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Audinate Teams with Yamaha

Aidan Williams and his crew have their own booth at this year’s show, and they expect big thing to be coming up soon for Dante, their audio networking protocol. Yamaha will be marketing mixers with a new Dante card than enables 16 audio channels on one Cat-5 cable, and the price is surprisingly low… very entry level cost. Bosch has included Dante networking, and the list of Audinate partners continues to grow. July’s Networked AV Podcast will feature a conversation with CTO Aidan Williams discussing how Dante works and what’s coming up for their Austrailian company.

InfoComm Day 1

Day One at InfoComm…
Despite a less-than-wonderful economic climate, InfoComm 09 opened decently at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The organization predicted 28,000 attendees visiting 850 exhibitors over three days. Randal Lemke, InfoComm International‘s executive director, estimated that two-thirds of the attendees are systems integrators and the rest are technology managers and end users, following a pattern that’s developed over the last five years.

Some good news came early in the day. At Harman International‘s morning press conference Michael MacDonald, Harman Professional Group executive vice president of sales and marketing, told reporters that the professional products group’s revenues had stabilized and that the end of fiscal year 2009 would show a profit, with the fiscal year 2010 budget on a solid footing. MacDonald also hinted at possible merger and aquisition activity in the near future, but the comment that drew the most notice for this audience was that expectations of increased revenues would increase advertising and marketing budgets. Because of its size and sector diversity, Harman is considered a bellwether on the pro audio side of systems installation and integration, so MacDonald’s comment suggests the industry might see growth returning before the end of the calendar year. more…

Canon WUX10 Demo

Canon Realis WUX10 Mark II DCanon has a cool demo going on at its booth (5249) for the next generation of the Realis WUX10 projector. The WUX10 Mark II D prototype (expected to ship in October), in DICOM Simulation mode, is being promoted specifically for medical teaching (not diagnosis, the Canon guys emphasized out of an abundance of caution) applications.

The demo (1920×1200 resolution via Canon’s LCoS and AISYS technologies) is impressive, with gamma adjustable and grayscale detail that medical professionals will probably find even more impressive than I did.

Canon is showing various Realis configurations for all sorts of applications in its various demos—immersive in a dome, 3D, medical, and much more. Worth taking a gander at during your InfoComm wanderings.

—MG

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Yamaha and Dante

As InfoComm 09 launched this morning, I immediately ran into an old friend, Marc Lopez of Yamaha. Marc pointed out how big a deal digital audio networking is to a manufacturer like Yamaha, and said as of InfoComm 09, that most new Yamaha hardware is now networkable with Audinate‘s Dante protocol. A formal press conference at the Audinate booth (5842) Wednesday will have more details, but Yamaha will start distributing a new Dante nework format card in September. It’s a format Marc says Yamaha “sees a lot of potential in. We are now fluid in the langauge of Dante.”

As is Yamaha with all other legitimate network protocols. And Yamaha has a variety of other software news going on this year, such as its new DME software update (DME v. 3.5). The boys in Yamaha’s labs, he admits, spend much of their time these days on software design and development even though the company will always be known first and foremost as a hardware manufacturer. These days, those two missions are hopelessly, and permanently, intertwined. more…

Bretford Introduces First Laptop Computer Cart with a Brain

Bretford Intelligent Laptop Computer CartPress release

Bretford Manufacturing has introduced the first laptop computer carts smart enough to protect and preserve the valuable technology equipment inside of them. Developed primarily for educational environments, Bretford’s new Intelligent Laptop Computer carts incorporate a sophisticated Power Management System (patent pending), or “brain” that decreases heat and electrical stresses while proportionally distributing power to the laptops, thereby lengthening battery life. Production models of the Intelligent Laptop Computer carts will be shown in booth #5281 during InfoComm 09, June 17–19, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Read on at The Briefing Room

More InfoComm 09 news from The Briefing Room

MediaMatrix Debuts nTouch Interactive Controllers

MediaMatrix nTouchPress release

MediaMatrix by Peavey (InfoComm 09 exhibit #5649) proudly announces the new nTouch series control interfaces, consisting of touchscreen interactive controllers designed for remotely controlling audio systems designed in MediaMatrix NWare software for the NION platform. The nTouch 180 and nTouch 60 feature full-color, resistive touchscreen panels that measure approximately 7in. (180mm) and 2.4in. (60mm) diagonally, respectively. The nTouch panels display and control projects hosted on a MediaMatrix NION or nControl processor. Read on at The Briefing Room

More InfoComm 09 news from The Briefing Room

Christie DHD700 and DS+750 1-Chip DLP Projectors Debut at InfoComm 09

DHD700Press release

Christie Digital Systems has announced the launch of two new 1-chip DLP projectors, the Christie DHD700 and the Christie DS+750, at InfoComm 09 in Orlando, Fla. This new generation of single-chip DLP projectors offer an exceptional balance between brightness and superior color, innovative design, and reliability for 24/7 applications. Backed by Christie’s renowned service and support, the Christie DHD700 and the Christie DS+750 are ideal for environments that require flexibility, superior DLP presentation and video-image quality. Read on at The Briefing Room

More InfoComm 09 news from The Briefing Room

Welcome to BlogLive @ InfoComm 09

The editors of Sound & Video Contractor would like to welcome you to our annual BlogLive @ InfoComm, sponsored by Sony. SVC will once again cover the show from all angles and report to you throughout the show live, here at our blog site. Given technological and economic waves rolling across the AV world, the InfoComm 09 is a crucial event for serious industry professionals looking for an edge. Here, SVC will spread information direct from the show floor as quickly and seamlessly as possible to all corners of the AV community, whether you made it to InfoComm this year or not.

In the blog, we’ll be posting information about the latest happenings, information on who is using what technology, and interviews with key industry players. To get yourself up to speed with the latest news, and to keep up with news as it happens throughout the show, check out blog.svconline.com/briefingroom/category/2009-infocomm-newslink.

We’ll be updating BlogLive @ InfoComm 09 multiple times throughout the day, starting Wednesday, June 17, so be sure to check back often. Have a great InfoComm, and make BlogLive @ InfoComm 09 is your source for realtime coverage of the show.

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