The BEST of InfoComm 2019 Awards

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Welcome to the 2019 Best of InfoComm Awards! Unlike ANY other awards program at InfoComm, manufacturers can’t pay to enter — in fact, they can’t even nominate their own products. We are NOT pay-for-play. What do we mean? Well, EVERY OTHER product award program in and around InfoComm are what are known as pay-for-play. Pay-for-play […]

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The Themes of InfoComm 2019

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Over the years I’ve been in this industry (this was my 33rd InfoComm — 34th annual show with InfoComm/AVIXA though as my first, back in 1987, the show was called COMTEC — before the name was changed to InfoComm in 1988), the show has evolved from a technology-based show to a product-based show and, more […]

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Gary Kayye’s Favorite InfoComm Booth Tours — and His LinkedIn LIVE Show Floor Tour, Too!

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE doing booth tours at trade shows. And, I try to do as many of them as possible at trade shows. I enjoy understanding the design and “flow” of the booth — and, a lot of manufacturers are now theming booths pretty creatively. But, MOST OF ALL, I love seeing all the […]

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The Ultimate InfoComm 2019 Wrap-Up Video – Three Days of Awesomeness & Music

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Every year, we produce a video-story that shows the spectacle that is the InfoComm event. Our InfoComm wrap-up video has become one of the most popular things we do each year and, in the lead-up to today’s release, we teased it via social media and the teaser-videos alone garnered over 6,200 views. Again, that’s just […]

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The Secret Behind the LG Booth Tour at InfoComm 2019

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By the time I returned to my office after being at InfoComm all last week, I had a dozen or more emails or messages from people asking how we pulled-off the LG Booth tour. I was perplexed. How do I respond? With a camera and a mic? Ah, but I had misunderstood the question! LG, […]

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InfoComm 2019 Shuts Up Orlando Haters By Setting an All-Time Attendance Record, Again

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From Friday’s AVIXA Foundation Career Day, welcoming students to the show, to the more than 40 percent of registered attendees under the age of 40, InfoComm 2019, June 8-14 in Orlando, continued to draw the next generation of audiovisual professionals, as well as a broad cross-section of engaged AV customers from higher education, hospitality, retail […]

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DuPont Enters ProAV Market with Very Cool Conference Table

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DuPont Electronics & Imaging announced today launched something they are calling the “Smart Conference Table,” a complete communications solution for collaborative spaces. The Smart Conference Table includes a built-in IP-based control system that can control lighting, room shades and audio levels as well as input switching and call routing. The table can include any combination […]

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Intel Unite Solution Showcases Jabra PanaCast People Detection and Counting Technology at InfoComm 2019

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At InfoComm 2019, Intel Unite demonstrated the advanced room and resource management capabilities of the Jabra PanaCast People Detection & Counting (PDC) Technology that is integrated into all PanaCast devices and made available to Intel Unite solution users via a PanaCast plugin. The PDC technology is also available as an API for 3rd party Intel […]

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LG Business Solutions Becomes Third Company with a MicroLED Display, Adds Curved 130″ and Color Transparent LED Film

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LG Business Solutions unveild its MicroLED display technology in the United States for the first time at InfoComm 2019 in Orlando, Fla. At the show, LG also introduced new curved LED and 130-inch LED screens and demonstrating its transparent color LED film technology. LG MicroLED technology relies on arrays of microscopic LEDs that form individual […]

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Lifesize Debuts Lifesize Go Aimed at Zoom

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Lifesize today announced Lifesize Go, a free video conferencing service that allows people to meet face-to-face, share content and collaborate across teams. Aimed at Zoom and built to work across used browsers and operating systems, Lifesize Go delivers a mobile-first group video conferencing experience for up to eight participants with no downloads, subscription requirements or […]

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Epson Debuts New BrightLink Interactive Ultra Short-Throw Projectors at InfoComm 2019

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Epson today introduced the BrightLink 1485Fi and the BrightLink 1480Fi ultra short-throw interactive laser displays — the ultimate productivity and collaboration tool for classrooms and meeting rooms. Leveraging a virtually maintenance-free laser light source, these ultra short-throw, 1080p Full HD2 laser displays offer new 16:6 widescreen display options for turning virtually any flat surface into an instant, […]

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Is The Best New Product at InfoComm 2019 Actually a SaaS Service?

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Liberty AV just had a bag of money fall out of the sky and hit them in the head by being gifted the U.S. distribution rights for a start-up company called Teleportivity, which is launching a product using the same name here at InfoComm 2019. You’ll want to see this product as it’s an actual […]

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Intel Unite Adds Cloud Option to Unite Collaboration Solution 

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Intel Corporation launched the Intel Unite Cloud Service today, which enables choice in deployment and management of Intel Unite solution for organizations of all sizes, from large enterprise to small businesses. Customers now have the ability to choose whether to host Intel Unite solution on premise or in the cloud to modernize their collaboration environment. Thus, Intel now offers the […]

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Semtech Just Did a Mic-Drop on HDBaseT

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Semtech Corporation today announced its new AVX chipset series — basically, think HDBaseT or, we guess, what everyone wishes HDBaseT was — a consistent and standard “send” and “receive” platform where all the participants worked together. Semtech, with AVX, simultaneously transmits uncompressed-quality 4K-video, multi-channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, USB and other control signals over CatX or […]

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This Is Why You Can’t Trust Most AV Awards (Except Those From InAVate and rAVe)

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It’s called “pay-for-play” and it’s simply unethical — and even illegal in some industries. But in the 70+ year-old AV industry, it’s business as usual. Most of our industry’s awards are not real awards. Sure, manufacturers promote winning them as if they are. And, the magazines that dole them out pretend like they are, too. […]

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ScreenBeam to Enter ProAV Market With New Wireless Sharing Product

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Actiontec is using InfoComm to launch its ScreenBeam division into the ProAV market, which includes a new 4K wireless display platform that uses Miracast and a dual-network infrastructure connectivity for wireless (BYOD) collaboration. Dubbed the ScreenBeam 1100, it allows for guest and enterprise networks simultaneously, with guest Internet connectivity for collaboration alongside employee access. Employee […]

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Here Are the Winners of the 2019 rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards!

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  We are excited to announce the winners of our 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. Our awards are different than ANY other industry awards and the stats speak for themselves: We had over 88,000 votes for the final awards! The nominations for the awards came SOLELY from you — the AV community. We have a system […]

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Don’t Bring Me Gadgets… Bring Me Data!

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By and large, our industry has four players… we have manufacturers, we have dealers/integrators and consultants (let’s be honest though, they are really two sides of a coin) and then we have the end user.Twenty years ago, a user would come to a consultant or a dealer and say… “I need a room built out!” […]

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Catch DSF Board Member Laura Davis-Taylor at InfoComm 2019

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We are excited to announce that DSF board member, co-founder of HighStreet Collective Retail and digital signage guru Laura-Davis Taylor will be continuing the popular #DSFLive interview series with rAVe [PUBS] at InfoComm 2019. Laura will walk the show floor to conduct interviews with exhibitors that have interesting and innovative digital signage products and solutions […]

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Black Box Enters the 10G AV-over-IP Market with MCX Using SDVoE

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Black Box today announced the release of its new MCX, a 10G AV-over-IP system. Using what they say is a unique “enterprise level with use of the 10G SDVoE” platform, the MCX includes nine products — four decoders and five encoders that either handle copper, fiber or both. Some of the models add Dante Audio […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 853: Intel Unite 4 Will Not Be All That Intel Shows at InfoComm

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Global Director of Sales for Intel Unite, Thomas Loza used today’s podcast to tease a new product launch at InfoComm 2019 in booth 3300. The Unite lets you create and manage a secure content sharing and collaboration platform for your organization. Wirelessly connect displays, employees, and mixed technology environments so your team can share and collaborate seamlessly, wherever they are. […]

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My Friend (and Projection Shootout Partner) Steve Somers Named AVIXA 2019 Distinguished Achievement Winner

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Extron and AVIXA jointly announced that Steve Somers, recently retired vice president of engineering from Extron, the winner of the 2019 Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award. Each year the trade association representing the commercial AV industry worldwide recognizes outstanding AV professionals for their contributions, leadership and commitment to excellence. The Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 850: XTEN-AV is About to Make D-Tools Obsolete

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We are not kidding with that headline. D-Tools will not survive the capabilities of XTEN-AV — nor can they compete with their pricing model. Don’t believe me, watch this demo and you tell me what D-Tools does that this doesn’t do? And, then, compare what you’re paying for D-Tools to what you’d pay for this — […]

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InfoComm 2019: A Schedule for Tech Managers

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It’s hard to believe that another InfoComm is right around the corner. As I sit down to write this, we’re under thirty days from the start of the first classes. Up here in Maine, where it’s still winter, we are longing for that humid, warm air. For tech managers, InfoComm can be an overwhelming experience. […]

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Together or Not at All, Part 2

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In a previous column, “Signal to Noise,” I discussed the ever-increasing amount of marketing communications besieging our end-users/customers. And while that trend in and of itself has a multifaceted impact on the industry, there is an underlying issue that has a much, much, much larger potential impact and is truly the dark side of the […]

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Nominations for the 8th Annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards are OPEN!

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It’s that time of year again! We are now accepting nominations for the 8th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards 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 didn’t know every year at InfoComm we give out our annual rAVe Readers’ […]

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InFocus Is Getting Out of the Projector and Display Business (Updated)

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The industry’s first portable “projector” manufacturer, InFocus, is getting out of the display and projector businesses overall. The company apparently held an all-company meeting at 12:30 p.m. today to inform their teams that they were ceasing display operations. Telling their teams they were “looking at new strategies,” they started to layoff the majority of the […]

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Zoom Debuts Zoom Phone – Attacking Slack and Microsoft Teams in the Process

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Simply put, Zoom Phone includes business phone system features that enable employees to talk anytime, anywhere. Conceptually, this isn’t new, but this is Zoom – the company that literally disrupted and took over the majority of the video conferencing market in less than four years of existence. So, don’t just blow this off as another […]

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A DOOH Best Practices Document Finally Exists – rAVe is Proud to Have Helped!

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A comprehensive compilation of best practices for digital out of home (DOOH) media has been published by five leading industry trade groups. DOOH Best Practices is a collaborative joint venture between the Digital Place Based Advertising Association (DPAA), Digital Signage Federation (DSF), Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), Geopath and Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA). Half of the project funding was provided […]

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InfoComm 2019 to Explore Pro AV in Hospitality and Retail; Registration Opens

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InfoComm 2019, the largest ProAV show in North America, will explore the fast-growing markets for audiovisual solutions in hospitality and retail, June 8-14 in Orlando, Fla. The show will host more than 30 education sessions focused on the ways that companies in hospitality and retail and the AV solution providers that serve them are using […]

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