Archive | September, 2012

Is There a ‘Next Big Thing’ for the Display Industry?

The year 2012, by most accounts, has been hard on manufacturers of televisions. And the TV business is where just about all of our commercial display innovations come from these days. Think of edge-lit LED displays, active and passive 3D, HDMI (okay, not one of your favorite words), built-in WiFi connectivity, and super-large screens (70 […]

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The Scary Side of Pro AV

As we enter October, my absolute favorite holiday comes with it — Halloween (witness my own family decorations). Did you know there are more than 1,200 professional haunted attractions in the U.S., and another 300+ amusement parks that convert to haunted attractions for Halloween? On top of that, more than 3,000 not-for-profit and charity organizations produce […]

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Reflections on Congress

Twenty-five years ago this week, I suited up for my first job in Washington, D.C., a position with the United States Senate. I was only seventeen years old (please stop doing the math), a freshman in college and extremely nervous about my assignment, which was running a Senator’s mail room. I was to play a […]

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Commissioning and AV’s Tower of Babel

Last week, I checked in with InfoComm’s Standards & Industry Innovations department to get the 4-1-1 on projects they and their legions of voluteers and industry liasions are working on. One of the most important is the pending AV Systems Performance Verification standard. It’s important for a couple reasons. First, because it goes to the […]

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Is Demand for Pro AV on the Uptick?

Heading into the cool of autumn, with its new school year and many fresh fiscal budgets, AV pros would do well to remember this number: 65.7. Mmmm, 65.7. Gotta love 65.7. It’s a never-before-reached  number. And if it’s got legs, 65.7 could mean good things for the AV industry in the coming months. (That said, despite […]

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