VR Tech Firm Igloo Vision Gets $2.8 Million Investment, Expands Global Growth Plans

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Igloo Vision has secured a new £2 million ($2.8 million) investment to support its global growth plans. Igloo Vision’s technology and software enables any digital content (including immersive virtual reality or 360° content) to be displayed in a physically shared space. In the past, the firm has operated by renting and selling its dome-like immersive […]

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#DearVendor Podcast and Higher Ed: Speaking Directly to the Industry

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Several months ago I started a podcast here on rAVe called #DearVendor. The idea behind the podcast is the AV industry is an ecosystem — we are only healthy if all parts of the industry are healthy. In the podcast, I give tech managers (aka in-house integrators) an opportunity to tell manufacturers, integrators, programmers, designers […]

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Unboxing the FLEX From Newline Interactive!

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Chances are, you’ve heard of the Newline FLEX — we even covered it last year when it was first unveiled on the market. The Newline FLEX is a solution completely designed for desktop collaboration. The 27-inch monitor includes capacitive touch, full device touchback capability (with palm rejection), USB Type C connectivity (with power) and an […]

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Yamaha Unified Communications Expands Enterprise Sound Bar Lineup

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Yamaha Unified Communications announced a new model to its Enterprise Sound Bar lineup, the ESB-1090. The model is aimed at remote conferencing, classrooms and hotel guest rooms, lobbies or meeting rooms. The ESB-1090 features three modes: Conference, Education and Hotel. Yamaha’s ESB-1090 features two subwoofers, two mid-range speakers and two tweeters. It connects to any […]

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Planar Announces Release of DirectLight Ultra Series

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Planar today announced the release of the Planar DirectLight Ultra Series, a premium line of fine pitch LED video wall displays. The Planar DirectLight Ultra Series includes models with MicroLEDs, off-board power supply, proprietary alignment technology and built-in processing. Offering models in 0.6, 0.7, 0.9 and 1.2-millimeter pixel pitches, the Planar DirectLight Ultra Series is […]

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Extron Launches Two-Way Ceiling Tile Speaker

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Extron launched a new SoundField SF 228T Plus two-way ceiling tile speaker for low impedance and 70-volt/100-volt systems. Now available for immediate delivery, it has a new coaxial driver that delivers high power handling with smooth frequency response. This design features 2 foot by 2 foot (610-millimeter x 610-millimeter) by 5.3-inch (135 mm) deep enclosure […]

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Lumens Digital Optics Officially Enters AV-over-IP Market With OIP Series

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Lumens Digital Optics just entered the AV-over-IP market with a 1Gbps family of products that includes encoders (OIP-D50E, OIP-D40E), decoders (OIP-D50D, OIP-D40D), and the controller (OIP-D50C). The OIP series delivers “visually lossless” 4K/1080p AV signals with ultra-low latency over long distances through standard IP networks. The solutions are ideal for a wide range of environments, […]

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LG Business Solutions Releases TR3DJ Interactive Display Series for K-12 Collaboration

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LG Business Solutions has introduced a series of interactive displays designed for K-12 and integrated with remote-teaching technology. The new LG TR3DJ series is available in 65, 75 and 86-inch models. All three interactive displays feature IPS display panels and are native 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) resolution along with a 20-point, multitouch surface. […]

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Professional Audio in AV — Emerging From a Pandemic

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James Kirby Futuresource Consulting The professional audio market has traditionally been an area of long-term growth, driven by macro factors and innovation across a range of vertical and product segments. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 came as an unprecedented shock to the industry, negatively impacting many of the industries which previously provided long-term growth for […]

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Sennheiser Updates MobileConnect Wi-Fi for Larger Audio Streams

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Sennheiser has updated its MobileConnect Wi-Fi streaming solution for simpler use and a new “Standalone Use” mode. MobileConnect’s new Standalone Mode allows higher education institutions to integrate MobileConnect into their existing Wi-Fi network for assistive listening support. This plug-and-play mode is especially attractive for smaller systems and first installations, yet the solution is still fully scalable. Each MobileConnect […]

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Sony Adds Touch Technology to Displays Through TSItouch Collaboration

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Sony’s BZ40H series of 4K HDR displays announced a technology collaboration with interactive specialist TSItouch. The collaboration adds infrared (IR) multitouch technology to the 55, 65 and 75-inch models of Sony’s BRAVIA professional displays. TSItouch Pulse Type IR technology detects virtually any input — including a finger, gloved finger, stylus or pen — and enables […]

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Barco Intros ClickShare Present Family

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Barco just expanded the ClickShare family with two new models in what the company is calling the ClickShare Present family. The entry-level C-5 is designed for huddle spaces and small meeting rooms, offering simply wireless 4K content sharing. The high-end C-10 is for interactive collaboration in any meeting space, adds better video performance (higher video […]

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Extron Announces Quantum Expansion Cards for Large Video Walls

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Extron just announced the availability of Quantum Expansion IN and Quantum Expansion OUT cards that simplify the design, integration, and operation of large video walls. The cards link up to five Quantum Ultra frames together, extending the high-speed HyperLane bus between processors. Once configured, the processors operate as a single system with a common, shared […]

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Comprehensive Connectivity Company Intros New Kits That Turn Any Space Into a Workspace

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Comprehensive Connectivity Company just introduced the Work Anywhere Connectivity Kits that can turn any space into a workspace. Designed for USB-C enabled laptops, the Work Anywhere Kits include either the Comprehensive VersaHub or VersaDock and include a bundle of cables for connecting anywhere you may be working. There are currently four models available: The CCK-WAK02 […]

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ScreenBeam Makes BYOM Conference Feature Free for All ScreenBeam 1100 Plus Users

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ScreenBeam announced the beta release of ScreenBeam Conference to add support for major video conferencing services to ScreenBeam’s contactless wireless presentation platform. With ScreenBeam Conference, users can host meetings using their laptop and conferencing client tool of choice while connecting to room meeting gear such as speakers, mics and displays. ScreenBeam Conference is available at […]

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Vivitek Adds Four New Sizes to NovoDisplay Digital Signage Line

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Vivitek’s NovoDisplay family of 4K (3,840 x 2,160) UCC and digital signage displays has grown by adding four sizes, 43”, 55”, 65” and 75”. The flagship is the 55” model — able to be used in both landscape and portrait modes and designed for 18/7 operation. It comes integrated with NovoDS software. Using NovoDS Studio, […]

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Extron Announces DSC 401 and DSC 401 A Scalers

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Extron has announced the availability of the DSC 401 and DSC 401 A. Both are high-performance scalers capable of processing HDMI signals up to 4K/60 with full 4:4:4 color sampling. They support data rates up to 18 Gbps and incorporate the Extron-exclusive Vector 4K scaling engine. Both scalers support 4K/60 signals on a single HDMI […]

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Yamaha Leapfrogs Most Other AV Receivers Offering 8K/60 Inputs

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The new Yamaha RX-A8A, RX-A6A and RX-A4A are 11, nine and seven-channel, respectively home theater receivers that manage 4K and 8K signals. Dubbed the AVENTAGE series, all three include seven HDMI 2.1 inputs (supporting up to 8K@60/4K@120 signals and look unique with a center-mounted front-panel volume knob, a color LCD display a rotary jog dial […]

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Google’s Project Starline to Bring 3D Holographic Videoconferencing Booths to AV Market

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Google announced the company has been working to perfect Project Starline — a technology project that combines hardware and software to enable friends, families and co-workers to “feel together” — for years. And, the demo was stunning. Watch this video so you’ll understand what I am writing about here: To make this experience possible, Google […]

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Rapid Shift to Distance Learning Drives Surge in Demand for Mobile Computing Solutions in Higher Ed

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By Claire Kerrison Futuresource Consulting The outbreak of COVID-19 forced higher education campuses across the world to adopt distance learning overnight. “The education technology industry has been one of the few to witness growth as a direct result of COVID-19,” said Claire Kerrison, senior market analyst, Futuresource Consulting. “This is reflected in the Futuresource Higher […]

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Lumens Announces OBS Plugin for Camera Compatibility

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Lumens Digital Optics announced the Lumens OBS Plugin, an open-source software for video recording and livestreaming. The plug-in is a free software for controlling Lumens cameras in order to pan, tilt, zoom and other advanced functions. The integration between Lumens and OBS makes your camera control much easier during live streaming events like game shows, […]

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College London Partners with Reflex New Tech Rooms

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Imperial College London completed a new installation for its Business School. Reflex, Imperial’s integration partner, managed the project that consists of two new areas; a Harvard-style teaching room/lecture theatre and a multi-modal collaborative space. In the latter, Reflex designed an area that can be used as a single large room or two smaller teaching spaces […]

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Logitech Intros AI-Powered Whiteboard Camera — ‘Logitech Scribe’

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Logitech has introduced Logitech Scribe, an AI-powered whiteboard camera. Logitech Scribe, compatible with leading services like Microsoft Teams and Zoom, broadcasts whiteboard content into video meetings. In-room participants can share whiteboard content into video meetings by pressing the wireless button included with Scribe or by tapping the meeting room touch controller (like Logitech Tap). The wireless […]

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Yamaha United Communications Aids Teachers in Remote Classroom Delivery

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Yamaha Unified Communications is helping teachers reach students in meaningful ways at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School’s L-S Academy, a special education program. The L-S Academy is subletting space within Yamaha’s regional office complex. While it might seem like an unorthodox space, it offers amenities the program deeply needs: The robust and easy-to-use Yamaha CS-700 Video […]

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Vision Launches Floor Stand for Microsoft Surface Hub Lineup

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Vision, a U.K.-based AV company, has just launched a unique niche product for the Microsoft Surface Hub lineup in the form of the Vision VFM-F10/HB, for the 50-inch Hub 2S from Microsoft. Here’s a video of how it works: Vision’s VFM-F10/HB is a one-box solution that includes the Vision Hub Halo, matching Hub’s unique rounded […]

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Barco Clickshare Shows Results From Meeting Trends and Engagement Research

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Barco ClickShare revealed the results from its annual research on meeting trends and engagement. The report marked trends in work and meetings that are on the verge of returning to the office post-COVID. Hybrid meetings will create opportunities for business leaders to change work culture, redesign the workplace and invest in usability and technology fully […]

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Shure and Barco Partner for Conference Clarity Solutions

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The Shure Audio Ecosystem now pairs with Barco ClickShare Conference, allowing customers to combine high-quality audio for remote communication with easy-to-use wireless in any meeting space. ​Shure and ClickShare work with leading third-party video conferencing platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex and many others. Benefits​ include: Ready for any collaboration platform from your device ​ The […]

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Extron and Digital Projection Announce Certification Collaboration and Processor

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Extron and Digital Projection announced a strategic collaboration to guarantee consistent, stable presentation of source content when using select Digital Projection professional display solutions with the Quantum Ultra 4K Videowall Processor. Displays that pass an extensive testing program are identified as Quantum Ultra Certified. The first Digital Projection products to earn Quantum Ultra Certification include the Radiance LED […]

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Viking Releases New Analog to IP Speaker Adaptor

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Viking’s new PSA-IP is an analog to IP speaker adapter that works with 8-ohm, 25-volt or 70V systems. The PSA-IP features a high-efficiency 6-watt class D amplifier. A single PSA-IP can power up to six paging speakers in a single paging zone, providing approximately 1W of paging power to each speaker. The PSA-IP mounts magnetically […]

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Finding the Blue Sky in 2020 (and Beyond)

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When looking back on last year, the best description that neatly wrapped up our collective experience in a bow was from Leslie Jones on a 2020 recap show on Netflix. Her character said, “I’d say it was a train wreck and a s*&tshow, but that would be unfair to trains and s*&t.” Seriously though, let’s […]

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Nureva and Almo Pro A/V Announce US Distribution Agreement

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Nureva and Almo Pro A/V have announced a U.S. distribution agreement. Almo will work with its integrators, dealers and consultants to accelerate the adoption of Nureva’s audio conferencing product line throughout the United States. Many people across the United States are heading back into offices now that COVID-19 vaccines are being administered, while many others […]

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Monterey Conference Center and Immersive Design Studios Partner for CANVAS Studio Solution

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The Monterey Conference Center partnered with Immersive Design Studios to build a new 10,000-square-foot CANVAS Studio, a state-of-the-art space available for virtual or hybrid meetings and events. The Studio will open in June, abiding by all local safety protocols. The CANVAS Studio at Monterey sets a new standard for professional events, providing an immersive and […]

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