Shure Microflex Wireless neXt 2 (MXW neXt 2) Microphone System is MS Teams Certified

February 27, 2024

Shure announced that the new Microflex Wireless neXt 2 (MXW neXt 2) Microphone System is certified for Microsoft Teams. This certification signifies the “seamless compatibility and reliable performance of the MXW neXt 2 with Microsoft Teams, providing users with exceptional audio quality in hybrid teaching and conferencing environments.” The MXW neXt 2 is an all-in-one […]

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Managing Complex Projects

February 26, 2024

If you’ve been in technology for any amount of time, you understand that managing a large project can be tricky to say the least. Strong project management skills are a must to create a schedule, assess dependencies, isolate lead times, organize installation crews, coordinate with other trades and keep all of this organized over the […]

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Sora Text-to-Video AI Changes the World: Artists Dread It, Producers Love It, Governments Both Fear and Embrace It

February 26, 2024

We all knew it was coming, but we didn’t expect it so soon. OpenAI, famous for its ChatGPT and Dall-E free-to-use AI system, unveiled a new text-to-video service to select researchers, beta testers, developers and policymakers. “Sora” generates up to one-minute videos from text prompts. You type in a sentence or two as a prompt […]

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AVIXA Foundation Opens Brad Sousa Impact Fund

February 22, 2024

The AVIXA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, is proud to officially open the Brad Sousa Impact Fund. The foundation is now accepting applications for grants as well as donations. The Brad Sousa Impact Fund was created to honor the profound legacy of the late Brad Sousa, chief technology officer […]

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Barco ClickShare Now Provides Usage Insights Directly to Microsoft’s Teams Rooms Pro Management Portal

February 22, 2024

Barco entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft around Teams devices that will enable ClickShare devices to provide data that will be available through Microsoft’s Teams Rooms Pro Management Portal. As you likely know, the Barco ClickShare solution enables users to host calls from their own laptop with their preferred videoconferencing platform, using the audio […]

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Security Versus Convenience

February 21, 2024

It does not take much time browsing the internet recently to find an instance of a cyber breach, data theft, invasion of privacy, or to read the expectations of an impending threat. Just Google what the FBI director told Congress recently about the threat that China poses to our critical infrastructure. I often find that […]

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Sennheiser Invests $7.5 Million in sensiBel Microphone Company

February 21, 2024

Sennheiser is investing 7 Million Euros ($7.5 Million USD) in the Norwegian MEMS microphone company sensiBel. The company has developed optical MEMS microphones, the miniature microphones enable a new and improved experience in application areas such as consumer electronics, automotive, conferencing solutions and medical devices. Driven by this aim, the company says it is further expanding […]

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2024 Edition

February 19, 2024

Welcome to my 24th annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! It’s been an honor to have written this for 24 straight years and even more of an honor for it to have so many thousands of readers annually — it’s almost always our most-read article of the year on rAVe [PUBS]. So, if you’re reading this right […]

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Dark Matter Wins German Systems Integration Award

February 14, 2024

Not all Dark Matter is found in outer space. This Dark Matter can be found in an industrial area in southeast Berlin, Germany. In the pitch-black rooms of a former factory site, visitors embark on a journey through seven immersive rooms brought to life with elaborate light installations, kinetic elements, projection mapping and 3D sound. […]

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Have You #AVtweeps Heard About the One With the 3 Million Hacked Toothbrushes?

February 14, 2024

A few weeks ago, a Swiss newspaper story about “3 million hacked toothbrushes” went viral. I personally shared a link about the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack with my cybersecurity coworkers via Teams message, prompting a number of comments and “Jurassic Park” memes. We all fell for it, but there is very little evidence that this […]

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Yes, the Las Vegas Sphere is AV-over-IP – Here’s How They Did It

February 14, 2024

Matrox Video detailed that multimedia system designer and integrator Fuse Technical Group chose Matrox Video’s technology to drive SMPTE ST 2110 routing, orchestration, conversion, and control inside Sphere in Las Vegas, where U2 is performing the venue’s first-ever shows. Show and event producers rely on the technology to feed and manage SMPTE ST 2110 signals […]

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CTI Buys Vistacom; Now Biggest Command and Control Integrator Globally

February 14, 2024

CTI has acquired Vistacom, Inc. of Allentown, Pennsylvania, the country’s biggest command and control room integrator. CTI says Vistacom’s proven NOC and Control Room design and integration services mark a significant expansion to CTI’s portfolio. CTI serves customers nationwide, with locations spread from Michigan to Texas, New Jersey to California, and worldwide as a member […]

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Legrand Adds Pam Hoppel as President of Legrand AV

February 14, 2024

Legrand just named Pam Hoppel as president of Legrand AV. As part of the LNCA CEO Executive Committee, Pam will drive all aspects of the AV business, including increasing customer satisfaction, operational excellence, sales and market share growth. Prior to joining Legrand, Pam held various leadership positions at Delta Faucet Company where, most recently as […]

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AV Sales Approach and the Need to Change

February 13, 2024

The genesis of this article is recent research that has been done with interviews of salespeople in the tech field. Two elements stood out to me. The first is that the majority of those salespeople interviewed said that “sales is harder today than they were before.” The second and most disconcerting element was that salespeople […]

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rAVe February 2024 Temperature Check — Survey Open!

February 8, 2024

Stadiums and arenas are an important part of AV. With the Super Bowl this weekend to Taylor Swift’s worldwide Eras Tour, none of these things would be possible without our industry. That’s why we’re curious to know if you work on any stadium projects and how big of a part of your business this is. […]

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AVer VB350 Receives Microsoft Teams Certification

February 6, 2024

AVer Information announced the VB350, a dual-lens enterprise-grade video bar, has been certified for Microsoft Teams. AVer’s VB350 integrates dual 4K lenses, delivering an expansive 113-degree field of view and versatile 18X optical zoom capability to capture vivid, detailed images across wide and deep perspectives. With its cutting-edge lens-shifting technology, the VB350 aptly captures all […]

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Is CES an ‘AV Show?’

February 5, 2024

As a techy person, I have always been intrigued by the Consumer Electronics Show. It has always been a mix of amazing new technology and useless new technology. I am surprised, though, that the show does not get much coverage in our industry, particularly in the education sector. I think there are a couple of […]

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ISE Celebrates ‘Record-Breaking’ 2024 Show

February 2, 2024

Integrated Systems Europe says the 2024 show was one of the most successful editions in its 20-year history. Taking place at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via venue, the show attracted 73,891 unique verified attendees from 162 countries. ISE says this represents an increase of 27% on the 2023 edition. On Wednesday the show had […]

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The Daily Raff: ISE 2024 Day 4 Thoughts

February 2, 2024

Wow. Wowowowowow. The show is officially over. We did it! Our final video count? 2,128. It’s been years since we shot this many videos and I am so impressed with how hard our team has worked to achieve such a feat. Let’s talk about ISE for a second, shall we? The show officially announced that […]

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Crestron Details Four New DM NAX Audio Edge Devices for Residential AV Market, But Two Work in ProAV Too

February 2, 2024

Crestron Electronics announced four DM NAX Audio Edge Devices to provide interoperability between audio sources for any AV-over-IP system. The company says each new accessory is available in two form factors: wall plates or surface mounts. A single network connection allows homeowners to control and manage the device through the Crestron Home OS. Other features […]

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The Daily Raff: ISE 2024 Day 3 Thoughts

February 1, 2024

Well, somehow we’ve made it to Day Three. And if you’re thinking, “the crowds may have thinned now,” you’re very wrong. The crowds have not thinned in most halls — it’s stayed consistently busy. If you have to get across Hall 3 for any reason, good luck. I actually spoke to Mike Blackman, managing director […]

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SMART Technologies Inks Distribution Deal With TD Synnex in USA

February 1, 2024

SMART Technologies has a partnership with TD SYNNEX in the United States. TD SYNNEX is a global distributor and solutions aggregator for the IT ecosystem. The companies say this partnership will offer more diverse buying options, giving education, public sector and business customers more ways to access interactive technology that helps create “meaningful connections.” SMART […]

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BenQ’s RE03 Board Series Interactive Whiteboard Integrates InstaShare 2 Wireless

February 1, 2024

BenQ debuted the RE03 Board Series interactive whiteboard integrated with InstaShare 2 wireless, identity management and antimicrobial technology aimed at the K-12 education market. Using license-free whiteboarding software, teachers can use any interactive lessons where they can choose the pen color, erase, open files or take screenshots. Like the rest of the BenQ Board smart […]

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Xilica and Yamaha Partner for UCC Bundle

January 31, 2024

Xilica and Yamaha Unified Communications say the brands have partnered designed to simplify the installation of ceiling audio systems in medium and large collaboration spaces. The joint room solution focusses on integration between the Xilica ecosystem of processors, speakers and control, and Yamaha’s ADECIA RM-CG ceiling-mounted beamforming microphone array, which provides coverage for rooms up […]

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AudioControl Director Model M6800 Has Dante Now; Aimed at ProAV

January 31, 2024

AudioControl announced that its Director Model M6800 multi-zone amplifier is available with Dante digital audio networking capability. AudioControl says the Director Series amplifiers deliver 100 watts/8-Ohms and 200 watts/4-Ohms per channel into 16 channels. The Model M6800 also features a powerful DSP engine that includes graphic and parametric equalization by zone, plus a switching matrix. […]

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The Daily Raff: ISE 2024 Day 2 Thoughts

January 31, 2024

Hello, everyone! Welcome to ISE 2024 and therefore, your ISE 2024 Day Two Daily Raff article. I’ll be honest. Today, I mostly ran around the show floor (quite frequently between Halls 3 and 5) and GOOD LORD. Hall 3 was so packed, you couldn’t move. It was almost like a general admission concert. And maybe […]

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AVer and Shure Collaborate on Voice Tracking Integration

January 31, 2024

AVer Information has partnered with Shure to integrate AVer’s PTZ Link and MT300(N) Matrix Tracking Box with Shure’s Microflex Advance MXA920 Ceiling Array Microphone, enabling simple-to-use voice tracking functionality for AVer’s AI Auto Tracking and Professional PTZ cameras. The companies say the AVer PTZ Link and the MT300(N) with PTZ Link Premium are designed to […]

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Logitech Takes Bold Steps Towards Sustainability; Gives Tech Away for Free

January 31, 2024

Today, Logitech announced that all video collaboration devices that run on the CollabOS operating system will now be manufactured with next-life plastics, helping enterprise customers support their sustainability objectives. Existing products– Rally Bar, Rally Bar Mini, Tap IP, Tap Scheduler and Scribe– are being refreshed with materials that lower the carbon impact of each product. […]

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ISE 2024 Keynote: Kicking Open All the Doors

January 31, 2024

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, I attended the first keynote of ISE 2024. This was extremely exciting and one of the first household names (since my time) I’ve seen give a keynote address at this show. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a journalist turned documentary filmmaker turned big blockbuster director. I was so excited to hear about her […]

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Sony Professional Displays Announces BRAVIA Displays, PTZ Cameras With AI and Environmental Initiative

January 31, 2024

Sony Professional Displays debuted the new BRAVIA BZ-L lineup and PTZ cameras (including the SRG-A12, SRG-A40, with enhanced AI PTZ Auto-framing capabilities) today. It also launched the BZ50L, BZ35L, BZ30L and EZ20L in various sizes, with the premium signage model being the BZ40L. Sony says the products are all aimed at making lessons more engaging, […]

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Samsung Wows With Crazy Good Transparent MicroLED; Like Seriously Good

January 30, 2024

Samsung debuted Transparent MICRO LED in the form of an actual commercial display using an extremely small MICRO LED chip, and it looks crazy good. The transparent MICRO LED can be customized to any size or ratio, offering another level of customization for customers. This technology could revolutionize the retail and exhibition spaces (depending on […]

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The Daily Raff: ISE 2024 Day 1 Thoughts

January 30, 2024

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to our ISE 2024 coverage and officially Day One of the show! What a first day it has been. I made sure to carve out some time to run around and grab some information on some newly released products, I interviewed executives at Shure, Xyte and Lenovo and I even met […]

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