Vivitek Introduces the NovoDisplay

Vivitek has announced NovoDisplay, an all-in-one flat screen solution — a collaboration board with built-in wireless connectivity via the NovoConnect ecosystem. NovoDisplay integrates three key functions — 4K-UHD display, wireless collaboration capabilities and digital signage — to create one collaboration board. Designed for huddle rooms and offices, NovoDisplay provides a seamless gateway to effortless wireless […]

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BenQ Unveils DuoBoard Corporate Interactive Flat Panel

BenQ today unveiled DuoBoard (CP8601K), an all-in-one interactive display solution designed for the modern meeting room. DuoBoard includes BenQ’s Collaboration+, a suite of features designed to maximize efficiency, productivity and teamwork, including: Duo Boards: Connect two DuoBoards together to create one large continuous workspace, giving ample room for multiple collaborators. Duo Windows: Partition a single […]

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Vivitek Intros NovoTouch EK Series of Collaboration Boards for Education

Vivitek’s NovoTouch EK Series is a collaboration board aimed specifically at the education markets. The new NovoTouch EK Series interactive flat panels combine wireless collaboration, a digital whiteboard and active digital signage into one display in sizes ranging from 65″, 75″ to 86″. The displays are native 4K-UHD (3840×2160) resolution, and include wireless mirroring (Windows, […]

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LG Business Solutions Intros New LG TR3BF Series of Collaboration Boards

LG Business Solutions has launched a line of IR-based collaboration boards dubbed the LG TR3BF series, available in 65-inch, 75-inch and 86-inch models. At the same time, the company announced availability of the new 86-inch (model 86TN3F) interactive collaboration board with in-cell touch technology to provide integrators and end-users with a specialized option for enhanced […]

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SMART Technologies Updates SMART Board MX and 7000R

SMART Technologies announced new updates on the company’s most popular products, including the SMART Board MX series — now also available for business customers as the SMART Board MX Pro series. SMART has also beefed up the SMART Board 7000R series and SMART Board 7000R Pro series. The new SMART Board MX series and SMART […]

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Sharp Ships Windows Collaboration Display With Microsoft Skype for Business

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) announced it’s shipping the world’s first Windows Collaboration Display (WCD) with Microsoft’s Skype for Business certification. The native 4K 70-inch is integrated with Microsoft Azure Digital Twins to monitor collaboration spaces. The Sharp Windows Collaboration Display is marketed as the world’s first large-format interactive display to achieve […]

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Zoom and Neat Launch a Meeting Room System

Yesterday at Zoomtopia 2019, Neat launched a Zoom-certified meeting room system that it says was built from the ground up and developed in close partnership with Zoom. In fact, the company said that Zoom has financially invested and will actually handle technical support for it, too. Based in Oslo, Norway, Neat has offices in the […]

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With T1V HubVC, Your Zoom Room Can Launch a Microsoft Teams or Webex Meeting

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM T1V Last week, I had the opportunity to officially launch (using LinkedIn’s new Live video feature) the new T1V HubVC, a new collaboration board from T1V. You can watch the LIVE videocast here: What’s T1V HubVC? It’s a collaboration board that teams can use to wirelessly share devices, whiteboard […]

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Globally, NEC Is First to Platinum Partner With UC Workspace QuickLaunch for Collaboration Boards

NEC Display Solutions of America and UC Workspace, creators of Quicklaunch, announced today that NEC Display Solutions’ has Platinum Partner status with UC Workspace Quicklaunch. The Quicklaunch meeting application is customized for use with NEC’s innovative InfinityBoard solution and is conferencing-provider agnostic. The solution is designed for easy use and delivers optimized integration with the not only NEC, but also its ecosystem […]

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Everyone Was Wrong: Microsoft Surface Hub 2S Is Real — And a Surprise Accessory

Microsoft actually launched the Surface Hub 2 right after running out of the first version — on May 15, 2018 — yes, over a year ago. But, since then, crickets. What followed was a host of chatter from both WCD (Windows Collaboration Display) hardware manufacturers as well as from a plethora of the AV press […]

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Lenovo to Sell Avocor – This Could Be Great or Bad

At Enterprise Connect, Avocor announced an alliance with Lenovo that will sell Avocor displays across all of Lenovo’s campuses, but they will also sell the Avocor product via its Vendor Label Hardware Program. This is not good news for AV integrators. Lenovo is not known for value-add selling of third-party hardware. Theoretically, they do have a very […]

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Collaboration Board Market Sees Nearly 40 Percent Growth in 2018

Interactive Flat Panel Displays (i.e., collaboration boards) continued to be a considerable success in 2018 in the education and corporate markets. By Q4, 83 percent of all interactive display sales were IFPDs, increasing from 73 percent last year, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting. 55 of the 67 countries that Futuresource track had […]

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UC Workspace Debuts Quicklaunch 4.0 at ISE 2019

UC Workspace just debuted Quicklaunch Version 4 — making all UCC collaboration boards look the same. Quicklaunch 4 will be on display at ISE 2019 with Avocor (Booth 13-C110), Dell (Booth 3-B140), InFocus (Booth 2-B60) and Tech Data Maverick (5-U30) from Feb. 5-8, 2019. Quicklaunch has a number of new and improved features including: Meeting […]

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NEC Display USA Adds InfinityBoard to Lineup

NEC Display Solutions of America today announced the launch of InfinityBoard — the EMEA office of NEC has been marketing the InfinityBoard collaboration board system for a few years and now it’s available in North American, too. The Windows 10-based InfinityBoard collaboration solution is designed for corporate and higher education customers and includes an NEC […]

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Optoma Adds Flat Panel Displays to Lineup

Optoma today launched its Creative Touch series of interactive flat panel displays (IFPDs) available in 65”, 75” and 86” formats. They start at $3,499. The Optoma Creative Touch IFPDs are basically native 4K (3840×2160) resolution, collaboration boards using LCD technology with up to 20-point multi-touch capabilities and a blue light filter (to reduce eye strain) and are aimed at classrooms, […]

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No More Collaborative WhiteBoards, PLEASE!

I think that InfoComm 2018 may have been the signal to me that I have started to turn from a technology dreamer into a practical user of technology. This transition was realized as I toured around looking at the continual assortments of “collaborative” or digital whiteboards. For years and years I have been searching for […]

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Joel’s InfoComm Observations Day 1: Coffee (or Lackthereof) and Phone Handles

I arrived at the show this morning on the first bus at 6 a.m. thinking that I could beat the lines at the Starbucks here at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Boy, was I wrong. There were 200 people in line for coffee when I got here, and I am not a patient man, particularly […]

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The Non-AV-AV Is Getting to Be Bigger than the AV Parts of AV

Since the introduction of the plethora of collaboration boards launched February at ISE, I’ve noticed a troubling and concerning trend: In some segments of AV, the non-AV’ers are doing more AV than the AV’ers are doing. What the heck do I mean? Well, let’s take the huddle space as an example. At first, the AV […]

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Avocor Joins the Zoom Rooms for Touch Program

Avocor announced at ISE that it’s joined Zoom Video Communications to add an option to Zoom Rooms via the Zoom Rooms for Touch program. As you likely know, Zoom Rooms features wireless content sharing, up to 4K video and audio conferencing with up to 500 interactive video participants while integrating with most calendaring systems. Zoom Rooms for Touch is a mode […]

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Google Updates Jamboard by Adding AI-Powered AutoDraw Integration as Well as a Mobile App

Google’s Jamboard is the company’s version of a collaboration board — exclusively for Google’s G-suite of apps. In addition to adding new country availability, Google has added an AI-powered feature called AutoDraw. AutoDraw is a new drawing tool in Jamboard that auto-detects sketches you make and pairs them with images. This works with both local and rooms […]

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InFocus Introduces Its Largest Open Android-Based Touch Display for Collaboration

InFocus Corporation today launches an addition to their JTouch product family, with the JTouch Plus INF8630AG. It’s the largest open Android-based interactive touch display solution built for collaboration, featuring a 4K anti-glare 86-inch display that users can customize and annotate over any documents, whiteboard, browse the web and run Android apps, plus wirelessly cast with ease using LightCast. […]

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Sharp 4K AQUOS BOARD Coming Early 2018

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST 4K is everywhere today and we are seeing more and more manufacturers release 4K versions of products. In fact, Gary Kayye, rAVe founder, just wrapped up one of his most successful keynotes in fall 2018, that focused on everything integrators need to know to specify, sell and integrate 4K systems. […]

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Emergence of the Collaboration Board in Huddle Spaces

There are a lot of buzzwords in AV right now – add collaboration to that. But, in the world of the Huddle Space, the Collaboration Board will dominate integration. Huddle Spaces aren’t new. The term is new in AV. Business have had ad-hoc Huddle Spaces all over the place for years. People meet at the […]

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AVI-SPL Partners with Avocor for New Collaboration Board

AVI-SPL today announced a partnership with Avocor. Avocor designs, develops, and manufactures collaboration boards – interactive LCD-based whiteboards that include an OS, videoconferencing, annotation and multi-site collaboration software. The company’s products include its Avocor F series, a responsive display with up to 10 simultaneous touch points.“Interactive display technology is vital to collaboration within the workplace and institutions around the […]

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The Microsoft Surface Hub Is in Big Trouble

A few months back, I wrote a column: Will Microsoft Be Able to Continue to Rip People Off With Their Surface HUB? Most of you agreed; some didn’t. And now, four months after writing that piece, I still think it’s way, way, way overpriced for what you get. But on the same week that Whitlock recently awarded Microsoft’s Surface Hub […]

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Do Collaboration Boards Have a Place in Higher Education?

When SMART put out its first SMART Boards years ago, I found the concept intriguing. However, being in higher ed, the software that went along with the products always seemed a bit too elementary for the people I work with. Additionally, I could not see many uses where a small white board would be sufficient […]

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Vivitek Intros NovoTouch Collaboration Board

Vivitek introduced at DSE 2017 this week a new 4K collaboration board designed for conference rooms, meeting areas and corporate lobbies. The NovoTouch is a native UHD 4K (3840×2160) LED display with up to 20 points of touch. Utllizing the collaborative NovoConnect solution, the NovoTouch can connect up to 64 users at the same time […]

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Is the Microsoft Surface Hub An Overpriced Collaboration Board?

With the deluge of new collaboration boards that will hit the market over the next six months (this was the most popular launch product at ISE  in Amsterdam, last month), there’s no question that Microsoft will have to cut the price of their Surface Hub — or, no one who knows any better will buy it. They can’t keep ripping […]

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Will Microsoft Be Able to Continue to Rip People Off With Their Surface HUB?

With the deluge of new “Collaboration Boards” that will hit the market over the next six months (this was the most popular launch product at ISE this month), there’s no question that Microsoft will have to cut the price of their Surface Hub. They can’t keep ripping people off at $8,000 — $9,000 (55″) and $20,000 (84″) […]

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Selling Collaboration Boards Through the Rental Market

Back in December, my predictions for 2017 included the idea that collaboration would be a top driver for our industry this year, including the rental and staging portion of the industry. Several people wrote in to ask about this prediction, mostly inquiring as to how a rental company prepares for such a change in technology, […]

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ELB Launches New Collaboration Board

ELB, formerly Electroboard, just debuted Prowise, a native 4K interactive presentation display, digital whiteboard and video conferencing solution (aka collaboration board). Available in 65”, 75” and 84 inches, with built-in Windows 10 PC, wide area microphones, sound bar with sub-woofer and a 1080p conferencing camera, Prowise includes a motorized, height-adjustable mobile stand or a fixed wall mount bracket.ELB says that […]

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Is My Favorite ISE Product Good or Bad for ProAV?

You’ll read a lot about ISE over the next few months. It was the biggest ProAV and HomeAV show ever. Over 73,400 people attended in Amsterdam and it is NO LONGER A EUROPEAN SHOW. ISE is truly an international show. And, you’ll read about all the 4K stuff, all the new software codecs, all the new wireless stuff, all the […]

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