Hidden Vision TV Mounts

Hidden Vision specializes in versatile, easy to install TV mounts that can uniquely hide your television. Offering three models called the "Flip-Around," the "Standard Flip-Out," and the "Extended Flip-Out" we are sure to have a solution for hiding your TV in any room.

Pico Projectors to become Blockbusters

At least once a week, a projector press release is published. These are typically focused on how much brighter they are than previous models, support for 3D, 4K and other wizardly, but the pico projector market is set to boom. The combination of a pico projector and smartphone or tablet is unbeatable for those who want to travel light or organize impromptu meetings. In large company, scheduling a conference room or AV resources can be near impossible and huddling round a single PC screen or tablet gets impractical beyond two or three people. Many presentations don’t require home theater-quality size or fidelity: just being able to throw something up on the office or hotel room wall on the spur of the moment is more than adequate for collaboration. Current models include wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and Wifi and smartphone and digital camera vendors are also planning to integrate a projector into the phone. Today’s market is around $490m and is projected to grow to over $8bn by 2016 (75% CAGR).

Netflix Eroding Pay-TV VOD and Premium Channels

According to a recent study from Parks Associates, it showed that customer satisfaction with Netflix surpasses both pay-TV VOD and premium broadcast TV in terms of cost and flexibility. With unlimited streaming plans starting at $7.99, pay-TV can’t compete with movies costing around $3.99 each. Although, Netflix scored lower in picture quality, there are a growing number of viewers who are prepared to trade quality for convenience and cost. With Netflix now offering 1080P streaming, its quality rating is likely to improve. Pay-TV VOD also has a significant edge over Netflix in terms of up to date content. With cable companies signing deals with content providers in turn for 28-56-day delays on DVD/Blu-ray, it’s tough for Netflix to compete on new releases.

Software Convergence in the SmartTV Market?

To date, SmartTV vendors attract a small percentage of the developers that Smartphone vendors have achieved. There are two major reasons for this: Market Potential - compare the number of Brand-X TV’s vs. Android or iOS Smartphones and tablets. There really isn’t a “wrong horse” to bet on when choosing between Android and iOS: the market potential for a killer app is huge. Operating systems and SDK’s – there are thousands of developers who already develop on Android, Windows Mobile and iOS. Learning a whole new OS and SDK is a significant investment for questionable payback, not only does a developer have to choose the vendor who is likely to dominate the market, they also need consumers to use the apps. Today, the percentage of SmartTV owners who actually use apps is very low. In contrast, there are hardly any Smartphone users who don’t use apps. In an effort to attract more developers, LG Electronics and TP Vision (Philips TVs) have officially established the "Smart TV Alliance", Other TV manufacturers are alleged to be “in the process of joining”. The Alliance “aims at enhancing the Smart TV experience by creating a non-proprietary ecosystem for application developers to create attractive, platform-independent services”. The alliance doesn’t mandate that all vendors use the same operating system. Instead it is based in open web technologies such as HTML5, thereby allowing web apps to run on Smart TV's from participating members regardless of the underlying platform.

Body Area Networks to Increase Eight-fold by 2017

Over the next five years, low-cost, low-power, wireless-connected wearable devices will be sported by millions of consumers and patients, helping to track activity and human conditions. By 2012, the market for wearable wireless devices will grow from 20.77 million to 169.5 million. The majority of the market will be dominated by consumer, wellness and sporting goods manufacturers, such as Nike, whose products will allow users will to track the pace of run or a bike ride as well as heart rate, etc. and automatically it upload it to a compatible device or service. Healthcare is predicted to account for 20% of the market. Wearable devices will be able to monitor blood sugar levels in diabetics, heart rates in patients and even detect falls amongst the infirm. “The breadth of the potential for this market is not just drawing in consumer giants like Nike and Adidas and established healthcare players such as GE Healthcare and Philips, but a wealth of start-ups and specialist players looking to wearable wireless devices to enable a wide range of networked health applications and services,” says Jonathan Collins, principal analyst, navigation, telematics & M2M.

Examples of the First Moment of Truth (FMOT) in Digital Signage

Having had nearly 7 years to fully digest what FMOT means, we now know that it moments of truth can be found in any environment, not just retail stores. And understanding how they work inside of your environment -- whether it's a call center floor, an office break room, or a retail store -- can make the messages that appear on your digital signs much more effective.

Digital Signage - The Next Generation

Many of the brave and the pioneers that jumped in early on and rightfully so, are beginning to find themselves in the position where their Digital Signage system is perhaps antiquated, their operational costs are higher than expected, they've fallen out with the solutions provider, the software is no longer supported, system features are falling behind newer solutions or advancing technologies that are continually evolving, etc… the list is endless.

Tech Tips - Plenum Equipment Boxes

There are a number of misconceptions regarding NEC & UL Requirements regarding the installation of our Plenum Equipment Boxes that this article should clear up.

Natural Interaction and Gesture Technology as the New Paradigm

PrimeSense is leading the charge with Natural Interaction and gesture technology as the new paradigm

Viewsonic and Digital Signage

The industry leaders are redefining the possibilities of digital signage, developing additional ways for companies to deploy and manage well-executed commercial display solutions that weren't previously possible. Through these technologies, companies can develop and deliver bold, personalized messages that draw customers in and increase revenue for their business.

Corning Continues to Innovate

It was only a few months ago that Corning's Gorilla Glass 2 was in the spotlight. Not content with resting on their laurels, they announced the new Willow glass product at SID 2012. Willow glass in an ultra-thin flexible glass (50-100 micrometers) that is capable of supporting backplanes and color filters in LCD and OLED panels. Temperatures of up to 500-degrees Celsius (932-degrees Fahrenheit) can be endured and it can be employed in roll-to-roll applications. According to Corning, Willow glass will be used to produce rigid OLED panels in manufacturing processes that require flexible glass (such as roll-to-roll). In the future it may produce flexible glass panels. Willow glass is not intended to be used as cover glass (like Gorilla glass). It will typically be used in a “sandwhich” for OLED displays, which have a substrate layer, an encapsulation layer and then a much tougher cover glass. Production is planned to start in Q3 2012 with one meter wide, 300 meter long rolls.  

Colorado vNet has announced it will formally operate under the new company name 3vNet Inc.

The rebranding follows the completion of the purchase of Colorado vNet Corp, led by company CEO Mike Anderson, in April 2012. "The name 3vNet is a natural fit for this brand," said Anderson. "We understand the ups and downs the brand has had over the past few years and we want our dealers to know that we recognize that and will use it as the foundation for going forward. Keeping the past top of mind will keep us humble and make us work harder to make things better. The third generation of this brand will be different than the previous two and 3vNet customers will soon see the benefits of our efforts. Key factors in the strategy to move forward are: a more open architecture; new pricing strategies; increased product development efforts; and, more and better training. These efforts will combine to ensure our customers will receive the best this industry has to offer." As part of the rebranding strategy, 3vNet is driven by a renewed commitment to customer service. The company has already doubled its tech support team to provide customers with an even greater level of support.  

Panasonic to Highlight New Pro AV Solutions at InfoComm 2012

Panasonic,  will introduce a number of new professional audio visual technologies - including projectors, displays and digital signage solutions - at InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas. "Having recently restructured to bring all B2B solutions under one roof, Panasonic now offers a substantial suite of professional AV, SMB, business communications and mobile computing technologies," said Rance M. Poehler, president, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. "Customers are looking for a single manufacturer that can provide innovative and reliable technology solutions, across multiple applications areas, which deliver a high ROI. Over the last few years, we have been moving to meet this need. At InfoComm 2012, we are introducing new products and solutions while highlighting a number of proven technologies that further solidify our ability to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers and partners."  

Cable Caps Under Investigation

Finally, the Justice Department  is conducting a wide-ranging antitrust investigation into data usage caps by cable companies. Many people signed, multi-year high-speed internet contracts only to be told a few months later that they had a data cap and would either, be charged for excess usage, have severely reduced bandwidth or no data for the remainder of the month. It’s a common belief that these caps are used by the cable companies to encourage their customers to buy their content, as streaming this does not count towards the usage. For streaming providers such as Netflix and Hulu, it’s a threat to their businesses. Let’s hope cellphone providers are next, with their “unlimited” data plans that all turned out not to be so unlimited after all.  

Eighth Annual Flat Panel Shootout

The three highest end plasmas and LCD's (in the opinion of Value Electronics) encompassing 55 to 65-inch displays from Panasonic, Samsung, LG, Sony, and Sharp's new Elite were assembled in a darkened room and calibrated by a team of experts (using professional tools) over the course of 3 days. The calibrated displays were then judged by both consumers and experts.

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GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection