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Day Two at InfoComm 09 and the emerging theme is becoming clear: telepresense. Depending upon whom you talk to, telepresence is either the logical extension of video conferencing or a completely unique proposition unto itself. What sets it apart is the sense of immersiveness that its purveyors—a growing chunk of companies huddled mainly in the 3000 series of alleyways in the convention center—achieve by use of HD, multichannel audio, and staging the rooms in which telepresence conversations take place in such a way as to give the impression that the participants are in the same room with each other. The main players include Glowpoint, Tandberg, Polycom, LifeSize Communications, Teliris, and Cisco, the IT giant that is promoting its own proprietary approach to the telepresence. more…

Extron Introduces TouchLink Configurable Touchpanels

Touch Link FamilyOne of the stars of this year’s InfoComm has turned out to be the new TouchLink configurable touchpanels from Extron. The TLP 700MV mounts into a lecturn or wall and is a 7in. screen. All the models have configurable, backlit hardware buttons, five down each side, to use for source selection and navigation. One very thoughful feature of these is that they sense proxomity of the operator’s hand instead of having to be actually touched. Many tech-challenged operators using other brands of touchscreens have called for AV help after wondering why nothing is showing on the screen, even after they hit all the hardware buttons. With the new TLP touchscreens from Extron, that problem is gone. more…

Aviom Introduces PRO64 Network Manager at InfoComm 09

Aviom Pro64 Network Manager at InfoComm 09Press release

Aviom, exclusive developer of the world’s most powerful audio transport protocol, A-Net, will be introducing its Pro64 Network Manager PC application at this year’s InfoComm (Booth 6117), June 17-19. While the Pro64 Series is uniquely designed with a simple, front-panel user interface that makes it possible to design sophisticated networks without PC-based programming, the company is introducing a software control application this year for those users who desire centralized control and status monitoring. Read on at The Briefing Room

More InfoComm 09 news from The Briefing Room

Sennheiser Adds MZF 8000 Filter Option to MKH 8000 Series to Enhance Broadcast Applications

Sennheiser MZF 8000 at InfoComm 09Press release

With the new MZF filter module, the MKH 8000 microphone series can provide excellent sound and climate resistance, even in tough broadcasting and film applications. The MZF 8000 filter module effectively suppresses both handling and wind noise. The signal level can be lowered via a high-quality pad allowing it to be optimally adapted to the recording equipment. Read on at The Briefing Room

More InfoComm 09 news from The Briefing Room

URC’s New ZigBee Control System Eliminates RF Collisions

URC MX-880z at InfoComm 09Press release

Universal Remote Control (URC), a pioneer in control technology, today introduced its first ZigBee products. The MX-880z is a wand-style ZigBee RF (radio frequency) and IR (infrared) hard-button remote control with a two-inch color LCD screen, while its companion piece, the MRZ-260, is a ZigBee RF-to-IR base station. To further reinforce its commitment to ZigBee technology, URC also announced today that it has joined the ZigBee Alliance, an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. Read on at The Briefing Room

More InfoComm 09 news from The Briefing Room

At 4 P.M. Thursday

dscn1773.JPGAt the Harris booth (2342) InfoComm faculty member Lyle Bunn will moderate a case study panel on Harris’ digital signage installation for the Orlando Magic. It will look similar to today’s panel on the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center installation (pictured). Harris has dedicated this InfoComm to emphasizing its work in digital signage installation and workflow design. The sessions cover the deployment process, business objectives, supplier selection, technology, content, and funding.

On the booth you’ll see the range of powerful broadcast- and IT-driven technologies and systems that Harris is bringing to bear on the emerging digital signage industry.

Cool Acoustics

dscn1744.JPGWe all know what acoustic panels look like, right? Pretty.

On the other hand, this is Auralex‘s Sonic Print. What you can’t see in the picture is the way they feel—they are not screen prints where the ink sits on top of the acoustic fabric—these fabrics feel like fabric, touchable texture,rich and saturated colors. Managing Director Dave Paxton calls them “lifestyle panels.” That’s because interior decorators like them for home theaters, home gyms, even kitchens and dining rooms. As well of course in the range of commercial installations. more…

Breaking News: Powersoft

dscn1771.JPGAt a press conference late today, Powersoft, the Italian supplier of lightweight space- and energy-efficient power amplifiers for the pro audio market, announced the release of Audio Suite control software for its Powersoft Amps. Available now, the visual software provides PC-based control for parameters on the current range of amplifiers (all K series and remote Q, D, and QTU series amps) and represents the control protocol for other current and future products. It will be downloadable free from the Powersoft website (it’s not there yet as of Thursday morning).

Also at the press conference co-founder Carlo Lastrucci and John Lee, President of Powersoft USA pressed their success in the U.S., most recently at the New Orleans Jazz festival (some 120 amps).

Birthday

dscn1769.JPGWireworks held a little birthday celebration at the booth this afternoon, celebrating 35 years of cabling the world—including most of Broadway, the White House, the BeeGees White Tour, the Pope’s tour, churches, theme parks, and more. Of course most famous for introducing the world to colored cable, Wireworks also introduced removeable multipin cables and a host of other innovations we now take for granted. President Gerald “Jerry” Krulewicz is a charming host, and it was short and sweet—no agenda, just an acknowledgement. For more see a story by Linda Said Frembes.

Anniversary

dscn1759.JPGWireworks is having a 35th birthday. So is Ashly Audio. Birthday sounds good for 35. But what if you’re 75? Atlas Sound is going with anniversary. Actually they’re not going with anything, Andy Dixon just mentioned it on the booth, just as he mentioned that the booth next door (IED) was also now an Atlas sibling in the MiTek family.

More to the point, when you have a 75-year track record, you have to keep moving and changing. For Atlas Sound that lately means focusing the Atlas brand beyond sound. For example, while the core Atlas products including speaker and amps continue apace, if you had never been to an Atlas booth in past 75 years, you might not think you were at a speaker company. You would notice the new power products: conditioners, sequencers, supressors, etc. more…

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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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