Archive | February, 2013

Multitouch: How Many Touch Points Do You Need?

You’re seeing a lot of them at tradeshows these days. They’re even showing up in some hotel lobbies and elsewhere. They’re large-format multitouch displays and videowalls. Recently I sat down with John Dixon, a product manager here at Planar Systems, for some insight into the trends surrounding large touchscreen displays. Me:  We’re seeing more adoption of […]

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Help Wanted: Qualified Integrators for Higher Ed

In my previous post, I lamented that in my corner of the market for AV in higher education, my colleagues and I have been, well, less than happy with some of the AV integrators who’ve done work for us. One traditional belief about integrators is that they bring specialized and superior skills. But I worry […]

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Are You Experiencing the New Normal?

You’ve heard economic pundits describe the anemic growth we’re experiencing as “the new normal.” Whether or not it’s true that this is just how the economy will perform going forward can be debated. But in the AV industry and elsewhere, some things have fundamentally changed. And enterprise growth strategist David Nour calls this, simply, “the New […]

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Integration Angst in Higher Ed

I used to joke that every time two higher education technology managers met, we talked about the same two things: the control systems and video projectors we used. Over the last couple years, however, our conversations have broadened. We discuss our control systems, our projectors — and how badly some integrator screwed up our latest […]

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How the IT Industry Views AV

If you’ve ever subscribed to the line of thinking that says, “If we in the AV industry don’t sharpen our IT skills, those that already have them are going to swoop in and eat our lunches,” then you may be onto something. This line of thinking acknowledges that the whole AV/IT convergence has already happened and […]

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