Category : All About AV

The Internet of Things is Here – How Do You Feel About It?

January 20th, 2017

Do you remember the 2002 movie by Steven Spielberg, “Minority Report?”  This futuristic film featured Tom Cruise as the main character, PreCrime Captain John Anderton, who is the subject of a murder prediction based upon visions of the “Precogs.”  And since, in the movie, the PreCrime police department has the authority to imprison would-be murderers, John Anderton bolts and a manhunt begins.  And while the plot and storyline are thick and rich, many viewers wrestled with the technology involved during the man hunt.  Although intriguing, most of us felt uneasy and squeamish about the possibility of that much interaction with technology. And now we have “The Internet of Things.”  I believe author Jacob Morgan, Contributing Writer for Forbes, stated the explanation of IoT best: Read more »

Sell and Stay within Your Scope of Expertise

October 12th, 2016

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An article by guest blogger, Erik Beyer – Regional VP of Sales – CLAIR Solutions

How do we, as professionals in the AV industry, help small businesses recognize the opportunities that are better serving of their needs? Systems that will better serve them in the long run and, in some cases, improve the environment altogether? Read more »

Sightlines – Part 3 – How Visual Cues Affect Learning Rooms

September 13th, 2016

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Describe Your Favorite Grade School Classroom

If I asked you to describe your favorite classroom as a child, I believe most of you would easily be able to bring an image of that space, and teacher, to the forefront of your memory.  Most likely, visual cues such as window placement, wall decorations, your assigned seating arrangement, etc., would help your recall and even remind you of the positive emotions and experiences you had in that classroom.    Read more »

Creating Visual Experiences Through Sightlines – Part 1 – The Need for Collaboration

August 31st, 2016

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In a recent article in Church Designer Magazine, author and design leader Chuck Hultstrand, provides an excellent overview of the key elements required to create visual experiences through the use of integrated sightlines.  With this article as our inspiration, we will use his writings as a launch pad for a series of upcoming blogs. Read more »

Vertical Portrait Displays versus Horizontal Landscape Displays – Which is Better?

July 27th, 2016

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In the Audio Visual industry, choosing and mounting display screens is a large segment of our business and services.  And upon conducting research for this blog post, other industries including marketing, psychology, and photography, have a lot to say about which type of display, vertical or horizontal, is better.  And the winner seems to be… Read more »

Choir Mic Placement and Evaluation for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

July 12th, 2016

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A cheerful summer season to you from Central Oregon!

 

While many industries seem to slow down during the summer months, the AV Bend team is as busy as ever.  So far this month, we have been active in the community and I would like to share a project review of choir mic placement and evaluation that we are completing for Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Bend, Oregon. Read more »

Selecting a Microphone for the Right Application

June 7th, 2016

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The History and Uses of Microphones

The microphone was first invented in the 1870’s and has advanced over the last 140 years as technology has allowed. The type of materials, circuitry, and tools these days have made precision microphones of all types and for all uses imaginable.  Microphone options for live environments are so numbered that it would be nearly impossible to try to cover even a small portion in comparison. So, I am going to talk about microphones on a general level with some references that may be familiar. Read more »

Less is More – Using Apple as an Example to Apply Minimalism in the AV Industry

June 1st, 2016

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This week, I would like to explore the crossroads we often come to when we want to add technology to a space.  It is so easy to get all “wound up” on all the AV technology possibilities we could do with a space. However, when all is said and done, that space could easily end up looking like a scene from Star Trek, which is so overwhelming and intimidating.  Truthfully, would you want to operate a display like the picture to the left? Buttons, lights, flashing, neon, knobs, no thanks. Read more »

You’ve Got the Power…Now Respect it!

March 29th, 2016

volt&ohmies_web_3000pixEvery seasoned audio visual technician can relate to this. There are three things that cause a good working audio visual system to fail: #1 is a user cord, #2 is the power source (which is what I am covering today), and #3 is user error and I may cover that on a future post…maybe :). We love our customers. Read more »

Creating a “Customer First” Experience with Digital Technology

February 2nd, 2016

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Classrooms are changing! Students are changing! Colleges are changing! In a November 2015 report, Hanover Research explored a variety of trends that have developed in higher education marketing and branding, as well as in student recruitment, enrollment, and advancement. Specifically, they closely examined how technology will impact higher education in the future. Read more »