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, […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Chasing Westworld: Machine Learning and AI

I went to an amazing conference put on by the TEA this year on Storytelling, Architecture, Technology and Experience. There were a number of great speakers and subject matter experts that took the stage, including a panel of folks that were discussing Westworld and how close we may be to a world where life-like robots […]

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Will AV Pivot?

Earlier this month, SoftBank acquired a portion of NVIDIA for 4 Billion dollars, making it the 4th largest stakeholder in the company.  How much of NVIDIA did SoftBank acquire for that amount?  About 4.9%. It’s a deal that illustrates how large the tech world outside of commercial AV is.  Samsung bought ALL of Harman for […]

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Is Apple’s Siri Already Smarter Than Zuckerberg’s Jarvis?

By Jared Ross CODEDOC When Mark Zuckerberg first announced his plan to build AI control for his home, I’ll admit it… I was slightly apprehensive that the billionaire entrepreneur would put my home system to shame. Zuckerberg and I definitely agree that Crestron is the most reliable backbone for our AI home control solutions. However, […]

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2017: The Predictions You Didn’t Hear About

You know 4K video, AVB, laser projectors and most anything Ethernet-equipped will have a big year in 2017, but there are two technologies that people are only whispering about that you should pay attention to this year. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR) will both pop up to the level of common conversations this year. I’m not suggesting either […]

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Ricoh Targets Casio’s Virtual Presenter in Hologram for Digital Signage

Ricoh today unveiled a virtual presenter hologram that’s very similar to the CASIO virtual presenter system. The RICOH Virtual Self-Service Hologram uses artificial intelligence (AI) holograms and Ricoh’s ultra short-throw RICOH PJ WX4152N projectors to greet, inform and bid farewell to visitors. RICOH Virtual Self-Service Hologram can be deployed in a variety of ways to […]

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Anatomy of the Podcast – Part 1: The “Other Shows” of 2015

It’s coming to the end of what I truly consider a winning year in podcasting here on rAVe. We will be moving strong into 2016 with AV Power Up, with some show and Crew member announcements going into the new year as well. Part 2 will focus on AV Power Up, here I will be […]

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Convergent TechWeek 10/2

A High School Student, An Inexpensive Ebola Test and a $50,000 Grand Prize  A science fair took place where 20 finalists’ projects – originally selected from thousands of submissions from more than 100 countries – came from 11 countries: Bosnia, Canada, France, India, Lithuania, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This […]

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“Don’t Praise the Machine” (the Future of Integration)

By Hope Roth One of my favorite episodes of the Simpsons involves Bart Simpson and an elephant named Stampy (who turns out to be a bit of a jerk). It also involves a couple of radio DJs are who are in danger of being replaced by a computer, the DJ 3000. DJ 3000: Looks like […]

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AI, Big Data and the Writing “Machine”

As I was doing my daily reading (on the internet that is), I came across an article that intrigued me. I of course like to delve into the latest in technology solutions and trends, and this particular article happened to cover two things that I am always interested in reading about — those being tech, […]

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The Future Is Already Wreaking Havoc On Us

While I’m currently in the process of writing a blog article on the opening keynote at InfoComm 2015, I decided to also finish working on a blog I had begun prior to the show. It involves the subject matter of a highly popular recently released sci-fi film, and a New York Times article written by the the moderator […]

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The Anatomy of a Great Keynote

I had the opportunity to go to many events over the last several years.  The events have ranged to major ones like InfoComm or NAB, to events put on by distributors like Almo’s E4 or Stampede’s Big Book of AV, to end user focused events like CETW or CSN. In many cases these events kick off […]

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