Exploring AI Solutions for Mitigating School Gun Violence, as Debated by Colorado Lawmakers

By: Jon Nordmark, CEO of Iterate.ai Since the Columbine shooting in the late 90s, the conversation around gun violence in schools has only intensified, with communities across the United States seeking effective solutions to protect students and staff. Colorado lawmakers are now turning their attention to innovative safeguards, with a particular focus on artificial intelligence (AI) […]

Exploring AI Solutions for Mitigating School Gun Violence, as Debated by Colorado Lawmakers

Will AI Be Big at InfoComm?

We are on the eve of InfoComm, and one of my big questions is this: Will AI be a star of the show, ignored during the show or will it be an imposter? I have been, and continue to be, bullish on the power that AI can have on our industry. It is only limited […]

Will AI Be Big at InfoComm?

Becoming UnGlued

Remember Glue Collaboration? The cool head-and-torso avatars that made the metaverse seem like it was filled with legless players off a tabletop “foosball” field1? The parent company of Glue has now filed for bankruptcy. A letter from the CEO, Jussi Havu, explains that without a definite solution in sight the Glue service may be (soon) […]

Becoming UnGlued

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1332: Is AI Taking Your Job as an AV Systems Designer? Yes! So, Should You Cry or Do Something About It?

The latest pre-InfoComm-2024 videocast features Kirkegaard partner & founding principal of Integrated Systems, Bren Walker, to talk about her amazing InfoComm session, “Fear of a Bot Planet: How to Compete with the AI Designer.” This will be a very popular session at the show as it’s true — AV Systems Design is being taken over […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1332: Is AI Taking Your Job as an AV Systems Designer? Yes! So, Should You Cry or Do Something About It?

How AI will Truncate Timelines and Produce Better Outcomes

I had the pleasure of supporting an LA-based event this month and discussing how AI-based workflows will affect office designs as we move into the future. Most talk of AI in the AV industry has to do with sensor based automation, like personalization and camera tracking and switching in meeting rooms. Most of the buzz […]

How AI will Truncate Timelines and Produce Better Outcomes

How Gaming Engines and AI are Shaping AV

In 2016 I wrote a blog called, “Why aren’t we talking about NVIDIA?” If you missed it, the general conclusion was that AI and large-scale video applications would drive NVIDIA to success well beyond gaming. When I wrote that blog in April of 2016, NVIDIA was trading at $8.50. Today, NVIDIA is at $776 with […]

How Gaming Engines and AI are Shaping AV

Sora Text-to-Video AI Changes the World: Artists Dread It, Producers Love It, Governments Both Fear and Embrace It

We all knew it was coming, but we didn’t expect it so soon. OpenAI, famous for its ChatGPT and Dall-E free-to-use AI system, unveiled a new text-to-video service to select researchers, beta testers, developers and policymakers. “Sora” generates up to one-minute videos from text prompts. You type in a sentence or two as a prompt […]

Sora Text-to-Video AI Changes the World: Artists Dread It, Producers Love It, Governments Both Fear and Embrace It

Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2024 Edition

Welcome to my 24th annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! It’s been an honor to have written this for 24 straight years and even more of an honor for it to have so many thousands of readers annually — it’s almost always our most-read article of the year on rAVe [PUBS]. So, if you’re reading this right […]

Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2024 Edition

AI: A Year Later

In late 2022, ChatGPT was released and the expectations were sky high. The technology was amazing. You could ask it to write a paper on Shakespeare in the language of a pirate and ten seconds later it pops out. You could ask it to program a Crestron control system with an Epson projector, and again, […]

AI: A Year Later

December Temperature Check Results: ProAV in 2023

Now that December has come and gone and we’ve officially rung in the new year, it’s time to review the results of rAVe’s December Temperature check. For this survey, we wanted to get our readers’ perspective on how the world of ProAV has changed in 2023. We interviewed Mark Coxon of AVI-SPL, who helps give […]

December Temperature Check Results: ProAV in 2023

rAVe December 2023 Temperature Check — Survey CLOSED

As the year comes to a close, we want to know your thoughts on how ProAV has changed throughout 2023. You can check out the results of last month’s rAVe Temperature Check here. This month’s survey is now CLOSED. Keep an eye out for this month’s results and for next month’s survey! 

rAVe December 2023 Temperature Check — Survey CLOSED

Latest Trends In Digital Signage and IP-Based Audio for Mass Notifications

In the contemporary landscape of communication and safety, digital signage and IP-based audio systems have emerged as crucial tools for mass notification applications. This article delves into the latest trends in these technologies, shedding light on their role in enhancing security and streamlining communication. As we navigate the dynamic world of digital signage and audio […]

Latest Trends In Digital Signage and IP-Based Audio for Mass Notifications

CompTIA Report Finds Steady Progress on the Cybersecurity Front

Changing approaches to cybersecurity have led to slow but steady progress in defense and protection, but competing interests create a growing challenge for cybersecurity decision makers and practitioners, according to CompTIA. A majority of business and technology professionals feel that the overall state of cybersecurity is improving, both generally and within their organizations, according to […]

CompTIA Report Finds Steady Progress on the Cybersecurity Front

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

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 […]

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

July Temperature Check Results: AI and ProAV

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 […]

July Temperature Check Results: AI and ProAV

rAVe July 2023 Temperature Check — Survey CLOSED

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, […]

rAVe July 2023 Temperature Check — Survey CLOSED

AI Takes the Role of Maintenance and Support

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 […]

AI Takes the Role of Maintenance and Support

Video Deepfakes: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

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 […]

Video Deepfakes: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

What We Learned About ProAV & #AVtweeps During AI Month

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 […]

What We Learned About ProAV & #AVtweeps During AI Month

AI Month 2023 | The Future of AI in ProAV

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 […]

AI Month 2023 | The Future of AI in ProAV

AI Month 2023 | AI and Meeting Rooms & Classrooms

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 […]

AI Month 2023 | AI and Meeting Rooms & Classrooms

Snap One to Showcase New Solutions at ISC West 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 […]

Snap One to Showcase New Solutions at ISC West 2023

AI Month 2023 | AI and Digital Signage

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 […]

AI Month 2023 | AI and Digital Signage

The Importance of AI in the Audiovisual Industry

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 […]

The Importance of AI in the Audiovisual Industry

Did an AI Write This Blog?

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, […]

Did an AI Write This Blog?

The Inside Scoop on Userful’s Ecosystem Partner Program

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 […]

The Inside Scoop on Userful’s Ecosystem Partner Program

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

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) […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

“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 […]

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

AI for AV Is Opportunistic for Service, Support and Sales

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 […]

AI for AV Is Opportunistic for Service, Support and Sales

Why AI Will Make Collaboration Experts of Us All

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. […]

Why AI Will Make Collaboration Experts of Us All

The Merging of Technology and Humanity

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 […]

The Merging of Technology and Humanity