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Casio Showcases World’s First Mercury-Free High-Brightness Projectors at InfoComm 2010

casio_xj_xlarge.jpgGreen Slim Projectors Feature State-of-the-Art Hybrid Light Source For B2B and Consumer Applications

Advancements in video technology and portability are driving an increase in projection adoption in a wide range of markets. Projectors are changing the visual landscape and enhancing everything from digital signage, interactive gaming and advertising to lectures in the classroom. Earlier this year, Casio America, Inc. announced the creation of a mercury-free, laser and LED Hybrid Light Source, capable of high-brightness projection for use in next-generation projectors. Developed under the company’s “clean and green� concept, the new projectors eliminate the need for mercury bulbs with the production of a long-lasting light source. Today, Casio is showcasing its GREEN SLIM line of projectors, the world’s first* mercury-free high-brightness data projectors, during InfoComm 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the Central Hall, Booth #C5870. Read on at The Briefing Room

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infocomm10-logo.jpgINFOCOMM ROLLS INTO LAS VEGAS this week and it’s definitely THE place to be for anyone serious about audio and video systems, and digital signage/display technologies. The one thing constant about technology is that it’s always in a state of change and InfoComm is an ideal forum for keeping up new standards and the state of the art.

infocomm09_floor.jpgFounded just a year ago—and celebrating its first birthday at InfoComm—the AVnu Alliance has been advancing pro-quality audio/video by promoting IEEE 802.1 Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) standards over various networking link-layers. AVnu promotes the benefits of AVB technologies and will create compliance test procedures and processes that insure AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices, with the goal of better A/V experiences for end users. For anyone involved in the installation/manufacturing/sales/distribution/operation of A/V products, AVnu is a good thing. more…

Welcome to BlogLive @ InfoComm 2010

The editors of Sound & Video Contractor would like to welcome you to our annual BlogLive @ InfoComm. SVC will once again cover the show from all angles and report to you throughout the show live, here at our 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

We’ve also put together an informative guide to the Digital Signage and 3D educational tracks for you to print and take with you during InfoComm Week.

We’ll be updating BlogLive @ InfoComm 2010 multiple times throughout the day, starting Wednesday, June 9, so be sure to check back often. Have a great InfoComm, and make BlogLive @ InfoComm 2010 is your source for realtime coverage of the show.

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ARCHIVE: Powersoft Extends Signature K-Light Series With K2 Model

Powersoft Advanced Technologies, LLC, a world industry leading manufacturer of superior quality power amplifiers for the professional audio market, is featuring its new Powersoft K2 amplifier at InfoComm 2009 (Booth 6384). This new amplifier is an extension of Powersoft’s signature K-Light Series, which launched last year with the successful K3 model. The K2 is a power amplifier that meets the most stringent requirements of professional users in concert touring, sound reinforcement and professional fixed installations. Designed by Powersoft’s R&D team, the K2 is exclusively manufactured in Italy with internal components selected for premium quality and proven durability. Read on at The Briefing Room

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ARCHIVE: Christie Introduces Spyder X20 Video Processor At INFOCOMM 2009 In Orlando, Florida

X20The new Christie Spyder X20 video processor debuts June 17th-19th at Infocomm 2009 booth # 3845 (Orange County Convention Center, Orlando). Available in two models, the Spyder X20 will bring to market the flexibility of a universal routing switcher and the versatility of a powerful video processor for mid-size applications that have multi-windowing, multiple displays and processing requirements. The Spyder X20 includes the matrix switching and integrated source monitoring functionality of the Christie Vista URS. It also includes all of the existing features of the Vista Spyder, such as high-end presentation capabilities and an intuitive and easy-to-use interface that appeals to experienced and new customers. Read on at The Briefing Room

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ARCHIVE: Hitachi Provides Pro AV Market With A Variety Of Video Solutions At InfoComm 09

At InfoComm 09, Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc., Business Group, Hitachi Software Engineering America, Ltd. and Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc. are offering systems integrators, dealers and end-users the latest in high-end video equipment, spanning from video capture to display. These products range from LCD projectors to interactive whiteboards to production cameras, with each product representing individual state of the art technology in each respective category. Read on at The Briefing Room

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ARCHIVE: Ankit Patel is proud of this one

dscn1805.JPGThe Echolab “booth” is really just a space they cleared at the the far end of the hall in an big open area mixed in with a few other vendors. Somehow it just makes the new Atem look cooler, sitting there on a collapsable conference table surrounded by the random debris of tradshows–bottles of water, backpacks, people climbing over chairs and cords. It’s got that start-up vibe. Of course Echolab’s no start-up–it’s had many a switcher flagship, most recently the Overture. It joins Wireworks and Ashly in celebrating a 35th birthday this year.

The new Atem is a modern, no-nonsense HD production switcher (1 M/E 3G, 1080p/60) with a built-in clipstore and an obscene amount of I/O–any signal in/any signal out, under $20K list. Patel points out that the infrastructure features alone like HDMI in and out, internal downscaling, frame sync would get you to $20K fast–without getting you a production switcher. So simplicity and price point make it great fit for church/AV market and–he didn’t see this coming–the rental market. Check it out.

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ARCHIVE: Classroom Projector

cp-x3010-right-f.jpgIt’s not glamorous, but reliability matters. That’s what Hitachi is counting on with the CPX-3010, which you can see here. Reliability translates to 5000 hours on the filter and a lamp life of 3000 hours in Standard Mode, twice that in Eco mode. It’s 3,000 lumens bright with a 2000:1 contrast ratio, networkable and includes a campus notification system.

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ARCHIVE: Sweet Integration

dscn1783.JPGEarlier I wrote about Broadcast Pix Slate G live streaming system. So this is a follow-on from that. On the Broadcast Pix booth, they’re showing a slick portable configuration of the system invented by Magic Wave Productions, a California integrator. We saw the Magma at NAB, but this is the first time integrators are seeing it (ships early next month).

This system just looks and feels like an integrator put it together. One of my personal favorite elements is the cabling configuration in the back (pictured)–it’s slightly angled for less wear and tear, but still flush to eliminate thigh bruising for those who have to carry the unit from place to place.

dscn1782.JPGIt’s a super-efficient cube design, holds the Slate G system–(you drive from a nice keyboard that doubles as the front panel). It starts at $18,995–which is more expensive than the entry level Slate G system, but for that you not only get the portable configuration, you get the optional four additional cameras standard.

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ARCHIVE: New at InfoComm 2009: Bosch Communications Systems introduces IRIS-Net V2.0

iris_v20_001.jpgOrlando, Florida, June 17, 2009: Bosch Communications Systems is pleased to announce the release of IRIS-Net V2.0. Since its debut in 2002, IRIS-Net has set new standards as a unified software package supporting DSP design, device control, custom user interface creation, and system integration spanning multiple Bosch Communications Systems brands. Read on at The Briefing Room

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The editors of Sound & Video Contractor post live from InfoComm as the news happens. Check back several times a day for the latest industry news, reports from press conferences, and product introductions.


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