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 […]

Philips Shows 100-Inch LCD Prototype at IFA

Philips showed a prototype 100-inch LCD at the IFA show in Berlin. This LCD panel has the company’s Ambilight Full Surround  four-sided backlighting designed to make for a more immersive viewing experience. In fact, the Ambilight is quite a bit more sophisticated than just backlighting. The colors of the lights change to match the […]

NSCA Sponsoring MasterFormat Training, Tools

NSCA announced that, in partnership with Hall Architects, the organization will launch educational programs beginning this month for CSI MasterFormat 2004. Dennis Hall of Hall Architects was Chairman of the MasterFormat Expansion Task Team (MFETT) alongside Chuck Wilson, NSCA Executive Director and chairman of the Facility Services Workgroup. NSCA will provide four phases of educational […]

New Presenter-Friendly 3LCD Projectors From Epson

Epson announced the PowerLite 1700c and 1710c 3LCD projectors. These weight just 3.5 pounds and are specified at 2200 and 2700 ANSI lumens. Also, the new 1705c and 1715c are step-up models of the same with the same specs, but these weigh 3.7 pounds and offer additional connectivity options. All are specified at XGA resolution […]

Toshiba’s $1,199 XGA

Toshiba even tosses in the soft carrying bag when you buy this $1,199 TDP-T45U, which offers some incredible specs for the price. 2500 ANSI lumens, XGA resolution and 2000:1 contrast ratio are what you get with this DLP projector. Toshiba says it can project up to 300 inches. The 6.6-pound Toshiba TDP-T45U will be available […]

ClearOne Sells Camera Product Line

In order to stay focused on its core competencies in audio conferencing, ClearOne sold the company’s document and educational camera product line to Ken-A-Vision Manufacturing of Kansas City, Missouri. Under the terms of the transaction, Ken-A-Vision received the intellectual property rights to ClearOne’s camera technologies, as well as ownership of current inventory. The sale price […]

New Report Predicts European Projector Market Saturation in 06

Research and Markets issued a new report that suggests the Western Europe market for multimedia projectors will reach the saturation point in 2006, with Eastern Europe following just a few years later. Could projector sales get any more competitive? The report, Distribution Insight: Multimedia Projectors in Europe 2006, isn’t cheap (EUR 8,900) but it looks […]

What Will You Do?

I see a significant shift in market dynamics coming, quickly. Product development, distribution changes and even new manufacturers are all of a sudden having an impact on all sorts of market conditions — all driving change. Historically, we, as a market, have done well dealing with any ONE of these changes — but all three […]

APC Announces Network-Manageable Power Conditioner With Battery Backup

American Power Conversion showed a new power conditioner at CEDIA. The S20 Power Conditioner with Battery Backup can be managed over the network, has temperature/humidity monitoring and a 28-percent larger power train compared to the previous S15 model. It’s ready to work within a Crestron or AMX environment. The S20’s built-in web server and RS-232 […]

D-Tools Announces SI 5; Embeds Manufacturer-Dealer Communication in System Integrator

D-Tools announced version 5 of System Integrator software. The upgrade, says the company, makes it easier to use, with all new interfaces, and includes the abilities to work natively in AutoCAD or Visio or both, better proposal generation, improved product data matrix, enhanced interface for the product database, and an increase in the number of […]

New Compact Stereo Amplifier From Kramer

Kramer introduced the model 900 stereo amplifier. Just 4.75 inches wide by 2 inches deep and 1 inch high, the model 900, part of the Kramer TOOLS line, is designed as a no-frills, economical solution. It accepts either unbalanced stereo audio on RCA inputs or balanced stereo audio on terminal block connectors, and delivers a […]

Peerless Hangs 103-Inch Plasma for Panasonic, Exhibits New Outdoor Display Enclosures

Peerless announced the company developed a new mount for Panasonic’s 103-inch plasma display. The mount has hook-on attachment brackets compatible with the plasma’s pre-installed spacers. It also has a vertical adjustment to help place the screen on the wall. The company also has new outdoor environmental enclosures for flat panels, which were shown at CEDIA. […]

Two New Designer Frames From Media Décor

Media Décor has been dressing up flat-panel TVs for a while with some nice looking frame solutions. Now, the company has two more, one of which features tilt and swivel via remote control. The QFX Robotic Frame is the designer picture frame with a remote controlled robotic arm for tilt and swivel. The arm guides […]

Dukane Announces New Interactive Whiteboard and Wireless Annotation Unit

Dukane introduced the LeaderBoard & AirSlate, two new products for education and training. The LeaderBoard is an interactive whiteboard, and the AirSlate is a wireless annotation and mouse control pad that lets the instructor roam around the room while giving a presentation. The LeaderBoard features electromagnetic technology. All computer controls are transferred to the multimedia […]

News in Brief

Christie supplies CP2000 digital projectors to Toronto Film Festival, and announces that Ball Aerospace standardizes on Christie with contract for 70 conference room projectors…Barco demonstrates at SIGGRAPH new VR Workroom for projecting info from multi-source, multi-window high-res mono and 3D stereo on large screens, and 21 Barco 2K digital cinema projectors used for “Monster House […]

New Wireless Microphone System From Shure

The new Performance Gear Wireless system from Shure lets you set up as many as nine compatible Performance Gear systems at once, operating them across multiple bands by selecting from ten tunable frequencies in each unit. Each receiver has an internal 1/4-wave antenna, an LED channel display, and rear panel output for both 1/4-inch and […]

Canon Goes High End With 5500 Lumen Projector That Can Pull Presentations off a Server

Canon announced the LV-7575, an LCD projector specified at 5500 ANSI lumens, 8900:1 contrast ratio and XGA resolution. Canon also put its lens expertise to use with a standard 1.3X Canon Optics lens and four optional high quality interchangeable lenses including the Ultra Wide Angle, Wide Angle Zoom, Long Focus Zoom, and Ultra Long Focus […]