New DL.2 Collage Generator Now Available

High End Systems announced the new Collage Generator for DL.2. The DL.2 is a unit that combines a media server loaded with digital content with a high output 3-chip light engine, a highly sensitive HAD sensor camera, and an infrared illumination system. The company says the DL.2 mounts like any other intelligent moving luminaire, and […]

The Passing of Jeffrey E. Bollinger

The AV industry is mourning the passing of AV veteran Jeffrey E. Bollinger. He was the Director of Audio Visual and Sound System Design at Acentech, Inc. of Cambridge, MA (formerly Bolt, Beranek, and Newman, Inc.) where he had worked for the past 32 years. He was a member of the Acoustical Society of America […]


Has there ever been a product phenomenon like the iPod? Think about it. Here’s this device that costs either $100, $200, $300 or $400, depending on which model you choose to get, that I see Generation X, Y and even little-old-ladies wearing at the gym — all to make tunes portable. My daughter has one, […]

New Kramer Power Tower Plus Provides Simple, Unobtrusive Tabletop Connections

This is pretty nice —simple installation providing lots of tabletop connections. Kramer Electronics introduced the Power Tower Plus, a connection management system designed for conference tables. This system is constructed of black anodized aluminum and rugged ABS plastic and does not employ any mechanical mechanisms. Once installed, a user presses the rocking cover, pulls up […]

BroadSign Upgrades Network Management Software

BroadSign announced the company upgraded its network management software to include reporting how many times each ad was played on each screen. Proof of Performance Reports will then compare achieved exposures against the planned ones, so advertisers will not be billed for the ads not delivered due to a technical problem. The new software version […]

Panasonic to Ship 103-Inch Pro Plasma by Year End

Panasonic Broadcast announced that the company’s 103-inch professional plasma will ship by the holidays. The TH-103PF9UK monitor is specified at HD 1920 x 1080 resolution and 4000:1 contrast ratio. Panasonic also announced the same shipping dates for the company’s consumer television version of the 103-inch plasma — at the same $69,995.95 price point. Both the […]

Founders Release HDMI 1.3 Spec

HDMI is already the champ when it comes to consumer (and even Pro) electronics, and now the technology gets a boost with the release of a major enhancement to the spec. It was signed off by the HDMI founder companies (Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), Royal Philips Electronics, Silicon Image, Inc., Sony […]

InFocus to Shift Call Center to India

InFocus told company employees last week that the 30 people working in the company’s call center will lose their jobs due to a decision to contract that work to India, reported The news came five days before InFocus reported second quarter revenues Tuesday. On revenues of $97.6 million, the company posted a net loss […]

Chief Adds Feature Set to New Mounts

Chief’s new RPA Elite series of custom and universal mounts has the same independent roll, pitch and yaw, with integrated cable management and security. But the new series has a new design and adds MicroZone adjustments for micro adjustment with a No. 2 screwdriver, macro adjustment with Centris technology which allows movement with a touch […]

Panasonic Debuts Financing for ProAV Resellers

Panasonic Broadcast announced an agreement with Partners Equity Capital Company (PECC) for financing and leasing programs to business customers buying Panasonic professional video equipment. The Panasonic Finance Solutions program is administered by PECC through Panasonic’s current professional video reseller network. Panasonic Finance Solutions’ goal is to make acquisition of Panasonic pro video equipment easier and […]

Promethean Introduces New Whiteboard Products

Promethean introduced a 95-inch interactive whiteboard and short-throw projector system. The new 95-inch Activboard, available in the fall 2006, has an anti-glare electromagnetic surface. Users use the battery-free Activpen or the new 21-inch Activwand, which permits early learners and special needs students to more easily select and interact with objects on the board that may […]

TANDBERG’s HD Videoconferencing

TANDBERG incorporated high definition into the company’s video conferencing products with systems that automatically select the optimal video quality for the bandwidth available. They also offer CD-quality audio, encryption and dual stream support for displaying participants and presentations at the same time. TANDBERG HD includes the Centric 1700 MXP, a desktop system with a 20-inch […]

Dukane Offering Avocent Wireless Extender

Dukane Corporation announced the company now offers the Avocent LongView Wireless Extender as a wireless solution to Dukane’s ImagePro data video projectors as well as the complete line of LCD and plasma displays. Audio, video and PC content are transmitted wirelessly from the source computer to the output device using the Avocent patented proprietary compression engine […]

ViewCast Ships Portable Streaming Video Presentation System

ViewCast is shipping Niagara GoStream, a single-channel, portable streaming media encoder. GoStream creates and presents AV over the internet. The company says it is designed for experts and beginners alike, and can capture video in any location – indoor or remote. GoStream uses EZStream event buttons, which allow users to load pre-defined encoding profiles for […]

Manufacturers Forum Addresses Exporting Labor, Standards and Survival of the Dealer

By Alex Gibson Moderated for the second year in a row by rAVe Columnist Gary Kayye, the panel consisted of Rashid Skaf, President and CEO of AMX Corporation, Mike Jones, VP and General Manager of Barco, Andrew Edwards, President of Extron Electronics Inc., Scott Gledhill, Director of Global Strategy for Meyer Sound Laboratories Inc., and […]

ClearOne Introduces Two New Audio Conferencing Products

ClearOne introduced the Chat 150 and the Converge Pro. The Chat 150 is a speaker phone designed for individual or small group use that connects to enterprise phones, PCs, and video conferencing systems. The Converge Pro series includes professional-grade conferencing systems and it is expected to eventually replace the current XAP series. Upgrades include better […]

Conferencing Demo Features Mayo Clinic Docs, Execs From InfoComm, PolyVision, Sony

While a lot of technology is shown at InfoComm, it’s a rare opportunity to actually see it in action. That’s why the conference at the PolyVision booth was so special. Not only did we hear how AV technology is used in medicine, we heard, and saw, the live discussion on a PolyVision Thunder and Sony […]

Grass Valley Shows Fully Integrated Robotic SD/HD Camera System at InfoComm

Grass Valley demonstrated the new HDC Robotic Camera System for the ProAV market. This is designed for large houses of worship, sports and entertainment venues, museums, government agencies and corporate television studios; and other organizations that need automated, tapeless production systems. This is an all-in-one robotically controlled HD camera system. Available in several different versions […]

IPELA: Sony’s New HD IP Video Communications System

Sony introduced the IPELA, a high-definition IP-based video communications system at InfoComm. Sony says it’s specifically designed for broadcast and content creation applications. The PCS-HG90 codec, combined with the PCSA-CHG90 pan-tilt-zoom camera, can transfer HD-resolution video and stereo audio over an IP network during on-air news interviews or in fixed camera applications like weather or […]

PolyVision Announces PinPoint for Remote Whiteboard Diagnostics

PolyVision has a new technology for interactive whiteboards diagnostics. PinPoint allows a dealer or PolyVision, or the support staff at the organization, to remotely view any written text on a PolyVision interactive whiteboard as well as the internal readings of the touch sensitive system. This reduces travel time to remote locations, helps in training, makes […]

SMART Makes Five New Product Announcements at InfoComm

SMART Technologies announced two new interactive whiteboards, new interactive pen displays, an upgrade to Bridgit conferencing software and GoWire, an auto-launch cable. The new interactive whiteboards are the SMART Board 6000i and 690. The 6000i combines the SMART whiteboard with a new Unifi projector with built-in audio. The projector mounts on the wall above the […]

Also at InfoComm, Crestron introduced a cool new WiFi handheld control system, the Isys i/O TPMC-4X

Crestron says this latest addition to the Isys i/O Touchpanel Media Center line of products is the first handheld touchpanel controller that delivers complete 2-way WiFi communication, for seamless system integration in modern facilities. The TPMC-4X offers direct high-speed wireless communication with any Ethernet Crestron control system, providing complete control of AV, lighting, HVAC, shades […]

Crestron Adds Video to iMedia, Announces RoomView 7.0, Introduces VERY Cool Handheld WIFi Control System

Crestron added video to the company’s iMedia. iMedia is a one-wire control solution, transmitting power, control data, computer signals, high quality audio and now composite video over a single CAT5 in situations where your customers need simple, PC-only room applications for projector control and source selection. The new IM receivers all feature composite video outputs […]

Crestron Showcases RoomView 7.0 Remote Management

RoomView 6.0 is released, but Crestron already announced plans for RoomView 7.0., the next release of the company’s multi-user resource management program for facility-wide monitoring, control and reporting of AV resources and environmental systems. Version 7.0 will automate and streamline several management and technical support functions for better efficiency and improved systems support. Built-in reporting […]

Barco Announces LEDs With Higher Brightness and Contrast

Barco, which showed some huge and gorgeous LED displays at the company’s InfoComm booth, announced the new OLITE 612 at InfoComm. The new OLITE 612, has a pixel pitch of 12mm and a bright light output of 6000NITs. It also features a new shader design for darker black levels especially in broad daylight. This new […]

Clarity Introduces New Control Room, Digital Signage Products at InfoComm

Clarity introduced new LCD and DLP displays at InfoComm, designed for control room and digital signage applications. The control room displays include the SP Series, rear-projection displays using Smooth Picture DLP technology for better video. These are available in 50, 67 and 70-inch sizes and use Clarity’s new (SiFi) technology that monitors and automatically balances […]

Lighthouse Launches 4mm LEDs

Lighthouse Technologies showed the company’s new 4mm R4 LED display screen. The company says it’s the first Lighthouse product to be fully RoHS (Restrictions on Hazardous Substances) compliant for lead-free products. This system uses 14-bit processing, a fanless design (cooled by natural convection) and it has a seamless mechanical cabinet system with interlocking king-pin connectors […]

Mitsubishi Announces Commercial LCD Monitors

The new the LDT321V and LDT371V (32″ and 37″ diagonal) LCD monitors from Mitsubishi are designed specifically for video displays in the digital signage market. Interestingly, these monitors come with their own scheduling controls for easy planning of on/off, presentation timing, image changeovers and more. Accessing menus and controlling information is done through the RS232 […]

New Panasonic Plasmas

Panasonic introduced the 9 Series plasmas at InfoComm. Performance improvements incude higher video capabilities, greater flexibility and a thin, 15-percent lighter design. The new series includes three high definition panels 50” TH-50PH9UK, 42” TH-42PH9UK, and 37” TH-37PH9UK and the standard definition 42” TH-42PS9UK. The 9-Series uses 16-bit processing, and is specified at 10,000:1 contrast level. […]

New PC-Less ViewSonic Signage

ViewSonic announced the NMP-500 Network Media Player and a 42-inch ND4200-LS Net IP integrated display at InfoComm06. The system allows streaming video and HTML information via Ethernet at up to 20 MB per second, and the integrated ND4200-LS also features an internal 40GB hard drive to support local playback of digital media content. Clarity says […]

Westinghouse Digital and Almo Target ProAV Market

Westinghouse Digital Electronics and Almo Corp. announced an expansion of their strategic distribution agreement to include the Pro AV market, targeting the system integrator and digital signage channels. The limited Westinghouse rollout at Almo in Q3 includes 27-, 32- and 42-inch Professional LCD monitors. The RS232 connector will be built into these displays’ boards, along […]

Adtec Digital Introduces Soloist 4111 HD Digital Media Server

Adtec introduced at InfoComm the Soloist 4111 HD, a digital media server for MPEG 4 H.264, MPEG 2 and VC-1 high definition and standard definition media playback from a hard drive, IP stream decoding, and Cable QAM, Satellite QPSK and terrestrial ATSC and DVB-T interfaces. The Soloist 4111 allows playback of HD MPEG 4, MPEG-2 […]