Category : All About AV

Assistive Technologies Create Connection for Disabled Populations

April 4th, 2018

Photo by: Jessica Lewis

Nearly a quarter of the US population has some form of communication disability that hinders human interaction.  And we know that human connection is one of our basic needs.  And even though belonging is desired by all, the inability to communicate effectively has a negative effect on relationships and quality of life.  An article in the Winter 2018 issue of Speech Technology shares examples of assistive technologies, their purpose and applications, and how vendors are overcoming concerns and challenges.  The following is a summary of those points from the article, “Assistive Technologies – Helping the Disabled Join the Technological Revolution” (p. 40 – 41) by Leonard Klie. Read more »

Mobile Learning = Learner Engagement

December 8th, 2017

Mobile learning – personal, convenient, connected, bite-sized, and relevant.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Henry Ford

There was an era when a person could expect a job to last a lifetime.  But this era is now long past and long over.  Today, the average worker changes jobs ten to fifteen times during the span of his or her career. And while there are many reasons for these frequent changes, there is one common denominator required – the desire to learn.  And in this modern era of technology, current and future employees have a wide range of learning content and platforms to choose from. Read more »

Is Digital Wayfinding Right for You?

November 21st, 2017

Consider helping your customers find their way around your campus by looking into a digital wayfinding solution.

The Dilemma – You are Lost

When you visit a large school campus, or a hospital, or a large corporate center for the first time you do your best to find the main entrance. Sometimes it is easy to spot, but other times you end up in the wrong place or across the campus from where you are supposed to be.  Now, try to find someone to ask for directions.  There is a good chance you may not find someone, or if you do, just hope they give you good enough directions. Maybe I am alone in this, but this has happened a lot to me. Read more »

Should AV Be Seen?

November 13th, 2017

Stealthy AV equipment is readily available and can make for a very sleek and highly functional project.

In the AV industry, for as long as I can remember, the idea of being able to have an AV system of some kind and making it as invisible as possible has been a request of clients.  At the end of the day, can you ever really hide all of the equipment in a system?  Obviously, this depends entirely on the installation and equipment being used. Read more »

Buy a Superior Video Security System

October 25th, 2017

Now you see me. Now you don’t?

You bought a security system. Good idea.  So, you go to recover that footage of the shop lifter or an employee stealing from the cash drawer… doh!  You go back to recover the video but it’s not there.  Or it is there, but you can’t seem to figure out how to find it. And just because there are cameras does not mean they are working.  The recording device may not even be recording. You many not even have enough space to record. Even worse, the camera is recording, but the quality sucks and images are useless. Read more »

#Just Send It

September 1st, 2017

How do you make a decision?

Just send it! It means, “Just Do It,” say yes to something, don’t think about it, have confidence and just Send It! I finished reading a book by Jonah Lehrer called, “How We Decide”, (spoiler alert!) and early on, Lehrer introduces his main theme: Read more »

Microphones – A Small Tool with a Big Effect

July 19th, 2017

Part 1 in our new “Lost in Translation” series

Too often, the first time a microphone is heard is when a new system is being commissioned.

The end-user, for any and every AV project, is very important and their input is invaluable. From the inception, to design, during construction, and finally installation, they really do need to be involved.  However, I am not sure many end-users have the time or really want to be consulted.  They just want the job done, quickly and within budget.  And this is how many AV professionals enter the “Lost in Translation” zone with their clients.  For this next series of blogs, I want to promote clarity through the AV design process and promote best practices for end-user satisfaction. Let’s begin with microphones, a small AV tool with a big effect for the end-user. Read more »

Need More Fiber?

July 6th, 2017

Fiber Optic Cables Can Extend AV Signals

 

Everyone knows about fiber optic cables.  The term is one that most people are very familiar with.  But unless you work within certain industries, chances are good that this same group of people really don’t understand what these cables are and how they work.  This post will synthesize a few resources to share: Read more »

Electronic Waste is a Problem. We have a Safe and Fun Solution.

June 27th, 2017

Have any AV e-waste to sell? Looking for AV e-waste to buy?

Electronic waste (e-waste) is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their “useful life.” Computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines are common electronic products. (CalRecycle).

 

Harmful Effects of E-waste

According to Green Citizen, “Electronic waste affects nearly every system in the human body because Read more »

How to Calculate TV Size and Viewing Distance

June 20th, 2017

How close should you be to your TV for the best viewing?

Note: The post is adapted from Cedric Demers and Mehdi Azzabi’s article, “TV Size to Distance Calculator and Science” from May 26, 2017.

Bigger and closer is usually better when it comes to choosing the perfect television for your room. Not only is it the biggest factor affecting the price of a television, but it also has a huge impact on the perceived picture quality. Read more »