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Technology – Stone Age through the Glass Age

April 20th, 2018

Photo by Juhasz Imre from Pexels

We’ve certainly come a long way in our “tool usage.”  Not so long ago, our ancestors trudged their way through the human timeline discovering and inventing new forms of tools and weapons.  Archaeologists have labeled three distinct periods in history identified by the way people made tools and weapons.   They are the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, and the Iron Age and it is clear that different people groups developed at different rates and speeds through these ages. This concept remains true today, except now we are replacing the terms “tools and weapons” with the term “technology.” Read more »

Trends in Audio Marketing

April 11th, 2018

Audio marketing is “seeing” a resurgence!

Audio marketing is “seeing” a resurgence.  While audio content strategies, like radio advertising, have been around for decades, there are new trends in audio marketing that are taking the industry to a new level.  Producing audio content for consumer interaction is the overarching trend for 2018.  However, there are several trends that are truly blog-worthy.  Here are few from our research: Read more »

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 »

Infrasound: The Noise You Feel

October 31st, 2017

Infrasound is a very real problem. Take steps to minimize the noise.

Imagine that you have just moved into a new home and you continue to hear a disturbing, pulsating, low frequency rumbling noise.  You think it is coming from outside.  It is drowned out during the day time.  But at night, when the neighborhood is quiet, you can hear it. Actually, it is noise that you can feel.  What would you do? 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 »

Choosing the Right Piano Mic

October 3rd, 2017

Microphones and Acoustic Pianos

Over the years of designing AVL systems, I have had the pleasure of walking into many churches of all denominations, shapes and sizes.  It is always a treat because I get to see the wide variety of equipment used, both new and especially old.  Because digital pianos are quite good these days, I don’t get to see acoustic pianos used in services much anymore. But when I do, I get quite curious about how they position microphones to capture the sound. Read more »

Prevent a Projector Nightmare

September 12th, 2017

Prevent a Projector Nightmare. Set a maintenance schedule.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Everyone is familiar with this quote by Benjamin Franklin.  But how does it apply to your digital projector?  Every machine needs maintenance.  We either pay a little up front to maintain, or we kick the snowball down the hill and pay a lot later to repair.  Read more »