InfoComm: What You Need to Know About Smart Buildings

This column was reprinted with permission from InfoComm International and originally appeared here. By Brad Grimes It’s always a good sign when like minds come together and confirm something you’ve long suspected. Like the fact that demand for smart building technology is real and AV professionals are positioned to fill an “expertise void” in its integration […]

InfoComm: What You Need to Know About Smart Buildings

Sharp Ships 90″ LED TV

Sharp just started shipping its new 90″ HDTV in the form of the LC-90LE745U — the world’s largest LED TV. Specs include four HDMI 1.4 inputs, a VGA port, a component video port and a built in ATSC tuner. It’s capable of 3D imaging, offers a refresh rate of 240Hz and has built-in Wi-Fi. The […]

Sharp Ships 90″ LED TV

Apple TV: Wireless that Works!

By Scott Tiner I am a wired kind of guy. Wireless connections have failed me time and time again. From wireless mics that screech noise when they have interference from cellular phones, to Wi-Fi touch panels that need specially configured routers to work properly and still just drop off the network randomly, wireless is just not […]

Apple TV: Wireless that Works!

Peerless-AV Introduces SmartMount XT

This month Peerless-AV introduced the new SmartMount XT series of flat-panel TV mounts in articulating, tilt and flat styles, which the company says mount in a fraction of the time that standard mounts do. The line of pre-assembled, one-piece mounts can be affixed to walls by a single professional installer. They also now provide post-installation […]

Peerless-AV Introduces SmartMount XT

Christie Ships G Series Projectors

Christie is shipping its new G Series projectors, announced last month. The series includes two one-chip DLP models using a six-segment color wheel and offering a center-mounted lens. The DHD550-G is a native 1080p projector offering 5,000 lumens of brightness, while the DWU550-G is a WUXGA (1920×1200) projector with 5,100 lumens of brightness. Both have a […]

Christie Ships G Series Projectors

Back to School

By Scott Walker Over the past six years I have been striving to find the right balance point between our industry’s response to the global climate change mess we are inheriting/propagating and the present-day needs of our industry to stay viable and add value to our customers amidst a technological sea change that is breathtaking, in […]

Back to School

InfoComm Sustainable AV Award Given to Barco and Raymond Kent

InfoComm International presented its Sustainable AV Technology Award to Barco and to Raymond Kent, CTS, LEED AP, associate principal, director of innovative technology design group, Westlake Reed Leskosky. The awards were presented at the InfoComm 100, a conference designed to bring together top AV industry thought leaders and volunteers. The Sustainable AV Award was created […]

InfoComm Sustainable AV Award Given to Barco and Raymond Kent

Blue Phase LCDs Are Coming

By David Barnes A presentation at SID’s 50th Anniversary in September revealed that blue phase LCD are coming. I was impressed with early demonstrations of blue phase technology at DisplayWeek 2010 but there were several practical problems to solve and I pushed the topic to the back of my mind. Dr. Wu’s talk at the […]

Blue Phase LCDs Are Coming

BenQ Releases All-White, Mac-Compatible Monitors

BenQ’s new VW30 Series of vertical alignment (VA) LED monitors are designed to match Apple computers. BenQ’s white, asymmetrical VW2230H and VW2430H monitors do have a pretty sleek, simple look and are 21.5-inch and 24-inch displays, respectively. One interesting feature is a so-called Reading Mod where BenQ says the monitors will adjust their settings automatically […]

BenQ Releases All-White, Mac-Compatible Monitors

Polycom Heads to the Cloud, Adds Skype, Facebook and Google Talk Integration with RealPresence CloudAXIS

Polycom made several major announcements this week, one of which is new Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite, a cloud-based software suite that allows Polycom customers to add anyone on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk and other business video applications to their video conferences from a browser. RealPresence CloudAXIS is software suite that runs on the Polycom RealPresence […]

Polycom Heads to the Cloud, Adds Skype, Facebook and Google Talk Integration with RealPresence CloudAXIS

BenQ Ships Next-Generation SmartEco Projectors

BenQ is shipping what it’s calling “next generation” projectors with the MS517, MX518, and MW519 “SmartEco” projectors, which are aimed at small- to medium-sized spaces. All three are specified at 2,800 ANSI lumens and a contrast ratio of 13000:1, claiming a lamp life up to 6,500 hours. The difference is in resolution: SVGA (MS517), XGA […]

BenQ Ships Next-Generation SmartEco Projectors

NEC Upgrades LED-Based E Series

NEC Display debuted a third generation of its commercial-grade E Series monitors this month in the form of new 32-inch (E323), 42-inch (E423), 46-inch (E463) and 55-inch (E553) models. The entire E Series displays is targeted at affordable display options for educational, commercial AV, retail stores, quick-service restaurants, healthcare waiting rooms and fitness centers. Using […]

NEC Upgrades LED-Based E Series

Middle Atlantic Unveils Patent-Pending Series Surge Protection

Middle Atlantic is launching a technology called Series Protection — a new, patent-pending technology that the company says offers instantaneous (zero-delay) protection of AV systems. Series Protection was designed with non-sacrificial circuitry and Middle Atlantic says it ensures noise-free AV systems by protecting connected equipment without contaminating the system ground. Every model in the Series […]

Middle Atlantic Unveils Patent-Pending Series Surge Protection

LG Intros Third Generation Solar Panels for HomeAV Integration

LG Electronics today announced the MonoX NeoN premium series solar module — the third-generation of its solar energy solutions line-up and among the lightest available on the U.S market. The MonoX NeoN Premium series features the same 60-cell panel design of the MonoX module, however it claims a higher maximum high-efficiency output of 300 watts […]

LG Intros Third Generation Solar Panels for HomeAV Integration

Inside The EcoChamber: Interview with Bruce Toman of Perkins+Will

September’s Inside the EcoChamber interview is with Bruce Toman, AIA, a principal with Perkins+Will and member of InfoComm’s Smart Building Imperative Task Force. Scott Walker: As we in the AV industry play catch-up to the overall A/E/C industry with regard to sustainability, there are lessons we can learn about what it felt like for architects […]

Inside The EcoChamber: Interview with Bruce Toman of Perkins+Will

First Look at the Dell Latitute 10 Tablet

rAVe ED [Education] columnist Ken Royal was at the Dell Think Tank at MIT in Cambridge last week, and got a first look at the Dell Latitude 10 Tablet. Check out his video here:       You can read the rest of his blog about his visit over on his blog here.

First Look at the Dell Latitute 10 Tablet

The Importance of a Green Procurement Policy

Besides a solid sustainability policy, there is one other policy that anyone interested in Green AV needs to know about. Plus, it is actually an integral part of the sustainability policy. This is a procurement policy, which outlines an organization’s formal procedures and considerations for purchasing goods and services. Companies that implement formal, strategic procurement […]

The Importance of a Green Procurement Policy

Middle Atlantic Combines Power and Cooling in a Single Rackspace

The PowerCool Series from Middle Atlantic claims to be the industry’s first and only integrated power distribution and thermal management product. A family of single-space (1RU) power and cooling solutions, PowerCool uses Middle Atlantic’s purpose-designed quiet blowers. Each blower unit removes 50 CFM of heated air while providing high static pressure to maintain airflow even […]

Middle Atlantic Combines Power and Cooling in a Single Rackspace

Community Debuts Installation Series of Loudspeakers

Community has announced the second generation of its VERIS (VERsatile Installation Systems) Series. Dubbed the VERIS 2, these speakers are two-way and three-way speakers, plus subwoofer designs created for installed sound reinforcement and playback applications. The series includes 11 new models, from small-format enclosures for distributed systems, fill and delay applications to mid-sized three-way systems […]

Community Debuts Installation Series of Loudspeakers

NEC Adds 40″ LCD to Super Slim Line

NEC Display has announced the addition of the 40-inch X401S display to its super-slim category within the specialty X Series product line. Along with its 46-inch X461S and 55-inch X551S models, the X401S includes Intel’s Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) slot, an industry-wide standardization designed to simplify digital signage installations. Connectivity includes DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-D, […]

NEC Adds 40″ LCD to Super Slim Line

Almo Professional A/V Announces Last Chance to Register for E4 Dallas on September 13

Almo Professional A/V, in partnership with InfoComm International, announced the last chance to register for its next E4 AV training and networking event taking place in Dallas on Sept. 13. In addition to bringing more than 30 manufacturing partners and a newly updated set of 13 educational sessions, many worth CTS Renewal Units (RUs), a […]

Almo Professional A/V Announces Last Chance to Register for E4 Dallas on September 13

Offsetting: What the AV Pro Should Know

If you’re like me, when you first heard about carbon offsetting and carbon neutrality years ago, you rejoiced at being able to purchase a certificate that said we were doing the “right thing.” In our innocence, we figured we no longer had to feel guilty or concerned about the implications of our equipment wattage reaching […]

Offsetting: What the AV Pro Should Know

New Distributor Energy Squad to Offer Only GreenAV Products

A new distribution company was announced today, Energy Squad, which will focus on offering environmentally-friendly equipment to the custom install market. Energy Squad will offer products such as LED lighting, home automation systems, AV equipment, HVAC, energy management solutions and more. Energy Squad will also work with its vendors and partners to develop environmentally-friendly products […]

New Distributor Energy Squad to Offer Only GreenAV Products

Inside The EcoChamber: Interview with Jim Sinopoli of Smart Buildings, LLC

We continue our Inside the EcoChamber series with Jim Sinopoli, founder of Smart Buildings, LLC.  Smart Buildings provides owners, developers and architects with ways to manage, operate and meet their environmental and financial objectives through building systems. Scott Walker: One of the challenges in the GreenAV movement is people making the first step and moving […]

Inside The EcoChamber: Interview with Jim Sinopoli of Smart Buildings, LLC

Extron Debuts Fiber RS232 Control Inserter

Extron’s new FOX RS 104 is a four port RS232 inserter for long-haul transmission of control signals to remote source and destination equipment over fiber optic cabling. Each port provides a bidirectional fiber optic connection to an Extron FOX Series transmitter and receiver for the insertion and extraction of control data, while maintaining a continuous […]

Extron Debuts Fiber RS232 Control Inserter

Sharp Debuts New 60″ LCD With 2.4-Millimeter Bezel

The new 60″ LED-backlit LCD PN-V600 display has what Sharp is claiming is the thinnest bezel on the market. Designed for video wall applications where you want to create a giant, almost seamless image, the PN-V600 is specified to have only a 2.4-millimeter bezel on the right and bottom and 4.1 millimeter on the left […]

Sharp Debuts New 60″ LCD With 2.4-Millimeter Bezel

Vaddio Debuts Under $1000 Camera Controller

Vaddio’s new Hot-Shot is aimed at camera control in the classroom and allows any of the Vaddio ClearVIEW HD-Series of PTZ Cameras to have up to 16 presets. It’s used in conjunction with Vaddio’s preset trigger devices, including the MicVIEW Mic Mixer/Switcher, StepVIEW Mats, AutoVIEW IR sensors, PresenterPOD or TouchVIEW. Triggering one of these devices […]

Vaddio Debuts Under $1000 Camera Controller

InfoComm Sets Dates for U.S. Shows Through 2019

InfoComm International has announced its future rotation plans for its annual InfoComm exposition and conference. InfoComm 2013 will be held at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center’s West Building, June 12 to 14. InfoComm 2014 will be held at Las Vegas Convention Center’s North and Central Halls, June 18 to 20. The show will rotate between […]

InfoComm Sets Dates for U.S. Shows Through 2019

Almo’s Fall E4 Tour Hits Dallas and NY — Kayye to Bring Back Krystal Ball

Almo Professional A/V, in partnership with InfoComm International, has now opened registration for the Fall 2012 portion of its E4 AV training and networking event. Almo will stop in Dallas on Sept. 13 and New York on Oct. 3, bringing more than 30 manufacturing partners displaying hundreds of new products. Almo will also offer a […]

Almo’s Fall E4 Tour Hits Dallas and NY — Kayye to Bring Back Krystal Ball

Peerless Ships Portable Large LCD Stand

At InfoComm, Peerless debuted its SC590, a floor-stand on which a giant LCD TV to (up to 90″) can be mounted and made portable — basically, portable digital signage. With an incremental tilt of -2°, 0° and +5°, internal cable management, 4″ casters, the black powder coated SC590 is capable of holding any monitor up […]

Peerless Ships Portable Large LCD Stand

DPI Announces New 6000-Lumen Projector For $3,995

Digital Projection International announced today the new E-Vision WXGA 6000, the newest member of DPI’s aggressively-priced E-Vision projector series. The WXGA (1280×800) projector offers up to 6,000 lumens in brightness and a specified contrast ratio of 2400:1, plus an array of lens options, a dual lamp set-up and advanced color controls. Distinct to the new […]

DPI Announces New 6000-Lumen Projector For $3,995

VIA Launches Android-Based, GreenAV Digital Signage Player

Developed for the Android operating system, the Energy Star-rated VIA ARM is an all-in-one digital signage player that can either stream network content or play content via its solid state memory on-board. The VIA ARM DS system is an energy-efficient system, consuming less than 10 watts, with a vertically-oriented design that measures just 18x12x2.5 centimeters. […]

VIA Launches Android-Based, GreenAV Digital Signage Player