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  • I’m a software guy – I view most problems through the lens of software flexibility, algorithms, and user experience design. It’s probably why I was so shocked when I first realized that trillions of pixels were being deployed every year without a thought about how they are to be accessed and shared (past the video cable). Since that moment, we’ve developed and sold software that Intel rightly called 'software defined displays' several years ago. We decided that the Audio/Visual resellers and integrators were the right partners for us. Contrary to popular belief in ...Read More »

  • The technology driving your display may also help cure cancer. While it’s only been a few short years since the introduction of ‘Quantum Dots’ to consumer displays, they have been of interest to the scientific community since the mid-1980s and they are about to make a real difference in both the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Whenever a technology can be leveraged for completely new applications - I take notice. Cleverly borrowing successful technologies from one market and applying them to a new application space can mean real innovation and disruption. I covered quantum ...Read More »

  • You may have noticed it has been a while since my last post. I’ve been busy holding onto my proverbial hat as the collaboration market has gone from rapid growth to full explosion. I’ve been spending my time trying to understand how technology-based collaboration should evolve as our customers envision the future of their workplaces. It’s been a tough task – the market is in a period of hyper-inflation i.e. extremely rapid adoption driven by multiple trends. I was able to see the effects of hyper-inflation for collaboration earlier this week ...Read More »

  • Probably like any other Founder/CTO in a startup, my day consists of a huge variety of things – meeting with technology partners, going to on-site visits with customers, designing products, engineering, speaking at events…the list goes on. I’ve discovered that one of my “hidden” jobs is at least as important as these other things and it’s been paying off. This job isn’t at the forefront of my job title, my board and management team don’t hardly notice I’m doing it – but I’d recommend the same to any CTO, Product Manager, or Founder. ...Read More »

  • A friend who works at a large content streaming company recently gave me a glimpse at a study that focused on the role of television in the household and wow – the results were quite shocking. I would argue the results will have significant impact on how displays are used in the enterprise as well as the home. The study, from the award winning research agency, Sparkler, puts an end to the long-standing belief that the television is the center point for social interaction in the living room. The viewpoint that ...Read More »

  • I’ve started the New Year with a near constant tour of conference rooms, war rooms, classrooms, huddle spaces, and other places where meetings of any kind are held. In the first three weeks of the year, I’ve visited four major cities and countless business and university campuses. I’ve been trying to gain a deeper understanding of meeting culture and how technology is impacting those trends, for better or worse. Some of the most consistent and obvious themes that I’ve noticed is that meetings need to start faster, involve more input from participants, and support seamless collaboration, which is centered around the content ...Read More »

  • The world of audio-visual technology and software has been an exciting place to be over the past several years.  Anyone who has seen the transition from analog to digital, to IP-based everything, and now to software can attest to that. It’s been both volatile (anyone remember Tweeter? How about Kodak?) and profitable for the right companies.  It looks like 2016 will be even more-so. Workplace transformations that began a few years ago (and had their roots in early research like the Office of the Future Project) are poised to dramatically change how AV companies ...Read More »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »