Samsung Demos 70-Inch HD LCD, FINALLY!

At the FPD International 2006 show in Japan, Samsung showed its anticipated 70-inch HD LCD panel. The company says this is the first display that can reproduce full HD video images at 120Hz  with most LCD panels having a 60Hz refresh rate. The company plans commercial production of these 70-inch, full-HD LCD panels early […]

Sonic Foundry Upgrades Mediasite

Sonic Foundry announced enhancements to the Mediasite EX Server for the Enterprise and to Mediasite Recorder software. New to Mediasite 4.0 are the Mediasite Management Portal, end-to-end security, expanded reporting, remote Recorder control and enhancements to the Mediasite Viewer interface for watching recorded presentations. In addition, EX Server now provides an integration-ready solution for customers […]

Get a Business Health Check-up at NSCA’s Fall Business Conference

NSCA is bringing the leading business executives in the systems integration industry together for an intensive conference that focuses on strategy and tools business owners need to keep their businesses going strong. October 26-28, 2006 owners, presidents, and managers will gather in Myrtle Beach to evaluate the health of their organizations and learn from others […]

The Column Reps Will Hate

This column is long overdue. It’s a topic that just about every major manufacturer seems to agree with me on but, coincidentally, those manufacturers still using Reps (manufacturer’s representative sales firms) won’t go on record as agreeing with me. Is the Rep dead yet? OK, fair is fair. A disclaimer: I was identified by the […]

Altinex Announces RF Adapter

Altinex’s AC101-202 is an RF Adapter designed for wireless communication between the ALTINEX MT101-151 MultiTasker LCD front panel and any computer/controller using standard RS-232 communication software. The AC101-202 transmits and receives RS-232 data. Wireless communication can be conducted from any PC, and it allows control to be changed from one computer to another by moving […]

Da-Lite Adds Wide Angle Coatings to Rear Projection Screens. Introduces 2.35 Cinemascope Sizes

Along with new 92- and 106-inch HD screens, Da-Lite Screen Company expanded the company’s Polacoat line of optical coatings with the addition of DA-100 WA and DA-075 WA. These are specifically designed for applications using high-lumen projectors with short throw lenses — the coatings provide wider half-gain angles than traditional coatings, reducing hot-spotting. DA-100WA is […]

Extron MGP 464 Allows Any Number of Picture-in-Picture

The Extron MGP 464 lets you create an almost infinite number of picture-in-picture arrays. Each window can display just about any video source, from composite video to HDTV and computer-video, analog or DVI. The MGP 464 features four fully configurable inputs for a wide range of video sources, from standard definition video to HDTV and […]

IVT 600 — The Tool Every Installer Needs

JDSU has a new network installation meter, the IVT-600, and a new software management tool called Plan-Um AP (advanced planning). These are mostly home networking tools, but they are also useful for small-scale networks, and they are designed to help with quick deployment of broadband, such as VoIP over FTTx and digital cable networks as […]

New Gefen Wireless HDMI Extender Delivers up to 60 Feet

Gefen showed at CEDIA the new Wireless HDMI Extender, offering cable-free extension of high definition video plus multichannel digital audio delivered through HDMI connectors. The company says it’s a plug and play solution and it extends audio/video wirelessly up to 20 meters (60 feet) with “perfect replication” of the video and audio. It uses compact […]

Premier Debuts Projector Mounts With Custom Brackets, Announces New Swing-Arm Display Mounts

Premier announced the PDS Series of projector mounts, which feature custom brackets made by Premier Dedicated Solutions (PDS, thus, the product name), a new division of the company that specializes in custom fabrication and dedicated bracketry. The PDS Series is designed to be very low profile and to fit the top-selling projectors in the industry, […]

Panasonic Develops Full-Color, Connected Electronic Whiteboards

The two new electronic whiteboards from Panasonic, the UB-2815C and UB-2315C Panaboards, are large-scale, double-sided models designed for full color scanning and PC-free document creation, storage and printing. The UB-2815C features two 70.1-inch-wide by 34.2-inch high panels; the UB-2315C has twin 51.1 x 34.2-inch panels. Both models are fully TWAIN compliant and capable of scanning […]

Analog Way Introduces High End Remote for Large Events

The new AXION ARC 100 is a high end remote for controlling devices during large events. It provides independent or simultaneous control for several iX Hi-Res Seamless Switchers: Di-VentiX, EventiX, NatiX and CentriX, and uses a joystick with Direct Effect Access. It gives users a preview of multi-screen configurations on its 7-inch WVGA color touch […]

New Software From TEi Expands Message Delivery Capabilities

TEi released two new software programs with some really nice features. MeetingMinder, previously part of the bundled AxisTV systems, can now be purchased and used separately. It is a multi-purpose room sign software and hardware solution or managing and delivering current room and event schedules (you know, the flat panels on the wall next to […]

AVerMedia Introduces Portable Document Camera With Built-in Memory

AVerMedia’s new AVerVision150 is a 3-megapixel portable document camera with enough internal memory to capture and store up to 32 JPEG images. This is PC and Mac compatible and it has a detachable LED light module. It uses the company’s AVERZOOM, which the company says gives the quality of optical zoom and lets the user […]

BOXLIGHT Ships BumbleBee

Remember that teeny tiny projector BOXLIGHT announced a while back? Well, it’s shipping this month. You wouldn’t normally call a projector cute, but in this case, it does apply. It’s just 4.8″(W) x 3.9″(H) x 1.9″(D) and weighs one pound. It uses an LED lamp, and is specified at SVGA 800 x 600 resolution with […]

Mitsubishi Markets Sub-$5K 1080p

Mitsubishi announced a new 1080p projector at CEDIA – a 3LCD model with HQV priced at $4,495. The HC5000BL is specified at 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1000 ANSI lumens and the contrast ratio we’re seeing a lot of lately: 10000:1. Mitsubishi says the HC5000BL is designed with new inorganic LCD panels that are more durable […]

Optoma Introduces Network XGA Projector

The new TX780 is the XGA resolution model, a DLP specified at 4000 lumens and 3000:1 contrast ratio. This projector incorporates network management capability, with a user-interface and Web application that allows the projector to be managed through a PC. The user can control the TX780, as well as all other connected TX780 projectors through […]

InfoComm Announces AV Week Plans

InfoComm International announced activities for AV Week, to take place at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) the week beginning Monday, October 23, 2006. On the 23rd at 3 p.m. Central time, Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director, InfoComm International will lead a panel of manufacturing executives in a discussion of “AV’s Value […]

Reinis to Helm NetStreams

NetStreams named company founder Herman Cárdenas to Chairman of the Board, and appointed Kevin Reinis as President and CEO. Reinis is the former CEO of Yosemite Technologies and a 20-year information technology industry veteran. Cárdenas will continue to lead the company’ s product and technology strategies, promote the benefits of IP-Based networked entertainment, and develop […]

New Crestron WiFi Touchpanel Adds Biometrics, Bluetooth

Crestron introduced the Isys i/O TPMC-8X WiFi touchpanel, which has an embedded Windows XP Operating System with 802.11g wireless. The TPMC-8X has more than 1.5 GB of memory  a nice amount for a compact unit such as this  and it has an 8.4-inch SVGA screen, capable of 3D graphics and streaming video. It […]

Planar Announces Four New Business Projectors, Including a $699 Model

Planar has made a lot of moves lately  first acquiring Clarity then expanding into the home theater market. Now, Planar Systems entered the commercial front projection market with four DLP models with some rather incredible pricing. The new projectors include the PR3010 and PR3020 conference room models, the high-performance PR5020 and the ultra-portable PR6020 […]

Toshiba Announces XGA LCD Projector/Document Camera

Toshiba’s new TLP-XC2500U projector includes a document camera as well as an LCD projector specified at 2500 ANSI lumens, XGA 1024 x 768 resolution, and 400:1 contrast ratio. It’s equipped with a specialized anti-theft device with a removable palm-sized control panel that uses a 4-digit self-assigned password. When the control panel is removed, the projector […]

ISE 2006 Roadshows Visit Four Key Eastern European Cities

Integrated Systems Europe announced a schedule of one-day events in the autumn, targeted at emerging countries in Eastern Europe as well as Turkey. ISE sees these regions as having unlimited opportunities. The Integrated Systems Europe 2006 Roadshow will visit four key cities over an eight-day period. The one-day program offers plenary sessions with keynote speakers, […]

LCD Prices Fall Below Plasma in 40″-44″ HDTV Segment in July

Pacific Media is reporting that in July, LCDs larger than 30 inches in size were actually less expensive in overall street prices than plasmas. That month, the average street price for 40″ to 44″ LCD flat panel televisions and business displays in North America dropped below those for high-definition plasma displays for the first time […]

CEDIA’s Impact in ProAV

Even if you’re with a long-time ProAV integration company, chances are someone from your company went to CEDIA. It used to be that ProAV dealers were just that, with the occasional home installation for important clients, or the owner’s mom. But these days, whenever I’m talking to a ProAV company, most now have anywhere from […]

Avocent Demonstrates Wireless HD HDMI

At CEDIA, we saw Avocent demonstrate a wireless HD media extender that actually provides wired and wireless in the same unit. The Emerge MPX1000 can move HD content from one source to multiple destinations incorporating HDMI. HD video including 720p and 1080i, stereo audio, and control data, are wirelessly transmitted to as many as eight […]

Da-Lite Adds Wide Angle Coatings to Rear Projection Screens

Da-Lite Screen Company expanded the company’s Polacoat line of optical coatings with the addition of DA-100 WA and DA-075 WA. These are specifically designed for applications using high lumen projectors with short throw lenses — the coatings provide wider half-gain angles than traditional coatings, reducing hot-spotting. DA-100WA is a neutral gray 1.0 gain wide angle […]

Intelix Intros HD Component Video and Digital Audio Wallplate Balun

The new AVO-V3AD-WP from Intelix is a wallplate balun that distributes high-definition component video and digital audio signal up to 500 feet over standard Cat5. This unit has gold-plated female RCA connectors on a modular decora face-plate, and fits in a standard depth wall-box. It is compatible with Intelix’s existing AVO-V3AD rack-mountable HD component video […]

Kramer’s New Scalers Add up to WXGA Output Resolutions

The new VP-414 and VP-416 are scalers designed to accept a composite or s-Video (YC) signal and scale it up to a computer graphics video output resolution or HDTV output resolution. These scalers can scale video up to VGA (640×480), SVGA (800×600), XGA (1024×768) or WXGA (1366 x 768) resolution in RGBHV output format — […]

New HDMI Extender From Extron

Extron introduced the HDMI 201 Tx/Rx HDMI Extender, a transmitter-receiver unit for sending HDMI signals over long distances using conventional twisted pair cabling such as CAT 5e, CAT 6, and CAT 7. It fully supports HDMI for extending digital video, multi-channel audio, and control signals from HDMI-equipped devices. The HDMI 201 Tx/Rx can transmit HDTV […]

Teq Gear Cuts Price on Wireless XGA Receiver

The WID101 is an 802.11g/a/b unit allowing multiple users to share this XGA AV receiver for streaming real time DVD with audio, presentations at native resolution, or streaming MPEG or AVI files. Teq Gear says the WID101 is typically installed in digital signage applications, and lists hotel lobbies, retail stores, museums, hospitals, doctor’s offices, sport […]

DLP Slims Down

This is big. Actually it’s smaller. But it’s a great development for DLP. At CEDIA, there were several new DLP TVs on the show floor that showed a new, thinner version of the sets. Whereas DLP sets in the past were anywhere from 15 to 32 or so inches in depth, these new sets are […]