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UVLD Returns to Detroit for Hyundai Press Event at the 2010 North American International Auto Show

Hyundai

Hyundai

Despite the trials and tribulations of the past year, encouraging signs about the future of the automotive industry were to be found at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit’s Cobo Center where Unlimited Visibility Lighting Design (UVLD) participated in a Hyundai Motor America press event, January 11-12.

UVLD lighting designer and programmer Gregory Cohen and master electrician David Rees teamed with Nathan Murphy and James Rossi of Martin Brinkerhoff Associates on the event that marked the US debut of the Hyundai Blue-Will concept car. The revolutionary four-seat sedan serves as a test bed of new ideas that range from roof-mounted solar cells to drive-by-wire steering, lithium polymer batteries, and touchscreen controls and foreshadows future-focused hybrid production vehicles from Hyundai. more

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CHRISTIE INTRODUCES LX505 AND LX605 PROJECTORS

LX505

LX505

Christie® has announced the launch of two new projectors, the Christie LX505 and Christie LX605. Targeted to the Pro A/V market, these versatile projectors offer the latest in LCD technology enhancements. Additionally, both projectors feature 3D Keystone™ technology, a new four-corner geometry correction function for versatility in projector placement and easy display set-up. more

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Stage Research Introduces License Server to Manage Concurrent Use of Products for Network Users

License Server

License Server

Stage Research has announced the debut of its License Server, a new product that allocates licenses on demand for network users. The software runs on a central computer (server) to manage concurrent use of any Stage Research product.

“The License Server was developed to replace USB network keys that we previously had for network users,” notes Carlton Guc, cofounder of Stage Research. “The keys never really worked well, and it seemed that the developer couldn’t tell us how to fix the problems users experienced. So we decided to write our own License Server as a solution.” more

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Coemar Lights Up Robin Williams “Weapons of Self-Destruction? HBO Special

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

When Robin Williams taped his HBO special, “Weapons of Self-Destruction,” at Washington, D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall a large complement of Coemar lighting fixtures were also in the house. The special, which marked the culmination of Williams’s sold-out US tour, is the comedian’s fifth HBO stand up special and his first solo TV concert since July 2002.

Atomic Lighting, a full-service production lighting company based in Lititz, PA, furnished 44 Coemar Infinity Wash XLs and 24 Infinity ACLs to lighting designer Tom Beck for the taping. more

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Vista Spyders Take Care of Business for Dow Jones Videowalls

Dow Jones Vista Data Wall

Dow Jones Vista Data Wall

Audio visual integration company A-V Services has installed Vista Spyder video/widescreen display processors for three large videowalls on the trading floors at Dow Jones’s new midtown Manhattan space. Based in Fairfield, New Jersey, A-V Services designs and installs boardrooms, conference rooms, distance-learning centers and videowalls for Fortune 1000 companies.

“The Spyders act as engines for the videowalls providing multiple windows of information and broadcast video to the trading floors,” explains Ralph Capria, president of A-V Services. A total of seven Spyders consisting of a custom-configured mix of Spyder 200 and 300 series systems, are required for the three different videowalls. Nick Asadourian of New York-based consulting engineers Lilker Associates provided AV design for the project.

One Spyder is dedicated to a large videowall of 40-inch bezel-less Orion plasma screens in a more

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Coemar Helps Light Festive Topping Off Ceremony for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Topping Off

Topping Off

Traditionally, big buildings under construction hold a topping off ceremony to mark the installation of the last beam on the structure’s highest point. The new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago staged a particularly memorable topping off where a large array of Coemar lighting fixtures from Windy City Music Sound & Lighting in Burr Ridge, Illinois provided dramatic lighting for Chicago-based producer Event Architects. Windy City was brought in by the Event Agency, Event Architects who was hired by Children’s Memorial Hospital

The celebration was held December 7 in downtown Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art Plaza located across the street from Lurie Children’s, which is scheduled to open in 2012. more

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WorldStage Names Steve Gilbard Senior Technologist and Inks Agreement for Rental Inventory Utilization

Steve Gilbard

Steve Gilbard

WorldStage, Inc., the holding company for Scharff Weisberg, Inc. (SWI) and Video Applications, Inc. (VAI) have announced an agreement with Steve Gilbard, owner and CEO of Theatrical Concepts, Inc. (TCI) to integrate their substantial equipment assets. The deal takes effect on January 1, 2010.

In addition, an agreement has been reached for Gilbard to act as a consultant to WorldStage as Senior Technologist, in order to expand the company’s technology offerings in new and unique ways to benefit the company’s wide array of clients. more

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Electro Acoustics, Inc. Chooses Vista Spyder to Create Videowall Effects for New Youth Center at Hillcrest Baptist Church

Hillcrest

Hillcrest

Fort Worth-based Electro Acoustics, Inc. has selected a Vista Spyder X20 to create powerful videowall effects in the new youth center at Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, Texas. Primarily a design-build firm, Electro Acoustics works with architects and clients to provide turnkey audio, video, acoustics, lighting and control systems.

Having designed and built technical systems for the sanctuary in Hillcrest’s main building, Electro Acoustics returned to configure the main worship room for the new youth center which hosts dynamic REVO Meetings on Wednesday evenings for middle school and high school students. more

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Vibrant Design’s Ellen Waggett Gets On-Air Kudos for Designing Distinctive New Dressing Rooms for “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon?

Fallon

Fallon

It’s not often that a production designer gets a shout out on network television but Ellen Waggett received on-air compliments from client Jimmy Fallon and his guest, style guru Tim Gunn, after she completely revamped the guest dressing rooms and designed a new guest band room for NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.?

Fallon noted that all the dressing rooms he’s been in on talk shows “look like a hospital ward? and called Waggett’s transformational design “incredible? and “cool.? Gunn echoed Fallon’s praise adding a “wonderful? declaration of his own. more

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Electrosonic Says Cheers to Revamped Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh

Fivescreen

The Mash Tun section of the ride is based on a five-screen presentation using 46-inch LCD displays

With Scotland renowned for its whisky it’s a given that visitors to Edinburgh will want to explore the history and process of distilling the famed spirit at the revamped Scotch Whisky Experience, formerly The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, located next to the city’s legendary Castle. Electrosonic completed the AV installation for the visitor attraction which included synchronized lighting, sound and video for a dark Barrel Ride. The company’s Edinburgh office was responsible for the original system design, supported the installation and provides ongoing service. more

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