Yamaha Unified Communications and Sharp Business Systems Team up to Make Remote Concierge Station

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Yamaha Unified Communications and Sharp Business Systems have partnered to provide the hospitality, enterprise, education, health care and government industries with a post-COVID Remote Concierge Station solution. This partnership results in a combination of Sharp’s 40-inch or 50-inch flat-screens and Yamaha’s CS-700 Video Sound Bar in a mobile stand to allow organizations to staff key […]

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What Will Jon Sidwick Do Next? We Think We Know!

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After 23 years at Maverick AV Solutions (a TechData company headquartered in the UK), Jon Sidwick, managing director, has announced he will leave the company in May. Maverick transformed from a local projection supplier to a pan-European solution provider in the professional AV, smart signage and smart collaboration markets. Sidwick is passing the baton to […]

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Updated: Sharp and NEC to Merge Display Divisions Into Joint Venture

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This story has been updated to add a letter sent to NEC Display partners and customers. Below is the official press release from NEC Display today. Before you read it, here are my thoughts: Unlike nearly every merger in our industry’s history, this is a new display company that will be made up of two […]

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NEC and Sharp Announce Joint Venture to Combine Display Solution Businesses

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Tokyo, March 25, 2020 – NEC Corporation (NEC, TSE: 6701) and Sharp Corporation (Sharp, TSE: 6753) have agreed to create a joint venture by combining NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. (NDS), a subsidiary of NEC, with Sharp. NDS and Sharp are two market-leading brands in the production and development of visual solutions. The Sharp-NEC joint venture will allow […]

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My Day with Sharp and Its Windows Collaboration Board Launch, Plus an Interview with CEO Mike Marusic 

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I was honored to be the only member of the AV press invited to cover the live, global (it was streamed live from Seattle, Washington, New York City, Amsterdam and Madrid) streaming video launch of the Sharp WCD (Windows Collaboration Display) last week. Although those in attendance, live, saw it as a technical marvel (connecting […]

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Sharp Australia Launches Brand New HC1 4K BIG PAD Interactive Display

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Due to the success of the TH1 series 4K BIG PAD interactive displays released earlier this year for the corporate market, Sharp Australia has launched the brand new HC1 4K BIG PAD interactive display series for the educational and training environments. The BIG PAD HC1 range offers a choice of 70″, 75″ and 86″ 4K […]

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Sharp Ships Windows Collaboration Display With Microsoft Skype for Business

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Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) announced it’s shipping the world’s first Windows Collaboration Display (WCD) with Microsoft’s Skype for Business certification. The native 4K 70-inch is integrated with Microsoft Azure Digital Twins to monitor collaboration spaces. The Sharp Windows Collaboration Display is marketed as the world’s first large-format interactive display to achieve […]

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Sharp Launches Entry-Level Collaboration Boards with New AQUOS BOARD Lineup

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Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) announced the addition of three new value-priced, 4K 3840×2160 interactive whiteboards to the AQUOS BOARD display line. The new 70″ class (69 ½” diagonal) PN-CE701H, 75″ class (74 ½” diagonal) PN-C751H and 86″ class (85 9/16″ diagonal) PN-C861H interactive displays are integrated with most of the standard […]

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Sharp Ships Commercial 8K 80″ Display

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The new Sharp 80″ 8M-B80AX1U 8K UHD display, what Sharp says is the only commercially-available 7680×4320 resolution monitor, is now shipping. Aimed at design studios and TV broadcasters, it’s specified with 800 cd/m2 (or up to 4,000 cd/m2 peak level), includes HDR (high dynamic range) technology, has a 10-bit extended color range that literally delivers […]

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Three New Interactive 4K LCDs Arrive from Sharp

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Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, has launched three new 4K Ultra HD resolution large-format AQUOS BOARD interactive display systems with built-in wireless and whiteboard functionality utilizing its embedded SoC (system-on-chip) controller. We shot a video of these at InfoComm last month, which you can view here: […]

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The Themes of InfoComm 2019

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Over the years I’ve been in this industry (this was my 33rd InfoComm — 34th annual show with InfoComm/AVIXA though as my first, back in 1987, the show was called COMTEC — before the name was changed to InfoComm in 1988), the show has evolved from a technology-based show to a product-based show and, more […]

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Sharp’s InfoComm 2019 Booth Is Business as Usual

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For InfoComm 2019, Sharp Electronics has decided to build a day-in-the-life of the office-style booth with AV everywehre: Reception Lobby: Breathtaking 8K resolution welcomes you to our world You will be greeted at the Sharp booth by business VIPs, including the upcoming 80″ Class 8K UHD display. In addition, the recently launched 75″ Class (74 […]

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Sharp Debuts the Future of All Displays with New SoC- and Cloud-Based 4K Monitors

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Sharp today launched two new lines of 4K UHD (3840 × 2160) resolution commercial displays. Sharp’s PN-HM Series includes the PN-HM651 65” Class (64 ½” diagonal), PN-HM751 75” Class (74 9/16″ diagonal) and PN-HM851 85” Class (85 9/16” diagonal) displays. They each provide a brightness of 500 nits, are designed for 24/7 environments and are […]

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Bob Madaio Joins Sharp as Vice President of B2B Marketing

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Sharp America announced today that Bob Madaio has joined the organization as its new vice president of marketing. In this position, Madaio will report directly to SIICA President and CEO Mike Marusic and will be responsible for the organization’s B2B marketing efforts across networked multi-functional printers, professional displays and its growing smart office and IT […]

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After a Year of Showing It, Sharp Makes 8K Monitor Launch Official – And Is Already Shipping It

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The new 70″ 8M-B70AU 8K LCD monitor is now available from Sharp using a native 7680×4320 resolution display, that’s technically 16 times higher than 1080p full HD — 33 million pixels. Specified at a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness and integrated HDR, the 8M-B70AU converts any inkling signal to 8K resolution and has full […]

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Advanced Transforms Law Firm Boardroom with Interactive Conferencing System

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When the owners of the Sudduth & Associates law firm in Lake Charles, Louisiana, moved into their brand new headquarters, they wanted to incorporate a multi-purpose boardroom that allowed patrons of the legal community to make presentations, discuss evidence and conduct depositions. To do just that, they hired commercial AV integrator Advanced. After several site-visits, […]

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Digital Signage Summit Wrap-up

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The Digital Signage Summit Europe 2018 provided invaluable takeaways into the evolving digital signage and digital out of home (DooH) industries during the comprehensive two-day conference. Attendees gathered at the new venue for 2018, the Sheraton Hotel, Frankfurt Airport, Germany, July 4-5 to benefit from over 40 leading digital signage and DooH individuals exploring market […]

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Sharp Focused on Smarter Offices And Education Spaces at InfoComm — Oh, and 8K!

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Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) has a bunch of new signage and display solutions at InfoComm 2018: 8K Ultra-HD 70″ Class Preview InfoComm visitors will have the chance to get up close and personal with Sharp’s 8K 70″ Class (69.5″ diagonal) Ultra-HD LCD monitor, which comes off a hugely successful debut at […]

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Check out Sharp’s Display Solutions for Smarter Offices and Education Spaces at InfoComm 2018

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Sharp is preparing to show their most innovative display solutions at the biggest event in the industry! While you’re at Sharp Booth #C2334 join them for a complimentary coffee at the café, beer at happy hour and get your caricature sketched on our 4K Ultra-HD AQUOS BOARD interactive display system! Here are some of the […]

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Here’s What You Missed from the DC Almo ProAV E4 AV Tour

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We just returned form the first stop on the 2018 ALMO E4 AV Tour in Washington DC and it’s safe to say that Almo ProAV still has THE BEST regional trade shows of ANY AV distributor in North America. Not only do they blow away the competition in sheer numbers — 500+ attendees, 45 exhibitors and two […]

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Sharp Launches New Displays with SoC (System on a Chip)

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Thanks to its built-in SoC (System on a Chip) controller, the new 40″ PN-B401 and 50″ PN-B501 LCD displays deliver out-of-the-box digital signage solutions. The PN-B displays offer great mounting flexibility and can be installed in landscape or portrait orientation, face-up, face-down or titled forward or backward at an angle of up to 90 degrees. Features include: Built-in SoC: An integrated SoC controller, driven […]

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Sharp Debuts the 70″ PN-L705H 4K Resolution AQUOS BOARD

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Sharp has introduced its first 4K Ultra-HD resolution (3840×2160) AQUOS BOARD interactive display system. The 70″ PN-L705H interactive display offers Sharp’s Pen-on-Paper user experience that they says makes writing comfort close to using an actual pen on paper. The PN-L705H interactive display is especially designed for architecture, design, corporate collaboration, museums and libraries because of it’s ability to be mounted in various configurations (including flat). The […]

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Superb Color: Accurate, Dynamic Video Walls for Inspiring Signage

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST Think about the power of the video wall. High impact, excellent image quality, 24/7 operation, bright colors, the list goes on. But imagine high-impact video walls that can be created using fewer monitors with less bezel interruption across the entire video wall. Sharp’s PN-V701 display was specifically developed for use […]

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Sharp Launches Ultra-Thin Bezel 55″ PN-V550A Monitor

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Sharp expands its PN-V video wall series with the launch of its 55″ Class (54.6″ diagonal) PN-V55 0A LED ultra-slim bezel professional monitor. With a bezel-to-bezel width of just 3.5 millimeters, the PN-V550A features Sharp ’s Uniform Color Calibration Technology (UCCT). The PN-V550A monitor is native HD (1920×1080) resolution with a brightness spec of 500 cd/m2 designed for digital, signage and video wall applications. Sharp says their video walls are easy to assemble and control via RS232C or the network. Four monitors set up in a 2×2 configuration, for example, is 4K (3840×2160 pixels), equivalent to a 110″ Class (109.2″ diagonal) screen. Optional Mirror Frames in video walls […]

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Sharp Claims Industry’s Largest Monitor Specifically Designed For Video Walls with New 70″

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Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, today introduced what it says is the largest monitor specifically designed for video walls in the industry, the PN-V701. The newest addition to Sharp’s family of displays is designed for use in stores and shops that are looking to affordably create wow factor. With a […]

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New Shuttle PC Designed for Sharp AQUOS BOARDs

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The new Shuttle PN-SPCi7W10S PC is now available as an add-on solution for the entire AQUOS BOARD interactive display line. Equipped with an Intel Core i7-6700 Skylake Processor and 8GB RAM/256GB internal SSD, the PN-SPCi7W10S can operate up to three AQUOS BOARD interactive displays from this single PC. When using three PN-L803C AQUOS BOARD interactive displays, the Shuttle PC uses Sharp Pen Software with […]

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Is the Microsoft Surface Hub An Overpriced Collaboration Board?

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With the deluge of new collaboration boards that will hit the market over the next six months (this was the most popular launch product at ISE  in Amsterdam, last month), there’s no question that Microsoft will have to cut the price of their Surface Hub — or, no one who knows any better will buy it. They can’t keep ripping […]

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Will Microsoft Be Able to Continue to Rip People Off With Their Surface HUB?

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With the deluge of new “Collaboration Boards” that will hit the market over the next six months (this was the most popular launch product at ISE this month), there’s no question that Microsoft will have to cut the price of their Surface Hub. They can’t keep ripping people off at $8,000 — $9,000 (55″) and $20,000 (84″) […]

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Sharp’s New PN-L401C 40″ AQUOS BOARD Aimed at Huddle Spaces

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The latest addition to the Sharp AQUOS BOARD family is a 40” version in the form of the PN-L401C AQUOS BOARD. It’s 100 percent AQUOS BOARD in that it’s an interactive display — that can be used in either landscape, portrait or face-up orientation — and allows for wireless collaboration, annotation, screen sharing (wirelessly) and whiteboarding. The PN-L401C is […]

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