Convergent TechWeek

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As some may have noticed in the profile description on the webpage, as well as if anyone has checked out my LinkedIn profile, you’ll notice the Convergent Tech Project which I’ve described as one which leverages technologies in audio visual, IT, video conferencing, Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC), cloud-hosted and virtual machine technologies, mobility/BYOD, Internet of […]

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AMX and Microsoft Announce Partnership to Integrate Surface Hub with AMX Meeting Room Control Ecosystem

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At InfoComm, Microsoft and AMX announced that they have entered into a partnership to integrate Microsoft’s Surface Hub collaboration system with AMX control. Microsoft Surface Hub is a collaboration system that features a Windows 10-based 55″ HD or 84″ 4K display serving as a focal point for typical activities that take place during a collaboration […]

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Crestron to Deliver a Microsoft Surface Hub Collaboration Solution at InfoComm

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Microsoft Surface Hub is now natively compatible with Crestron, thus, in collaboration with Microsoft, Crestron technology natively integrates with Microsoft Surface Hub. The new solution combines the premier large format Windows touch appliance with the leading global solution in control, automation, and video distribution. Pairing a Crestron DigitalMedia Presentation System (DMPS), TSW touch screen, TSS […]

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InFocus Expands Q Series Handheld Tablet Line

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InFocus has released three new 10.1-inch, Windows 8.1 tablets specifically designed for use in school and at work. The second-generation InFocus Q Tablet series now consists of the INP-120Q for consumers, INP-120Q-ED for use in schools and INP-120Q-PR for business. Each of the new models features a 10.1-inch display, a version of the Window 8.1 […]

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The Reality of Virtual Reality

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Microsoft recently unveiled a series of commercials surrounding the long anticipated and much rumored HoloLens VR 3-D headset at both IES 2015 and during Super Bowl commercials in addition to press tours and the other typical Microsoft product showcases. This is on the heels of others such as Facebook’s recent purchase of the Oculus Rift […]

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Here’s a Video of the Surface Hub Press Conference: Unlock the Power of Big Data Via Microsoft

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We actually shot video of the entire Microsoft press conference conference today so you can see the way they’re promoting the Surface Hub 84” multi-touch tablet/flat panel display to the ProAV market. It’s an interesting pitch as it’s big-data focused rather than application focused. I suspect that the Microsoft folks didn’t necessarily consider they audience […]

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Gary Interviews Director Product Marketing Andrew Stillman for Microsoft Surface Hub

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Ever since we broke the story that Microsoft would launch the 84” Surface Hub in their booth at ISE, everyone in the AV market’s been talking about what Microsoft would do with it and what features it would have. Well, now you’ll know as Gary did a one-on-one interview with their Director of Product Marketing […]

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17 Stands You Must See at ISE 2015

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As you may know, Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) is Europe’s — and the world’s — largest AV show. Combining both residential and commercial AV technology in one giant trade show venue at the Amsterdam RAI, the show is nicely spread out in 12 easy-to-navigate halls that you can walk without back-tracking as it’s laid-out in […]

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Microsoft Has Figured Out What Sharp, InFocus, SMART Technologies and Clary Icon Already Knew

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Although SMART Technologies invented the interactive whiteboard market, and therefore indirectly invented the interactive display market, companies like InFocus — with Mondopad — and Clary Icon as well as Sharp have developed it into more of a mainstream product category in recent years. So much so that Microsoft has now, well, copied it — but, […]

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Microsoft Will Fill Its ISE Show Stand with 84″ Surface Hub Monitors

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Microsoft is officially in the AV market, launching an 84” LED-lit LCD display called the Surface Hub. Surface Hub is integrated with the brand-new Windows 10 that launched today and is a multi-touch 4K resolution 84-inch display that it’s aiming to have AV integrators (yes, you read that right — a source told us that […]

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Weekly Wrap-Up: June 6, 2014

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Happy Friday, and once again, we have the Weekly Wrap-Up for you. Every Friday we post this past week’s most important news stories in case you missed them or so you can get a second look. As we are getting ready for InfoComm 2014 we posted a preview of THE GAME 5.0 at this year’s […]

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Microsoft CMO for a Day: What I Would Have in the Booth at InfoComm14

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I wrote another blog about Microsoft and InfoComm that asked whether Microsoft’s presence really signaled that AV/IT convergence was finally here.  The comments and Twitter discussion quickly turned to speculation about what Microsoft may actually be showing on the show floor. The consensus there was that we all expect to see Lync, Skype (perhaps with […]

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AVPhenom to Debut Startup AV Company at InfoComm14

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Inspired by the presence of Microsoft at InfoComm 2014, AVPhenom announced today that he will debut his new startup AV control and video switching brand at InfoComm June 17th in Las Vegas.  rAVe Publications secured an exclusive interview with AVPhenom to discuss this “game changing” announcement. rAVe:  “What is your new company called and how […]

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What Happens in Vegas, Creates the Next Stage in AV/IT – #InfoComm14

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Microsoft. The AV industry giants. The ever growing market of communications and collaboration. Digital signage and video walls. Interactive displays and whiteboards. Cloud and virtualization — strategic technologies enhancing enterprise collaboration, infrastructure and more. BYOD — the fastest growing trend in the enterprise today. The new market disrupters. And of course, the integrators and end […]

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Cycling Our Way to InfoComm 2014

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Well, June approaches again, and with it, among other things, comes the InfoComm show. And I don’t mean InfoComm Patagonia or InfoComm New Zealand or whatever they’re up to these days. I mean the original, accept-no-substitutes, convince-the-boss-I-NEED to-go, InfoComm show. Actually, that’s not to disparage InfoComm’s ever-widening pantheon of AV shows around the world. I […]

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Microsoft and the New AV World Order

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Hot on the heels of the January 10th announcement by InfoComm International, many of us now know that Microsoft is coming to InfoComm 2014 as a Platinum sponsor. In the announcement, David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, executive director and CEO, InfoComm International said: “The decade-long conversation about the convergence of AV and IT technology has been […]

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Barco Adds Android App and Microsoft Office Support for ClickShare

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Barco has extended BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) support for its ClickShare product with the release of a new Android app. The app extends ClickShare support for mobile devices beyond Apple’s iOS – the iOS app debuted in the Spring. With ClickShare, Barco’s wireless meeting room collaboration system, users can present their content on the […]

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Microsoft Acquires Perceptive Pixel

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At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto on July 9th, Microsoft Corporation’s CEO Steve Ballmer announced in his keynote speech the company would purchase privately held Perceptive Pixel Inc. (PPI). Perceptive Pixel makes multi-touch displays for collaborative applications, including its flagship product an 82-inch unit. The company also sells 27- and 55-inch multi-touch […]

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