Google Launches Smart Home Hub Called OnHub


They say that imitation is the best form of flattery. The new Google OnHub looks, well, almost identical to the Amazon Echo — both are cylindrical towers. Google’s is a Wi-Fi hub that’s designed to be a central controller for everything Google-owned or “approved” that can keep you entertained through your TV (or Android phone […]

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LAB.GRUPPEN Debuts Application Browser 1.2.0 Software for LUCIA Amplifiers


LAB.GRUPPEN has announced that the new version of its Application Browser configuration software for the LUCIA range of compact power amplifiers is available for immediate download on its website. The free download is offered for both Mac OS and Windows and are accessible in the Support/Downloads section of the site or by using this link. With the […]

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Extron Debuts 5″ Touch Panel with Integrated Control Processor


Extron just launched the TLC Pro 521M an all-in-one 5″ wall mount touchpanel with built-in control processor. The fully-configurable TLC Pro 521M uses the same capacitive touchscreen of their TLP Pro 520M TouchLink Pro Touchpanel but adds a control processor inside of it. Power over Ethernet (PoE) allows the touchpanel to receive power and communications […]

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An Evening with Polycom — On Software and Experience


Last week my fellow consultants and I were invited to an event at conferencing stalwart Polycom’s New York City experience center. It’s a pretty and shiny new spot at One Penn Plaza, with a nice river view outside and their technological toys inside. For me the more interesting part isn’t the specifics of a single […]

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Extron Acquires Entwine AG, Will Compete in Video Capture Space


Extron just announced that it has purchased Entwine AG of Zurich, Switzerland. A software company, Entwine specializes in building end-to-end video capture and presentation capture solutions using an open source software called OpenCast Matterhorn, as well as HTML5 and WebRTC. Of course, Extron’s been in the lecture-capture hardware market since last summer when they debuted […]

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Staying Open Minded


I recently had a conversation with my peers, the consensus of which I thought would be entertaining and informative for rAVe readers as a whole. We’re looking for new business.  I think it’s safe to say that many of us out there are. As much as we love our existing customers, we can’t expect them […]

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InfoComm: Redefining AV as a Service


By Nermina Miller Senior Technical Editor, InfoComm International As organizations continue to adapt to digital-economy parameters and become Internet-scalable, location-aware and agile, the need for collaboration across space and time increases the demand for centralized technology monitoring and management. Customers are trying to avoid the headache of owning a depreciated asset or the technical risk […]

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Roland Introduces Compact M-5000C Live Mixing Console


Roland’s Professional A/V division just launched the M-5000C Live Mixing Console. Measuring under 30 inches (74 centimeters) in width and weighing just 70 pounds (32 kilograms), the compact M-5000C maintains the quality and many features of the flagship M-5000, aiming it at theaters, portable churches, OB trucks/vans, touring or any application demanding power and flexibility […]

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Sharp Exits Consumer TV Market in Americas — Sort of (Updated)


Reuters reported this morning that Sharp Corporation has decided to exit the TV market in North and South America. They’ve not been profitable in the TV market in years and after a $2 Billion refinance, they promised to eliminate 5,000 jobs — this was the best and easiest way to do that. Cut the department […]

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Extron Debuts Industry’s First Conferencing, Collaboration and Control Interface


Extron’s new CCI Pro 700 is marketed as the industry’s first control system user interface optimized for conferencing, collaboration and AV control. Right off the bat, when you look at the CCI Pro 700, you see it’s different than any other control system on the market. In fact, it reminds us of a speakerphone — […]

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2015 Best of InfoComm Awards


Welcome to rAVe’s annual Best of InfoComm Awards! This year’s InfoComm show was held in June in Orlando and had a record 39,105 attendees. It’s tough to pick out the best and the brightest from the thousands of products and hundreds of exhibitors introduced on the show floor. After much consideration, our entire staff picked what we thought were […]

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On Privacy, Convenience and Pirate Scanners


Last week, I returned from InfoComm. It was the usual manic event, with the usual results. 39,000 people crowded the aisles to see products and services from over 400 suppliers. Many, many of us took the opportunity to rub elbows with our peers from around the world, increasing the sale of beer and soft drinks […]

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Case Study of the Month: BrightSign Helps Boutique Restaurant Chains Increase Sales


BrightSign, LLC announced a pair of digital signage installations at San Francisco Bay Area dining establishments. In both cases, BrightSign teamed with c3ms media to help these restaurants embrace the shift to digital. But these digital shifts included much more than simply incorporating digital menu boards in these restaurants. The new digital signage helped these […]

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