Gaming Accessories Market Growth Aided by a Growing End-User Group: At-Home Workers

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By Maxym Dmytriyev Futuresource Consulting According to Futuresource Consulting’s latest Gaming Headset Market H2 2021 report, the overall gaming accessories market is expected to grow 10% year-on-year in 2021, despite a deceleration in volume and value growth compared to 2020. Onset by the continuous efforts in combating COVID-19’s spread, work-from-home trends have supported market growth, […]

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Say HaLow: There’s A Tougher Wi-Fi with Less Power, More Range

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Wi-Fi has been the dread of most professional installers who would usually rather lose a finger than predicate any of their solutions on wireless. If Wi-Fi 6 from CES 2022 doesn’t convince the wire-pullers, then Wi-Fi Alliance has another runner to put in the race. Kiss weak Wi-Fi goodbye and say hello to HaLow from […]

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ISE Show Postponed to May 2022

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Due to the rise of COVID-19 and variant cases, and in an effort to promote safety amongst all attendees, Integrated Systems Europe announced ISE, scheduled for Feb. 1-4, 2022, has been postponed and is now rescheduled for May 10-13, 2022. The exhibition will remain in Barcelona and take place at the FIRA Barcelona, Gran Vía. […]

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B2B Flat Panel Volume Achieves Largest Quarter on Record, Front Projection Sees Revenues Rise

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By Matthew Rubin and Victoria Tselykh Futuresource Consulting B2B flat panel and front projection markets are on divergent trajectories, according to a series of new reports from Futuresource Consulting. While global flat panel market volumes increased by 3.1% year-on-year in Q3 2021, front projection fell by 13.2%. Yet market value figures tell the reverse story, […]

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Martin Audio Adds New UK Patent for XE Stage Monitor Waveguide

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Martin Audio has added another patent — this time in the United Kingdom for its XE stage monitor waveguide. The patent covers the use of Martin Audio’s differential dispersion coaxial drive units and the continuation of their waveguide shape to form the baffle, as seen in the XE monitors to achieve the desired HF coverage. […]

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Pamplona Capital Management to Acquire EET

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Pamplona Capital Management and EET management will acquire the European distributor from FSN Capital. The sale is expected to close in Q1 2022. EET is a value-added distributor of IT technology components and solutions with a growing presence across Europe, selling branded and private label products (like Vivolink) to over 30,000 customers. EET has a […]

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HP Wants To Put ‘Presence’ in the Hybrid Work Era

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If you’re late to the party, you’d better bring something special. HP Inc. launched “HP Presence,” a portfolio of conferencing and collaboration solutions. In 2015, HP split its operation: on one side is HP Inc., the printer and PC company. The other side, HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) company, deals with enterprise products and services. This launch […]

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Part 4: Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021 — Just Relax

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In Part 1 of my “Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021” series of blogs, I explained some of the elements of how InfoComm 2021 will be like no other InfoComm we’ve had in history — for OBVIOUS reasons. In part 2, I explained why showing only one product in your booth is critical to success at InfoComm […]

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Neutrik Group Restructures As a Multibrand Company

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In a reorganization of its global operations, the Neutrik Group has restructured as a multibrand company under the NEUTRIK, REAN and CONTRIK brands. The reorganization took several months and has expanded and diversified the group’s product offering across a breadth of technologies and applications; including both within and beyond the entertainment and broadcast production sectors the company has […]

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Zoom Invests $30 Million in Neat

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Zoom announced a $30 million investment in Neat — bringing Zoom’s total investment in the company to $41 million. In a blog posted by Zoom, the company said, “Neat’s devices are an outstanding complement to Zoom’s communications platform and help deliver an optimal Zoom Rooms experience for our users.” “Since Neat’s launch in 2019, we’ve […]

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When Your Digital Signage Is Out of This World

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It’s genius, really. If we have a Digital-Out-of-Home industry, why can’t we have Digital-Out-of-This World? Geometric Energy Corporation (GEC) will soon create a new category of advertising space. Outer space. Based in Canada, a GEC subsidiary (Geometric Space Corporation) has several space projects and is now in the process of building a satellite, a CubeSat. […]

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Finding a New Route to Market

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After the pandemic, many of us will set out to explore new routes to market. Selim Morlevi wants to drive there. In a van. As the founder of Create-4, a pioneer in experiential marketing in Turkey, he develops tech experiences for retail hospitality point of sale and consumer goods manufacturers. He’s worked with holographs, AI, […]

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Belgium’s First-of-Its-Kind Immersive AV Story

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Of course, Belgium is home to many immersive AV experiences in museums, corporations, and institutions. Yet this one, from Studio 100 and CityCubes, is an independent immersive story-telling business model. After, everyone loves a good story. And today’s AV technology lets you begin each story’s “Once upon a time…” with immersive video and audio. This […]

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Ready Player AV?

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My university, a small liberal arts college in the middle of nowhere, recently announced an esports team and hired a coach. That’s surprising to many alumni who don’t realize the esports audience has grown to 474 million globally. (If it were a country, the esports population would make it onto the Worldometer list as the […]

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Unified Communications Unit Sales Soar 76% Year-on-Year Across Europe 

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European distribution sales of unified communications (UC) products have surged by 76% so far this year compared to the same period in 2020, with more modest growth expected for the second half of 2021, according to CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company. CONTEXT’s figures cover the entire UC market, including collaboration headsets, cameras, speakers, microphones, […]

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DSS Europe 2021 Will Be Fully In Person This September

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Plans for this year’s Digital Signage Summit (DSS) Europe (29-30 September, Hilton Munich Airport) have been revealed and a roster of speakers and new industry innovations awaits delegates attending the event. There is also a range of networking and social events to attend, making this an important event for the digital signage and connected industries. […]

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My Thoughts on the ISE London Roadshow

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By Gordon Dutch Re-Sauce Sales & Business Consultancy Ltd As I am sure regular rAVe readers will know, the regular ISE 2021 show in Barcelona planned for February 2021 was initially moved back to June 2021 and then canceled this year due to COVID. Shortly after, ISE announced a series of regional roadshows starting in […]

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Wireless Sees the Light

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You don’t have to know rocket science to follow the arcane world of high-performance wireless, but it doesn’t hurt. The CEO of BridgeComm, Barry Matsumori, worked previously for SpaceX and Virgin Galactic and has served as a board member of the Space and Satellite Professionals International. BridgeComm, optical wireless communication (OWC) company, provides enterprise-grade broadband […]

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Mike Blackman Talks Digital and In-Person ISE 2021 With Gordon Dutch

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After a successful ISE London 2021, Gordon Dutch, CEO of Re-Sauce Sales & Business Consultancy, sat down (virtually) with Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events to discuss the event. Representing rAVe [PUBS], Gordon successfully snagged the first interview after ISE 2021 with Mike to discuss all the virtual and in-person show details. ISE […]

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Professional Power Amplifiers — A Market in Recovery

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By James Kirby Futuresource Consulting The professional power amplifiers market, and professional audio in general, has been an area of long-term market growth. Despite the rise of powered speakers, the amplifiers market has continued to see regular replacements and new opportunities over recent years, driven by innovation and demand at a macro level. However, moving […]

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Pitch Perfect in Berlin

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There’s no Anna Kendrick, but in many ways, it’s like a Hollywood movie. The collaborative presentation platform Pitch just raised $85 million more. Pitch began as just another startup in Berlin; it set out in 2018 to change the way we present and collaborate. Not exactly a new and novel idea. Hundreds of companies have […]

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Integrated Systems Europe 2021: Digital Conference Recap

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Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) came to us both in-person and digitally this year. ISE 2021 took place in-person at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona on June 1 and 2. You can find a short intro to ISE 2021’s schedule here. In addition to the in-person event, the show was streamed live online via a […]

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ISE 2021 Is Open for Business

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Integrated Systems Europe has officially begun — it opened its doors at the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona Tuesday. The show, this year being held in person at two regional events (Barcelona June 1-2, London June 23-24), also has an online component — ISE Digital. (ISE initially planned for four regional shows, but had to cancel […]

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BrightSign to Out-Demo the Competition

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A preview of the surprises in store when you visit BrightSign at ISE 2021. You must admit one thing about the digital signage industry: It’s great at partnerships. I mean, really great. Like the difference between Premier League and your local team. These are some of the recent partnerships recorded on BrightSign’s website. As you […]

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Help Re-Sauce Out by Taking This Survey!

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Are you attending any of the ISE roadshows this summer? Are travel restrictions permitting you from going to these shows? These are just a few of the questions our friends over at AV consulting company Re-Sauce are asking. Re-Sauce is conducting a survey to gauge people’s feelings about live events coming back — and they […]

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The Changing Face of the Corporate Workspace

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By Adam Cox Futuresource Consulting 2020 was a tumultuous year and one that will cast a long shadow over almost every aspect of our lives. For many of those normally working in offices, one of the most significant changes has been being forced to work from home as most countries around the world went through […]

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4 Things You Should Know About AR/VR/MR

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Daria Fedko worked for an information technology development company in the Ukraine. One day a client asked her, “What do you know about AR?” While she had plenty of IT background, Daria really didn’t know anything about AR. She looked it up on Google, researched articles, talked to people in the field and read until […]

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Germany’s Largest ‘Extended Reality’ Entertainment Space

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The first HOLOGATE WORLD will open its doors in September this year as a key attraction in FLAIR, a newly modernized urban marketplace in Fürth, Germany. Embedded between the Neue Mitte, town hall and city theater, FLAIR is Fürth’s largest retail property with 18,000 m². It’s a three-floor shopping and adventure experience sporting a new […]

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ISE Cancels June 2021 Events in Amsterdam and Munich

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ISE distributed a release today letting the AV market know that, although it planned for four different regional ISE events in lieu of the traditional ISE Show (canceled due to COVID-19), it turns out that country-based regulations will not allow the organization to have the show in two of the intended locations, including Munich and […]

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How the Chip Shortage Could Decimate the AV, UCC and Digital Signage Markets and How You Can Avoid Its Effects

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Do not underestimate what I am about to tell you. In case you haven’t been reading the tech sections of the newspapers lately, there’s a global semiconductor shortage (branded as the “chip shortage of 2021”) and, although it hasn’t affected our market yet, it will, starting in late July. So, who cares? Well, you’d better, […]

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Work Today Sucks — and Microsoft Just Proved It

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Microsoft just completed its “2021 Work Trend Index: Annual Report.” And parts of it are frightening. While the world debates the future of work after the pandemic, this Microsoft report mainly zeroes in on the state of work today. This survey was conducted by among 31,092 full-time employed or self-employed workers across 31 markets between […]

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