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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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. ...Read More »

  • Okay – InfoComm is just around the corner. Along with ISE it’s the largest Audio Visual tradeshow of the year.  Anything related to display systems, room control, audio distribution, media streaming, and collaboration makes an appearance at the show. I’ve been attending InfoComm since 2007 and as much as I am tempted to predict the “coolest” things to appear at the show, I thought it’d be more interesting to point out what I hope to learn. There are things I don’t have a handle on – ...Read More »

  • I was on the phone last night with a colleague (who prefers to remain nameless) from the computer networking world. He’s both a scientist and an engineer I respect, so when the conversation turned to the future of wireless media and the wireless network in general - I grabbed a pen. We discussed the implications of next generation of wireless technologies as they are deployed around the world. The 5th generation of wireless represents a dramatic upgrade from the already impressive 4G networks of today. A 4G network can provide 100 Mbps (Megabits per-second) – plenty of bandwidth to download video, ...Read More »

  • Work-life balance means something different in a technology start-up. For us at Mersive, it means that all those late nights and weekends are balanced by dedicated downtime, family time, and generally playing as hard as we work.  Getting that balance right means you have a vibrant innovative company that remains creative, happy, and ultimately more productive. It also means your company can, and should be composed of individuals that are, at their core, very different but complement one another with their different strengths. We work hard to foster cohesion and encourage collaboration between people who, passing on the ...Read More »

  • I was in Manhattan last week and was asked to tour a space that represents the future of a Fortune-50 company. An entire floor in their downtown headquarters had been built to create a more open, collaborative, and technology supported workspace that they will begin to roll out worldwide this year. It was both beautiful and functional – which is a real testament to the individuals within these companies and their AV consultants/integrators who are embracing the changing workplace. The views from the space were amazing, but I was more impressed by the depth of thought that had gone into envisioning the future of the corporate ...Read More »

  • I spent part of the morning untangling the mess of cables that slowly appears under my desk as I travel, unplug and plug my laptop, bring demo gear on the road, and re-plug the various devices that are part of my day. Modern office spaces have changed over the past several decades from the hyper-simple and clean environments of Mad Men, to the audio-visual jungles that crisscross the modern conference room. Of course, there is good reason for all those cables. AV technology has proven to be a valuable component ...Read More »