Speechless

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Those of you who know me know that I loathe most social media, especially Twitter. I feel that Twitter has done significant damage to our language, to the point that I now get email without punctuation or complete sentences. Our universities seem to have eliminated the essay in favor of the Tweet. I actually heard […]

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Using 4K to Make a Better UCC Room (But Not Because of Resolution)

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Everyone who’s anyone in AV knows that 4K provides four times the resolution of 1080p. 1920×1080, commonly referred to as ‘Full HD’ was the industry’s high-resolution display platform for over a decade and has recently been usurped by 4K — which in ProAV-land is known as UHD, or 3840×2160 (or in DCI-world, 4096×2160) is, in […]

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We’re LIVE at Integrate 2018 In Sydney – New ProAV and Home AV Gear is Debuting Here

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Integrate turned 10 yesterday when the halls opened at the new International Convention Centre Sydney in Darling Harbour. We have four reporters here covering the show both through extensive social media coverage (see @rAVePubs on Instagram and Twitter) as well as via a dedicated show microsite. In fact, we’ve already shot and posted over 150 […]

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Good Competition, The CEDIA Conundrum and Julie

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Every business owner in every company hopes, especially when they invent or pioneer something unique, that their competition will be good. Bad competition tends to shred an industry and can lead to its eventual demise. For example, I have many friends that own AV integration firms — they love the good competition and loathe the […]

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The Art of Hacking AV Systems

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There are quite a few conferences that focus on AV equipment. On the consumer side, there is CES, on the broadcast side there is NAB, then for residential AV there is CEDIA Expo and for commercial AV, we have InfoComm. The latest conference to focus on AV equipment, however, happened Friday, August 10th. The conference? DEFCON. […]

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According to New AVIXA Research, ProAV Market Still Growing

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The corporate market continues to account for the largest segment of ProAV revenue. According to AVIXA’s Industry Outlook Trends and Analysis (IOTA), ProAV solutions for corporate office environments are expected to generate nearly $15 billion in revenue in the Americas in 2018. Growth is expected to be somewhat slower than the overall industry, at 1.5 […]

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The BEST of InfoComm 2018 Awards

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Unlike EVERY other InfoComm awards program, we don’t let companies enter themselves AND we don’t take money to apply for awards. EVERY other InfoComm awards program is pay-for-play and are NOT to be believed. They aren’t real. They are, in fact, #FakeAwards Now, I am not saying rAVe’s Best of InfoComm 2018 Awards are perfect, […]

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InfoComm’s Most Wanted

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InfoComm 2018 is a month behind us, and over the last few weeks, people have been writing about the trends they saw at the show. We’ve seen blogs discussing increasing end-user attendance as well as several people’s lists of their favorite products or the ones they saw to be the most innovative or disruptive. There […]

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ISE to Relocate to Barcelona in 2021

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Integrated Systems Events, the producers of the Integrated Systems Europe exhibition, has announced that its 2021 edition will be held at Gran Via, part of the Fira de Barcelona exhibition complex in Spain on 2-5 February. The new venue will become the permanent location for the world’s largest AV and systems integration show. The decision to relocate the ISE exhibition comes after 18 months […]

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InfoComm 2018 Recap, Part the Second: Words by Which to Live

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With the new branding, AVIXA appears to have picked up a new motto, one which many of us have seen on the various promotional items for sale in the AVIXA store at InfoComm: “Together, we can change the way people experience the world.” Those who know me I believe in language, and believe in having […]

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The TIDE Conference and Learning how to Think

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Another InfoComm is now behind us. As we return to our everyday lives, we should look back and reflect on what we learned and experienced over the past week. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, this is a chance to share some of the lessons I found across the country in Las […]

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The AV Experience

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“Experience” has been the big word in the industry as of late, even beyond the big change in our trade organization’s name to “Avixa” — the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association. Is this a buzzword, or should this represent a change in the way we design, and even how we think? It shouldn’t, because user […]

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rAVe 2018 Readers’ Choice Award Winners Announced

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We are excited to announce the winners of our 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. Our awards are different than ANY other industry awards and the stats speak for themselves: We had over 92,000 voters for the final awards! The nominations for the awards came SOLELY from you – the AV community. We have a system that […]

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Design Thinking: How Does it Relate to AV?

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Any good MBA student from the last decade can tell you about design thinking. It seemed to be one of the buzzwords of the business world for several years. But more than just in engineering and product design, it has started to leak into all areas of business. It can help determine strategy, it can […]

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InfoComm: A Wild Kingdom

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When I was a kid, “family television” meant television to be watched by the family, and not television about families rehearsing for their court date or climbing over each other’s bodies to get to the throne. No, “family television” meant “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” hosted by noted zoologist Marlin Perkins. Each week, the show […]

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Here’s a LIVE Guided Tour of the NEC Showcase in London

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NEC UK’s creative team deserves a raise. The 2018 version of the NEC Showcase was themed “Your Day in Digital” and it basically showed how NEC (and its 40+ technology partners) can enhance the average workday. Starting with your Tube ride from home, stopping to grab coffee, arriving at the office and continuing through an average workday […]

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InfoComm Comes (or Goes) Home

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AVIXA is going out of its way to say that its new Integrated Life @ InfoComm isn’t competitive to the industry’s defacto HomeAV show, CEDIA. But, I call bulls*t. First, look at this. That’s basically the what’s new at InfoComm page — letting everyone know what all the new things AVIXA added to the industry’s top […]

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The Value of Time

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As a part of keeping up with global business trends and events, I subscribe to several on-line feeds from industry and economic publications. These feeds including the Financial Times, Bloomberg and so forth are a great way to get the highlights of activities around the world that may be impacting our little corner of the […]

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Barco’s Overture Dilemma

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  Update: Just two days following the publication of this blog, Barco announced exactly what I suggested — they’ve integrated Overture into ClickShare! It will be shown at InfoComm. Click here to read more about the announcement. At least year’s ISE show in Amsterdam, Barco officially launched itself into a (potentially) competitive fight with the […]

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