Archive | January, 2012

Who Will Design, Program and Install the Green Button?

The White House wants a “Green Button” for every citizen. Maybe not the White House per se, but the chief technology officer of the U.S. does. What does the government’s proposed Green Button do? Well, simply press the (big?) Green Button and you can get your energy usage information. Sounds like smart building technology to me. And I think the AV […]

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Regulation Alert: How California Intends to Save $306M in Energy Costs

The State of California intends to regulate “vampire” chargers by requiring manufacturers to ship efficient chargers with their products, potentially saving $306 million in energy costs and cutting power usage by up to 13 percent. Said vampire charges are those ones that continuously draw energy when plugged in, even if there isn’t a device attached […]

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The Problem with Videoconferencing

I had my first videoconference experience in about 1999 – which is a century ago in the evolution of most technologies. Today, I use some form of videoconferencing almost on an daily basis. While there have been vast improvements in sound and image quality and the technical specifications, the overall experience is really not that […]

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Rise of a New AV Integrator, Part 1: Change

Is the AV industry doomed?  If it’s the “audio/video” industry, I think so. If all your company does, after years in the industry, is sell and install  projectors and screens, or TVs and stereos, then yes, absolutely, that business model is a dying breed. Is the electronic systems contractor/systems integration industry doomed?  No. That’s an expanding […]

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Tech Trends 2012

Going out on a limb about new technology isn’t so scary these days. Any one of us can see trends gathering on the horizon (and/or use a Web browser). And if one person says something like, “3D will be all the rage,” and it doesn’t turn out to be true, then all is not lost […]

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