For the second year in a row, we’re Expo’s official LIVE show CEDIA OnDemand press company. Last year, we Tweeted (@ravepubs) and shot over 300 videos of all sorts of new products launched at CEDIA Expo and posted them all during the show — so if you can’t come to CEDIA, it’ll be almost as […]
By Midori Connolly I’m a mommy. Coleman is six and Molly is two, going on three. If you’re a parent, then you probably know what happens towards the latter end of that second year. If you’re not a parent, then you’ve at least gone through the experience yourself (hopefully). Subterfuge aside, I’m referring to the […]
REVEAL IN-Wall cameras are Vaddio’s first architectural integrated PTZ cameras that allow the camera to blend into the wall of any videoconferencing or presentation application. Thanks to the cool design of the Vaddio REVEAL, the in-wall camera box uses the actual depth of the wall cavity to recess the camera into the wall, eliminating the […]
Michael Peppel, former head of the national AV integration company MCSi, which collapsed in 2003, plead guilty in federal court today to three charges — willful false certification of a financial report by a corporate officer, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit securities, mail, and wire fraud. The other 29 charges against him were dropped […]
Stewart Filmscreen Corporation has launched StarCam, an integrated camera housing for Stewart StarGlas laminated rear projection screen systems. Enabling videoconferencing for new and existing StarGlas installations, the StarCam provides a mount for video cameras in a clear glass port that is integrated into a black inlay border that frames the projected image. The system can […]
For more than two decades, WolfVision’s Professional Visualizers have been regarded as the ultimate high-end units on the market. The first Visualizer VZ-10, launched at the Photokina in 1988, already contained WolfVision’s patented recording system through two mirrors and synchronized light/image lenses. Now in the 22nd year of its existence, the latest models VZ-P18 and […]
In less than a year, QSC has become a leading contender for paging system applications with their Q-Sys digital paging platform – aimed at theme parks, cruise ships and museums. With the introduction of the PS-1600, PS-800, PS-400 page stations and a suite of supporting software functions, Q-Sys now addresses the needs of transportation hubs […]
It’s hard to make AV-oriented furniture exciting, but the fact is, we NEED it since off-the-shelf furniture doesn’t accommodate AV gear — even for something as simple as table-mics or cable routing for touch panel-based control systems. Sound-Craft Systems has added a line of customizable conference room tables designed for small- to medium-sized applications in […]
With its mobile DLP projectors NEC NP64 and NP43, NEC Display Solutions has launched the successors to its NP62 and NP41. Both models feature an autofocus function and simple operation with long lamp life and a brightness of 3000 and 2300 ANSI lumens, respectively, with a contrast ratio of 1600:1. Both the NP64 and NP43 […]
Dubbed the PowerLite S9, Epson is getting ready to ship a new $500 SVGA (800×600) projector with 2500 lumens, weighing in at 5npounds. Claiming to have a 5000-hour lamp, the S9 is aimed at the education market but will, no doubt, draw interest from traveling presenters looking for a bargain-priced projector since price drives that […]
Cisco launches its Cius tablet (pronounced “SeeUs”) for business, a 7” touch screen tablet computer running on the Android operating system. Yes, it’s definitely going to be compared to the iPad. But this Cisco product is all about business and Cius comes in two form factors: tablet and a desktop dock — a phone-like format. […]
At last month’s InfoComm, Extron rolled out larger panels, a larger controller and an assortment of mounting options that signaled their investment in control technology is only going to get bigger. The TLP 350MV is a 3.5″ touch panel, again, designed for wall or lectern use, in a 3-gang form-factor (making it an easy upgrade […]
Last week, Crestron announced that their DigitalMedia (DM) matrix switchers are available with redundant power supplies. According to Crestron, their redundant power supplies in DM matrix switchers deliver uninterrupted operation with a demonstrated MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of more than 1,000,000 hours. LEDs on the front panel show the status of each individual power […]
Designed for monitor wall applications, Sharp debuted a 60” LCD (PN-V601) with what they claim is the world’s slimmest bezel. The bezel itself is 2.4mm on the right and bottom sides, and 4.1 mm on the top and left, with a gap between units of only 6.5mm. That is, in fact, the slimmest we could […]
ClearOne is trying to get manufacturers to integrate their AV-over-IP technology into their products (e.g., projectors, monitors, lighting control, etc.) by launching the StreamNet Ready Partner Program. StreamNet is ClearOne’s patented technology (basically, what they acquired from NetStreams) used for streaming audio and video, as well as sending control, over a local area network (LAN). […]
Many counted Dukane down and out in the projector market just a few years ago, but they are actually getting stronger and now in the “Top 10 Projector Manufacturers” from our view. Their latest offering is an WXGA (1280×800) model dubbed the 8924HW-RJ and it’s spec’d at 3000 lumens, with a 5000-hour lamp and a […]
X431BT Offers Professional-Grade Features in Atypical 16:4 Size NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced a unique addition to its X Series, the 43-inch X431BT bar-type display. This professional-grade LCD was designed for those customers who want to capitalize on digital signage but do not have […]
Chief Raxxess. The days of clients building rooms to rack AV gear are all but gone, but we still obviously have the need to house the products. Chief’s line of rack enclosures is nice enough to go in the room and is also simple to specify with their RackBuilder design software.
Premier Mounts for the iPad mounting solutions. The iPad’s been out for almost three months and it’s estimated that over 8,000 of them are already integrated into ProAV and HomeAV systems — all without a decent mount or docking solution. Well, leave it up to a ProAV manufacturer (in this case, Premier Mounts) to show […]
Best Killer New App: Digital Projection and Mechdyne’s 3D Solution. DPI and Mechdyne had a consumer 3D solution at last year’s CEDIA we gave one of our Best of CEDIA Awards, and this commercial solution was no less spectacular. Combining four Titan projectors, a FUSION box for edge blending and signal processing, a domed screen, […]
The AMX IS XPress. This is a totally solid-state (no spinning hard drive) LINUX-based media player for digital signage apps.
SMART’s new 52” Interactive Flat Panel Display (Projector-less!). Imagine a 52” LCD integrated with a SMART overlay and interactive whiteboard technology as well as their MeetingPro software — allowing for multi-point collaboration anywhere in the world, as long as they’re connected via the network.
Extron’s DVS 510 Switcher. It’s a 10-input switcher (some digital, some analog and some combo) with three outputs and includes a 25-watt audio amplifier as well as preamp outputs. It’s the ultimate system switcher for any meeting room and we were thoroughly impressed with the scaling quality. It’s probably the best ProAV system switcher ever […]
WOW Vision’s VEOS. Although not ready for prime time yet (our demo included a handful of glitches), WOW Vision understands the future of meeting rooms. Basically, it’s a wireless server that allows anyone on the network to connect and present (stream) whatever he wants via Wi-Fi to a connected projector (totally wireless). It’s overpriced, at […]
LED – Specifically, NEC’s 2000 Lumen LED. NEC Showed us a 2000-lumen powered LED projector that uses multiple red, green and blue LEDs that allow it to reproduce 98 percent of the Adobe RGB color space reference — something LED and DLP can’t come close to. Simply impressive.
Extron’s XTRA Series of Amplifiers. In a market full of ho-hum audio products, it’s nice to see Extron get creative with audio — they’re small, they don’t weigh a ton, they’re Energy Star-qualified (in fact, they’re the first electronics products, ever, to earn Energy Star’s new UL Environment Energy Efficiency Certification (EEC) Mark).
eBeam’s projector-less, Web-based Interactive Whiteboard solutions allows teachers to use an existing whiteboard, normal whiteboard markers and a wireless network connection to transmit anything written on a whiteboard to any network connected display (real-time) — even iPads, iPhones and laptops. So students in a class (or remotely connected to a class) can see what’s written […]
Electro-Voice Tour X Speakers. EV has always been the leader in live sound and the new Tour X tops the top for staging applications.
Most Creative New Product: CQ Media’s Lifevue. We’re always looking for unique products that allow integrators to stand out and be creative in their projects. This is it! Lifevue is all about delivering content to people in a hospital bed – making that dreaded stay more interesting. Lifevue delivers (via an IP network — but […]
Audio Technica’s ES 963 Mic. We’ll bet that you weren’t expecting this award to go to a mic manufacturer, but in audio conferencing, the mic’s the thing that can make or break a good call. And if you’re doing a call in a room with multiple participants, they all need to be mic’d and if […]
polBest In-Booth Presenter/Presentation (tie): Polycom. If you went to their telepresence presentation (on the new OTX system), you’d agree with this choice – it was totally perfect. RP Visuals. We had to share this award with Randy Pagnan’s RP Visuals – he gave us the best 3-minute (err, well, 5-minute) booth tour ever.
Extron’s Audio Demo Room. This was all about technical education. We’ve been talking about the true value of InfoComm being education — far-and-away — over the actual AV gear shown each year, and this was a great example of that. This presentation was totally free and not a hard sales pitch for Extron audio gear […]