BrightSign Introduces BrightVoice Digital Signage Solution

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BrightSign unveiled BrightVoice Tuesday — the company’s voice-activated digital signage solution that enables a unique, hands-free interactive experience. BrightVoice allows audiences to interact verbally with digital signage using wake words followed by natural voice commands that trigger playback of on-screen content, music, lighting and other devices. And while this type of interaction mimics the workflow […]

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How Long Until the Future?

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Many science-fictional promises of the “world of the future” never have and perhaps never will come to pass. We don’t have our flying cars, and perhaps never will. We don’t have a robot maid. We aren’t eating Soylent Green. (OK, that one might not be a great loss). What about the meeting room of the […]

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BenQ Ships Amazon Voice-Enabled LCDs

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BenQ has enhanced its Premium RP Series of interactive flat panels (IFPs) with voice control powered by AWS. Directly integrating AWS with BenQ’s Saffi voice-assistant technology, the RP Series IFPs use a voice-enabled remote that simplifies instruction tasks and introduces more flexibility in the classroom. The voice capability is available as an Amazon skill and […]

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Josh.ai and LG to Launch Voice-Controlled Televisions

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Josh.ai is expanding the range of voice control in the home through a collaboration with LG. Integrations with 2018 as well as 2019 OLED, Super UHD and UHD model televisions enable the user experience of being able to walk from room to room and ask Josh Micro to turn on desired content through LG displays. […]

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JOAN Teams Up with Amazon Alexa and Cisco Webex

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Joan officially announces its collaboration with Amazon Alexa for Business and Cisco Webex for the kick-off of the Enterprise Connect expo in Orlando, Fla. on Monday March 18, 2019. This collaboration brings together Joan and two of the most used communication smart devices in the world to offer high-end integrated solutions for the workplace. Companies […]

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What Keeps an AV Professional Up at Night – Part the Second

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I’ve spoken about the things that keep an AV professional up at night — in part the growing rise of one-box, easily configurable solutions sharply reducing the need for highly skilled integration in simple spaces. That trend continues with both industry stalwarts like Crestron and smaller upstarts like Owl Labs selling single-device collaborative solutions. That’s […]

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Josh.ai Is a Crestron Integration Partner

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Crestron announced today that Josh.ai is now an official Crestron integration partner. The Josh Micro device and app are easily set up and deployed via the Crestron Pyng operating system, enabling Crestron residential integrators to add voice control to their smart home designs. The Crestron Pyng operating system enables simple integration with the Josh.ai modules […]

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Crestron Integration with Apple TV, Siri and HomeKit Announced

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Homeowners will soon be able to control Apple TV with their voices through Crestron remotes and use Siri to control their Crestron-driven home. Announced at Apple’s WWDC 2018 conference, Crestron Technology Professionals will soon be able to leverage the power of Apple TV, Siri, and HomeKit to enhance their clients’ lifestyles and user experience.  This new integration will bring two […]

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Personal AV Tech Controls the Future of AV and Doesn’t Even Realize It

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Maybe I’m a skeptic. I don’t think I am but, maybe. Having lived in technology for nearly 30 years, it’s not often a new tech product debuts that I get excited about. The iPhone was a giant WOW. Wireless networking was an “its about time” kind of moment as I was one of those power-travelers […]

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Amazon VS. Google Part 1

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Is anyone really surprised that Amazon bought Ring Labs? It doesn’t seem like that big of a shock, or shocking at all for that matter. Since they released their original Echo product, initially to Prime members only, and then later to the masses in mid 2015, the smart assistant, Alexa enabled, speaker and personal assistant […]

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Origin Acoustics’ New VALET Amplifier Uses Alexa Voice Control

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Origin Acoustics just launched the four-zone system Valet amplifier designed to integrate with an Amazon Echo Dot. Featuring eight 50-watt channels, the Valet amp can be connected to a broad range of speakers and provide the power necessary to drive them to substantial volume levels. The Valet is now available and shipping. Each of the four stereo zones […]

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New Release of Crestron Pyng Software Adds Support for Sonos and Amazon Alexa

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Crestron announced today that a new Crestron Pyng software update is now available. Version 1.010.0038 elevates the user experience to a new level while making integration even easier for Crestron Technology Professionals (CTPs). Highlights of the Crestron Pyng update include: Native Sonos sound system support: Integrating Sonos with Crestron Pyng as a multi-room audio source […]

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CEDIA’s Keynote Speaker Has Plenty of Irony to Go Around

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There’s no doubt that Amazon’s Sarah Zenz will be one of the best keynote speakers CEDIA has ever heard. She’s one of the smartest people at AMAZON, she’s an amazing speaker and she was a kick-ass product manager. But, in a doubly-irony, she’s been asked, by the ALL-MALE CEDIA board to address the attendees who […]

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HARMAN Introduces Sonique Far Field Voice Input Technology for HomeAV and ProAV Applications

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HARMAN International, as you know, a subsidiary of Samsung, today announced a new Far Field Voice Input Technology, called Sonique. This technology is intended for the fast-growing market of devices in the Consumer Electronics, Enterprise, and Robotics spaces that utilize voice commands, rather than traditional physical inputs via buttons, keyboard inputs, or mouse clicks. Translation: Harman (with Samsung) […]

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The AV Industry’s Leading Voice-Activated Control Interface Is About to Add a TouchScreen

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Amazon isn’t aiming its Echo at the high-end residential or commercial AV markets, but we’re obviously seeing it added everywhere. In 2017, nearly every major control system vendors added an interface to the Amazon Echo to allow it to control their systems and some AV integrators are adding Echo into small rooms to enable voice-activated […]

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BREAKING NEWS! New Voice Control Product to Debut at ISE 2017

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AMSTERDAM and RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CALIF., FEBRUARY 2, 2017 — With the emergence of voice control as the hottest new trend in AV, AVPhenom will be introducing a new voice control product at ISE 2017. “Ever since Alexa’s debut at CEDIA, I have been obsessed with voice control as the future of the user interface […]

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Whole Home Voice Solution Josh.ai Launches at CEDIA 2016

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JStar announced that its whole home artificial intelligence platform, Josh.ai, will start shipping at CEDIA 2016. Built for the custom integration channel, Josh.ai uses artificial intelligence to unify home technology through its unique user interface. Josh.ai is a standalone control system that works with Lutron, Meridian, Sonos and others. It also integrates with control systems […]

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Crestron Ships TSW Screens

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Crestron announced today that it’s started shipping the TSW touch screens in the form of the TSW-552, TSW-752 and TSW-1052. The TSW family is integrated with what Crestron is calling Smart Graphics technology — basically saying that it’s bright, offers capacitive touch and can handle H.264 streaming. One unique feature is that instead of navigating […]

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RTI Develops Driver for Tenflare’s Voice Viper System, Adds Voice Control to Home Automation

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RTI announced this week the availability of a new two-way driver for Tenflare’s Voice Viper CTL voice control system. The new driver makes it simple for integrators to incorporate voice control into RTI’s control and automation systems. Voice Viper is a hardware solution developed by TenFlare, a company started by integrators, which adds voice control […]

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