STRATACACHE debuts translucent digital signage vending machine at vendors show

STRATACACHE, a provider of scalable, high-performance digital signage, content distribution and enterprise video acceleration technologies, today debuted its new translucent digital signage product — PrimaSee Vending. Making its first debut into the vending manufacturer marketplace at the National Automatic Merchandising Association's OneShow 2012, PrimaSee is a translucent digital display that showcases high-definition, dynamic video advertisements embedded within the glass panel of a vending machine. These see-through promotional videos correspond with products visible in the backdrop.

CEDIA Unveils Highlights and Changes for CEDIA EXPO 2012

The new offerings will provide electronic systems contractors (ESCs) with access to the information they need to remain relevant in the rapidly diversifying industry, with a strong focus on both business and technical education. CEDIA has added more opportunities for peer-to-peer business discussion with the introduction of two roundtable series. One roundtable series will be broken out into small and mid-size business owner discussions. These moderated sessions will give ESCs an opportunity to discuss common concerns in a non-competitive environment. The second roundtable series will offer six different topics that ESCs identified as "hot topics" such as HDMI, hiring sales staff, and retrofit technologies. Additional information about the roundtables can be found here. CEDIA has also expanded technical education offerings centered around IP and networking. Three new advanced IP and Networking courses have been added to the roster: EST353 Advanced Wireless Networking, EST423 Remote System Access; Methods, Security, and Best Practices, and EST443 Tailoring Network Performance with VLANS and QoS. Lab space has been expanded and a total of eight half-day courses will be available, each of which will be offered twice in addition to a full-day workshop.  

New Digital Product Gives Consumers the Opportunity to Build Their Own Billboard

Building your own billboard has never been easier or more affordable, thanks to an innovative new digital product from Lamar Advertising Company (Nasdaq: LAMR). Postr™ is a billboard with a digital component that allows consumers and businesses to post their message in minutes for $25 per day. Customers can post their message on a Postr™ billboard in Little Rock in three steps: first, visit lamar.com/postr; next, upload an image; finally, enter a message up to 60 characters. Each spot will be in a rotation and will play over 1,000 times per day. Users have the option to change their message up to two times per day, and they can reserve one of six Postr™ billboard locations up to two weeks in advance.  

CEDIA has unveiled the winners of its highly coveted CEDIA Awards

In a record-breaking year for entries, which saw over 100 projects from more than ten countries battling out for the top prizes, this year's Award winners included a series of remarkable installations across all Media Room, Home Cinema, Integrated Home, Marine and Property Developer categories. These stunning projects represent the crème de la crème of smart home installations from across CEDIA Region 1 which covers the UK and Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, India and Pakistan. In Media Rooms the winners were London-based Olive AV for delivering an impressively modern twist on an 18th century period property renovation and Spanish installer, Smart Business for a stunning and multi-functional media room paradise, appropriately entitled All-in-One. Full Press Release:

Digital signage booming with social media opportunities looming

If you live in a major urban area, you’ve probably already seen digital signage start to trickle in and replace their dated paper counterparts at bus stops and other points of interest. It looks like the digital display and advertising markets are only going to get bigger and better over the next four years, according to a new report from IHS iSuppli . Specifically, IHS analysts expect digital and professional signage display shipments to reach 17.3 million units by the end of 2012 — up from 15.4 million units in 2011 and 13.5 million units in 2010. By 2016, analysts expect that figure to topple approximately 25.8 million units. Considering that digital signage is so much more expensive than traditional billboard and display advertising methods, it might come as a surprise that digital signage is going to be adopted so quickly.

Brightsign's New HD Media Players

Interview with Brightsign's Jeff Hastings about their new HD media players

Reflect Systems Retail Digital Signage Case Studies

Reflect Systems helped Verizon and GameStop to deploy retail digital signage solutions

Edmonton City Centre attracts local shoppers with NEC video walls and targeted advertising

A successful project whose goal was to entertain passers by of the elevated walkway and increase sales of retailers in mall, as well as promote local, regional and national businesses.

Who Says There's No Money in TV Sales?

While Japanese and Korean TV manufacturers either struggle to make a profit, or in some cases, report the biggest losses in their history, 25% of US consumers and 30% of UK consumers surveyed say they would buy an Apple HDTV, according to a survey by KAE. Some analysts believe an Apple branded device will sell for almost double the price of competitors’ models. Lowest estimatest are a 25% price premium. Clearly price is not the only reason for lack of, or profit from, TV sales Top anticipated features were internet connectivity, ability to run apps, and to sync with other iOS devices.

Sony's About-Face on OLED

It seems Sony has had a change of heart about OLED. After stating it was dropping OLED several months ago when it’s $2,500, 11” OLED TV (XEL-1) failed to sell (no surprise there), Sony is now reportedly in talks with Taiwan's AU Optronics Corp to jointly produce next-generation OLED televisions, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported. The move allows Sony to position itself for the post-liquid crystal display (LCD) TV market. At CES Sony showed a competing technology to OLED: CrystalLED. Sony were very tight-lipped about the technology behind LED, but many believe it be OLED.

Delphi Display Systems Introduces the Digital Sidewalk SignBoard

Delphi's Digital Sidewalk SignBoard combines the digital flexibility of a 22-inch sunlight readable LCD with a traditional chalkboard. Developed for indoor or sheltered outdoor use, the Digital Sidewalk SignBoard is perfect for sidewalk cafes, sandwich shops, coffeehouses, boutiques, clubs, and other businesses that desire to entice customers with crisp, impactful digital images or videos along with messages that can be written and changed at any time -- with a personal touch. Digital images or videos are easily customized and updated through a standard USB thumb drive. The digital screen rotates images and/or videos to spotlight key menu items or promotions. The SignBoard also supports high-resolution video. The chalkboard can be used to present daily specials, prices, promotions or daily activities and start times. The Digital Sidewalk SignBoard's LCD is protected with an all-glass front window with black glass bezel. The LCD and 24" black chalkboard are integrated into a foldable A-frame easel on wheels for mobility within and outside a restaurant or business.

New Samsung super luxury TV in the works, details to be revealed at IFA 2012

Samsung today confirmed that it will be launching a new luxury TV in August, at the IFA press conference to be held in Berlin, 31 August to 5 September. Michael Zoeller, European marketing director of Samsung Televisions, said that the new super-luxury set would sit above current models in Samsung's line-up, but joked "don't ask me anything about it", keeping tight lipped on any real details. Zoeller teased the details at the IFA Global Press Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia. With Samsung's current flagship set, the ES8000, packing in a huge range of feature - such as gesture and voice control, face recognition, AllShare wireless content sharing and the Smart Hub offering a huge range of services and content - we're not quite sure exactly what else their new set will include.

WarpiaTV Review

There are a number of WirelessHD streaming players on the market. I unleashed the WarpiaTV Wireless Edition - SWP550 with my 50" Pioneer Kuro and got somewhat mixed results.

Proactive AV and Home Automation Monitoring

Break fix is perhaps the worst service model a custom installer can employ. An inexpensive pro-active monitoring system can be an installer's best friend.

The Diversified Business Model of Leviton

We talked with Leviton about their expansion in to automation technologies

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!