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Soda-Cracker Videoconferencing

Extend your arm from wherever you’re seated right now and touch the display showing you these words. Can you reach it? If the answer is yes then you’ve just validated that you are at the correct distance to use a fixed focal length (non-zooming) webcam for videoconferencing. If the answer is no, you need a […]

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An Internet of Things That Helps Companies

With the AV/IT “convergence” well behind the industry at this point, we are on to the next buzzword: “IoT,” otherwise known as the Internet of Things. So where does programming fit into IoT?

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One Box to Rule Them All. Then What?

The industry trend of assimilation continues and is picking up speed. We are witnessing this again and again as more features are embedded into a single device and manufacturers compete to provide a breadth of technology. So what will the industry look like when hardware becomes commonplace and the installation is down to a few devices?

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Call Out the Drones

Insurance agencies are calling out the drones when a disaster hits, using the latest technology to inspect the damaged area. They are using drones to survey storm sites that are inaccessible, giving them the tool to reach the scene much earlier. Another reason drones are used is to protect inspectors from the dangers of climbing […]

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The Thing About Things

You could argue that AV professionals were there at the dawn of the Internet of Things (IoT). To hear it told, the phrase used to describe a bunch of networked objects, devices, and sensors, was first coined around 1999. But it was about two years earlier, just as one example, that Crestron used Ethernet to connect control systems to AV equipment and enable a new level of systems management and insight. Think of all the projectors, displays, touchpanels, DSPs and other gear that came with LAN ports. What were they if not things that could connect over the Internet?

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