Risk – It’s Not Just a Game


Northwestern Europe has often been seen as the utopia for living sustainable. Not only have they lead the world in locally produced and distributed environmentally sound energy forms, sustainable agriculture, and top notch green building practices, but they have also partnered with their neighbors to share ideas and technologies. The United States recently jumped on […]

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Have You Noticed Sony’s New Laser Technology? Eventually, You Will…


When it was first launched at InfoComm, there was, to be frank, very little fanfare surrounding Sony’s new VPL-FHZ55 – the industry’s first (and still only) 100 percent laser-based light sourced projector. We noticed, however, and even put it on stop #4 on our coveted InfoComm Top-10 Tour. We saw it as a game-changer (remember […]

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Almo Pro A/V Launches Digital Signage Creation Service for Integrators to Resell


For three years, I’ve been writing, presenting and promoting the opportunities in digital signage for the ProAV market. And, you’re listening as more than 30 percent of all the digital signage installations in 2013 were done by AV integrators – that’s up from less than 20 percent in 2011. But, one of the most profitable […]

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rAVe Scoop: Extron Debuts Digital Version of PoleVault Classroom System


Extron is now shipping a digital version of its PoleVault classroom packaged system, appropriately dubbed the PoleVault Digital. Basically, it’s a family of complete AV switching and control system that seamlessly integrate digital and analog video sources. Each system uses CATx twisted pair cable for transmitting high resolution audio and video signals, and includes network […]

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Our 2014 ISE Show Review Video is Out!


Nearly 900 stands, over 51,000 attendees and some 1,300 videos later, last month’s ISE 2014 show was a huge hit — in fact, now the biggest AV trade show ever. Held annually in Amsterdam, the Integrated Systems Europe show is a combination of all the HomeAV, ProAV and digital signage gear in the market under […]

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rAVe’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Nomination Period Opens


Last year’s rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards garnered over 62,000 votes — the largest number of votes of ANY AV industry awards — ever! Help us beat that this year! Our 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards nomination period just opened. So, submit your nominations TODAY for your favorites in AV. Nominations will be open until Sun., March […]

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The ISE Show Floor as No One Else Saw It — At 2 AM!


rAVe Editor Sara Abrons took to the ISE 2014 Show in Amsterdam after midnight on Day 1 of the three-day ProAV and HomeAV extravaganza opened and shot several dozen photos of what the Amsterdam-based show looks like when only ghosts attend. Not a single soul was around when she shot these photos and it’s a […]

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Everything is Becoming Software (And That’s a Good Thing)


I recently had an interesting conversation with someone in the product design space at a university that I wanted to share — and get your thoughts about. He asked, “You used to be a professor — should my students take computer science even if they don’t want to be programmers?” My answer probably won’t surprise […]

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Lang Evaluates Laser/Phosphor and Laser Projectors


By Matt Brennesholtz Display Central At ISE 2014 in Amsterdam, Lang AG (Lindlar, Germany) had both a booth and a private viewing room.  The viewing room focused on laser/phosphor and pure laser projectors and I got a tour of it hosted by Markus Ries, director of Lang Academy, and Peter Mathia, product manager for projectors. […]

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InfoComm Opens Registration for June Show in Las Vegas


More than 10,000 of the hottest technology products from more than 950 companies will be featured at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev., June 18-20, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Attendee registration is now available at infocommshow.org. Not sure if you should go? Well, watch our InfoComm 2013 wrap-up video here and you’ll want […]

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These Are a Few of My Favorite (DSE) Things


Although this year’s DSE was full of great technology, the items discussed below are indeed a few of my favorite things. Before going into detail, let me just say that it has been a crazy DSE — I haven’t seen the official numbers, but attendance feels way up. I know this because part of my […]

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Guide to Las Vegas Digital Signage & Experiential Media Installations


By Richard Lebovitz Digital Signage Connection If the designers of the large-scale LED displays and their content could sign their works, Brian Henry’s signature would appear on many that are today iconic landmarks amid Las Vegas’ dazzling lights. Starting his career as a commercial artist, Las Vegas native Henry switched focus to interior signage in […]

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ISE Becomes World’s Largest AV Trade Show and Has Six Clear Tech Themes


Before the doors closed on the 2014 edition of the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) last week in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, nearly every exhibitor already knew it was a record show. NEC reported to us on Day 2 of the show that they’d seen a 40 percent increase on leads on Day 1 over 2013’s totals. […]

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NEC’s Stefanie Corinth Talks ISE, 2014 and an Applications-Focused Stand at ISE


NEC’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Stefanie Corinth told rAVe’s Gary Kayye that Day of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) garnered 40 percent more leads than the company’s stand did in 2013. She attributed it to both higher attendance as well as their applications-focused booth. Designed like a shopping mall, there were no product […]

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BARCO Sees Vision for Social Media Command and Control Systems


Command and control systems have traditionally been designed, built and marketed towards governments, utilities and security applications where 24/7/365 monitoring could mean the difference between life and death. But Barco’s Senior VP and GM Industrial & Government Jacques Bertrand explained that the future of command and control includes corporate social media marketing and monitoring as […]

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We Spotted a $200,000 Speaker at ISE in Amsterdam


While walking the Integrated Systems Europe show floor today in Amsterdam, we spotted a name that nearly everyone is familiar with: Steinway — yes, the same one that makes pianos. In case you didn’t know, the company’s been making very high-end HomeAV audio products and, specifically, speakers. We spoke with Rob Sinden, sales for Steinway […]

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Extron Takes On Crestron DMPS and Enova with New DTP CrossPoint 84


Extron hasn’t had a complete answer to either Crestron’s DMPS-300 Series or AMX’s Enova line — until today! Extron hasn’t officially announced it, but I found the DTP CrossPoint 84 Series on the company’s website and immediately called Casey Hall, Extron’s vice president of sales and marketing. Although the official announcement isn’t until Thursday, it’s real. […]

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Draper Intros TecVision, New Engineered Screen Technology


At ISE 2014 in Amsterdam this week, screen manufacturer Draper debuted a new engineered screen technology called TecVision, which took them two and a half years, and more than $1,000,000 to develop. While available in five default configurations, this new material can also be custom specified, if a designer needs something specific for an application, […]

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15 Years Ago: Bluetooth? What’s Bluetooth?


It’s incredible that Gary’s first explanation of Bluetooth is 15 years old! What’s interesting to note is that this year’s CES has finally cemented “The Internet of Things,” which was one of the originally marketed purposes of Bluetooth but didn’t really catch on until recently. Early Bluetooth’s problems were due to a much shorter range […]

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