One CTS’s Perspective: InfoComm 2013, Day One
Christopher Neto, CTS traveled the show floor on his first visit to see this years exhibitors. He saw quite the cross-section of products, snapped some photos and sent them to us. Whether it is an 84-inch touch screen from Planar or a Crestron room system that uses Microsoft Lync's unified communications capabilities, he pinpointed the vendors to keep an eye on. Vendors include Vaddio, Stewart Filmscreen, Planar, Listen Technologies, Mersive Solstice, Panasonic, Delta, Crestron, ClearOne and Barco.
Is 4K Ready for Your Prime Time?
The 4K format is starting to appear in areas where large screens are being used and in applications where the wow factor is important to an organization. 4K is defined as a generation of video technology beyond the 1920 x 1080 resolution of HDTV. The high-end signage has smoother edges, crisper images and improved bigger pictures. Current users include Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center and the Mirage Hotel and Casino Race and Sports Book, yet there are applications for nearly any organization.
CI & TD Integration 2013 Higher Ed Award Winner
St. Louis University uses NEC displays, video walls and Projectors to provide emergency communication for the campus. These systems also provide day-to-day information about campus news and are used to enhance instruction. Also included in this installation is a Crestron DigitalMedia system, X20 Media digital signage content, RGB video processor and Premier Mounts. The integrator on the project was TSI Global.
The AV & IT Convergence Conversation Starter
TechDecisions Media's Editor-in-Chief Cindy Davis talks to Mike Brandofino, executive vice president of Video and Unified Communications of AVI-SPL about the discussions A/V specialists and IT specialists should be having.
The Best Music Apps for Audiophiles: The Best iPhone, iPad and Android Apps
More recommended! Audiophiles are never satisfied with good enough sound quality for their music. And I agree. This collection of highly rated apps is being continually updated as audiophiles send in their favorites. Get the best sound from your Apple iOS or Andriod smartphone or tablet mobile device. For example, most people in the A/V industry and audiophiles know McIntosh Labs for outstanding products. They have also developed an app to give you control of your mobile music. Check out the others as well.
Understanding the Costs of Digital Signage
Pricing your digital signage plan properly means you have to have a grasp of the hardware, software, installation and labor costs. In addition, managing an on-going project and content creation strategy both have a cost. Budget accordingly.
Lecture Capture Allows the Professor to Make House Calls
Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) uses Mediasite as a lecture capture and videoconferencing platform for distance education. The school offers seven online Bachelor's degrees and 14 online Master's Degrees with plans to add more classes. The dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences talks about the benefits of distance education, different types of online classes and how lecture capture can help teachers flip the classroom.
13 dB-SPL Meter Mobile Apps
A collection of 13 mobile apps for reading sound pressure levels. Whether you have an Android or iOS device, there is an app for you.
TechDecisions Guide to 24 Short-throw and Ultra-short-throw Projectors
The flexibility of projectors is growing rapidly. Wherever your space, there is a projector to fit. Short-throw and ultra-short-throw projectors are perfect options for small or short spaces. They also solve some time-honored negative aspects of projection buy solving instances of shadow and glare. In addition, see the specs for 24 short-throw and ultra-short-throw projectors. Get the details on projectors from Asus, BenQ, Casio, Dell, Epson, Dukane, Infocus, Mitsubishi, NEC, Optima, Ricoh, Sharp, Sony, ViewSonic
Best Music Apps for OS X Mac and Windows PC
Music apps for the Mac and PC. From a simple 10-band equalizer made for Spotify to a simple volume booster to full-on audiophile applications that tout bit-perfect audio output and promise to output your CDs, your HD audio (88.1 KHz, 176 KHz, and more), your DSD, and any other audio perfectly to your DAC. And how about that dithered bit depth reduction!
Best Internet Radio Apps for iOS and Android
Whether you want to listen to radio on the go, or in your office, internet radio apps offer you the best options for getting the most out of internet radio on your smartphone or tablet mobile device. iOS and Android users alike can find internet radio apps that they can personalize to their own preferences. Pandora, SiriusXM, Stitcher and Last.fm are just a few of the great internet radio options offered by these apps.
Videoconferencing Allows FAMU College of Pharmacy to Deliver Real-Time Distance Learning
Florida A&M University opened a satellite campus in Crestview Florida. Pharmacy students can now take classes via a Cisco TelePresence unit. All lectures are recorded with the Cisco TelePresence Conference Server. Also inlcuded as distance learning technology are Shure lapel microphones, two LD HDTV Flat-screen TVs, and HD Epson projector and Polycom HDX Array ceiling microphones.
Amp Up Lighting Controls Now - Important Energy Deadline Looming for Commercial Buildings
States have a deadline of Oct. 18, 2013 to certify that they have updated the provisions of their commercial building codes regarding energy efficiency. The mandate comes from the U.S. Department of Energy which requires that states update their building energy codes to meet or exceed (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) 90.1-2010 codes, which amp up lighting controls over the previous 2007 version.