Vaddio Shows Video Whiteboard

Vaddio, known primarily for specialty pan/tilt/zoom cameras and high-end camera control systems, announced that they’re getting into the whiteboard market via the launch of the first high definition (patent pending) Video Whiteboard. Vaddio says their new Video Whiteboard completely replaces the existing need for fixed or PTZ cameras in a classroom system environment. The Video […]

Vaddio Shows Video Whiteboard

Back to the (AV) Future

AV technology in Education has made big advances over the last couple decades.  It’s been (and continues to be) a great time to be involved with ProAV.  And with spring upon us and “renewal” in the air, it’s exciting to consider new possibilities. But as we all know, to get to May flowers, we must […]

Back to the (AV) Future

Sanyo Launches 4500 Lumen 7-Pound Projector

The new XGA resolution (1024×768) 3LCD projector, dubbed the PLC-XU116 from Sanyo, is specified at 4500 ANSI lumens, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and is aimed at education installs. Integrated with both wireless and wired network connectivity, the 7-pound PLC-XU116 isn’t the quietest LCD projector on the market at 30dB, but it is far quieter than […]

Sanyo Launches 4500 Lumen 7-Pound Projector

Futuresource Says One Million Whiteboards to Be Sold in 2010

The Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) phenomenon continues to take hold, with nearly 750,000 boards sold worldwide in 2009 and the market on track to top one million sales in 2010, according to a new strategic report from Futuresource Consulting. “All regions experienced major growth last year, spread across multiple countries rather than localized hotspots,” says Colin […]

Futuresource Says One Million Whiteboards to Be Sold in 2010

The Six Phases of an AV Project

The “six phases of a project” (see image, author unknown) is one of those humor file items that is funniest to those who have lived through such an experience (and are still willing to laugh about it).  It’s also a sanity check when you’re in the middle of one, and feeling like the working environment […]

The Six Phases of an AV Project

Extron Debuts Classroom AV System Configurator

Last week, Extron launched an online Classroom A/V System Configurator, an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop configuration utility that allows users to customize PoleVault, WallVault, and VoiceLift-based AV systems. Extron says the graphical user interface of the Classroom A/V System Configurator makes system customization easy, and wizards ensure that only valid systems are built and vital accessories are […]

Extron Debuts Classroom AV System Configurator

Samsung Shows New Document Camera

Last month, Samsung announced the $799 SAMCAM 860 — a 1.4 megapixel (SXGA resolution) document panel with 6x optical zoom, a “video recording on-board” feature and an integrated 32GB SD Memory card.  Samsung claims the SAMCAM 860 outputs 30fps HD video with resolutions up to 1280×720 and even includes both video and audio outputs (for […]

Samsung Shows New Document Camera

Sanyo Launches Two New Short-Throw Lens Mounts with Built-in Speakers

Targeted to the educational market, the MT-EDU 101 and MT-EDU 102 eliminate the need to use the projector’s internal speakers  (does anyone actually build systems to use the internal speakers?) or a separate audio system by incorporating a 50-watt two-channel amplifier and two powerful 25-watt rated two-way speakers into the chassis of the wall mount. […]

Sanyo Launches Two New Short-Throw Lens Mounts with Built-in Speakers

Sanyo To Launch Short-Throw Projector

SANYO will launch a new ultra short-focus projector model, LP-WL2500, scheduled to ship in July.  The 230-watt, 2500 ANSI lumen LP-WL2500 projector is a WXGA (1280×768) resolution 3LCD projector that, from 33 inches, can project an 80-inch-wide image.  Of course, like almost every Sanyo projector, it’s networkable, has both VGA and HDMI inputs and uses […]

Sanyo To Launch Short-Throw Projector

3D for Me?

If you watch developments in consumer AV, you’re likely picking up some of the buzz with the latest push toward 3DTV.  As such perhaps you’re also starting to give some serious thought to what that may mean to you as an AV consumer, and then, what the impact might be in education applications.  So when […]

3D for Me?

Extron Launches WallVault for Education Market

Extron has launched WallVault Systems, a family of complete, centralized A/V switching and control systems designed for use with wall-mounted, short-throw projectors and flat panel displays. According to Extron, these are easy-to-use, easy-to-install, economical classroom A/V systems that use twisted pair technology for transmitting signals and include network connectivity for Web-based asset management, monitoring, and […]

Extron Launches WallVault for Education Market

Extron Debuts New Digital Audio Matrix Processor

Extron Electronics announced the availability of the DMP 64, a 6×4 audio matrix mixer featuring Extron ProDSP, a digital signal processing platform for audio signal routing and control. The DMP 64 features six mono mic/line inputs, each of which can be mixed into any or all four mono line outputs. ProDSP has tools to control […]

Extron Debuts New Digital Audio Matrix Processor

Crestron Ships New Media Presentation Audio Amp

According to Crestron, the MP-AMP30 is a low cost audio amplifier for applications in which audio from source equipment is directly connected to and switched by the video projector. The MP-AMP30 amplifier drives the audio signal from these sources directly to external speakers. The surface-mountable MP-AMP30 is 15 watts per channel and can drive one […]

Crestron Ships New Media Presentation Audio Amp

Optoma’s Next Gen Pocket Projector

Optoma has launched the next generation of its pocket projector, Pico PK102. Although not an education-type product, it’s worth mentioning since this tiny pocket projector has a memory card, a VGA input port and is aimed at small presentation environments.  The transfer and storage of photos, movies or PowerPoint/Keynote presentations onto the Pico PK102 is […]

Optoma’s Next Gen Pocket Projector

The AV Technologically-Challenged

As we wind down the calendar year, here’s a light-hearted column on one of the AV Club pet peeves.  That being, some end users just don’t get it — AV technology, that is. While their seemingly naive attempts at using AV technology may be innocent enough, the impact ranges from embarrassing (mostly for them) to […]

The AV Technologically-Challenged

Chief Launches New Mini-Mount

At InfoComm, Chief Manufacturing announced a new line of mini projector mounts that will be available late summer 2009.  Chief’s new Mini RPA Elite (RSMA) is a miniature version of the popular RPA Elite (RPM) projector mount, meant for today’s smaller projectors. The mini mount features a newly designed universal projector interface bracket with convenient […]

Chief Launches New Mini-Mount

Canon Tries to Make Impact with Two New Projectors

Canon hasn’t really ever been a big player in data projectors, but at InfoComm, they just became more competitive with two new products:  the REALis WUX10 and the REALiS SX80. As a differentiator, Canon has embedded both projectors with the DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications for Medicine) standard Part 14 – which standardizes displaying of […]

Canon Tries to Make Impact with Two New Projectors

The (Great) AV Treasure Hunt

By Greg Bronson, CTS-D The members of the AV Club should be relatively unphased by, and perhaps even thrive on, the myriad of technical idiosyncrasies that seem to come with working with AV systems in education.  We grumble when “others” phase out, or come up with new, promising technology, seemingly unaware of how their actions […]

The (Great) AV Treasure Hunt

3M Launches Multi-Touch Touch Screen Overlay Kit for 19″ Monitors

No one denies that touch screen displays are way more interactive that regular flat-screen displays.  And, 3M has added to the mix by introducing a multi-touch developer kit that tracks up to 10 individual fingers and is compatible with the Microsoft Windows 7 platform.  Here’s a video we shot at InfoComm 09. The 3M Multi-Touch […]

3M Launches Multi-Touch Touch Screen Overlay Kit for 19″ Monitors

Anoto’s penPresenter Shocks All at InfoComm

This was one of the coolest education-market products we saw at the show.  Dubbed the penPresenter, little-known Anoto allows you to annotate over PowerPoint slides WITHOUT anything but printed-out notes from your slides and a clipboard in your hand.  It’s almost impossible to describe, so go watch this video. Amazing, huh?  The penPresenter is available […]

Anoto’s penPresenter Shocks All at InfoComm

Gyration Debuts Multi-Mouse Mouse

If you like the Nintendo Wii controller, you’ll love having this mouse in your classroom.  Doubling as a desktop mouse for a PC, you can lift the Gyration Go Pro Air Mouse all over the place to add functionality beyond just changing slides in a presentation including annotation, bulleting slides and activating presentation special effects. […]

Gyration Debuts Multi-Mouse Mouse

Extron Launches Touch Panels for MediaLink Line Aimed at Education

With the launch of their new TouchLink line of touch panels at InfoComm, Extron is truly a full-fledged control system company. TouchLink is being promoted as the first fully configuration-based touch panel control system with the power to handle the control needs of single classrooms rooms, dual-display rooms, divisible meeting rooms, multi-image systems, and even […]

Extron Launches Touch Panels for MediaLink Line Aimed at Education

Chief Ships In-Wall Power Extension System

 Aimed squarely at simple wall-mount flat-panel mount applications, Chief Manufacturing has announced the release of the new PB1 In-Wall Power Extension System, shipping this month! The PB1 is a sleek solution for getting power where you need it, while managing cables and keeping them out of sight. For a clean installation, simply route cables in […]

Chief Ships In-Wall Power Extension System

SANYO Debuts Quartet of Wired and Wireless Projectors for the Classroom

SANYO announced today the introduction of four new ultraportable LCD projectors, designed for education and business presentation: the PLC-XU355, PLC-XU350, PLC-XU305, and the PLC-XU300. The PLC-XU355 and PLC-XU305 feature what SANYO says is the industry’s first “simple wireless setting,” which means you can insert the supplied USB memory stick into any PC or MAC and […]

SANYO Debuts Quartet of Wired and Wireless Projectors for the Classroom

SDK Available for SMART Table

Could the SMART Table become the iPhone of the ProAV market?  SMART hopes so, with the release of their own SDK (software development kit) for the new SMART Table multi-touch table design.  The SMART Table is definitely a groundbreaking interactive display table designed specifically for pre-K-3 students (ages 4-8). And to encourage the rapid development […]

SDK Available for SMART Table

Hitachi Releases New LCD Projector Designed for Education

Hitachi announced at the end of last month a new native XGA 3LCD projector aimed specifically at the education market – the CP-X2010. The company says the projector offers a new 4,000-hour hybrid filter, which lowers the total cost of ownership. The projector features a brightness of 2,200 lumens, 500:1 contrast ratio, and 16 Watts […]

Hitachi Releases New LCD Projector Designed for Education

EPSON Launches “Budget-Conscious” Document Camera Aimed at K-12

I am continually amazed that document cameras are still in use in schools in departments other than science, but they are.  Here’s a new one that’s not a budget-breaker.  Last week, EPSON announced a new easy-to-use and affordable DC-06 document camera called the DC-06, featuring XGA (1024×768) resolution.  Because of its small footprint (and it […]

EPSON Launches “Budget-Conscious” Document Camera Aimed at K-12

The Future of Classroom Projection Could be Pico Projectors

As quality continues to improve, we at rAVe think that ultimately every teacher will carry around a projector so they have it whenever they need it.  And, it could be in a phone one day (remember we said that – think iPhone or iPod Touch with embedded projector).  In the mean time here’s one with […]

The Future of Classroom Projection Could be Pico Projectors

Training More Important Than Ever in Bad Economy

By Scott Tiner, CTS A few weeks ago I was talking with a colleague about this year’s InfoComm show in Orlando.  He was disappointed that he could not attend.  His institution, he told me, had “canceled all unnecessary travel.”  As he was not the person who made this decision, I did not try to convince […]

Training More Important Than Ever in Bad Economy

What’s Old is New Again

By Greg Bronson, CTS-D Whether you are a technology manager, or vendor, for the education AV market, much of what we do is incremental improvements to an organization’s broader AV communications infrastructure.  This work is planned in the context of the latest and greatest technology and within a — perhaps, lately, not so great — […]

What’s Old is New Again

Premier Mounts’ GearBox Provides Security for Flat-Panel Mounts in Schools

In response to the increasing, yet seemingly incompatible, demands for protecting A/V investments and expanding placement options, Premier Mounts has introduced the GearBox line of enclosures for A/V equipment and flat-panel displays. The new product line provides the flexibility and protection required by a wide spectrum of customers – from educational institutions to high traffic […]

Vivitek Enters School Projector Market

Little known Vivitek has entered the school projector market with a product they are actually calling a crossover projector that can be used at school during the day and then taken home at night! Vivitek, calling themselves the “environmentally responsible manufacture of today’s most innovative visual display and presentation products,” launched its new D735VX projector […]