Amorphous Nano-Pixel Displays That Are Thinner Than Human Hair Are Coming — Seriously!

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Plasmonic metasurfaces are being developed for use in future flat panel displays. These are basically scalable electrochromic nanopixels using plasmonics and their color gamut and high spatial resolution blows away even the best OLEDs we have today — by a factor of between 400 and 1000. Right now, according to a research paper published in […]

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Cybersecurity and the Problem with OEMs

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Last year, Crestron was the focus of some cyber activists who found vulnerabilities in Crestron touch controllers that could theoretically allow someone to use touch screens to spy on the person in the same room. This was covered in a class at a hacktivist conference called DEFCON and subsequently was written up in WIRED Magazine. […]

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The Entire Digital Signage Market Could be Pummeled by the Stupidity of San Francisco

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The city of San Francisco, via its board of supervisors voted yesterday to ban using facial-recognition technology. The actual ordinance deals specifically with city governmental organizations and divisions, but it will have long-lasting ramifications that could easily (and quickly) ben emulated all over the country. Designed to protect the average-guy/gal member of the community from […]

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SnapAV Buys Control4

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SnapAV and Control4 Corporation today announced that they have entered into a “merger” agreement whereby SnapAV will acquire Control4 in an all-cash transaction for $23.91 per share in cash, representing an aggregate value of approximately $680 million. The Control4 stock last traded $17.12 per share so the shareholders are likely to take this buyout. Although […]

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Collision Course

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In the last month, I’ve had the opportunity to listen and learn a lot about the modern workplace and the principles behind its design. The philosophy goes well beyond the phrase “open” and really capitalizes on the idea of activity based working and creating spaces that allow for independent work, team collaboration, large team meetings, […]

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De-stress at Work — The Three-Level To-Do List

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It’s national stress awareness month, so I thought I’d share one of the techniques I use at work to reduce stress for my readers. We’re a company that focuses on making your meetings something you can actually enjoy, and my own design team will talk about “de-stressing” opportunities in our own UI.  However, there are […]

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Vote NOW in the 2019 rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards

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Over the past month, we received over 18,000 nominations. And, here are the finalists for the 2019 rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards! But, you only have 10 days to vote! So, do it NOW! Voting will close on May 10, 2019 sharply at 2 p.m.! We’ll announce the winners shortly before InfoComm 2019! Go vote here. 

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Converting Leads for Sales

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A start-up audiovisual systems integrator needs to take every single lead seriously because, with no backlog of client work, every new lead feels like immediate gratification as a sales lead. When this company grows and has plenty of work, do the leads become less important or is every new lead still a sales lead? The […]

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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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IGMP and the Quirky Querier

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By Erik Indresøvde AV Target Network configuration is a key consideration when deploying AV over IP, so if you’re in the AV industry, you should probably familiarize yourself with the terms “Multicast“and “IGMP” sooner rather than later. Multicast is basically a group communication where a single stream of data is addressed to a group of […]

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Together or Not at All, Part 3: The Other Direct Problem

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In two previous columns on the regular rAVe Blogsquad feed, I explored the issues surrounding both manufacturer communications and the increasing perceived problem of direct sales by manufacturers and suppliers to end users, essentially going around the establish dealer/integrator/retail distribution structure. However, there is another side to this story, one that is often being treated […]

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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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What Happened to Proxima Is a Business School Case of How NOT to Merge Two Companies

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On the day that InFocus shocked the AV industry and announced they’d bought its largest competitor, I was actually there. It was Monday, March 6, 2,000 — I remember the details of the day very well but my old Franklin Planner helped me keep track of the date for the purpose of this article. Let me […]

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Sharp Debuts the Future of All Displays with New SoC- and Cloud-Based 4K Monitors

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Sharp today launched two new lines of 4K UHD (3840 × 2160) resolution commercial displays. Sharp’s PN-HM Series includes the PN-HM651 65” Class (64 ½” diagonal), PN-HM751 75” Class (74 9/16″ diagonal) and PN-HM851 85” Class (85 9/16” diagonal) displays. They each provide a brightness of 500 nits, are designed for 24/7 environments and are […]

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This Tweet Explains Why Zoom Is Dominating Meeting Rooms

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This is the tweet heard ‘round the AV world — or at least, it should have been: The March 21st tweet from R/GA read: A thousand years from now humans will have shed their physical form and ascended to a higher state of consciousness and conference room AV systems still won’t work. — R/GA (@RGA) […]

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The Irony of Technology Obsolescence for AV Vendors

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AV companies have instant information about their product sales right at their fingertips. However, those same AV vendors have little to no visibility into the effect of marketing on tracking the reach, engagement or conversions on those same product purchases. The result is ironic for the AV industry: marketing technology obsolescence due to artificial intelligence […]

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Here Are the Best of ISE 2019 Awards – AV’s Only NOT-Pay-for-Play Awards

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You can’t enter a product in them. And, you can’t ask us to nominate you. And, you can’t get an award by advertising or sponsoring us or paying for it. There are NO award entry fees. We sent reporters to EVERY booth/stand at ISE 2019 and we selected the TOP products in every possible product […]

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The All-NEW E4 Experience was a GIANT Hit

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Over 600 People traveled through the doors of the all-new Almo ProAV E4 Experience (formerly E4 AV Tour). And, they didn’t just come for the 45+ exhibitors who all showed new products, they didn’t just come for my AV-over-IP Keynote, they didn’t just come for the SDVoE Alliance or DSF (Digital Signage Federation) Certification Courses, […]

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Where to Start With Cybersecurity

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On October 20th, 2018 Apple announced Group FaceTime for its iOS devices. Three weeks later, on Mon., Jan. 28th, Apple announced a major flaw in this new feature. If someone initiated a FaceTime call, and then added themselves to it, the phone of the original person would start transmitting their audio before they picked up. […]

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The Joy of Change Orders

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It’s a truism that the first casualty of every battle is the plan. One of the realities of building things is that sometimes the plan gets changed. While ideally every eventuality gets considered and decided upon during the design and planning stages, we don’t live in an ideal world we live in this one. Consequently, […]

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Are Crowd Mics a Potential Game Changer?

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A couple months ago, I wrote about the various problems that arise when people choose not to use microphones during large meetings or classes. In particular, I was discussing the negative impacts this choice has on people who have some type of hearing issue or hearing loss. I wrote about my belief that all rooms […]

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The Real Metrics for AV Social Media Success

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There’s no doubt that social media is a part of your marketing strategy, but are you measuring more than the so-called ‘vanity metrics’ of likes and impressions? To make your brand’s social media truly successful, your brand’s social accounts must have some personality and they must ‘listen’ even more than they ‘talk.’ When your brand […]

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GN Audio Acquires Altia Systems

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Today, GN Audio has signed an agreement to acquire Altia Systems Inc. (“Altia Systems”). Altia Systems, based in Cupertino, California (USA), is the maker of the PanaCast camera systems used in UCC applications. This market is expected to grow significantly from a currently low penetration rate fueled by easy to use (plug and play), integrated […]

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Welcome to Gary Kayye’s 2019 Krystal Ball – What Will Happen in AV in 2019

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I love writing this annual predictions article. If you’re a regular reader, you already know this but for those that don’t, my Kayye’s Krystal Ball piece is an annual article where I not only tell you what I think is going to happen in the AV market for the upcoming year, but I also go […]

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Our ISE Show Coverage Is More Than Every Other AV Publications’ in the World Combined

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rAVe [PUBS] and rAVe [NOW] just returned from the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show last week in Amsterdam and we covered the show floor with nearly 20 reporters. You want proof? Well here you go: We shot over 1,500 new product videos on the show floor — yes, 1,500 We wrote up over 350 new […]

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