AI-Powered Cables! Don’t Laugh as CEDIA Expo Will See AI Everywhere

September 1, 2023

CEDIA Expo 2023 will be filled with new HomeAV gear; no doubt about it. And, although I can’t predict what product will impress all the attendees the most, I can — without doubt — predict what trend will dominate in nearly every booth: AI. AI will be everywhere, thanks to some of the most unimaginative […]

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July Temperature Check Results: AI and ProAV

August 2, 2023

On July 16, rAVe [PUBS] and LAVNCH [CODE] celebrated AI (Artificial Intelligence) Day with a series of stories written by industry experts. (If you missed it, you can check out our wrap-up of our AI-focused coverage here.) Keeping with the spirit of sparking a conversation about AI, we focused July’s Temperature Check survey on AI […]

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rAVe July 2023 Temperature Check — Survey CLOSED

July 5, 2023

This survey is now closed. Keep an eye out for next month’s temperature check survey!  Did you know July 16 is Artificial Intelligence Appreciation Day? Each year, thousands of professionals use this day to celebrate the positive achievements of artificial intelligence (AI) technology for humanity while also shining a spotlight on AI ethics. In short, […]

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AI Takes the Role of Maintenance and Support

May 25, 2023

In a recent recording of The EdTech Podcast, I was talking about my last blog on the importance of AI in AV and what the future may hold. The host of the podcast, Erin Maher-Moran, added “and think about what this will do for troubleshooting and maintenance.” It was not surprising that Erin had thought […]

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Video Deepfakes: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

April 25, 2023

With AI rolling across the tech landscape, we’re entering new territories — a Wild West of content creation where no one has gone before. In Europe, an AI-generated “interview” with Formula 1 racing legend Michael Schumacher highlights the danger (Schumacher has not been seen in public since his brain injury in a skiing accident in […]

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What We Learned About ProAV & #AVtweeps During AI Month

March 31, 2023

After three AI Month sessions, a comprehensive survey, articles and more, we’ve explored a lot about AI and how it will affect the future of AV, Digital Signage and UCC. And, thanks to our AI Month partner, Sony, we’ve assembled a resource about AI that no other publication can offer. In fact, take a look […]

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AI Month 2023 | The Future of AI in ProAV

March 30, 2023

The seemingly instant rise in popularity of AI software applications like ChatGPT and DALL-E made AI a household word. But, leading AI-based AV companies have been using AI to help drive room and facility-wide usage analytics for well over a half-dozen years now. And, since the pandemic, AI has been integrated into USB and PTZ […]

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AI Month 2023 | AI and Meeting Rooms & Classrooms

March 23, 2023

Everyone likely already knows that AI can be used to handle repetitive tasks across an organization making everyone more efficient, but that’s just the boring part of AI. AI can, and will, help businesses and schools accelerate voice control, solve ambient noise problems, simplify meeting and class notifications, help integrate NLP (Natural Language Processing), speed-up […]

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Snap One to Showcase New Solutions at ISC West 2023

March 16, 2023

Snap One is set to demonstrate a range of new and existing products for partners at ISC West 2023 in Booth 26089. “Snap One is happy to return to ISC West and the team is excited to meet with our partners in-person to demonstrate the latest in smart home security control, networking, surveillance, and audio […]

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AI Month 2023 | AI and Digital Signage

March 16, 2023

AI has been helping advertisers use digital signage to both identify and target messages, but it can do so much more, and will. The future of digital signage isn’t in the resolution of the content or the size of the image. And it’s certainly not going to be determined by the network we use to […]

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The Importance of AI in the Audiovisual Industry

February 28, 2023

By ChatGPT and Bob Snyder AI (artificial Intelligence) is often mistakenly dismissed as a social media parlor trick, while on the other hand, we fear a dystopian future where humans can’t compete with their own creation. What AI really is, in the near future, is the next computer paradigm — a way to leverage computer […]

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Did an AI Write This Blog?

January 20, 2023

Over the past several months, ChatGPT has taken the techie world by storm. We have all seen bits on social media of “I asked ChatGPT to tell me about XYZ, And here is what it said.”  This is followed by the amazingly accurate and human responses they get. If you have not tried it yet, […]

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The Inside Scoop on Userful’s Ecosystem Partner Program

January 12, 2023

Userful recently announced its new Ecosystem Partner Program. The program is designed to strengthen the integration and interoperability between Userful and leading companies to deliver enhanced solutions for mission-critical environments. We sat down with Robert Huijsmans, chief operating officer at Userful to discuss the program’s genesis, future and more. rAVe: You recently announced the Userful […]

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Shure IntelliMix Room DSP 3.1 Blocks Keyboard Tapping and Chip Bag Noise from UCC Meetings

September 17, 2021

Have you ever heard or been the person addressed as, “What’s that noise? Could you mute your mic, please?” That “noise” can range from someone tapping on the microphone or opening a bag of chips to silverware clinking when meals are served during meetings that span international time zones. Now, Shure IntelliMix Room DSP (version 3.1) […]

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LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Tech Talk: “Using AV to Trigger Biology” with Mark Coxon — The Blog Version

April 27, 2020

In the greater context of AV systems and design, Mark Coxon asked in his Tech Talk presentation for LAVNCH WEEK today, “Why do we bother with all this stuff?” There’s no ONE answer to using audio and video to tell a good story. So how do we do it? Turns out a lot of the […]

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LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Keynote: AI and Voice Are the Future, with William Ammerman — The Blog Version

April 27, 2020

“Artificial intelligence is already at work changing you”: a provoking idea, direct from our second LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Day keynote presenter, William Ammerman — author of McGraw-Hill’s “The Invisible Brand: Marketing in the Age of Automation, Big Data, and Machine Learning.” Ammerman’s keynote today for ProAV Day of LAVNCH WEEK, “AI and the Voice User […]

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AI for AV Is Opportunistic for Service, Support and Sales

March 25, 2020

Whether your firm has joined the chorus touting “AI” or is more conservatively accurate in the programming of “machine learning,” there’s a non-stop buzz in the industry around the advancements of computing power and advanced algorithms used to analyze dizzying amounts of data from an ever-expanding networked technology install base. Either way, an opportunity for […]

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Why AI Will Make Collaboration Experts of Us All

September 9, 2019

By Kelly Bousman Sr. Vice President, Marketing, AVI-SPL Editor’s note: Seventeen unified communications (UC), video and collaboration leaders from Fortune 500 and large enterprises met at AVI-SPL’s 2018 Customer Advisory Board (CAB) meeting and a subset of six CAB members met over three months in 2019, to envision AI’s role in improving collaboration and meetings. […]

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The Merging of Technology and Humanity

August 19, 2019

By Stephanie Bleakley, Marketing Manager Integrate Expo, Diversified Communications Australia Two decades ago, the idea of smartphones and connected wearable devices was science fiction. So what will we see in the next 20 years as the gap between technology and humans shortens even further? Integrate speaker Alex James, head of strategy for PhD Media Australia […]

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Sony Grows IP-Based, Pan-Tilt-Zoom Camera Lineup and Adds NDI/HX Capability

June 24, 2019

At InfoComm 2019, Sony Electronics introduced two new PoE+ cameras to its IP-based, pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera family. The SRG-X400 and SRG-X120 are both new models that offer a 4K upgrade option — a first for PTZ cameras — to make them future-ready. The SRG-X400 and SRG-X120 are designed for corporate, education, healthcare, faith and government […]

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AVPhenom Introduces New Workplace Software at InfoComm19

May 30, 2019

5/30/2019 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Every year, Phenomenal Industries introduces at least one new GAMECHANGING product before InfoComm, AV’s premier commercial trade show.  Last year, there was an explosion of activity around ShareChair, the revolutionary huddle room collaboration product that blurred the lines between technology and furniture to change the way we share information. It […]

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Artificial Intelligence and Its Impacts in the Audiovisual Industry

April 22, 2019

By André Atique “We think artificial intelligence (AI) will have the greatest impact when everyone has access to it.” This statement is taken from the Google page on AI, but what does it mean? Artificial intelligence is the science responsible for getting machines to act rationally, as people. Google briefly presents on its AI page […]

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Privacy and the Public Interest

April 10, 2019

One of my readers recently pointed out that universities are leading the charge when it comes to understanding the social impact of the technologies we build. I know this same reader was in the audience when I began to talk about how important privacy, security, and analytics will be as part of a “Future Workspace […]

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AI: But Seriously, Folks…

March 25, 2019

OK, for the last two months I have taken a very tongue-in-cheek look at the idea of artificial intelligence and robotics in the AV industry. I got a number of interesting emails from that column, from a criticism of my “union dues” joke to a number of serious thoughts about what A.I. would do to […]

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The Irony of Technology Obsolescence for AV Vendors

March 19, 2019

AV companies have instant information about their product sales right at their fingertips. However, those same AV vendors have little to no visibility into the effect of marketing on tracking the reach, engagement or conversions on those same product purchases. The result is ironic for the AV industry: marketing technology obsolescence due to artificial intelligence […]

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The Techinator

February 25, 2019

Last month, we talked about AI and robotics, how they were affecting our current electronics world and how they could affect the future of the audiovisual industry. Elon Musk recently pointed out that AI could take over the world, producing an unkillable AI global dictator and could literally spell the end of our species. He […]

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Sony Launches AI-Based Video Analytics Solution

January 31, 2019

Sony today announced its first Artificial Intelligence (AI) based Edge Analytics solution, the REA-C1000, which allows users to create video content in real time, without the need for specialized training, additional staff or equipment. The REA-C1000 uses AI-based video analytics technology to analyze the input it receives from connected cameras and automatically extracts the object […]

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Clippy Apocalypse

January 29, 2019

I am fairly involved in the worlds of virtual reality, robotics and artificial intelligence and have a strong interest in how they will alter the future of our industry. Our equipment is already being built in robotic factories, using artificial intelligence. But before we push ahead into a future where our “help” is robotic instead […]

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Three AV Companies to Watch in 2019

January 9, 2019

I have tried to avoid writing one of these blogs. I resisted the temptation to wrap up my top moments of 2018. I stayed clear of making tech predictions for 2019. I even managed not to comment on others’ top moment lists and predictions. All in all, I was doing pretty well… until yesterday. Yesterday I […]

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IC Realtime Focuses on AI, Analytics in New Surveillance Solutions at ISC West

April 11, 2018

IC Realtime is introducing a new surveillance camera with on-board analytics to provide traffic metrics for business owners. The new 3 Mega Pixel, IP-based surveillance camera (Model: ICIP-3128-3D) is designed for retail installations and features a dual lens, dual camera design to differentiate between flat 2D objects and 3D people. When mounted towards the entrance of a retail environment, the ICIP-3128-3D […]

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Lost in Virtual Space

March 26, 2018

Last month, we talked about AVaaS, (Audio Visual as a Service) and how it relates to the future of the rental and staging segment of our industry. My basic premise was that the current wave of cloud-based digital offerings has distorted our definition of the word “service,” much as social media has distorted our definition […]

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So You Want to Go to CES? Nah, No You Don’t. Really, You Don’t – Here’s Your CES 2018 Guide So You Don’t Have to Go

January 8, 2018

During the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) each year, nearly every big consumer tech company debuts something new — and many of them will declare it “disruptive” or “game-changing” or “innovative” or one of a dozen or so other self-congratulatory adjectives that mean nothing. And all the while, the city for Las Vegas commences to ripping people off […]

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