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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.

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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.

VGo Telepresence Robot Rolls in at CES 2011

In the following video, Brad Kayton talked about his company’s VGo telepresence robot at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

This 4-foot tall teleconferencing breakthrough on wheels is really something to behold. VGo lets you see, hear, talk and move around freely throughout a distant location as if you were there. As you’ll see, Kayton calls it “your avatar in a remote location.”

Imagine being able to not only communicate with others via a teleconference, but also being able to freely move about a space hundreds or even thousands of miles away. With VGo, you’re able to check in on contractors or visit a district area without the expense or hassle of travel.

VGo isn’t your typical, static videoconferencing solution where people on both sides of the call must be sitting in front of a camera. VGo provides remote-controlled mobility and offers two-way video and audio. It’s also very easy to use, thanks to a simple point-and-click user interface.

AVI-SPL’s Alyson Seeger Joins Glazer Children’s Museum Board of Directors

AVI-SPL’s Alyson Seeger has joined the Glazer Children’s Museum’s board of directors. As a board member, Seeger’s key objective will be to help raise awareness and funds for the privately funded 501 (c) 3 museum.

Based in Tampa, Seeger joined AVI-SPL’s systems engineering department in a sales capacity in 1989. Over the years she has held several management positions and currently leads a sales team of eight for the Tampa to Naples territory. On top of developing her sales team, she focuses involvement in the community.

“I am very honored to serve on Glazer Children’s Museum’s board,” said Seeger. “The facility is gorgeous and a dream come true for many board members who have served before me. These key contributors have worked diligently for 15 years to see this museum a reality.”

Al Najjar, President/CEO, Glazer Children’s Museum: “We are pleased to have Alyson on our board and are certain that her vast experience will be a great asset to the direction and mission of the museum.”

Nestled in Downtown Tampa, Glazer Children’s Museum opened its doors to the public on September 25th, 2010, providing a safe and playful environment where children and adults can learn about themselves, each other, and the world around them through. The 53,000 square foot museum includes 12 themed areas including 170 ‘Interactivities’ that are accessible, bilingual, safe and interactive. Named after the Glazer Family Foundation for their lead gift of $5 million, construction of the museum building began in March 2009 and was completed in April 2010. The museum was designed by the architecture team GouldEvans and the construction manager for the project was DeLotto and Sons, Inc.