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AVI-SPL Blog Week in Review

Monday, Jan. 10: AVI-SPL Sales Manager Joins Board of Glazer Children’s Museum

Tuesday, Jan. 11: VGo telepresence Robot Rolls in at CES 2011 (video), Is 3D Technology Worth the Hype?, Crestron Offers HD Audio Over a Single Wire and Trends We’re Watching in 2011

Wednesday, Jan. 12: InfoComm to Train AVI-SPL Staff

Thursday, Jan. 13: AVI-SPL execs talk telepresence and 3D, New Year, New VariQuest Cutout Maker and VariQuest Cutout Maker gets a 2.0 upgrade

AVI-SPL Execs Talk Telepresence, 3D

Commercial Integrator Magazine looked to AVI-SPL for insight into issues of telepresence and the viability of 3D video conferencing.

Commercial Integrator’s article on revenue opportunities in telepresence reports that 91 percent of respondents to a National Systems Contractors Assocation survey expect revenue from telepresence to grow over the next three years. AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel talked about the increasing share of revenue that telepresence will account for with pro AV companies. “The adoption of video in [public meeting] rooms will increase dramatically over the next few years as it penetrates corporate America, and that’s a big move in our industry,” Zettel said.

The magazine also reported on Panasonic’s unveiling of its HD Visual Communications System at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. As the article noted, the main selling point of the HDVC is its 3D capability. Mike Brandofino, AVI-SPL’s executive vice president of video conferencing and unified collaboration, likened the current positioning of 3D to HD when it was first introduced. Brandofino said he expects the technology to catch on in areas where detail is critical, like telemedicine, manufacturer design and engineering.

Make sure to read both articles for everything Zettel, Brandofino and other industry execs had to say on these timely topics.

AVI-SPL Selects InfoComm for Events Training

As part of its dedication to providing the highest level of performance for its customers, AVI-SPL has chosen InfoComm to provide live events training for its Rental and Staging Division.

Per the InfoComm announcement, the new agreement covers classes including Quick Start to the AV Industry Online, Principles of Tech Support Online, Essentials of AV Technology, CTS Prep Virtual Classroom, AV Math Online, Staging and Events Management and Design Online.  Classes will be available in English and Spanish, and nearly 200 employees will be trained.

Read the complete press release.

Crestron Offers HD Audio Over a Single Wire

Crestron recently launched the Sonnex™ 24X8 Multiroom Audio System with exclusive One-Wire transport technology. Touted as the “new generation of advanced multi-room audio distribution,” the Sonnex aims to streamline the hardware and cabling requirements that hamper traditional systems. For end users, this translates into a simplified set up with advanced performance power and greater flexibility.

“The benefits of Sonnex to our custom installers are huge – never having to deal with speaker wire homeruns back to the central closet reduces installation times significantly and allows installers to move on to the next job while their competitors are still pulling cable,” said Crestron Director of Marketing, Vincent Bruno in a statement.

For the end users, this also means greater options and reduced costs when it comes to the integration process. This technology eliminates the need for purchasing separate amps/preamps and switchers, and extensive cabling. Sonnex transmits 48 channels of uncompressed 24-bit HD audio long distances across a single shielded CAT5-type cable to up to 74 zones. Aimed with a high-efficiency design, the Sonnex doesn’t produce as much heat as traditional amplifiers, and requires less rack space. As noted by Crestron, “The challenges of overheating components and the hassles of cooling the rack by installing and programming fans are solved.”

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Is 3D Technology Worth the Hype?

We’ve seen it in the movies, most brilliantly in James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster, Avatar. From boardrooms to classrooms, end users are discovering that 3D technology isn’t just for the movies anymore.

The newest models of 3D-ready projectors allow for an immersive perspective of formerly static images, featuring crisp, stunning colors and cool graphics that seem to fly, rotate and magnify in midair.

How extraordinary is the “behind the scenes” action of this technology? With the power of DLP 3D technology, millions of microscopic digital mirrors reflect light, moving so fast that two images are then produced on a screen: one that captures the attention of the left eye, and one that attracts the attention of the right. This kind of separation is necessary in order for us to make the distinction between 2D and 3D images.

There are three primary types of 3D projection technology available:
• Anaglyph – uses two different types of color filters
• Polarized – image separation achieved by polarizing the light differently
• Stereostopic –the image is generated in a frame sequential format (alternating left and right frame)

Stereostopic 3D is the most commonly used format for 3D projectors today, known for producing the highest quality of imaging. With the Texas Instruments-produced DLP link, synching the projected images with the 3D glasses is made easy.

Also consider this:

In addition to the two images on the screen, the DLP chip also sends additional data to the glasses in-between each frame of video. This is how the projector communicates with the DLP link enabled active glasses. This ingenious transmission technique makes data emitters obsolete and eliminates the need to install and position emitters. This saves you time and money and makes setup of a 3D Ready DLP projector quick and easy. Source: DLP Link

Applications for 3D are countless, including these suggestions from Texas Instruments:

• Briefing military personnel on the latest capabilities for fighter planes as the aircraft pivots to simulate flight on the screen
• Showcasing the latest plans for a construction project CAD design for a new house of worship
• Studying anatomy lessons that allow medical students to visually practice heart surgery
• Creating images of complex molecular bond structures shown with a 360 degree view to chemistry students
• Bringing movies such as “Avatar” to life in a home theater

So is 3D worth the hype? With its endless possibilities, seamless ability to immediately engage, deliver compelling content, and not to mention the ever-important “cool” factor, we’d say so.