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InfoComm 2014 Show Daily: Day 1

Stay in the know even if you’re not at InfoComm or if you missed the copy at the show. Here’s a link to Day 1 of the InfoComm 2014 Show Daily.

Christie Introduces “Christie Velvet” High Resolution LED Tiles

Christie®, the trusted global leader in high quality visual and audio solutions, is expanding its line of high brightness tiled displays with the introduction of the Christie Velvet line of built-to-order, high resolution indoor LED panels. Seamless to integrate and available in various pixel pitches, Christie’s LED tiles display stunning content that help businesses creatively connect their brand message to their audiences. Debuting at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas June 18-20, the brilliant LEDs are well-suited to various indoor applications such as retail, casinos, museums, corporate lobbies and control room environments, where 24/7/365 reliability is required. more…

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Audio Blasts In A Day Early With Demo Rooms

Renkus-Heinz demos the Varia loudspeaker system in Audio Demo Room N113.

While the show floor for InfoComm14 doesn’t open until Wednesday, the audio department’s demo rooms are already in full blast—literally. Open a day early, 16 audio manufacturers open the doors to their customized demo rooms, where they give detailed presentations of their latest products, along with a demonstration of the sound these products produce.

 

Each company gives a demo every other hour (most likely to avoid bleed between the rooms), and walking down the hallway you can surely hear (and feel) the power of these sound systems.

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Solstice 2.0 from Mersive Takes Visual Collaboration to New Levels

Mersive a provider of display management and collaboration software, today set a new standard for wireless collaboration with the release of Solstice 2.0, the next generation of its award-winning software product. With new features such as display-side interaction, multi-touch support and an updated, intuitive user interface, Solstice 2.0 takes the technology to a new level.

With Solstice software, users can walk into a meeting room and instantly connect their wireless devices – laptops, tablets, smartphones – share content and control the display, creating an instant collaboration session. The software supports an unlimited number of simultaneous users sharing the display, which can be a flat panel, projector or video wall. As a pure software solution, Solstice display software runs on a standard Windows computer on an existing WiFi or Ethernet network, and supports Windows, Apple and Android laptops and mobile devices.  Solstice also provides enterprise software benefits, including centralized management via an IT dashboard and easy integration AV room control systems. READ ON AT THE WIRE>>

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Stewart Filmscreen Launches A New Website And Sales Strategy to Simplify Projection Screen Specification And Ordering Process

Stewart Filmscreen Corp., the leading international manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings for commercial and residential applications, today announces the launch of a new website and with it, a new solutions-oriented sales strategy. Aimed at simplifying the specification and ordering process, the new Stewart Filmscreen website features a more efficient guided selling approach that provides the option to choose from a series of “typical” solutions or build custom screens based on various criteria. The new website is driven by a content management system that enables robust backend functionality Stewart Filmscreen customers will immediately see the benefit. READ ON AT THE WIRE>>

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High Lumen Laser Projector Wars at InfoComm

Bill Beck (at podium), who joined Barco only last week, represented Barco's laser projector offerings at the laser projector session at the Display Summit Monday, while (left to right, seated) Richard McPherson of NEC, and Don Shaw of Christie prepare to explain its companies Laser projectors.

In something of a rematch of the groundbreaking session at the NAB Cinema Summit in April, “Laser Illuminated Projectors: What’s New and When Will They Arrive?” Monday’s Display Summit at InfoComm saw a special High-lumen Laser projection session, the “Digital Cinema Laser Battle” with the same companies squaring off—and with the same implications for all large venue projection, not just cinema. But in slight shifting of chairs this time, the moderator was none other than digital cinema guru Michael Kargosian (perennially one of the key architects of the NAB Cinema Summit), with the NAB session’s moderator Bill Beck now wearing the Barco hat, while Christie’s Don Shaw and NEC’s Richard McPherson reprised their NAB shoot-out roles. But despite the slightly musical chairs—mainly the result of Bill Beck’s having just joined Barco literally days before the start of today’s Summit—the weapons brought to the game this time are the same, the most interesting new weapons in the video projection wars to appear on the scene in years—and deserving of a full airing for this InfoComm audience. more…

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InfoComm Show Floor Livens Up Before Day 1

InfoComm’s series of educational and training programs are already underway, but for the thousands of attendees registered for this year’s InfoComm, the excitement is just starting. On Monday afternoon, the show floor was still under construction, but it was beginning to show the early signs of another successful year, with the industry’s audio manufacturer’s lining their booths with their latest products.

A must-see on this year’s floor is Peavey’s Professor Peavey’s Amazing Audio Torture Tests, which invites audience members to sabotage Peavey products to see how well the systems can work in worst-case scenarios, including fires, smoke, cut cables, and compromised equipment. Thirty-minute sessions will be held throughout the convention at the Peavey booth #C10129. more…

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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…

Avid to Showcase Industry-Leading Live Sound Systems at InfoComm 2014

Avid will hold daily S3L training sessions and demonstrate its new VENUE 4.5 software that adds groundbreaking capabilities to the powerful system

WHAT:    Live sound engineers can get hands-on with Avid’s S3L, Profile, and SC48 Remote systems at InfoComm 2014. Avid recently announced new VENUE 4.5 software that adds significant capabilities to an already powerful system—many of which break new ground to enable workflows never before offered by a live sound system. Avid will demonstrate how these new capabilities enable users to

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Barco Taps Bill Beck for Laser Projection

On the eve of InfoComm, Barco has just announced that laser light source video projection expert Bill Beck has joined Barco’s projection development and marketing efforts. And to kick off his role at Barco, Beck will be on hand next week at InfoComm to present Barco’s new laser-illuminated cinema projector– at the Display Summit that runs Monday and Tuesday in Las Vegas in conjunction with InfoComm. Beck’s presentation will be on the “Laser Day” of the Summit, Monday June 16. more…

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