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InFocus and USB Connectivity

InFocus IN5100The InFocus people have been especially great. I wandered into their booth a little shagged out from all the running around and I was immediately standing amid their people, all of whom were ready to answer my questions. The really nifty thing about what they have now is that with USB connectivity between their projectors and a laptop, you can send the external monitor signal to the projector without having all of the usual VGA cable problems; bent pins and so forth. That would really be a great thing for me on my university campus where I have to replace at least half a dozen busted VGA cables a week amid 88 classrooms. They’re also planning to get with me on possible firmware upgrades to deal with the problems that occur with projectors of all makes and models shutting down in response to short electrical transients. That’s what I call service!!

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Sliding racks and USB connectivity

glideturn_drawerextended_300dpi-jpg.jpgHi, All:

It has been a whirlwind day already. I just came from the Stantron booth (C3487) where they demonstrated thier sliding and rotating racks for me. As one who has installed a lot of rack mounted equipment in some pretty tight spaces, I’m impressed by the fact that these seem to have been designed by the people who have some of the same permanent rack indentions in their bodies as I have. It has to have been someone who has actually done these installations to think of some of the things these racks do. They have a little click button at the bottom center on the front that unlocks the rack and then the whole deal just slides straight out and rotates around. All you have to do is make sure you install the equipment with enough extra cable to allow the rotation. There’s plenty to know even about wiring these but if it’s done right, these racks can save a huge amount of grief, expecially when it comes to upgrading with new gear and taking out the old stuff. I wish they had been around all along!

Featured News from the Briefing Room: Chief 2008 Product Catalog Available at InfoComm

2008cat_piwrfpage.jpgChief Manufacturing, an industry leader in projector and flat panel mounts, introduces the new 2008 Product Catalog at InfoComm. Updated with an enhanced design that was directly influenced by dealer input, this edition is easier than ever to navigate.

“Getting constructive input from dealers was incredibly valuable during the redesign of our catalog,� said Laurie Englert, Director of Marketing. “The suggested changes have made the catalog a much more concise and user-friendly tool.� Read on at The Briefing Room

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Klein + Hummel make moves

is_series.JPGSennheiser acquired Klein + Hummel about three years ago. At that time, the company was known in the U.S. only for its reference and studio monitors. In Europe, however, the company is no stranger to the installed sound space. As Klein + Hummel president Achim Gleissner explained at the company’s press conference today, Sennheiser’s aiming to leverage K + H’s success in the European loudspeaker market and raise its profile stateside in the installed sound market.

At InfoComm 2008, Klein + Hummel is showcasing its IS 122, IS 123, and IS 153 installed loudspeakers. The IS 122 is a horn-loaded 1in. model with 12in. woofer. The IS 123, a three-way loudspeaker, has a coaxially integrated 1in./2in. driver and a 12in. woofer. The IS 153 is a three-way model with a 1in./2in. coaxial driver and a 15in. woofer. Peak SPL is 135dB.

All three models are bi-amp only or available with self-powered back-plate options. The self-powered version includes factory DSP tuning.

Samsung gets tiny

Samsung P400Among all the big screens at Samsung‘s booth was one eye-catching display that involved rear projection. A tiny projector (and I mean tiny – look at the picture in which I compare it to a standard Bic pen) was shooting imagery onto a translucent 3M Vikuiti Screen mounted on glass.

img_0696.JPGThis is the new P400, a single DLP model that employs an LED light as a lamp, offers about 150 lumens. The P400 creates an image up to about 40in. Samsung’s shown tiny LED-driven models before, but the last model only squeezed about 50 lumens out of its lamp. This new model, which ships this summer, should find many homes in cutting-edge retail environments. It goes for about $800.

Featured News from the Briefing Room: GefenTV Scaler Pro Offers HQV Scaling to Optimize Home Theater Systems

InfoComm Booth C1740 — Offering three separate functions in a single-box solution, the GefenTV Home Theater Scaler Pro switches between four audio/video sources, converts component, composite or s-video inputs to the enhanced HDMI v1.3 format, and upscales all four sources to 1080p full HD before outputting to one HDMI display or projector. Read on at The Briefing Room

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AMD MediaPointe Professionalizes YouTube

MediaPointe is taking the YouTube craze to heart. Recognizing that every individual—and company, institution, and facility—is a content creator, MediaPointe is releasing its MediaPointe Ensemble, a server that stores and streams video files over a network. It’s an organized collection pool for all the disparate content. The company is saying its YouTube for the office or school. more…

Featured News from the Briefing Room: Rise Vision Announces Reseller Pricing Incentives for its Rise Display Network Digital Signage Solution

Rise Vision, a provider of a web-based content management system for the control of digital signage networks, announces two new pricing incentives for resellers of its digital signage solutions. Its Volume Discount and Competitive Upgrade programs offer financial incentives for resellers who buy in bulk, and for those whose customers switch from existing digital signage solutions to its Rise Display Network content management solution. Read on at The Briefing Room

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Featured News from the Briefing Room: Adder Launches High-performance USB plus Video Extender

Adder, a leading developer of KVM switches, extenders and KVM over IP solutions, announced the launch of the AdderLink X50 video extender. The AdderLink X50 is a link transparent USB and high-performance video extender that delivers bright, sharp, high-quality video at up to 1920×1200 together with 44.1kHz digital stereo audio over a single CATx cable. Read on at The Briefing Room

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Furman loves Videos

Furman power managementStarted InfoComm 2008 this morning with a nice chat with Furman‘s marketing manager, John Benz (booth C3483). We got to talking about the often misunderstood world of power management, Furman’s stock in trade, and the company’s efforts to do something about that. John explains that companies like Furman compete with the antiquated notion that their products aren’t needed, as much as with direct competitors–”we mainly compete with the wall outlet,” is how he put it. Even many contractors, he says, are still having a hard time fully understanding the world of power management and control.

He then mentioned the variety of educational material the company supplies with each of its products and on its Web site, including a new series of AC Power Management videos to address these issues. (Check out www.furmansound.com/video.php) to see them. more…

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