• The Emotional Arc of Meetings

    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 »

  • 2016 The Year of Living (Working) Dangerously

    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 »

  • 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 »