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In Randal Lemke’s latest InfoComm Executive Update, he waxes on the changing eras of AV, claiming the industry is now in the Net-centric AV Era. Who couldn’t disagree when he rightly pointed out as products have reached probably the limitless potential with IP connectivity? As we went to press with our November issue, my editor and I discussed what I thought was probably the most controversial part of the piece: “I believe the long-predicted convergence has been completed. The final legs of that journey are in front of us, while customer change is not so far along.”
Do you agree? Take our poll to find out where others in the industry stand. Read the rest of this entry »
Will you invest in 3D training?
- No. 3D needs more time before I'll invest. (67%, 4 Votes)
- Yes. It's important to be ready for the next feature set of video. (33%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 6
Host: Chuck Wilson, executive director of NSCA
In Chuck Wilsonâ€™s most recent post from Sept. 14, 2010, titled â€œ$*IT Contractsâ€¦â€?, he hypothesizes that much of recent â€œridiculousâ€? contracting language he has seen is coming from IT. He examines how the interplay with IT departments has intermingled IT and AV business models, but with no appreciation for AVâ€™s historically traditional contracts. The language in these contracts often leaves AV companies vulnerable to shouldering the entire cost of the transaction should anything go awry, including the client walking away from the project. Read the rest of this entry »
Despite a wobbly economy, the U.S. health care sector has seen increasing demand, resulting in doctor shortages and longer wait times at offices, hospitals, and emergency rooms. Older people, with a higher incidence of injury and illness, will become a higher percentage of the population between 2010 and 2018. Read the rest of this entry »
Designed for use with Crestron’s Mobile Pro G control app ($99.99, available now), the iPaneL is lightweight and comes with a charging docking station. The company claims future models will feature streaming media.
Professional audio expert Bob McCarthyâ€”whose book Sound Systems: Design And Optimization has recently reached 10,000 copies in salesâ€”will bring his four-day seminar SIM 3 Training and System Design to the European cities of Vilnius, London, and Berlin this month. Read the rest of this entry »
Released at PLASA 2010, StageMix is an application for the Apple iPad that allows remote control of M7CL mix functions via a simple, intuitive graphic interface from anywhere within wireless range. The application enables the engineer to set up monitor mixes from a performerâ€™s position on stage directly controlling mix parameters via the iPad. To run StageMix on an iPad, a wireless connection from the iPad to a WIFI access point and an Ethernet connection from the WIFI access point to M7CLv3 is required. Initial M7CLv3 controllable parameters scheduled to be implemented in StageMix are Sends on Faders, Input Channel Faders, Input Channel On/Off, Input Channel Parametric EQs, Input Channel Cue, Mix Master Faders, Mix Bus On/Off, Mix Bus Parametric EQs, Mix Bus Cue, Last Cue/Mix Cue Mode, and Clear All Cues. Graphic EQs will be available in a subsequent version. Display only parameters implemented are Input Channel Names, Input Channel Meters, Mix/Matrix Bus Names, Mix Bus Meters, EQ Input Meter, and EQ Output Meter. The app will be available this fall for free through the Apple App Store.
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Intended for the residential environment is the Lutron Home Application, an iPhone/iPod Touch app that interfaces with the RadioRA 2 system to provide control over lights and shades. Available for free in the Apple App Store, the Lutron Home Application allows homeowners, via RadioRA 2′s Away Mode feature, to automatically turn lights on and off while they’re away to simulate occupancy and deter breakins. The company is also working to develop an iPad version of the app, which it says is coming soon.