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RSG adds Multi-format Switchers

Roland Systems Group (Booth C10536) launches the new XS Series- a new line of Muliti-Format Matrix Switchers with high-quality integrated video and audio conversion and switching.  Intended for fixed installations, three models support eight HDMI, RGB/Component/S-video/Composite inputs.  The XS-84H, XS-83H, and XS-82H all have 8 inputs, with four, three, and two HDMI or HDBaseT outputs respectively.

 

Ideal applications include conference rooms, educational auditoriums and media presentation rooms, performing arts centers, churches, convention centers, and teleconferencing, and 4k to 1080p.  Audio can be embedded into outputs, via the eight onboard stereo inputs (two also support microphones) and/or HDMI audio, as well as de-embedded on output.  The XS Series can be remotely controlled by the XS Remote, LAN connection, RS-232C, or the native iPad app.

InfoComm Preview: Mersive Takes Collaboration Tools to the Next Level

By Chuck Ansbacher

Mersive was one of the breakout stars of last year’s InfoComm. With Solstice, the company’s media sharing/collaboration product, attendees were given a glimpse of what a truly converged world might look like—one without wires, and one that revolves largely around software.
 
Mersive’s Solstice 2.0 is a “customer driven release,” according to founder/CTO Chris Jaynes.

One year later, ‘collaboration’ has become such a ubiquitous word that I’m almost tired of typing it, and Mersive is making a return to what will surely be a very interesting show. Microsoft (a software company) will be the largest exhibitor on the floor, and more and more companies are playing in the media sharing space than ever before. more…

GREAT SHOW!

infocomm-14-new.jpgWHAT A GREAT WEEK, but it’s finally over and the numbers are in, making this year’s show the second largest InfoComm event ever held, with 32,002 AV professionals attending from more than 90 countries. With 925 exhibitors filling the halls of the Las Vegas convention center, we were nearly overwhelmed by the sheer number of cool products and technologies—way more than we can cover in the space of this blog, so check back to the SVC website and in the new products, news, and technology showcase sections of our print editions for more InfoComm coverage in upcoming issues.

Meanwhile, InfoComm 2011 returns to sunny Orlando, Florida, next year from June 11 to 17, 2011. Mark your calendars now!

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…

ARCHIVE: Featured News from The Briefing Room: SVC Announces the 2008 Pick Hit Award Winners

SVC Pick Hit AwardsOnce again this year, at InfoComm 08 in Las Vegas, SVC‘s editorial team fanned out to find some of the most important, leading-edge AV-related products debuting at the show, investigating if they might be deserving of our annual InfoComm Pick Hit awards. Read on at The Briefing Room

ARCHIVE: Plug-and-play from Revolabs

Revolabs FusionRevolabs has changed the way many companies think about audioconferencing over the past few years. For a technology that’s good when the gear is expensive and often horrendous when the gear is mediocre, Revolabs forged a middle path with easy-to-use, rechargeable personal lipstick-shaped mics, sold in relatively affordable packages with receivers that integrate well with most videoconferencing systems. These systems are designed for custom installation into racks by professional AV contractors. more…

ARCHIVE: Planar Plasma Alternative

Planar Clarity x100HDPlanar Systems (formerly Clarity) booth (N6332) is showing its rear-projection alternatives to those 103in. plasma giants. The Clarity x100HD is a 100in. HD DLP flush-mount rear-projection display is a unit designed with conference rooms in mind. You really wouldn’t know it was a rear-projection system with the flush-mount design, which could be a little more problematic of a build for older rooms. Like other rear-projection system in the Planar line, the display is serviceable from the front. The x100 HD will be shipping in Q4. more…

Electrosonic Future View

Bryan Hinckley, Business Manager for US Products at Electrosonic, was tooting the video/graphics over IP horn during our visit today. He calls the notion of moving video great distance in IP fashion “the future,” in fact. The demo at the Electrosonic booth, conferencing in with a colleague giving out jelly beans at the Winsted booth across the Central Hall was, in fact, crystal clear. (And amusing–the system caught several of you purloining fistfuls of jellybeans when you thought no one was looking–no one, that is, but the Electrosonic system, of course.)

Hinckley’s point is that Electrosonic’s Wavelet-based VN-Matrix compression scheme, set up to transmit HD imagery with negligible latency at modest bandwidth through Electrosonic encoders and decoders, represents an approach growing in popularity for those interested in an affordable, easy-to-use method of communicating in real-time. Hinckley listed several applications for the technology, many of them already underway over the last few months, and promises more news about the technology in the near future.

–MG

Bosch Bulletins

Bosch Plena Public Address Easy LineIt seems busy everywhere in Central Hall this year; the Bosch booth was dense with people at midday, especially around the conferencing and PA systems.

News includes the worldwide debut of the entry-level Plena Public Address Easy Line. This plug-and-play system has some reassuring ease-of-use features including Cat 5 loop-through call stations and wall panels. It sits on existing 70 volt PA and fire alarm systems with override to prioritize phones or alarms in an emergency.

Also new is the DCN Wireless Discussion System. While Bosch is well-known for their industry-standard, 32 channel wired and IR voice interpretation and translation systems, this new system with channel selection allows up to 10 languages plus 4 discussion channels all carried over a single channel on the 2.4 Ghz band. more…

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