Straight to Video

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I travel a lot, somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000 miles a year. I also get a lot of emails, somewhere between 75 and 100 a day. These are the two great time sucks of my life, and, I imagine, of life in general for many of you as well. Both are necessary, both are a […]

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The Case for GovComm

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The inaugural GovComm show, held in November, went off without a hitch, despite light attendance and some lukewarm reception from manufacturers who chose not to participate. However, in many ways, the show was a huge success  It introduced a number of ‘new’ manufacturers with specific government focus to a large number of regional integrators who […]

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NEC Launches $850 3D Projector

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NEC Display just announced an addition to its V Series multimedia projectors in the form of the 3000-lumen V300W. Designed as an affordable, lightweight WXGA (1280×800) projector that uses DLP technology, the V300W includes NEC’s eco mode, which the company says has up to 5000 hours of lamp life, plus a 2000:1 contrast ratio. Connectivity […]

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WolfVision Shows New VZ-3

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The WolfVision VZ-3 Visualizer features a brand new design concept — the camera, light system and electronic hardware are all integrated into the Visualizer arm. Featuring a 1-CCD camera with 30 frames per second video, sRGB color, native output resolutions of SXGA, WXGA and 720p HD, the VZ-3 uses an LED lighting system so it […]

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GreenPoints is NOT…

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Since announcing that we’d be launching the AV industry’s Green Products Rating System, dubbed GreenPoints, later this year, we’ve fielded hundreds of emails asking all sorts of questions about it. And, I wish I had the time to write all of you back individually so, in an attempt to reach out to you and address […]

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WolfVision Rolls Out Green Strategy

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Dubbed NaturallyGreen, WolfVision claims they already have the “greenest” document camera line in the AV industry. In addition to the certification for quality management in accordance with ISO 9001, WolfVision also conforms to environmental management standards and is certified under ISO 14001. For a European manufacturer like WolfVision, stringent environmental protection directives also apply, such […]

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Sanus Ships Power Conditioner

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SANUS is now shipping the Foundations Component Series CAPC01 Rack Mounted Power Conditioner. The CAPC01 is rack mountable and features include: 11 fast-acting 2,400-Joule protected outlets Multi-mode LED display with indication of voltage, amps and power consumption to help monitor power usage and identify energy saving opportunities Dual-stage EMI/RFI filters Adjustable dual pull-out LED light […]

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STEP Webinar Now Available Online

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InfoComm’s Sustainable Technology Environments Program or STEP seeks to learn from and complement LEED, which focuses on the shell and core of a building, by adding a rating system for the electronic systems that work within that shell and core.  The system, now in draft form, invites participation throughout the project — from AV program […]

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rAVe to Announce GreenAV Product Ratings System Coming in 2011: GreenPoints

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We will be issuing guidelines in early 2011 for the AV Industry’s first and only GreenAV product points system. The system, dubbed rAVe GreenPoints, will be an objective ratings system that will have defined parameters for each AV product category (e.g., displays, control, signal routing and distribution, etc.) that will be easy to grade and […]

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Sanus Ships Power Conditioner

SANUS is now shipping the Foundations Component Series CAPC01 Rack Mounted Power Conditioner. The CAPC01 is rack mountable and features include: 11 fast-acting 2,400-Joule protected outlets Multi-mode LED display with indication of voltage, amps and power consumption to help monitor power usage and identify energy saving opportunities Dual-stage EMI/RFI filters Adjustable dual pull-out LED light […]

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NEC Adds Green Meter

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With its mobile DLP projectors NEC NP64 and NP43, NEC Display Solutions launches the successors to its NP62 and NP41. Both models feature an autofocus function and simple operation with long lamp life and a brightness of 3000 and 2300 ANSI lumens, respectively, with a contrast ratio of 1,600:1. Both the NP64 and NP43 are […]

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AV is Dead. Long Live AV.

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Scott Walker, CTS-D, LEED AP “Here lies Scott Walker, designer of slightly above-average AV systems.” A funny thing happens as we hit middle age. We begin to contemplate our own mortality and wonder what our tombstone might someday say. A few years back I came to the stark conclusion the above epitaph just wasn’t going […]

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Lutron: Dominating GreenAV Lighting Control

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Did you know that lighting can account for up to 20 percent of a household’s yearly electricity usage, and up to 40 percent a year commercially? Well, according to Lutron, that’s the case! While it’s true that all dimmers save energy, that’s just the beginning of “green” lighting design. Lutron has also developed an extensive […]

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Crestron’s Go Green Initiative Aims to Help Integrators Program Eco-Friendly Systems

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Started in 2006, Crestron’s Green initiative is interesting as it morphed into a program that’s educating programmers on how to design and program better eco-friendly systems. They do this with two green-oriented features: Eco-Manor: This is a programming tool that is used to educate homeowners, homebuilders and integrators on how to be green. It monitors […]

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Introducing rAVe GreenAV

rAVe [Publications] Partners with Scott Walker for New ePub – rAVe GreenAV rAVe [Publications] is announcing plans to publish a new monthly e-newsletter focused on GreenAV issues, dubbed rAVe GreenAV. It will feature past InfoComm president and founder of Waveguide Consulting, Scott Walker, as contributing editor. rAVe GreenAV will focus on energy efficient, environmentally conscious, […]

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Smart Buildings – Now or Never?

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By Howard A. Nunes, CTS President/CEO, PepperDash In the world of residential AV, we routinely integrate all sorts of building sub-systems. Often called smart homes, this new generation of residence involves a high level of coordination and automation among entertainment, climate, lighting, security and more exotic systems such as fountains and driveway heaters. But home […]

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