ISE 2023 From Across the Pond: A Detailed, In-Depth Look at Trends From the Show

February 24, 2023

Welcome back to another installment of my reviews of a trade show I didn’t attend, in which I stay home in North Carolina and spend many, many hours watching (and titling and categorizing) every single product video that the rAVe videos shooters collected while roaming the floor of Integrated Systems Europe in Barcelona. This year’s […]

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Hunter Douglas Adds New Sustainable Fabric Options to PowerView Automation Line of Shades

April 22, 2021

Hunter Douglas PowerView Automation line has a new set of sustainable fabric options. The new fabric is produced from recovered shoreline plastics and is Cradle to Cradle Certified Bronze, a globally recognized measure of safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy. Hunter Douglas apparently works with Bionic, a mission driven material engineering company that has established coastal […]

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Energy Star Award Given to NEC Display E and EA Lines of Desktop Displays

May 8, 2019

NEC Display Solutions of America announced this week that three desktop displays, the MultiSync E271N, EA231WU and EA241F and the large-format E657Q, have received the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient of 2019 Award. The award recognizes products that deliver cutting-edge energy efficiency along with the latest technological innovation, representing the best of ENERGY STAR products. The […]

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Winding It Up

December 18, 2018

Well, here we are again. The holidays are upon us, so it is time to pour a glass of, well, whatever a sales rep sent me for the holidays and summon my internal psychic. Each year at this time I write a final column for the year, summing up what I think the year has […]

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Mode:Green Debuts Lighting Line to Support Demand for LED

June 14, 2018

To support the hotels and commercial spaces prioritizing LED lighting, hospitality integration firm Mode:Green has announced the debut line of custom LED light bulbs. Mode:Green specializes in designing and installing tailored audiovisual, automation, sustainability, and lighting experiences in top hotels, venues, office spaces, and etc. When incorporating LED lighting into its projects, its team identified a pattern of challenges […]

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Green Gadget Gifts that Make You Question Why

December 13, 2017

With this year’s holidays upon us it is easy to try to find that special quirky gift that the tech guru in your life might enjoy. Being the eco-friendly person you are, however, might lead you to some questionable choices that the receiver might be concerned for your mental state. I came across these while […]

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Losing Our Moonshot

July 14, 2017

We are losing our generation’s “race to the moon” in clean energy technology innovation. Plain and simple. The EU and Asia are beating us. Hands down. The main driver for this is two-fold. First and foremost is financial. The 2009 Recovery Act stimulus package poured $27 Billion into energy efficiency and research into renewable energy […]

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But We Will Always Have Paris…

June 20, 2017

June 1st, 2017 will be one for the history books. This was the day that the administration of the United States announced the withdraw from the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement for purely political purpose and partisanship. This move does not position the USA at the back of the line but removes us from the […]

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Casio’s XJ-UT351W, XJ-UT351WN and the New XJ-UT311WN Are TCO Certified

June 19, 2017

Casio America has announced that three more of its LampFree projectors, including its newest XJ-UT311WN Ultra Short Throw Projector, have been certified according to environmental and social sustainability criteria in TCO Certified. TCO Certified is an international third-party sustainability certification for IT products administered by TCO Development, a non-profit organization based in Sweden. TCO Certified products meet life cycle criteria for environment, […]

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Death of the Unpolluted

April 17, 2017

The current administration’s reversal of key environmental directives and what appears to be a blatant dismantling of the EPA and other regulatory departments has the potential to set the U.S. back decades in environmental policy and contribution to climate change and global warming. As I noted in last month’s article it will be up to […]

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Three Legs of a Stool: The New Green Technology-Based Industrial Revolution

March 20, 2017

Even with the front-and-center headlines of world politics throwing shade to other news worthy events a quiet revolution is taking hold. Just under a year and a half ago the Paris Climate agreement was birthed with rosy cheeked and wide-eyed predictions of its mark on global climate change. We are now starting to see the […]

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User-Centric-Design, Technology and Sustainability

September 22, 2016

With the Internet of Things (IoT) encroaching further and further into the lives of the masses on a daily basis, one key element is becoming more important than ever — encounterability and controllability. This involves not only the macro scale of energy sources to power skyscrapers and corporate campuses, food and water resource management and […]

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Just Peachy

June 23, 2016

This past weekend was Father’s Day and outside of my hometown bringing back an NBA Championship (Go Cavs!) capping the day, I got to hang out with my son above and beyond the normal weekly rush of household chores and repairs, grocery shopping and the usual noise of life. He is twelve going on eighty […]

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Christie Celebrates 10 Years of Environmental Initiatives

April 22, 2016

Christie is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its Environmental Management System (EMS). The system, based on ISO 14001, focuses on building and continually improving Christie’s environmental performance. The EMS encompasses numerous environmental programs including waste reduction, recycling, water and electricity reduction, facility and operational improvements, with a significant net CO2 reduction. Chairman, president and CEO […]

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All Eyes on Paris

December 21, 2015

The COP21 Convention held in Paris is now in the history books. For those of you who may not know what this annual event even is or have vague ideas about it having something to do with the climate, here is a bit of a primer: In 1992, there was a large political response to […]

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Rock the Cradle!

November 23, 2015

Most often when design professional think about creating solutions that help improve the intended environment’s energy efficiency or work to reduce the overall carbon footprint of a space it is often just the immediate cause and reaction that is considered — if I use this product or solution than I reduce emissions by “X” amount. […]

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E-Waste and the ICT Industry

May 28, 2015

E-waste has been a growing problem as I have written before and continues to be a major threat to our environment. Some quick facts: In 2008 the United State generated over 3.16 million tons of E-waste of which only 13.6 percent was recycled (EPA). This was an increase over 2007 by 13.6 percent. The rest […]

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On a Green Stage

April 30, 2015

In our world, staging an event isn’t necessarily about putting someone on a stage for a performance, but the truth is that a large segment of our industry actually is doing exactly that. Although sometimes overlooked in the audiovisual industry, many AV professionals and much of the innovation for technology comes from the production and […]

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BenQ’s New M7 Projector Is Entry-Level Priced

February 11, 2015

BenQ America today announced of a new 1-chip DLP projector series dubbed the M7. The MX723, MX726 and MW727 projectors all feature up to 4,200 ANSI lumens of brightness, a 13,000:1 contrast ratio, integrate BenQ’s SmartEco technology, include a mobile high-definition link (MHL) connector as well as dual HDMI support and have keystone correction. Designed […]

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BenQ Unveils Latest Classroom IQ Solutions

February 5, 2015

The new BenQ MX723 is aimed at small- to medium-sized classrooms in that it’s an XGA resolution (1024×768) 1-chip DLP projector that’s spec’d at 3,700 ANSI lumens and 13,000:1 high contrast ratio. Integrated with both vertical and horizontal keystone correction, as well as 1.6x zoom functionality, the MX723 automatically adjusts lamp power by up to […]

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Chief Updates the Integrated Interactive System for Epson BrightLink at ISE 2015

January 30, 2015

Chief will show an updated Chief Integrated Interactive System, an all-in-one design that brings together Chief mounts and Da-Lite screen technology to create a unified solution for the new Epson BrightLink Pro 1430Wi and Brightlink 595Wi. For one, the Da-Lite board surface is now optimized for this finger touch capability in addition to the pen […]

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CFL Light Bulbs Can’t Go Away Fast Enough

January 30, 2015

One of my favorite axioms (and if you’re a regular reader you know that I LOVE axioms) came to me from engineer friends. I find it incredibly apt for many scenarios, not least to AV install and design. The axiom is: “Every solution has two problems.” AV pros need to remind themselves that their equipment […]

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Casio Aims New LED Projector at ED Market

January 21, 2015

Casio America just launched a new entry-level projector with its EcoLite XJ-V1, aimed at the education market and featuring Casio’s 5th generation LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source technology. This LampFree light source combines a laser, fluorescent element and LEDs to generate high brightness spec of 2,700 lumens and a 20,000 hour estimated lifespan. Casio’s […]

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Different Shades of Green

March 19, 2010

By Bob Snyder Editor, rAVe Europe It’s time to expose Green for what it is. Like in real life, “green” comes in many shades. You’ve probably noticed these days how your hotel plays a Green card to trump its guests. A placard placed strategically in your hotel bathroom might read: “We join the hotels of the world that want to […]

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