Rants & rAVes — Episode 1116: Register For InfoComm 2022 For FREE With Code ‘RAVE’

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As InfoComm 2022 is upon us (and will be here in ~three weeks), time is running out to register! In the spirit of getting ready for the show in Las Vegas, Steph Beckett joined me on the latest episode of Rants & rAVes to discuss what we’re most looking forward to at this show. We also promote […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1115: PTZOptics and HuddleCamHD Will Use ISE 2022 to Debut New Products and Announce Distribution Strategy

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Gary was joined on this pre-ISE videocast by William Golde, director of channel marketing for both PTZOptics and HuddleCamHD to talk about some new products they will launch at ISE 2022 (in stand 5S200) as well as a new distribution partnership with Midwich. They’re focused on solving a lot of problems in using cameras for live events and for UCC applications and […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1114: Sharp NEC Display Will Focus on 5 Application Areas at ISE 2022

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Sharp NEC Display Solutions Europe will make its global debut (of sorts) at ISE 2022 — it will be the first time both companies will display together at a global trade event. In fact, they will bring together the entire range of their visual display solutions. Sharp NEC’s SVP of marketing & product management EMEA, Ian Barnard, and its […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1113: Jupiter Will Be at ISE 2022 With the Only 21:9 Display in the World

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When Jupiter introduced the 21:9 aspect ratio display some years ago everyone was like, “what?” But now, following Microsoft Teams Front Row launch specifying at least a 21:9 ratio, Jupiter is sitting pretty — and alone. The company will be at ISE 2022 on stand 3E250 showing the display along with its video processors for media, signage and video […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1112: Equipson Has Something for Everyone at ISE 2022: It’s Three Companies in One!

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Gary was joined with Equipson COO (and 2021’s AVIXA Harold Thiel award winner), Juan José Vila, to talk about BikeFest — oh, and ISE too. BikeFest was a fundraiser he headed up that benefited the live events market — raising over 6000 euros. At ISE 2022, he’ll be recognized for this but, more importantly, he will be in the Equipson stand (7K600) showing both install […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1111: DTEN Will Debut ONboard Dedicated-Zoom Collaboration Board at ISE 2022

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DTEN will be on stand 2C400 at ISE 2022 with a brand-new product, the ONboard. ONboard, unlike other Zoom-based collaboration boards, gives remote and in-office participants equal access to its digital canvas. In addition, DTEN will show the ME, ME Pro, the DTEN Mate and the D7 Series of collaboration products. In the meantime, here’s an inside […]

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The Meeting Equity Podcast by Barco ClickShare — Room Design Is Often Done on a Budget but Not With Productivity and Interactivity in Mind

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In the latest episode of a 12-part podcast series about meeting equity, Matt Chadder (CEO and founder of Instinct Laboratory) explains how the physical design of meeting spaces can improve the productivity and interactivity of participants. Matt also talks about what he thinks is the role of a meeting host: In many cases, the meeting […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1110: See an Integrated Collaboration Workspace (Running Natively on a 21:9 Display) at ISE 2022!

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Inside the Jupiter stand at ISE 2022, Valarea will demo its BYOM solution for meeting spaces running on Jupiter’s native 21:9 monitor — fully collaborative, too. Not only does it include complete UC compatibility, whiteboarding and remote analytics, but its Version 4 also includes mixed reality. Once again, this will all be on the ISE show floor (stand #3E250), but […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1109: SpinetiX Will Focus on Hospitality at ISE 2022

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SpinetiX’s CEO, Francesco Ziliani, spoke to Gary today about his ISE 2022 show plans. SpinetiX will be on stand 3R100 in Barcelona and will also exhibit in the Intel booth. And this year’s theme will be all about hospitality — like hotels and restaurants — but the company will also focus on another kind of hospitality. Listen and watch for […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1108: AVIXA CEO Dave Labuskes Joins Gary on This Videocast to Talk All About InfoComm

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InfoComm is less than 6 weeks away already — it will be in Las Vegas for the 2022 show. AVIXA CEO, Dave Labuskes, joined Gary on his videocast to tap all-about-InfoComm. Have you registered yet? If not, use our registration code (and gain free entry) “RAVE” by clicking here: https://www.infocommshow.org/. There are approximately 700 reasons why you should attend, […]

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The Meeting Equity Podcast by Barco ClickShare — Some Practical Tips To Create the Ultimate Meeting Experience for In-room and Remote Participants

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In episode four in a series of 12 about meeting equity brought to you by Barco ClickShare in partnership with THE rAVe Agency, Scott Walker (President at Waveguide) shares his view on how to create an inclusive meeting experience for both in-room as well as remote participants by focusing on not just the AV gear […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1107: Vivitek’s ISE 2022 Plans: A Discussion With Holger Graff

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Vivitek will return to ISE for the 2022 show in Barcelona with new projectors, new NovoConnect products and a 220” 4K all-in-one LED! Gary catches up with Vivitek’s General Manager EMEA, Holger Graff, to review its ISE 2022 plans and give us an update on both entry-level and high-end projection along with an expanded wireless […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1106: ISE Managing Director Mike Blackman Joins Gary To Talk Expectations of Barcelona Event

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ISE 2022 will mark the first large-scale AV event in over 26 months. According to Integrated Systems Events Managing Director Mike Blackman, the show will include over 800 exhibitors in its Barcelona debut. Yes, 800. 800. That means this show will be bigger than most of the AVtweeps thought. Therefore, there are plenty of reasons […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1105: Calibre’s LEDFusion Displays Are Shipping!

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During LAVNCH WEEK 5, Calibre used rAVe for the global launch of its LEDFusion lineup of all-in-one LEDs. Gary was joined today with Calibre‘s senior sales manager, Raymond Budd, to talk about how these work and how you can interconnect multiple displays to create an even larger LED canvas. Watch and then check all four of them out here: https://calibreuk.com/en-emea/our-products/led-display/aio-led-display. […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1104: WyreStorm Will Show Its NHD, Synergy and Apollo product Lines at ISE 2022

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In today’s pre-ISE-2022 videocast, WyreStorm’s Alex Martin joined Gary Kayye to detail the company’s ISE stand (3J700) plans in Barcelona. WyreStorm is one of those “glue” manufacturers that carries all flavors of AV-over-IP including 1G and even 10G SDVoE. In addition to showing its entire AV-over-IP lineup — dubbed the NHD Series — WyreStorm will also show its Apollo […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1103: Christie Will Use ISE 2022 to Feature Its Entire New Product Lineup

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Christie’s heritage in AV is projection; at ISE the company will show everything from its entry-level 1-chip DLP line, the Inspire Series, to its Griffyn 4K32-RGB pure laser projectors. Of course, you’ll see its MicroTiles LED and an awesome projection-mapping demo, but you’ll also get a chance to see Version 8 of its acclaimed Pandoras Box player/server connected via SDVoE and even NDI (and […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1102: You Should Consider Selling the Furniture Used in Schools. Here’s How.

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CCI (aka Computer Comforts Inc) actually pulled up to the rAVe headquarters in its touring truck to shoot its Rants & rAVes episode live! This interview with CCI’s founder, Frank Kolavo, shows you how to add higher ed and K-12 lecterns, desks, chairs and even front-of-room AV cabinets to your cache of product offerings to the educational space. In […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1101: Don’t Miss X2O Media’s Turnkey HyFlex Solution, OneRoom, at ISE 2022!

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X2O Media has the industry’s only totally turnkey answer to HyFlex meetings with its OneRoom solution. Order a OneRoom from X2O media, and the company will do the rest: spec it, design it, deliver it and help install it. What does HyFlex mean, what is OneRoom and how does the X2O Media system get around the limitations of hybrid participants and live participants […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1100: Matrox Will Use ISE 2022 to Show Its ConvertIP AV-over-IP Ecosystem

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Matrox took the lead in embracing the SMPTE 2110 standard (what’s currently used in broadcast video) for ProAV AV-over-IP and helped form the AIMS Alliance. AIMS, in turn, created the IPMX proposed standard for sending AV-over-IP that hopes to be ratified in late 2022, becoming the first and only AV-over-IP standard for ProAV installs. However, Matrox’s ConvertIP does more than that — it […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1099: Nureva XT, CV30, Console and HDLs Will Be Available to See (and Hear) at ISE 2022

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Gary’s series of pre-ISE-2022 videocasts includes this one with Nureva’s VP of products, Rob Abbott. ISE 2022, in Barcelona next month, will be the place most people will see both the Nureva XT Educational Bundle and Nureva’s first USB-based camera, the CV30 (and Console, its room insights software package). (By the way, all these were launched in just the […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1098: Logitech Will Be at ISE 2022 — Having Tripled in Size Since 2019 — With a Family of New UCC Products

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Few companies experienced the growth that Logitech did in 2020 and 2021; this is primarily due to its UC portfolio. With a perfectly positioned product set for small, medium and large rooms in the form of the Rally Bar Mini, the Rally Bar and the Rally Bar Plus, respectively, Logitech is well-positioned to have another record year in 2022. […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1097: Why You Should Attend the E4 Experience in Chicago May 3

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Almo Corporation’s VP of marketing and communications, Melody Craigmyle, joined Gary on his Rants & rAVes podcast to talk about (what is about to be) the biggest E4 ever. With over 60 brands, likely the largest collection of all-in-one LEDs ever assembled in one building and two hospitality robots that AV integrators can sell, the […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1096: An Interview With Exertis Almo EVP and COO Sam Taylor

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Executive vice president and COO of Exertis Almo, Sam Taylor, joins Gary on his latest videocast to update us on Exertis’ acquisition of Almo Corporation and Almo Pro A/V’s consequent rebrand as Exertis Almo. Gary also took the opportunity to ask Sam his thoughts on how 2022 will play out, the impact of supply chain issues on the AV, UCC and […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1095: ISE Will Be the First Time Most People in the World Will See the New Da-Lite/Projecta SightLine

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  Legrand’s SightLine screen may simultaneously be the simplest and most creative launch from a screen company in years. It’s a simple concept: Get rid of the black fabric drop above every electric screen, ever. When the screen is projected on, it appears to “float” in the air — therefore freeing up that space for speakers, mics […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1094: Intel Used Enterprise Connect to WOW With the NUC

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Intel’s NUC team has always impressed; we’ve seen NUCs drive purpose-built computing applications, be used as digital signage media players, as in-room PCs in classrooms and as collaboration systems. However, did you know that you can get one the size of a credit card? Check this out — and check out all the post-Enterprise-Connect show news from Intel in […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1093: DTEN is the Hidden Gem of Zoom-Certified Collaboration Devices

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Big brands tend to get all the big-time coverage. Yet, one of the coolest and most progressive Zoom-certified companies, DTEN, may be the ultimate UC&C partner for both integrators and end users. DTEN is the “everything Zoom” company and it has just about anything you’d need for a meeting room (if your users are Zoom people). […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1092: How Panasonic is Helping the K-20 Market

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Everyone pivoted during the pandemic — some more than others. Panasonic, however, was lucky — it was already armed with a host of hybrid-focused educational products, and it upgraded a bunch of others. Now, the company has a complete lineup of K-12 and higher-ed laser projectors, direct-view displays and PTZ cameras (and something called Moonshot) […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1091: Here’s Why Integrators Should Bring End Users to the E4 Experience

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Next week in Anaheim, California,  Almo Pro A/V will kick off the 2022 E4 Experience tour — an annual regional show with 50+ manufacturers of AV, UCC and Digital Signage gear. AV integrators in Southern California have always been big supporters of the E4 Experience (now in its 12th year). But don’t forget: The 2022 event also provides […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1090: We Got the First Look at the New Huddly S1 Camera!

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Huddly’s CTO, Vegard Hammer, joined Gary Kayye on this episode of Rants & rAVes to catch up on all that’s new at the meeting room camera company. The coolest part of this videocast includes a sneak peek of the new Huddly S1 Camera and a feature called “gallery” (demoed live too) that Huddly hopes will bring “meeting equity” […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1089: Samsung’s Digital Signage Is Much More Than Just Signage

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On this episode of Rants & rAVes, Gary’s guest was Samsung’s director, enterprise retail sales key accounts, Parish Chapman. The two talk about how Samsung has gone well beyond the physical sign to help its clients implement solutions. Examples include building an integrated social media display, some unique kiosk solutions and support for content generation, too. By the […]

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Alexis AV Talk — Episode 9: How Aaron Udler Finds Great Talent for his Training and Staffing Business

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On this episode of Alexis AV Talk, Aaron Udler is our guest. Aaron is the president and CEO of OfficePro Inc., a training and staffing company based in Maryland. Aaron discussed his transition from AV exhibit sales to AV and IT training and staffing support. He also shared his strategies for finding great talent for his firm and clients: Hiring for personality […]

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