• Campus Emergencies, Displays, and the Edison Effect

    The tragic events on college campuses in recent weeks have led to some important meetings with my customers in higher-ed.  We take customer feedback seriously and use it to inform our product development strategy, and right now, I am getting some interesting direction about an unintended but potentially very valuable use of our product. In the world of science, the Edison effect refers to how electrons are able to escape a cathode into a vacuum – creating the foundation for lightbulbs, the science of thermionics, and other aspects of display technology.  In ... Read More »

  • A World Without Cables: Top 3 Coolest Uses of Wireless Displays

    Wireless displays are one of the more exciting frontiers of technology. As little as three years ago, most of the world’s displays could only be accessed through a traditional video cable. Video transport standards and cables + adaptors meant that the use-case model for displays hadn’t changed since the Xerox Star of the mid-1970s. One of the reasons we built Solstice was to unlock what we viewed as the world’s largest untapped computational infrastructure – the trillions of pixels that are being deployed in conference rooms, hallways, and lobbies in the form of larger format displays. Read More »

  • The Results Are In – A Decade of Increasing Student Engagement

    Many AV resellers and integrators find themselves deploying suites of new technologies to support education.  Traditional AV gear like flat panels and speakers are being augmented with learning management software, lecture capture and wireless collaboration systems.  If you look at operational spending in education (where technology and AV is tracked) there has been a 26% increase from the late 1990s to 2008 and that trend continues.  (If you're selling or working in the educational space, take a look at the Trends in College Spending report.) All this focus on infrastructure and technology spending leads one to  wonder:  Is ... Read More »

  • Designing with your Customers – Building Innovative Products that People Actually Want

    I know it’s been a while since my last post but I just got back from an Alpine climbing expedition in the Canadian Rockies. I would like to cover something I had plenty of time to think about while stuck in a tent on a glacier waiting for the weather to clear. It’s a topic that is important to anyone who is designing products – the balance between giving your customers what they want and surprising them with what they need. If you simply ask customers what they want and bolt on the ... Read More »

  • Winning “Best of” Award – A Catalyst for Reflection

    I’ve found a quiet spot off the InfoComm 2015 show floor for a quick post about the “Best of InfoComm” awards. It looks like we’ve won Best Product in the Collaboration category again for the second year in a row. In part, I think winning an award like this is as much about the quality of the product as it is about market timing – I’ve been around long enough to know that timing is probably every bit as big of a factor in the success of Solstice. For me and the team at ... Read More »