• I have to admit that I've finally got involved in the start-up device craze and got hold of a device that measures and reports statistics related to my sleeping patterns. Congratulations to me – I now know that I sleep only 5-6 hours a night. Admittedly, I bought the device during our push to bring project “Stonehenge” to market and it probably would have been more meaningful to wait until April – but I couldn't help myself. The device got me thinking - how valuable is all of this information? In the ... Read More »

  • Since we launched Solstice at Demo in 2012 our engineering team has been on a real tear – releasing major new features every three months.   All the while they have been working behind the scenes on a product that will hit the market soon that I think will blow people’s minds.  Needless to say, it’s an exciting time to be a software developer at Mersive. Of course it takes all the disciplines we have here to make a successful company (accounting, marketing, sales…etc.) but the core business is based on our products - which all comes down to ... Read More »

  • Poltergeists of AV Home Automation

    The home automation and control market is a healthy segment of the AV and computing industry. Companies like Crestron, Savant, AMX and Extron, while acknowledging the size and importance of the corporate markets, have a significant stake in being the “smarts” that control your living room.  Every year the main residential AV show, CEDIA, introduces new and more integrated ways to monitor, control, and manage your home environment. As these technologies become smarter, mostly due to advances in software and computing, really cool new applications are starting to emerge.  Explicit control over AV in your home ... Read More »

  • The Synergetic Meeting Culture

    I had some folks here at Mersive ask me how I describe the trend towards a more collaborative meeting culture. I started to describe the trends I’ve been seeing in both education and corporate enterprise that relate to more egalitarian, open, and ad-hoc collaboration processes. I was stopped, and the group re-posed the question, “Yes, but what is this trend called?” Well, as far as I know, it doesn’t go by a single name. I’ve head people refer to it as “Google-like” culture, “open design”, or “flat hierarchies”. None of those terms quite fit what I’ve been seeing... ... Read More »

  • The Third Teacher – Technology as a Collaborative Peer

    The past decade of educational practice has seen some very important trends in how a classroom operates and how its participants interact.  Perhaps the most important of these is the move towards a less-hierarchical environment. Teachers are “embedded” with students to become colleagues and guides as the group explores and learns together. The traditional model of subject matter expert, lecturing for a few hours at the front of a room while students dutifully capture as much as they can is quickly disappearing. The model encourages students to take responsibility for their own discovery process, work with their peers, and to ... Read More »