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Trident Case® Launches “Build Your Own Smartphone Case” Application

Consumers can customize almost every element of their lives, from their coffee to their sneakers to their ringtones, so why shouldn’t that same freedom of expression extend to the case that protects their most-used accessory – their smartphones?

In time for the upcoming back to school and holiday seasons, Trident Case® is offering consumers the freedom to express themselves with abandon and create a one-of-a-kind case with the new online “Build Your Own Case” designer, allowing them to represent their favorite sports team, show their school spirit or just choose a different color for each day of the week while providing maximum protection for today’s most popular smartphones.

With 81 different color combinations, the Build Your Own Case designer makes it easy to create a unique Trident A.M.S. case that matches each owner’s personal style. All they have to do is go to the Build Your Own Case designer, select their smartphone device and choose the colors for the outer and inner portions of the cases. Additionally, each buyer can select up to two accessories such as a windshield mount or bike mount. To make it even easier, the colors change in real time as users select them, and there is an Inspiration Gallery of designs that other users have purchased!

For only $49.90, the custom-colored Trident cases are available for the most popular smartphones from Apple, HTC, Motorola and Samsung. Not only do these personalized cases make the owners’ smartphone stand out from the crowd, but also help provide some serious protection from bumps, drops and vibrations. Each custom case consists of two pieces: an inner Perseus® anti-skid shell that is made of shock-absorbing silicone and a hard, rugged exoskeleton that offers superior protection from drops onto hard surfaces. Kraken A.M.S. cases include a built-in screen protector to provide 360-degree protection for today’s most popular smartphones.

As an added bonus, Kraken A.M.S. cases are actually 2 cases in 1! They consist of a Kraken A.M.S. exoskeleton on the outside and a lighter duty Perseus silicone case on the inside, so the exoskeleton can be removed should the user desire a different look or feel.

About Trident Case®
Since its founding in 2010, Ontario, California-based Trident Case® (www.tridentcase.com) designs, engineers and manufactures tough and stylish cases for mobile devices of all makes, models, shapes and sizes. With six series of protective cases that offer unparalleled protection from drops, scratches, water and dust in environments ranging from classrooms to construction sites, the company manufactures the ideal protection solution for every mobile device. Trident products are proudly designed and manufactured in California.

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NanoLumens Finds A Better Way To Engage Commuters At New York’s Penn Station

Advertisers are constantly looking for new ways to capture and hold the attention of harried and hurried daily commuters, and nowhere is this more apparent than in New York City’s Penn Station, North America’s busiest transit center. To capitalize on the massive daily audience that passes through the station, CBS Outdoor turned to NanoLumens® to provide a unique solution that can’t be missed.

With more than 300,000 daily commuters, advertisers won’t find a more captivating display solution than the NanoSlim® display that hangs directly over commuters heads as they travel through the Long Island Railroad corridor of the station. The installation marks the first time that a digital advertising display has ever been suspended from the ceiling in Penn Station.

“NanoLumens’ technology is literally transforming a traditional ‘signage’ industry into a ‘customer engagement’ industry,” NanoLumens President & CEO Rick Cope said today. “No other company has the technology to allow clients to engage their customers in literally every and any type of environment, and our new Penn Station display underscores this ability.”

According to Cope, the ability to place the display in this location was possible because it weighs less than 700 pounds and uses less than one-third of the energy that a comparable LCD, plasma or projection setup would require. With a lifespan of 100,000 hours (more than 11 years running 24 hours a day), the NanoSlim display was not only the most eye-catching option, but also the most cost-effective. In fact, a lightweight LED display is the only viable option for a hanging display in a brightly lit environment, because LCD and plasma displays are prohibitively heavy and require immense support structures.

The 4.5-inch thick, double-sided 126” NanoSlim LED display uses NanoLumens’ 4mm pixel pitch technology to deliver bright, crisp, clear images and video on a display that is seamless and bezel-free, making it one of the most potent messaging platforms in Penn Station.

This installation comes on the heels of NanoLumens recent announcement of several large NanoSlim displays being used to provide vivid, long-life video solutions for the new Sao Paulo Metro Line 4 in Brazil.

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, NanoLumens®, Inc. is a privately held company dedicated to making the era of “digital wallpaper” a practical reality for every type of business looking to engage their customers anywhere and everywhere their customers happen to be. NanoLumens flexible and rigid displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a bright, seamless, high resolution picture quality that can be viewed from any angle throughout the display horizon without color shift or image distortion.

The company’s technology is protected by a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents.

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Full Spectrum Chooses Alcorn McBride Equipment for Refurbished Shark Ray Bay Theater at Newport Aquarium

Full Spectrum, LCC of Stone Mountain, GA has selected Alcorn McBride’s video and control products for the newly refurbished Shark Ray Bay Theater at Newport Aquarium. The aquarium is located outside Cincinnati in Newport, Kentucky.

The Shark Ray Bay Theater is a visitor favorite serving as the venue for a variety of underwater dive-based shows. Its central focal point is one of the aquarium’s largest water tanks with a visible viewing area of approximately 17×9 feet. It formerly had a pirate-themed décor. The retooling by Full Spectrum transformed the theater into a clean, streamlined space that’s adaptable and versatile, adding value to the aquarium’s private special event capabilities.

A lightweight fabric mesh was hung, in a stylized crashing wave design, as a new visual backdrop (“splash curtain”) for the tank and installed color-changing LED fixtures and moving lights. Two 60-inch LG LED displays now flank the tank. A 47-inch LG LED display serves as a marquee at the front of the theater.

Full Spectrum overhauled the theater’s audio system, installing smaller speaker cabinets and new speakers above the splash curtain. All the audio processing is now done through a central touchscreen control system, which permits the creation of separate zones within the space and controls the volume for the program audio and individual microphones.

“Alcorn McBride’s V4 Pro controller essentially runs the whole theater. It’s in charge of lighting, audio, video – it’s the heart of the whole system,” says Chad Kuney, VP of Operations at Full Spectrum. “We chose the V4 Pro simply because the aquarium is open seven days a week, nine hours a day. We needed a controller that was robust and would operate without a glitch. The V4 Pro has proven to be that type of gear.”

He notes that the presenter of the dive shows is able to control the V4 Pro with an iPad using Alcorn McBride’s ShowTouch for iOS. “The presenter can walk around with an iPad and control videos, lighting cues, adjust the volume of audio – all on the fly,” Kuney explains. “If they see an animal float by in the tank they can run a video on the fly about that animal. And the divers can speak from within the tank with some mic equipment. It’s very cool!”

Alcorn McBride’s DVM8400 runs all the video elements. “It works perfectly,” Kuney says. “It’s solid state, which is great. And it’s easy to change out videos, too.”

The flexibility of the Alcorn McBride equipment is key to the new theater’s usage. “The aquarium wanted a space that was very versatile so that in addition to the dive shows they could host parties, corporate events, dinners, proms. It’s really a multi-purpose facility now. What’s great about the Alcorn gear is that we can program it to adapt to so many situations – it enables us to completely transform the space. It also allows us to put muscle into the creativity and make sure our creative touch is on top of the situation.”

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Great Sound is Heard but Barely Seen at Chicago’s Union League Club

Chicago, IL – July 2013… The roots of Chicago’s Union League Club date back to the Civil War, when an elite group of northerners formed the Union League of America as a defense against radical Confederate sympathizers in the north. The Club, which boasts locations in several major cities, has evolved to become one of Chicago’s most prominent social clubs, playing a major role in establishing such cultural institutions as The Art Institute of Chicago, Orchestra Hall, the Field Museum, and the Harold Washington Library Center.

The historic 20-story building sits prominently on Chicago’s Loop, somewhat dwarfed by its larger skyscraper siblings but exuding an air of Old World class. Inside, the building’s Main Hall plays host to events ranging from formal dinners to addresses by heads of state and other national and international dignitaries. It’s an exquisitely appointed room with high ceilings and massive mahogany beams and columns. As David Hecht, Managing Principal at Wheaton, IL-based Sound Planning Associates explains, the room’s architecture is impressive to behold, but creates some rather interesting acoustical challenges. 

“The columns are literally around four or five feet square, and their size does make it a challenge to achieve uniform coverage everywhere in the room,” says Hecht. “In addition, the room is used for a range of different events, and the stage and seating setup can vary from one event to another. Inevitably someone will end up sitting behind a column.” 

To meet the challenge, Sound Planning Associates designed a multi-faceted audio system based around 28  Renkus-Heinz CFX81 8-inch two-way complex conic loudspeakers. The system offers several different matrixing options. “It’s essentially three systems,” says Hecht. “Depending on where the stage is set up, the speakers fire from that direction, and the others are delayed across the room. So different groups of speakers are set up to work together, depending on the event.”

DSP is provided by a BIamp Audia with RED-1 controller. “The Biamp DSP enables us to reconfigure the system for a variety of scenarios, depending on the event,” says Hecht. “They can just select a ‘stage setting’ – north, south, east, west – from the RED-1 touch screen, and it sets up the speaker delays and EQ, selects the correct mic inputs, sets input levels for the wireless mics, everything. It’s a very easy system to use.” A Yamaha LS9 console with wireless iPad control handles mixing duties, with Shure ULX wireless systems for the presenters.

Not surprisingly, aesthetics played a prominent role in specifying the system. “They wanted nothing that would be visually intrusive,” says Hecht. “Nothing around the windows or near the artwork, and anything below at least ten feet high wasn’t an option. That was one of the main reasons we chose the CFX Series – they offered great pattern control and they don’t have a ‘hot spot,’ so coverage is nice and even across the entire space.” The speakers were custom painted to match the beams, and all wiring is concealed. 

“This is a very distinguished club, catering to clientele accustomed to the best,” observes Hecht. “They wanted to know that they were getting the best. And they have been very, very pleased with the system. It sounds great, it looks great, and it does exactly what they needed it to do.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Listen Technologies Introduces The Next Generation of Wireless Conferencing

Listen Technologies continues its expansion of conferencing capabilities in North America with the next generation firmware release features for Voice Activation (VOX) and Advanced Transmission Mode (ATM).

In response to its customers needs Listen Technologies is pleased to announce the availability of the next generation of wireless conferencing for use in North America. This firmware upgrade includes Voice Activation (VOX) as a new feature and new algorithms for RF signal handling capabilities with the Advanced Transmission Mode (ATM).

“We’re fortunate to have a visionary partner in Televic Conference,” noted Tim Schaeffer, VP of Strategic Development, Listen Technologies. “Televic wireless systems have been deployed in nearly 60 countries giving Televic a real-world view of the needs of the user as well as the realities of the dynamic RF environment that is wireless today. The Televic team continues to prove its leadership in the wireless conferencing market.”

Voice Activation (VOX) allows users to keep their hands free while talking which enables seamless discussion between meeting participants. “VOX is a feature that our customers are asking for and we’re excited to be able to fill this need,” said Brooks Gibbs, Conferencing Specialist, Listen Technologies.

Between the ever growing number of wireless networks and the increased number of Wi-Fi enabled devices such a Smartphones, tablets and laptops the RF landscape has changed significantly over the past few years. Advanced Transmission Mode (ATM) allows for continuous transmissions in high traffic areas. “With Advanced Transmission Mode (ATM), our customers will be able to consistently deliver quality audio even in the most congested RF environments,” said Gibbs.

All Wireless Conferencing Systems are now being shipped with the next generation firmware upgrade. If you are a current customer, you can upgrade your system at no charge by downloading the Wireless Conferencing v2.0 Firmware here: http://www.listentech.com/support-tools-downloads

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