Forget Netflix – The Fifth Generation of Wireless Is About Connecting Everything

June 30, 2015

I was on the phone last night with a colleague (who prefers to remain nameless) from the computer networking world. He’s both a scientist and an engineer I respect, so when the conversation turned to the future of wireless media and the wireless network in general, I grabbed a pen. We discussed the implications of […]

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Mersive Finally Does Android Mirroring on Solstice

May 4, 2015

Mersive has added Android mirroring on their Solstice wireless presentation and BYOD collaboration system. Dubbed the Solstice Pod, the newest addition to the Solstice wireless presentation and collaboration product line combining Solstice Software with an Android-based hardware platform to create a wireless media streaming solution for collaboration in meeting rooms and classrooms. Both Solstice Software […]

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Entropy and the Tangle Under My Desk

March 19, 2015

I spent part of the morning untangling the mess of cables that slowly appears under my desk as I travel, unplug and plug my laptop, bring demo gear on the road, and re-plug the various devices that are part of my day. Modern office spaces have changed over the past several decades from the hyper-simple […]

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Mersive Announces Solstice Pod and New Pricing

March 10, 2015

Mersive today announced the newest addition to its product line, the Solstice Pod, a wireless media collaboration system for meeting rooms and classrooms. Priced at $799 for the Small Group Edition (SGE) version and $999 for the Unlimited users version, the Solstice Pod is being marketed as an all-inclusive collaboration solution for any meeting space […]

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Five Tech Trends You Should Know About for 2015 But Don’t

January 8, 2015

Happy New Year! Technology gets off to a quick start at the CES show every year, and there is always plenty of marketing hype around “must have” personal technology toys. But the show can also be a bellwether for enterprise software, collaboration, and media tech that will impact the AV industry in the coming year. […]

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Activity Based Working: Enterprise Adopts Collaborative Models From Education

July 30, 2014

In today’s new global economic state, many companies are looking to improve their bottom line through efficiency gains, productivity tools, and collaboration as opposed to more traditional models of market growth. Large companies are now seriously re-thinking just about everything in their business processes. In the quest to make a workspace more productive, almost nothing […]

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Software: The Next Opportunity for AV Resellers

July 16, 2014

Software always eats hardware. What do I mean by that? Just that expensive and proprietary hardware evolves into software running on commodity platforms. This phenomenon is now happening with increasing speed in AV — and it’s a great opportunity for AV resellers. It’s a chance to leverage software for ease of use, deeper integration of […]

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InfoComm Offers a Plethora of Collaborations Solutions

July 7, 2014

Practically everyone now offers a collaboration solution was the clear take away from my recent visit to InfoComm 2014. From telecons to document sharing; from video calling to video conferencing; solutions in all shapes and sizes could be had. I met with a number of companies at InfoComm and learned about many solutions, but clearly […]

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Proximity and the Innovative Spark

June 25, 2014

A new study finally sheds light on how important proximate collaboration can be. Those of us in the technology and software space all know about the now apocryphal story of a defiant Marisa Mayer ending the long-standing work from home policy at Yahoo in an attempt to create a more vibrant culture. Of course, Marisa […]

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BTX Intros Solstice-Enabled Collaboration Appliance

May 9, 2014

Distributor BTX Technologies announced this week that it has released a Mersive-approved appliance solution for Solstice collaboration software. Solstice enables multiple presenters to connect simultaneously to a shared display using a range of devices over an existing Wi-Fi or Ethernet network. With a Solstice-enabled display in a meeting room, any number of presenters can connect, […]

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Immersive Art: Ten Thousand Waves

March 7, 2014

In my mind, art and science play a similar role — predicting and often guiding new technical directions that will eventually make their way into the mainstream. This is why I was so excited to see the new immersive film installation Ten Thousand Waves at MOMA. This exhibit, and others like it, highlight why projectors […]

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Everything is Becoming Software (And That’s a Good Thing)

February 24, 2014

I recently had an interesting conversation with someone in the product design space at a university that I wanted to share — and get your thoughts about. He asked, “You used to be a professor — should my students take computer science even if they don’t want to be programmers?” My answer probably won’t surprise […]

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Organically Certified Displays: OLED May Become Cheaper (And More Organic)

February 21, 2014

Recent research has discovered a new approach to Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) that may reduce or eliminate the need for the rare (and costly) metals needed to manufacture OLED displays. Thanks to collaborative research at Regensburg, University of Bonn, University of Utah, and MIT — the cost and impact of OLED displays will be […]

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Mersive’s Solstice Display Software Integrates with AV Control Systems

January 15, 2014

Mersive announced this week the availability of the Solstice Open Control Communication Protocol, which allows integration between Solstice Display Software with in-room AV control panels from vendors such as Crestron and AMX. With this integration interface, users can control their Solstice displays from their room control panel. Introduced in March 2013, Mersive’s Solstice software enables […]

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Hardware is Dead! Long Live Hardware! In Defense of the Appliance, and a Look Ahead at Software Solutions

January 13, 2014

Last week Ryan Pinke joined a new tradition in proclaiming the video conference Codec dead. In my own look ahead I posited a potential future free of boxes, in which software solutions largely replace dedicated appliances. Is Pinke right on this one? Have we reached, or are we nearing the end of hardware? I don’t […]

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Mersive Takes on Crestron (and Barco)

December 12, 2013

In a challenge to Crestron’s AirMedia wireless room system and Barco’s ClickShare, Mersive has taken an aggressive approach to marketing its Solstice software-based solution. In calling the Crestron AirMedia a, “proprietary piece of hardware” and “difficult to update or maintain,” Mersive is pitting itself against a giant in room control and signal distribution. Mersive even […]

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AVPhenom’s Blessings and Turkeys of 2013

November 27, 2013

I sat down last night with the intent of writing my 2nd Annual Thanksgiving post on the AV Industry’s “Blessings” and “Turkeys” for 2013.  Upon sitting down to write, I found out that one of the hardest things to feign is “righteous indignation”.  I just wasn’t feeling it. This morning, while helping some integrators get […]

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Mersive Solstice 1.2 Ships

November 13, 2013

Mersive’s Solstice 1.2 will ship next week. It includes enterprise-wide display management and increased video performance, as well as these three features: Centralized Display Management: Solstice Dashboard enables IT administrators to configure, manage and monitor the status of Solstice displays throughout the enterprise from a central location. The dashboard provides control over license management, security […]

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InfoComm 2013 Awards: Best New Product for Higher Ed Market: Mersive Solstice

July 29, 2013

      To see a list of all the awards we are giving as part of our 2013 rAVe Best of InfoComm awards, click here. To see all our of InfoComm 2013 coverage, click here. Best New Product for Higher Ed Market: Mersive Solstice Solstice software enables multiple users to connect simultaneously to a […]

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The Multi-Projector Era has Arrived!

July 8, 2013

By Christopher Jaynes, PhD Founder and CTO of Mersive The multi-projector era has arrived! The VESA standards organization recently voted to support the Multiple Projector Common Data Interchange (MPCDI) standard. This is the same organization that developed a majority of the video standards in use today including DisplayPort. Mersive and a host of other companies […]

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Mersive Debuts Solstice 1.1

June 12, 2013

Yesterday Mersive announced a new version of Solstice software (version 1.1). Solstice enables multiple users to connect simultaneously to a shared display using a range of devices and applications over an existing Wi-Fi or Ethernet network, which fundamentally changes how people are able to use displays in meeting rooms. Three key new features of Solstice […]

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3M Announces Collaboration with Mersive Aimed at Creating a New Class of Displays

October 29, 2012

Last week, 3M New Ventures (3M’s corporate venture unit) and Mersive announced a strategic development and equity agreement that will bring a new class of displays that foster visual collaboration to a broad range of customers. “Advances in graphics processing technology are resulting in the creation of more pixels than ever before. However, viewing more […]

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