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iPad Use in the AV World and How the AV Manufacturers are Adapting Around This Technology

While the iPad 2 may seem like a catchy gadget for surfing the web, checking email, social networking, watching movies, and reading books, its usefulness extends much further as it has become a complete solution for staying connected, conferencing, control and presentations.

Apple’s forward thinking and innovations including the iPad2 have positively impacted the AV world and also have led manufacturers to adapt their products around this technology. Intuitive control, simplicity of use and interoperability define, in part, the iPad2. With its two built-in cameras, touch control, Facetime, HD video, video mirroring and myriad of apps, the iPad2 has it all.

In a survey conducted by GIGAOM and posted at Bloomberg BusinessWeek, …”97 percent of survey respondents carry two or more mobile devices and 26.3 percent said they intend to purchase an iPad within six months.  Signs are indicating that after the smartphone, the future enterprise device of choice for mobile workers will be an iPad.” This trending also shows up on social and business networks such as Twitter and LinkedIn and indicates that the iPad2 is helping people stay connected at work, at home and on the go.

In addition to the iPad being its own complete solution, businesses that have made substantial investments in telepresence and video conferencing equipment, smart classrooms and executive conference centers utilizing Crestron, AMX or other control system solutions can rest easy. These and many other manufacturers have been developing integrated tools for their enterprise and newer systems that take advantage of the powerful features in the iPad2.

For example, Crestron, a leading manufacturer of advanced control and automation systems was recently awarded “Best Mobile App to Manage AV Systems” by AV Technology Magazine as a part of its first annual […]

By |July 21st, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

Can’t Make That Meeting? Send Your 3D Avatar

Have you ever wished you could send your double to a 7:00 a.m. meeting? While you sleep in, your other self would be in a conference room diligently taking notes, and your job and sleep quota would be spared any major damage. Or better yet, might you prefer to hand off that next international flight to a superhero video game character that won’t suffer from jetlag and will represent you in top form at a conference?

There may be a time in the near future when you can finally be in two places at once, according to The New York Times, which reports that 3D avatars may soon be able to represent us in a more involved way than current videoconferencing technology allows. According to the article, major developments in 3D technology, the arrival of Microsoft’s Kinect tracking system for the Xbox, and the triumph of IBM’s Watson computer on Jeopardy are indicative of new capabilities in creating virtual doubles.

The immersive experience of viewing 3D with the glasses-free video systems available today, combined with Kinect, which would enable users’ movements to guide the actions of their avatar, makes for a very satisfying virtual meeting experience, the article speculated. But there is an added potential benefit—you might not even have to be conscious while your avatar is acting on your behalf: “Now that computers like Watson have gotten so good at emulating humans, avatars could be programmed to go on autopilot during a class or meeting.”

While this may seem like a distant prospect, and maybe one that’s unnecessary with the current capabilities of videoconferencing and virtual trade shows, it would definitely be a step up from technology as we know it today. If you want to find […]

By |June 26th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

Advanced AV Captures Award For Best Educational Install

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – (June 20, 2011) Advanced AV and Christie® are pleased to announce that the 180 Christie MicroTiles (20 x 9 array) installation at the University of Pennsylvania’sTranslational Research Center won a ProAV magazine Spotlight Award at InfoComm 2011last week in Orlando, Fla. The award recognizes the industry’s best professional audiovisual installations.

Twenty-six feet long and nine feet high, the video wall is the second largest public display ofMicroTiles to date and a combined effort from Advanced AV, Cerami & Associates and Christie.

“A project of this caliber requires tremendous coordination. Christie played a key role in working with our staff, and that assistance allowed our team, specifically Kevin McGinnis and Frank O’Hara,to coordinate the details of the project at the ground level. From the beginning, a long list of different folks converged on this endeavor, from the consultant (Bruce Manning of Cerami) to theGC, Christie, RpVisuals, the end user and others, managed by our project team. And the result of that collaborative effort is a testament to what can be accomplished when teams work together from the start.” said Michael Boettcher, president of Advanced AV.

The university required all meeting rooms, labs and classrooms in the newly-constructedTranslational Research Center to be connected via high performance, high resolution AV equipment with the Christie MicroTiles video wall showcasing the findings made by its team of medical researchers.

The scope of AV technology extends beyond the video wall to the building’s 240-seat auditorium. From this space, users can connect and share content within the building and with other properties on- and off-campus from the self-run system. A presenter can send the presentation stream to any room in the building by pressing a button on the AMX control panel without […]

By |June 22nd, 2011|News|0 Comments

Travis Lisk, CTS-I, Named to InfoComm Academy Adjunct Faculty

Audiovisual Industry Expert to Provide Students with High-Quality Instruction
FAIRFAX, VA –February 17, 2011 – InfoComm International, the leading trade association representing the commercial audiovisual industry, has announced that Travis Lisk, CTS-I, of Advanced Audio Visual Sales, Inc. has been awarded status as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor for the InfoComm Academy.

The Faculty Program was created to recognize the contributions of its dedicated instructors and to contribute to the professional development of those providing instruction to the audiovisual industry. In doing so, InfoComm provides students with the highest quality training from the industry’s technical experts. Faculty members are nominated by the InfoComm Professional Education and Training Committee (PETC), with final selections made by the association’s Board of Directors. There are three levels of the Faculty Program: Adjunct Faculty, Academy Faculty and Senior Academy Faculty. There is also an honorary title of Instructor Emeritus.

As Adjunct Faculty, Lisk is required to present at least two hours of instruction a year. Adjunct faculty are bestowed a certificate of honor, and a complete listing is posted on the InfoComm website, www.infocomm.org, and on digital signage at select events.

InfoComm’s audiovisual education and certification programs are the AV industry’s leading professional development resource. InfoComm Academy offers an extensive range of AV courses designed and taught by InfoComm’s expert faculty members representing the entire spectrum of technical and professional disciplines.

Courses are taken online, at the Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters, at regional events around the world, and at the InfoComm tradeshow. InfoComm 2011 will be held June 11-17, 2010 in Orlando, Fla. On any given day there are more than 3,000 students enrolled in InfoComm training and certification. Recent InfoComm events have featured more than 7,000 registrations for InfoComm Academy courses.

“The InfoComm Academy program originated as […]

By |June 3rd, 2011|News|0 Comments

May 2011

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By |May 16th, 2011|Newsletter Archives|0 Comments

You’ll Be Seeing More In 3D TV

What do you want to see in 3D? It’s often said that sports content was the reason HDTV took off — home viewers were hooked the minute they found they could get up close to the action and see every blade of grass on the football field as the players collapsed in a tackle. The same may well hold true for 3D. If you were not only watching the game but felt like you were in the middle of it, the adrenaline rush could quickly become addictive.

It might not have been sports, but rather the success of 2009’s giant 3D box-office hit Avatar that made the film’s director, James Cameron, into a devoted fan of 3D. Now he and his special-effects partner Vince Pace are willing to bet they’ll be able to convince small-screen audiences that they can’t live without a 3D TV. They’ve launched a new venture, the Cameron-Pace Group, with the aim of enabling the creation of more 3D content specifically for television.

“Broadcasting is the future of 3D,” Cameron said in an article published in the Hollywood Reporter. And he is definitely bullish on this statement, because he went on to say that in two years, “everything will be produced in 3D and 2D versions will be extracted from that.”

Up to this point, 3D content has been limited mostly to animated movies and films made for giant-screen theaters such as IMAX. The limitations in availability of 3D production technology, combined with the immense expense of producing content in the format tended to scare broadcasters away. But the Cameron-Pace Group intends to change all of that by making its Fusion camera system, used to make Avatar, available to broadcasters.

This could be the discovery moment […]

By |May 10th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

Streaming Video’s Current Flows Faster

There was a time that if you wanted to watch your favorite television shows, you had to plan to be home at a certain hour on a given day of the week. Well those days seem like an even more distant memory as DVR’s and TiVo’s are joined by a vast array of online video streaming options. Americans are watching more and more television content online via sites like Hulu and Netflix, and from the look of it, the trend is on the rise.

The Nielsen Company, which is best known for the “Nielsen ratings” that gauge the viewing audience of television shows, is also tracking online video viewing. And well they should be, given the fact that earlier this year, Nielsen reported that “online video usage in the U.S. is up considerably from the same time last year as time spent viewing video on PC/Mac/laptops from home and work locations increased by 45 percent.” While the number of unique online video viewers increased by a modest 3.1 percent from last January, Nielsen noted that total video streams were “up 31.5 percent to 14.5 billion streams.”

It looks like those numbers are going to keep going up in 2011. Nielsen’s March numbers indicated that “all of the top 10 U.S. video brands saw an increase in unique video viewers from the previous month.”

So what are people watching online? Not surprisingly, YouTube retains a solid number-one rating in Nielsen’s numbers, and Hulu and Netflix continue to anchor the entertainment options online. But internet users are also looking for more streamed news content, Nielsen reported: “The fastest-growing among the top brands—and new to the top 10 during March—was CNN Digital Network with a 60 percent increase in unique U.S. […]

By |April 25th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

April 2011

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By |April 11th, 2011|Newsletter Archives|0 Comments

Get With the Program (The Program’s Content)

The digital signage market is booming, but profitability increasingly means providing clients with content, including advertising. Here’s why.

By: Tim Kridel (featured in ProAV Magazine)

Selling Content

Name: Vince Faville
Title: Digital Signage Market Development Manager, Advanced AV Location: West Chester, Pa.
Need to Know: The AV integrator long ago set up a unit that handles digital signage. It used to refer clients to a thrid-party content provider but now sells that partners services under the Advanced AV brand.

Advertising ultimately is just another type of content, which is something that a growing number of integrators are adding to their signage port folio. “Selling the hardware and network without considering content is like installing plumbing in a house and not hooking it into a water source,” says AVI-SPL’s Vogt.

Nonadvertising content includes just about everything under the sun, such as video of a client’s CEO presenting a keynote at a trade show followed by reminders about health insurance open enrollment. Regardless of what it is, somebody has to create and manage it.

“Four years ago, we started a content division, and that’s been growing steadily,” says Alpha Video’s Hutchinson. “We’ve had another record year with that. We probably wouldn’t close 50 percent of the business that we close without our content division.”

Why? Although small businesses might seem like the most likely candidates for outsourcing content–and they are–integrators offering this service say that midsize and large enterprises also are highly receptive. One reason is that, especially in this economy, those enterprises often prefer not to add or retask staff for tasks that don’t generate immediate revenue.

For clients who […]

By |April 1st, 2011|News|0 Comments

Find a New Way to Use Twitter in Your Business

Twitter, the social media sensation that changed the meaning of the word “tweet” from something that birds did into something that people the world over are now doing every minute, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. In a relatively short period of time, this mode of communication has become essential to many aspects of personal lives and businesses alike.

Depending on how it is employed by a business or public venue, Twitter can either be a distraction or a positive way to engage customers and patrons. There are any number of websites advising companies how best to use Twitter, but the key seems to be originality. Institutions that only use Twitter to regurgitate existing information or pester their customers into making return visits need to change their tactics.

If there is an institution where success is tied to a good dialogue with the public, it’s museums. A failure to engage audiences with relevant content would be the end of these venues, and as a result, museums are often the first to adopt new technologies to capture and hold visitors’ attention.

Museums can teach us much about Twitter. As Nina Simon, a museum experience designer emphasizes in an open letter to museums on their use of Twitter: “If your museum was hosting a radio show, would you only talk about the open hours and try to entice people to show up? Of course not. You would do something engaging, educational, entertaining, provocative… all the elements that you try to design into every program or exhibit.”

So how can restaurants, bars, sports venues, retailers, and every other business use Twitter to be more “engaging, educational, entertaining, and provocative”? Luckily, several technology companies are finding ways to tap into the Twitter conversation and […]

By |March 30th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments
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