Calling All Entrepreneurs and Start-ups: Come Show Your Stuff at IC18

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A few years back the InfoComm Trade show decided to nourish its own by opening the Innovation Showcase — it quickly became a star attraction in the InfoComm crown. What’s not to like? There are big prizes, creativity oozing out of every crack, Soon to be famous entrepreneurs (there are rumors Elon Musk considered showing, […]

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2017: The Predictions You Didn’t Hear About

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You know 4K video, AVB, laser projectors and most anything Ethernet-equipped will have a big year in 2017, but there are two technologies that people are only whispering about that you should pay attention to this year. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR) will both pop up to the level of common conversations this year. I’m not suggesting either […]

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Acquisitions in AV: What Really Happens

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My companies have been acquired twice and I have attempted numerous acquisitions. While I don’t have the experience of an investment banker like GE or SilverLake, I have been down many roads that few have the opportunity to travel, and it’s nothing like you think. Yes, there is almost always human impact because maximizing profits […]

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InfoComm Nurtures Entrepreneurs

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The AV industry relies heavily on new technology, but until recently it was not a very good parent when it came to supporting its young innovators creating the next big trend. Last year’s InfoComm 2015 Show changed everything with the roll out of the Innovation Pavilion, an entire section of the show floor dedicated to young […]

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Three Upgrades to Be Green, Save Money and Have Happy Employees

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Everyone likes a nice office to work in, and there are many factors such as employee retention and public persona that drive companies to upgrade their buildings, but budgets still are the deciding factor. Here is why you can’t afford not to make these three upgrades now. Energy Monitoring – This fact is crazy but true: Just by monitoring your building’s […]

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An Interview with Richard Blackwell About InfoComm’s Innovation Pavilion

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InfoComm 2015 is now over, with most of our coverage finished up. One unique new feature at the show this year was the Innovation Pavilion, a space for start-up companies exhibiting for the first time at InfoComm (first time for the company, not necessarily the founders, some of whom were actually industry vets). The pavilion […]

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Universal Classroom Design

I’ve seen thousands of automated classrooms. Take away 10 percent of these as super exotic for law schools and medical schools and what’s left are pretty much the same within every room type.  Classrooms I’m referring to here, and we write control code to make them work and I think there is a better way […]

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