Gary’s Rants & rAVes

Listen to Gary Kayye’s exclusive podcast – Rants & rAVes. Every episode, Gary talks with some of the biggest names in the AV industry and covers all the latest trends. Tune in, #AVTweeps!

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1253: Did You Know That Panasonic Has a Complete UCC Ecosystem of Products?

Panasonic Connect’s director of ProAV Solutions & connected ecosystems, Petro Shimonishi, joins me on my latest episode of Rants & rAVes to take an in-depth look at its new UCC ecosystem, including mic arrays, auto- and AI-tracking PTZ cameras, DSPs, wireless presenting, facial recognition and new displays designed for UCC applications. In fact, the company […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1253: Did You Know That Panasonic Has a Complete UCC Ecosystem of Products?

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1252: TD SYNNEX Is Laser Focused on Helping Integrators With Future Tech — Including AR, VR and AI

Advances like AI, AR/VR headsets and a rapid transformation of hybrid workplaces are putting TD SYNNEX at the very center of the IT ecosystem as the company delivers end-to-end solutions from edge to data centers to the cloud. Lisa McGarvey, vice president, solutions, verticals, and alliances at TD SYNNEX, discusses ways the company is capitalizing […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1252: TD SYNNEX Is Laser Focused on Helping Integrators With Future Tech — Including AR, VR and AI

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1251: It’s Time to Convert Clients from CapEx to OpEx and TD SYNNEX Wants to Help

My latest Rants & rAVes episode features TD SYNNEX senior vice president, TJ Trojan, to talk not only about his InfoComm 2023 impressions but also about the trend toward AVaaS and how integrators can benefit from converting clients from CapEx to OpEx. This is a great one-on-one discussion between 20+-year friends and you get to […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1251: It’s Time to Convert Clients from CapEx to OpEx and TD SYNNEX Wants to Help

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1250: Want to Know the Difference Between the Shure MXA902 and the MXA920? Watch This!

Today’s Rants & rAVes features Shure’s MXA product manager, Evan Groom, who does a great job detailing the features of the new MXA902 as well as explaining when to use the MXA902 versus the MXA920 Ceiling Array Microphones. Both will be on display at booth #3842 at InfoComm 2023 — but you should definitely watch […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1250: Want to Know the Difference Between the Shure MXA902 and the MXA920? Watch This!

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1249: You’re Using Barco’s ClickShare; Why Not Use XMS Cloud Too?

Barco’s ClickShare has become a ubiquitous UCC product — having won yet another rAVe Reader’s Choice Award, but did you know that Barco has an entire IT-based management platform for ClickShare that’s entirely cloud-based? Dubbed XMS Cloud, the company just improved it with a new update, and it’s designed to give IT professionals device control, […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1249: You’re Using Barco’s ClickShare; Why Not Use XMS Cloud Too?

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1248: Canon Will Focus on Live, Corporate Production Applications of Its Cameras at InfoComm 2023

The latest episode of Rants & rAVes features Canon’s Len Musmeci, a pro market strategy advisor, to talk about what the company will show in booth #2543 at InfoComm 2023. Canon has decided to focus on streaming and live production solutions for IC23 and will take the opportunity to demo its new AI- and gesture-based […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1248: Canon Will Focus on Live, Corporate Production Applications of Its Cameras at InfoComm 2023

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1247: Sony Will Show Virtual Production at InfoComm 2023, Along with 16 New BRAVIA Displays and Much More

My next pre-InfoComm-2023 videocast features Sony’s director of B2B sales and marketing, Mark Bonofacio, who details everything you can expect in its booth next week. In addition to 16 new BRAVIA displays — in three new product lines — Sony has decided to focus its in-booth virtual (XR) production set on corporate and live event […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1247: Sony Will Show Virtual Production at InfoComm 2023, Along with 16 New BRAVIA Displays and Much More

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1246: SpinetiX Wants to Help AV Integrators Make Recurring Revenue on Digital Signage — Here’s How

My next pre-InfoComm-2023 videocast features SpinetiX CEO, Francesco Ziliani, to talk how moving clients from a CapEx to OpEx model when investing in an AV or digital signage system. Primarily, says Ziliani, is the relationship value you get from providing AVaaS. Also, it gives you the ability to add on features later, too — Ziliani […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1246: SpinetiX Wants to Help AV Integrators Make Recurring Revenue on Digital Signage — Here’s How

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1245: Here’s a Live Demo of What Audio-Technica is Showing at InfoComm 2023; If You’re in UCC, You’ll love This!

My latest pre-InfoComm-2023 videocast features Audio-Technica’s Mark Donovan, applications engineering manager. To do a real-time, live demo of both products being highlighted in booth #3554 at InfoComm 2023. First, you see and hear the Audio-Technica Engineered Sound Wireless system including Mark switching between each of the four transmitters (mics) in real-time. Then, Mark switches to […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1245: Here’s a Live Demo of What Audio-Technica is Showing at InfoComm 2023; If You’re in UCC, You’ll love This!

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1244: CrimsonAV Will Focus on QSR Kiosks, LED Mounting Solutions and Personalized Service at InfoComm 2023

On my latest pre-InfoComm-2023 videocast, CrimsonAV’s Will Bear, vice president of sales and marketing, joins me. Bear first details the company’s strategy and differentiation in the mounting business. We also talk about how CrimsonAV will be in booth 1674 at InfoComm, and will demo new QSR mounting and kiosk solutions — indoor and outdoor — […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1244: CrimsonAV Will Focus on QSR Kiosks, LED Mounting Solutions and Personalized Service at InfoComm 2023

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1243: PPDS (aka: Philips) Will Focus on People, Products and Performance at InfoComm 2023

Today’s pre-InfoComm-2023 videocast features PPDS‘ (aka: Philips Digital Signage) commercial vice president of North America, Nick Begleries, and Jack Boyczuk, global business manager. PPDS is on a roll after hiring some well-known talent from some other display brands — the company also recently introduced some unique products to the ProAV market, including the Tableaux (a […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1243: PPDS (aka: Philips) Will Focus on People, Products and Performance at InfoComm 2023

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1242: Here’s What Planar Has Planned for InfoComm 2023

My latest Rants & rAVes episode features Planar’s vice president of product marketing, Steve Seminario, and he detailed the four highlights of its booth (#2243) at InfoComm 2023. It’s all about LED, mostly, and an all-new series, debuting at IC23, dubbed the Planar DirectLight Pro Series. But, we’ll also see outdoor LEDs, ultra-fine-pitch 0.6mm LEDs, […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1242: Here’s What Planar Has Planned for InfoComm 2023

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1241: Lenovo Will Use InfoComm 2023 to Detail Its UCC Strategy Starting With the New ThinkSmart View Plus

On my latest pre-InfoComm-2023 videocast, I invited Lenovo’s director of portfolio product management within Smart Collaboration, Chris Mantin, to talk UCC. Lenovo has a complete family of solutions, including the new all-in-one ThinkSmart View Plus, aimed at huddle spaces, at-home and hot-desking applications; the ThinkSmart Core Kit, an all-in-one meeting room kit inclusive of compute, […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1241: Lenovo Will Use InfoComm 2023 to Detail Its UCC Strategy Starting With the New ThinkSmart View Plus

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1239: Here Are 2 Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss at InfoComm 2023

Two #GALSNGEAR joined me on this pre-InfoComm-2023 videocast today, Amy DeLouise, creative director at DeLouise Enterprises and founder of #GALSNGEAR and Danilda Martinez, director of programs & outreach, #GALSNGEAR. What’s #GALSNGEAR — well, watch this and you’ll not only learn all about the group but how to help, too. Both of them are leading educational […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1239: Here Are 2 Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss at InfoComm 2023

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1238: Here’s Everything Sharp NEC Display Solutions Has Planned for InfoComm 2023

Sharp NEC Display Solutions of America‘s own president and CEO, Todd Bouman, and its senior vice president of marketing, Jennifer Cheh, join my latest Rants & rAVes episode to detail what we can expect in booth 1201 at InfoComm 2023. Show attendees can expect new LEDs (including a 21:9 as well as one with interactive […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1238: Here’s Everything Sharp NEC Display Solutions Has Planned for InfoComm 2023

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1237: Mago Is a New UCC Company You NEED to See at InfoComm 2023

I was joined by Mago’s CTO, Cristiano Fumagalli, on this pre-InfoComm-2023 videocast to talk about how the Mago platform and ecosystem can simplify UCC applications. Imagine having the exact same control and interface design in every single room in your company or across your campus, no matter the brand of collaboration board you used, no […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1237: Mago Is a New UCC Company You NEED to See at InfoComm 2023

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1236: XTEN-AV Integrates Modus-VR-Like Feature Into Its Platform With New X-VRSE

On today’s pre-InfoComm videocast, Vibhav Singh and Sahil Dhingra, co-founders of XTEN-AV, tell me all about the cloud/AI-based system design and proposal platform. But, the two are heading to InfoComm 2023, having integrated desktop-based and headset-based VR design into the XTEN-AV platform, too. On this videocast, they actually do a live demo of the functionality, […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1236: XTEN-AV Integrates Modus-VR-Like Feature Into Its Platform With New X-VRSE

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1235: The Emerging Trends Track Is Back at InfoComm 2023 — Here’s What You Can Expect

I was joined by Pete Coman, the chief technology officer at PTS Consulting, to talk about the half-day (Tuesday, June 13) “Emerging Trends” program at InfoComm 2023 and why you should attend. This has always been a popular session at the show, and the format has changed to a live fireside-style chat session with a […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1235: The Emerging Trends Track Is Back at InfoComm 2023 — Here’s What You Can Expect

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1234: XYTE and Intel Partner to Bring AVaaS to InfoComm 2023

You’ve probably heard of XYTE, but you may not understand who the company is or what it does. Well, 50+ manufacturers do, as they are using XYTE to help turn hardware into software and services as we move toward the future of AV being Hardware-as-a-Service. Intel will support this movement with a family of NUC […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1234: XYTE and Intel Partner to Bring AVaaS to InfoComm 2023

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1233: Matrox Video Heads to InfoComm 2023 With New LUMA Series, IPMX-Based ConvertIP Series

Matrox Video’s director of sales, Americas, Ron Rundell, joins me on my videocast today. Matrox will be at InfoComm 2023 in booth #2917 with the new LUMA Series of graphics cards capable of driving two 8K resolution displays (and will celebrate the launch at InfoComm with a reception). The ConvertIP IPMX-based AV-over-IP lineup has also […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1233: Matrox Video Heads to InfoComm 2023 With New LUMA Series, IPMX-Based ConvertIP Series

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1232: Here Are 2 Conferencing and Collaboration Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss at InfoComm 2023

I invited Craig Durr, senior analyst, Wainhouse Research, as my guest on this Rants & rAVes episode to talk about two sessions he is leading at InfoComm 2023 for AVIXA. Watch this videocast; Craig does a marvelous job of positioning these so those of you in the UCC market will know which one to attend. […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1232: Here Are 2 Conferencing and Collaboration Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss at InfoComm 2023

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1231: Logitech Will Take 3 New Products to InfoComm; Here Is What You Need to Know

On my latest pre-InfoComm-2023 Rants & rAVes episode, Logitech’s VP and GM of B2B, Scott Wharton, joins to talk about Rally Bar Huddle, the company’s new huddle-space collaboration solution; Logi Dock Flex, its new desk-booking and management solution; and Logitech’s free desk-booking service — yes, free. Watch this to understand why you need to go […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1231: Logitech Will Take 3 New Products to InfoComm; Here Is What You Need to Know

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1230: Legrand AV and AVIXA Will Offer an Entry-Level Digital Signage Class at InfoComm 2023!

On my latest videocast, Michelle Montazeri, manager of digital signage at Legrand AV, joins to talk about her “Digital Signage: Where Do I Start?” class at InfoComm 2023 on Wednesday, June 14 at 8 a.m. EDT. Digital Signage is one of the fastest-growing segments of AV, and this session will help a beginner integrator or […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1230: Legrand AV and AVIXA Will Offer an Entry-Level Digital Signage Class at InfoComm 2023!

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1229: How AV Integrators Can Leverage Public Sector Funds to Drive Projects

TD SYNNEX’s Eddie Franklin, senior vice president of sales / public sector, joined me on today’s videocast to talk all about his public sector team. There are all kids of opportunities that most AV integrators are likely not familiar with, as Eddie mentions, so watching this videocast could yield you giant returns! Take a look! […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1229: How AV Integrators Can Leverage Public Sector Funds to Drive Projects

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1228: Here’s What Epson Has Planned for InfoComm 2023

In my latest videocast, Epson’s senior product manager, Ramzi Shakra, joined me to discuss what the company has planned for InfoComm 2023 in booth 3428. For the last decade, Epson has always had an impressive projection-mapping show at the entrance of its booth, and this year’s demo will not disappoint. In addition, we’ll see some […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1228: Here’s What Epson Has Planned for InfoComm 2023

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1227: Christie Digital Will Debut New Native 4K Projector, 0.75mm & 1.0mm MicroTiles LEDs at IC23

Christie Digital will use InfoComm 2023 for the North American debut of an all-new native 4K, 1-chip DLP projector, dubbed the 4K22-HS, at InfoComm 2023 in booth 1623. In addition, you’ll get to see new 0.75mm and 1.0mm MicroTiles LED and an experiential-based booth all driven by its own SDVoE-based AV-over-IP platform, Terra. Gary was […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1227: Christie Digital Will Debut New Native 4K Projector, 0.75mm & 1.0mm MicroTiles LEDs at IC23

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1226: Computer Comforts Heads to IC23 With a New Line of Higher-Ed-Focused Lecterns for Active Learning Spaces

The founder of Computer Comforts, Frank Kolavo, brought the new Configure-IT Lectern to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to demo it live ahead of its presence at the upcoming InfoComm 2023 show next month. Computer Comforts will be in booth #4480 and will be debuting the new lectern designed with help from the University of North […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1226: Computer Comforts Heads to IC23 With a New Line of Higher-Ed-Focused Lecterns for Active Learning Spaces

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1225: Axis Communications Plans to Sign Up AV Integrators at InfoComm 2023

Axis Communications’ Chris Wildfoerster joined me on my latest pre-InfoComm-2023 videocast to talk about his strategy to sign up AV integrators to sell its physical security portfolio and its distributed audio lineup. (Axis has a full line of distributed audio products for AV installs — and it’s all IP-based!) The company will be in booth […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1225: Axis Communications Plans to Sign Up AV Integrators at InfoComm 2023

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1224: Samsung Will Show the New WAC Interactive Display Series at InfoComm. Here’s Why This Matters

Last month, Samsung quietly launched a new WAC series of interactive displays — aimed primarily at K-12 but can be used in all sorts of other applications. Why? Well, it not only includes embedded Android OS on board but also simple USB-C connectivity. The new WAC series will be available in 65-, 75- and 86-inch […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1224: Samsung Will Show the New WAC Interactive Display Series at InfoComm. Here’s Why This Matters

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1223: Here’s How You Can Learn All About Audio at IC23 — and Get a Show Floor Tour, Too!

AmpThink’s senior design engineer, Rebecca Sullins, joined me on another pre-InfoComm-2023 videocast to talk about her two audio-focused educational sessions at IC23 and her exclusive audio-based show floor tour! AV starts with audio and Rebecca’s integration and live system design background make her uniquely positioned to deliver both “Designing Audio Systems with High Intelligibility” and […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1223: Here’s How You Can Learn All About Audio at IC23 — and Get a Show Floor Tour, Too!

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1222: Datavideo Will Wow With Its New iCast Mini at InfoComm 2023. Here’s Why!

Datavideo Managing Director Craig Moffat joined me on another pre-InfoComm-2023 videocast — this time with a live demo! Not only will this company debut a two-input 4K iCast Mini production-style switcher at IC23, but it’ll already be shipping, too! This product will be huge in both in-house video broadcast applications as well as higher-ed classrooms […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1222: Datavideo Will Wow With Its New iCast Mini at InfoComm 2023. Here’s Why!

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1221: If You Are In Higher Ed, InfoComm Has 3 Must-Attend EDU Sessions for You

Dr. Jodie Penrod, the CIO at Marshall University, joined me for my latest pre-InfoComm-2023 videocast to talk about her three higher-ed-focused sessions at the show next month: “Using Classroom Technology Design to Create an Equitable Hybrid Learning Experience,” “Broadcasting for Educational Environments” and “Trend Forecast: Learning Spaces.” What are these sessions about, and why should […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1221: If You Are In Higher Ed, InfoComm Has 3 Must-Attend EDU Sessions for You