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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AI and Pro Audio

July 16, 2023

By Stefan Marti Shure Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the audio industry. At least, that’s what we’ve heard lately — AI is creating new music, making it possible for your two favorite artists to release a collaboration, or even produce and release a brand-new song by The Beatles that had never been created before. What […]

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AI and K-12 Education

July 16, 2023

By Steve Wick IDEA I’ve been an educator for almost 30 years, and I’ve seen some pretty significant changes, but I can’t think of anything that has created more stir than the emergence of generative Artificial Intelligence as a tool for teaching and learning. The potential of AI is only limited by human imagination and […]

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AI and Security Integrators

July 16, 2023

  In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a powerful tool in various industries, revolutionizing the way we live and work. One of the most promising applications of AI lies in the realm of safety and security. From preventing physical threats to enhancing physical security measures, AI is transforming the landscape of protection. […]

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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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The Future of ProAV and AI

March 27, 2023

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been making significant advancements in recent years, and it is now being utilized in various fields — including the professional audiovisual market. AI has been playing a significant role in transforming the AV market and it is expected to continue doing so in the future. One area where AI is making […]

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How AI is Used in UCC Applications

March 15, 2023

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the way businesses operate and communicate. Today, the role of AI in unified communications and collaboration (UCC) is becoming increasingly important. UCC refers to the integration of communication and collaboration tools, including instant messaging, voice and video calls, file sharing and conferencing. In this article, we will discuss how AI […]

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AI Has Endless Possibilities for AV

March 7, 2023

In January I wrote about the emergence of ChatGPT and how it is causing waves across the country. I wrote about my belief that ChatGPT, in particular, was going to have a major effect on how we teach students. ChatGPT has allowed people to expand their thinking of what computing can actually do. Previously, we […]

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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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Artificial Intelligence in AV

April 27, 2022

Here’s an acronym that has gone from high thinking darkroom nerd zone ether to everyday common lingo and even general conversational fodder over a latte on a sunny afternoon with some friends. Artificial Intelligence or AI, this acronym seems to have evolved into the general public lexicon and is persuasively become a hot selling point […]

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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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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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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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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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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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AdMobilize to Showcase Artificial Intelligence, Audience and Crowd Analytics Solutions at InfoComm 2018

May 22, 2018

Following on the heels of its European market roll-out at ISE 2018, AdMobilize, the artificial intelligence and computer vision company, today announced it will showcase its artificial intelligence, audience analytics and crowd analytics solutions at InfoComm 2018 in Booth #N3536 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. According to AdMobilize co-founder and CEO Rodolfo Saccoman, InfoComm […]

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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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Collaboration: What’s Next?

April 25, 2017

Over my last couple of columns, we have talked about the trend in meetings towards group collaboration, and the equipment and setups that will be necessary to accommodate this trend, as collaboration (and extended collaboration through social media) become the norm in public meetings. This led several of you to ask the question, “what is […]

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2017: The Predictions You Didn’t Hear About

January 18, 2017

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

January 9, 2017

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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When Machines Become as Smart as Us (or Smarter)

November 17, 2016

The often tumultuous presidential campaign has finally come to an end (Yay!!!). Now that we have all had the luxury of time to reflect on the outcome, expressing either our joy or sadness, we look to the future and wonder what the next administration will bring to the table regarding sustainability. With this in mind […]

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Whole Home Voice Solution Launches at CEDIA 2016

September 9, 2016

JStar announced that its whole home artificial intelligence platform,, will start shipping at CEDIA 2016. Built for the custom integration channel, uses artificial intelligence to unify home technology through its unique user interface. is a standalone control system that works with Lutron, Meridian, Sonos and others. It also integrates with control systems […]

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ISE 2016 Keynote: “IT in AV: Interconnecting For Smart Solutions”

February 8, 2016

By Leah McCann This year’s 2016 ISE opening panel began with a nice “thank you for being here” and a warm welcome from Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events and head organizer of ISE 2016. But the primary topic of Monday evening’s keynote — and a recurring theme of this year’s show — […]

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

December 15, 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 10/9

October 9, 2015

Telemedicine and the World’s First Virtual Care Center At first glance, it looks like the inside of any office with cubicles and computer monitors – with one exception – many of the employees are dressed in hospital scrubs. These workers are actually nurses taking care of patients, though there are no hospital beds, no waiting rooms […]

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Convergent TechWeek 9/10

September 10, 2015

Will new headsets and more powerful phones pave the way for brain-controlled smartphone apps? Imagine calling your friends through the power of thought? According to an IBM and Xerox paper (*) summarizing the state-of-the-art in Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI), applications may well be developed including brain-driven software for dialing numbers, as well as for messaging and calling […]

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