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Weekly Reading: Do You Smell What I Smell?

Smell-O-Vision is older than I am (yes, by a lot). And the use of scent in films goes back to the beginning of the previous century. (See also “Scentovision” and “AromaRama.”) Still, our relationship with our sense of smell must be especially compelling, because Smell-O-Vision allusions persist to this day, whether in relation to smartphone […]

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USB Type-C: The AV Industry Unifier

Everything that has an interactive component, whether it’s an interactive projector, interactive lightboard, interactive flatscreen display or touch surface display, always uses USB communication. Today, signals from lavalier microphones and cameras that track motion in a college classroom, for example, can be immediately converted to HTML5 and streamed so that remote students can also take part in the lecture. Such streaming files can be […]

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Weekly Reading: Off the Grid

One day recently, my son and I rushed out of the house to drive to one of his soccer games. No sooner did we pull out of the driveway than I realized I’d left my iPhone at home. Great son that he is, he told me I could go back and retrieve it, even though […]

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Modern Audio Networking Simplified: Q&A With MNA Chairman Rich Zwiebel

CobraNet used to be the main audio-over-Ethernet standard, and all was well. Everything simply worked together. However, CobraNet was based on Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Model’s Layer 2 (data link) and supported only 64 channels. And though it’s still used, it’s become a little outdated. Meanwhile, companies began developing network technologies that were based on Layer 3 (network). […]

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Weekly Reading: Apple TV Won’t Do 4K?!

Remember in the heyday of personal computers, when Intel came out with a new processor and everyone needed to replace their computers? Those so-called refresh cycles kept IT pros busy. In pro AV, we have high(er)-resolution video. Ultra high-definition TV (UHDTV, a.k.a. 4K) looks great. It’s the next logical step after 1080p. And if we’re lucky, AV […]

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