Bigger, Better Pixels Make Video a Whole New Game

This week's Nvidia GPU Technology Conference gave us yet another peek into why the GPU (Graphic Processor Unit) still matters. Jen-Hsun Huang runs a high tempo aggressive team that is always pushing the envelope and his latest announcement was no exception bringing tears to our son's eyes because he so wanted one of the $1K units but no way! It may be all about gaming power but the pixel processing power took us right back to NAB and how their latest offerings and technology announcements is keeping pace with movie and broadcast producers demands for better quality video content and faster/more comprehensive encoding. And yes you still have to store it all somewhere!!

The Camera Has Many Eyes

A look at how new imaging technologies work and their role in security applications

Beyond Blu-ray

It seems like only yesterday that I breathed a sigh of relief at the end of the HD format wars. Blu-ray had won and I could safely start building my HD media library. With players under $100, it's safe to say Blu-ray is now mainstream, but current TV's and projectors can display content that is not supported by Blu-ray. Good examples include wide-gamut TV's and 4K displays projectors and AV receivers. It's time to look to the future.

4K Resolution - The New Frontier in Home Theater & Media Rooms

You may have heard about "4K" video resolution being offered by Sony, JVC, and Meridian in some of their latest high-end video projectors and wondered if it's for you. If you're the type who has to ride the first wave to the latest and the greatest, then the answer is "Yes". If you don't have to be first, but enjoy owning state-of-the art electronics, you will still have a little time before 4K technology becomes mainstream

Smart TV Ownership

Smart TV Ownership Up 14% from 2009, But Over Half Aren't Connected. We asked Accedo's CEO, Michael Lantz, about the future of SmartTV.

Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Homes

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (http://www.caba.org), through its Connected Home Council (http://www.caba.org/connected-home-council) and new Research Program, has begun work on its Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Home 2012 study. Ron Zimmer, CABA President & CEO describes the organization and project.

NAB 2012 - Content Anywhere, Anytime Needs to be Monetized, Saved

NAB is the second most popular event for us to attend because we like to see how prehistoric our years in TV were compared to today and it's like light years. This year we're way beyond pushing stuff to the tube. The content people are sending stuff to everything. We know that's not a brilliant observation but what literally blows us away is how the industry is now able to do it so precisely to your mobile device, in the right format, even at the right time and BAM!!! with the right ads around it that are of most interest to you. It is so elegant. Oh sure they're not exactly certain what your threshold of pain will be for the volume of ads but they're working on that.

Considerations for Outdoor Signage

Outside, digital displays are in an uncontrolled, harsh environment that is constantlychanging, meaning anything can happen to them. To successfully deploy digital displays in outdoor environments, many factors must be considered.

High-Tech Office Finery!

Markit is a leading global financial information services company with 16 offices around the world. A decision was made to relocate the Markit UK Headquarters and in 2010 they sourced new premises in Ropemaker Street, London. Commercial fit-out specialists, Overbury, were appointed to refurbish the 4th and 5th office floors of Ropemaker Place, who then charged Smartcomm with the task of installing new Audio Visual systems throughout.

Lucky Strike Digital Signage Case Study

Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounges introduced the upscale boutique bowling experience six years ago, and have now added BrightSign media players to deliver high-quality video artwork complementing their trademark cocktails, private lanes and sophisticated menu. BrightSign Network Management enables art displays and promotional messages to be coordinated, from California to New York.

Take a Stand Against Showrooming with Digital Signage

"Showrooming," the practice of researching products in a brick-and-mortar store and then buying them somewhere else, is getting a lot of attention lately. Not that it's anything new. Budget-conscious consumers have always been inclined to defect when presented with a better deal

PADS digital signage software keeps train passengers on the move

Station Entrance Emergency Information Panels (SEEIP) project was initiated to bring messaging to passengers before they purchase tickets; LCD panels located at station entrances inform passengers of any problems that could delay travel time.

Demystifying Wi-Fi Roaming: What You Need to Know to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Building a Wi-Fi network that delivers uninterrupted coverage to mobile or "roaming" devices can be a significant challenge-especially as coverage requirements increase. This challenge becomes considerably more manageable when the issue and the deployment alternatives are well understood

When to Bring a Theater Designer on Board

All too often, the contractors leave and there's a "room" in the basement for the home theater. The drywall's, up; the floors are down; then you get stuck. All too often, this is the (too late) point the home theater designer gets the call. See how it should be done.

Choosing a Display for Digital Signage

This is Mark's second article in a series at AVSystemsMag about the Digital Signage process - a look at display technologies.

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