Archive for June 17th, 2009

Masergy IP Link Wows the Crowd at 3D Holographic Demo

The comedian walked onstage and began telling a few jokes, to the crowd’s amusement. Of course, they knew he was actually in London and the curiosity about how the transmission was being accomplished was evident. But then the performer began interacting with individual members of the audience and the demo really got interesting. The holographic detail was very convincing and there was no noticeable latency. The comedian was followed by a guitarist singing a song and it appeared that he could have walked right into the crowd and thrown down a hat for contibutions. The show was arranged to demo the Masergy IP-linked holographic transmission technology that shows real promise in specific applications. There was no fading, blinking, or miscolored image, and the 3D performers’ ability to naturally interact with the InfoComm crowd really sold the idea. It was fun participating in the Musion transatlantic 3D holographic telepresence demo.

Ashly Celebrates 35 Years of Building Elegant Solutions to Everyday Audio Issues

ashly_montage.JPGPress release

Ashly Audio is celebrating its 35th Birthday at InfoComm. Central to the history of Ashly Audio is Billy Thompson, the maverick engineer who, in 1974, inspired the five owner/operators of a struggling live sound company to redirect their talents toward the production of live sound equipment. It was Thompson’s passion for designing and building processors and amplifiers of unparalleled functionality, musicality, and reliability that cemented Ashly’s enduring reputation in both the fixed installation and live sound markets. And it was Thompson’s prescience that moved Ashly to the forefront of the digital revolution, where its current array of network-ready products provide solutions of power, reliability, and economy for the modern integrator. Read on at The Briefing Room

More InfoComm 09 news from The Briefing Room

When Bosch Talks (quietly)

First let me say: Bosch is a PA company (well they make them among other things) and yet amplification was conspicuously absent from their booth press conference this morning. So I’ll be candid—I couldn’t hear a lot of it. Certainly visually it was fairly dramatic for a tradeshow—with a backdrop of the Midas Mixers, how could it not be?

Normally I would just wait until I could check up on everything, but I got the impression this was an important and timely announcement so I’ll just share what I can. (update: our reporter Dan Daley has better hearing so get more from him here).

John Oakley, the UK-based managing director of Midas Consoles (and Klark Teknik) stood next to Lynn Martin, of Canada-based JAM Industries. This little bit of theater represents the alliance of two class operations to form Midas Consoles North America (and I could have heard the name wrong). Point being, the formidable Midas will now be distributed in North America by the formidable JAM.

In Other EAW News

EAW DX1208Busy news show for EAW (and if you’re here you should go to room 202A to see the Mackie HD speakers) but here are a few quick new product hits:

-DX1208 DSP Matrix Mixer. Next generation DSP, 12-in, 8-out 1RU matrix mixer.

EAW MicroSub-MicroWedge Series MicroSub. Stage monitor, particularly ideal for drummers (says EAW). Projects on a 45-degree angle and can stand on it’s side (points at the drummer not the drums).

And also in room 202A you can learn more about the custom product work EAW did for installations including the Orioles, the Eagles, the Met’s Citi Field, and others. This is the work of EAWs Strategic Engineering Group out of Whitinsville, Mass.

Sennheiser Introduces K-array at InfoComm 09

k_array_group.JPGPress release

Sennheiser Electronic Corporation will introduce K-array, the newest addition to its family of distributed brands, at InfoComm 09. K-array manufactures incredibly thin, lightweight loudspeakers that deliver impressive power and sound quality for medium- to large-scale applications, including touring, events, installed sound, and broadcast. Read on at The Briefing Room

More InfoComm 09 news from The Briefing Room

Talk Over People

AUdio-Technica ATCS-60 at InfoComm 09With its newest product (it’s on the booth at 6141) Audio-Technica adds a unique twist on the ubiquitous IR conferencing paradigm.

The new wireless ATCS-60 introduces “automatic mode”, which accepts up to 50 microphone units, running through a “smart” mixer; the mixer turns the mic on and off, depending on whether the person is speaking or not. The mixer allows from one to five people to talk simultaneously, so this obviously makes for a more casual and interactive discussion environment. more…

True Hospitality

LG 42LG700H at InfoComm 09Checking out the little hotel room setup at the LG booth (5321), I noticed the Pro:Centricâ„¢ LCD Widescreen monitors there, and soon found my self in a chat with LG National Sales Manager Ron Lindeman about the present and future of the hospitality market. Ron explained that the movement of LG and other manufacturers into the “smart” side of hospitality, or as he calls it, the “solutions side” is moving ahead far quicker than many of us might have imagined.

Despite the economic downturn, Ron said several major hotel chains are already partnering with LG dealers to upgrade and install user-oriented solutions networked with LG monitors designed to make visits to such hotels, and repeat visits especially, more luxurious. The notion is that they need state-of-the-art, high-end technology infrastructures to lure visitors in this challenging economy, and more importantly, after the economy finally improves. more…

Breaking News: LOUD Unification

In the EAW demo room, I ran into Jeffrey Cox, who’s here with a brand new title and role as VP of the newly-minted Pro Audio Group, part of a larger LOUD announcement that will be detailed in a press conference at 4 p.m.

It will likely be one of the most dissected announcements of the show, not least because it brings EAW and Martin together under Cox, an arrangement that begs the obvious question (see Jeffrey’s quote on that below). more…

I Need to Get Out More

Gazing at a beautiful video jukebox at the LG booth (5321) this morning (47-in. LG plasma running interactive jukebox software from Ecast), I happened to comment that it was about time video jukeboxes were infiltrating bars, restaurants and clubs. LG officials told me such systems are up and running at dozens of venues and at US Cellular Field in Chicago, where the Chicago White Sox play. They’re quite common in bars, I learned. Who knew? I don’t visit bars and, as a result, a huge gap in my learning has developed. Perhaps I’ll rectify that this week in Orlando.

–MG

Communications Specialties Hits the Ground Running

Communications Specialties 3620TX at InfoComm 09The crowd had barely made the floor this morning when interested parties began surrounding the Communications Specialities booth for a glimpse of its new 3620TX and 3621RX units for carrying composite video and stereo sound on fiber. The audio is DIP-switch configurable and the power connects on a captive screw connector. The tiny units are indicative of the shrinking size on this type of hardware from all the manufacturers. The 3620TX and 3621RX can send the signals on single-mode or multimode fiber.

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