Green and Black

3D Virtual BlackThe buzz is black, but the news is green at Da-Lite. I refer to the commercials on CNN, etc. promotiong Da-Lite‘s 3D Virtual Black theater and big queues for said theater here on site. The green news is that all 13+ of Da-Lite’s fabrics were certified by Green Guard on Friday, too late to include in the press announcements (though the team made two sets of booth graphics–one with the 5-screen certification that was already in place, one to announce the full-line certification). more…

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…

Featured News from the Briefing Room: AMX First in Industry to Enable Complete Control System Configuration Via Touch Panel

AMX continues to simplify technology with its introduction of a new, pre-packaged solution that provides AMX dealers with the tools they need to sell, design and install complex meeting room systems. AMXmeetingroom simplifies set up and execution for faster installations, higher reliability and increased dealer profitability. This first-of-its-kind solution includes all functional system programming and can be fully operational within only a few minutes. AMX is demonstrating AMXmeetingroom in booth C2902 at InfoComm 2008, being held June 18 – 20 in Las Vegas. Read on at The Briefing Room

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Crestron Madness

Just back from the massive Crestron booth (N5600), where marketing manager Jeff Singer squired me around several new products and initiatives, which wasn’t easy considering Cresetron has something like 70 new products on display at InfoComm. Jeff had some definite thoughts on major industry trends and pointed me to how Crestron is addressing them. In particular, the following caught my attention:

*Jeff filled me in on Crestron’s new Research Center, which opened a few months ago in a new building on 3,000 square feet of land at Crestron’s headquarters in New Jersey, with over 300 fulltime hardware and software engineers working there. The Center was designed to be an AV research center for Crestron as it dives into new products. Singer says manufacturers of other technologies have even made inquiries about renting time in the facility to do their own research. more…

Featured News from the Briefing Room: WIREWORKS AND NEUTRIK USA JOIN FORCES FOR INFOCOMM 2008

Wireworks, a leading innovator of audio/video cabling systems and custom panels, is teaming up with Neutrik USA, designer and manufacturer of the XX series XLR cable connector, for this year’s InfoComm show. Neutrik USA turned exclusively to Wireworks for its best-selling LumaVue Plates and Panels, to display its complete line of connector products throughout its InfoComm exhibit space (Booth C3657). In return, Wireworks Corporation (Booth C2823) will showcase several of Neutrik’s best-selling XLR connectors as part of its LumaVue Panels and Plates booth display. Read on at The Briefing Room

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Tactical Fiber from Belden

belden.jpgI also had a great talk with Marc Stringer at the Belden booth about their tactical fiber products. One of the reasons for the term “tactical fiber” originated with the military. You don’t get much more tough a condition than the military can present and in the past years there was some concern about taking fiber optic cable on the road. Some figured that fiber wouldn’t be tough enough to stand up to the rigors of field use. In response to that and due to the fact that fiber has obvious advantages for military use, including the fact that it cannot be inductively tapped, “tactical” fiber with kevlar jacketing was developed and is now in wide use by TV trucks and other mobile users. Marc also told me about the lower bend radius that’s possible with the new stuff so it can actually be twisted around and crossed over itself rather tightly with no significant ill effects. The mobile uses of course benefit from the drastic reduction in weight over equivalent lengths of copper. Fuel costs going the way they are and copper costs, too, fiber is an increasingly attractive prospect for mobile field applications.

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!!

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.

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