D and my […]

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Sony’s InfoComm Video Wall Is So Good It Got Joel Rollins to Stop Talking (By Taking His Breath Away)

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Editor’s note: Joel didn’t write the title of this column. I have always laughed at marketing “buzz terms” as used in our industry. In fact, I once devoted an entire column to them (Buzzards in the AV Industry, July 2010). Except today, I am going to use one myself: Breathtaking. It is simply the only term […]

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Gary Kayye Delivers Opening Keynote at UBTech, Talks About Designing His Perfect Classroom

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rAVe Founder Gary Kayye opened up the 2018 UBTech Conference to a full house of about 800 in the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas yesterday. UBTech is an annual technology conference aimed at higher education leaders. Gary’s message was all about the journey that led him to design what he hopes is the perfect collaborative […]

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The AV Experience

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“Experience” has been the big word in the industry as of late, even beyond the big change in our trade organization’s name to “Avixa” — the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association. Is this a buzzword, or should this represent a change in the way we design, and even how we think? It shouldn’t, because user […]

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rAVe 2018 Readers’ Choice Award Winners Announced

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We are excited to announce the winners of our 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. Our awards are different than ANY other industry awards and the stats speak for themselves: We had over 92,000 voters for the final awards! The nominations for the awards came SOLELY from you – the AV community. We have a system that […]

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Design Thinking: How Does it Relate to AV?

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Any good MBA student from the last decade can tell you about design thinking. It seemed to be one of the buzzwords of the business world for several years. But more than just in engineering and product design, it has started to leak into all areas of business. It can help determine strategy, it can […]

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InfoComm: A Wild Kingdom

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When I was a kid, “family television” meant television to be watched by the family, and not television about families rehearsing for their court date or climbing over each other’s bodies to get to the throne. No, “family television” meant “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” hosted by noted zoologist Marlin Perkins. Each week, the show […]

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Barco Adds Option to Integrate Overture Into ClickShare

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Just two days following one of my most popular blogs, Barco’s Overture Dilemma, Barco announced exactly what I suggested inside the blog — they’ve integrated Overture into ClickShare! In a blog post from ClickShare Product Manager Steven Lampshear, shrouded as an educational piece about how ClickShare can make meetings simpler, near the bottom, is a section […]

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InfoComm Comes (or Goes) Home

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AVIXA is going out of its way to say that its new Integrated Life @ InfoComm isn’t competitive to the industry’s defacto HomeAV show, CEDIA. But, I call bulls*t. First, look at this. That’s basically the what’s new at InfoComm page — letting everyone know what all the new things AVIXA added to the industry’s top […]

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Microsoft Fixes Surface Hub and Sets New Bar with the New Surface Hub 2 Collaboration Board

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Taking a page from the Samsung playbook, Microsoft’s new Surface Hub 2 is thinner, lighter and now being primarily promoted to be used like a digital flip-chart — in addition to being marketed as a “traditional” Collaboration Board for Huddle Spaces and meeting rooms. Microsoft says the Surface Hub 2 was designed from the ground up to be […]

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AVIXA Announces 2018 Award Winners, to Be Honored at InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas

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AVIXA has announced the 2018 recipients of its annual awards. Honorees will be recognized in a ceremony on InfoComm 2018’s Center Stage at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Wed., June 6, at 4 p.m. Each year, AVIXA recognizes outstanding AV professionals for their contributions, leadership, and commitment to excellence. In 2018, the AVIXA Awards Committee […]

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Adamson Launches New Point Source Models from IS-Series

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Adamson Systems Engineering has officially launched the IS7p and IS10p, a new pair of point source additions to its heralded IS-Series of install-focused loudspeaker products. The IS7p and IS10p join the IS7 and IS10 two-way, full-range line array cabinets and IS118 and IS119 subwoofers in the IS-Series, which packs Adamson’s sophisticated tour-grade technology into a sleek package with rugged […]

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Location-Based Virtual Reality Market to Reach $809 Million

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News reports of experiential location-based virtual reality (LBVR) in shopping arcades, theme parks and movie theatres are taking the global press by storm. Companies including FoxNext, Zero Latency and Disney’s ILMxLab with Star Wars are demonstrating that LBVR is a viable business for investment, which is clearly enticing mainstream consumers to satisfy their VR curiosity. This is demonstrated by […]

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Draper Launches Ambient Light Rejecting Surface for Ultra-Short Throw Projectors

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Draper has announced TecVision XH800X UST ALR and CS1000X ALR, the latest additions to their TecVision line of ISF-certified, 8K-ready viewing surfaces. The TecVision XH800X UST ALR will debut at InfoComm 2018. TecVision XH800X UST ALR is a premium ambient light rejecting surface formulated for use with Ultra-Short Throw (UST) and short throw projectors in moderate to high […]

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Voting is OPEN for the 7th Annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards

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Vote NOW for the 7th Annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards The nominations are in and now you can go vote for the 7th Annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards! You nominated them and now it’s time for you to vote for the best of the best. Check out the list of the top companies and products […]

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Calling All Entrepreneurs and Start-ups: Come Show Your Stuff at IC18

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A few years back the InfoComm Trade show decided to nourish its own by opening the Innovation Showcase — it quickly became a star attraction in the InfoComm crown. What’s not to like? There are big prizes, creativity oozing out of every crack, Soon to be famous entrepreneurs (there are rumors Elon Musk considered showing, […]

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InfoComm 2018’s Center Stage Speaker Lineup Is Published

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InfoComm 2018 will bring back Center Stage to the trade show floor, June 6-8 in Las Vegas. The Center Stage sessions will explore how to increase audience engagement through personalized and immersive experiences by way of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), wearable technology, human-centered user interfaces and more. Leading thinkers and practitioners from the fields of […]

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The 2018 rAVe Readers’ Choice Award Nominations Are Now OPEN!

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It’s that time of year again! Our Readers’ Choice Awards are open for nominations now and we need you (our readers) to tell us who you think the best of the best is in the AV industry. In case you haven’t heard every year at InfoComm we give out our annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards […]

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Wireless Presentation Solutions Market to See 16 Percent CAGR

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The Wireless Presentation Solutions Global Market Report reveals that sales of WPS, which is a segment of the rapidly evolving meeting and classroom collaboration market, grew 35 percent from 2016 to 2017, accounting for over $480 million in revenues, with further growth forecast in the short to medium term. “The opportunities available in this space are vast,” […]

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Campus Technology Conference to Merge with UBTech Conference; rAVe Founder Invited to Deliver 2018 Welcome Address

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Professional Media Group, producer of the annual UBTech higher education technology conference, which will take place June 4-6, 2018 at the Mirage, Las Vegas, today announced an agreement to substantially grow the event’s size and influence through the incorporation of the Campus Technology Conference. The merger of these two conferences under the UBTech banner benefits higher education leaders and technology solution providers […]

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AVIXA Announces Agenda for Integrated Life Program at InfoComm 2018

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AVIXA has announced the agenda for its new Integrated Life program at InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas. Taking place June 5 at the Westgate Las Vegas, this one-day thought-leadership event will feature interactive panel discussions and presentations focused on the crossover opportunities between the commercial and residential audiovisual markets. The program sessions will cover topics […]

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What Keeps an AV Professional Awake at Night

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I still remember my first concerns about user engagement with the technology we provide. It was over a decade ago; we were fitting out four conference rooms per floor over about a dozen floors. Video teleconferencing in two, local presentation in the other. Pack up, head for the elevator, repeat. It was one of my […]

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