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Epson Wireless Screen Sharing

Epson Wireless Screen Sharing

This article has been reposted from epson.com.au.

Epson’s new Wireless Screen Sharing device enhances your productivity by making it easier than ever to share your screen and declutter your meeting space!

1. Plug into a Laptop!

Just plug the transmitter into your laptop
To connect, just plug the transmitter into a USB port on your laptop. No need to worry about wireless settings or cables. No special software needs to be installed. No advance preparation. It’s that easy.

Automatic Start-Up
Epson’s projectors automatically turn on when it is paired with a transmitter connected to a laptop.

2. Click the Button!

Just Click and Share
One click on the app’s button and you are displaying on a big screen.

Intuitive Design
It’s simple enough that anyone can use it without special training. Multi-screen projection and screen hiding are just as easy.

3. Collaborate on the Big Screen!

Share Up to Four Screens on One Big Screen
You can share up to four screens at once on the big screen. Enhance your productivity by comparing multiple documents on the big, easy-to-view screen.

Smooth Screen Switching
Switching to the next presenter’s screen is a breeze. No more interrupting meetings to fiddle with cables or moving to a seat the cable can reach.

To learn more about Epson Wireless Screen Sharing, contact us today!

Catchbox – A Fun Microphone Kids Want to Speak Into

Catchbox – A Fun Microphone Kids Want to Speak Into

This article has been reposted from thomgibson.com.

Click here to watch a video on how the Catchbox system is used in classrooms!

When I was in the throws of hybrid learning this past semester, I put out a video on how to manage all the mics and speakers in the classroom. The biggest issue was that my at-home students couldn’t really hear in-person students. My solution at the time was to just have all my in-class kids be on Zoom and unmute themselves.  I just had to make sure I also muted my speakers when students did that so I didn’t get feedback.  It wasn’t a great solution but it was all I could come up with.

In the process of preparing for that video, I came across a company called Catchbox that made a microphone inside of a foam box that could be thrown easily from one person to another.

A FUN MICROPHONE KIDS WANT TO SPEAK INTO

I brought the Catchbox system to my classroom for the last few weeks of school and the kids loved it.  The kids at home heard everyone clearly and the kids in class all of the sudden had something to say just so they could catch the throwable microphone and speak into it!

Such a simple idea: just tossing something to a student who is about to speak can do wonders for engagement.

HOW WE USED THE CATCHBOX IN OUR FINAL STAFF MEETING

Our final staff meetings were all in-person (no one on Zoom).  We meet in a fairly large room and usually don’t need a microphone for the presenter.  We end each year by sitting in a big circle and having folks share things they appreciate and value about their colleagues. Often though, if you’re on the other side of the circle and someone is sharing, you don’t always catch everything they’re saying unless they’re loud and obnoxious like myself. Nothing’s worse than someone on the other side of the circle saying something nice about you and you can’t even hear them so you just nod and smile like an idiot.

I decided to set the Catchbox up so that way whoever had the throwable microphone would come through the sound system in the room.

If you think your classroom or school could benefit from a Catchbox, contact us today!

How to Maintain Good Microphone Hygiene

How to Maintain Good Microphone Hygiene

This article has been reposted from www.en-au.sennheiser.com.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic we assembled this note on protecting and cleaning Sennheiser/Neumann microphones and accessories. Especially for vocal and speech recordings, microphones are often used at close proximity to the mouth, possibly also by multiple users.

To reduce the risk of spreading diseases through bacteria and viruses, one or more remedies, explained in detail below, may be used:

  • ideally, have just one user per microphone (including the accessories)
  • after or before use, clean all surfaces, i.e. microphone housings, head baskets and accessories
  • leave the microphone unused for some time period
  • utilize accessories such as windshields and thin plastic film bags to add protection
Cleaning the microphone housing

For cleaning Sennheiser/Neumann microphone housings from soiling including human exhalations, you may use ethyl alcohol (ethanol) or isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol). Used as a disinfectant, typically a 70% solution is used. Apply with a disposable soft cloth, a soft brush or paper tissue. Make sure that the liquid is applied only to the outside of the microphone and does not enter the inside or the capsule.

Do not use rough materials which might scratch the surface. Do not use any solvents stronger than ethanol or isopropanol, as these might damage the surface.

Never use sprays, as these can deposit on the membrane and thus damage the microphone capsule!

Cleaning removable microphone head baskets

With some microphones, the head basket can be easily removed for cleaning. Make sure not to touch or damage the capsule!

With the head baskets containing foam windshields, remove the inner foam and clean it separately as described below.

Metal head baskets can then be cleaned also on the inside with ethanol or isopropanol. You may also immerse the head basket in clean, hot water (e.g. 70°C/160°F). Do not use the dishwasher. Let the basket dry out completely before re-assembly.

To learn a more indepth solution for microphone hygiene, click here!

BenQ Partners With Meeting Room 365

BenQ Partners With Meeting Room 365

This article has been reposted from www.ravepubs.com.

BenQ partnered with Meeting Room 365; the scheduling and productivity software suite is now natively integrated into BenQ’s corporate large-format displays, including its CP Series DuoBoard interactive displays and CS Series smart presentation displays. The partnership is an attempt to get enterprise and small- and medium-sized business-level UCC applications and tools into the BenQ platform.

By implementing Meeting Room 365, BenQ’s DuoBoard and CS Series now display a weekly meeting schedule, organizer and subject matter information. Meeting participants can also access Microsoft Outlook, Office 365, Exchange and Google Workspace via Meeting Room 365 integration.

8-inputs Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Extreme and ISO Announced

8-inputs Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Extreme and ISO Announced

This article has been reposted from newsshooter.com.

The new ATEM Mini Extreme

Blackmagic Design today announced the ATEM Mini Extreme, a new larger model of the ATEM Mini live production switcher. The new model features 8 inputs, 4 ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers, a total of 6 independent DVEs, 2 media players, 2 downstream keyers, 16-way multiview, 2 USB connections and multiple HDMI aux outputs. There is also a new ATEM Mini Extreme ISO model which includes all these powerful features plus a more powerful recording engine that can record all 8 inputs plus the program for a total of 9 streams of recording.

ATEM Mini Pro and ATEM Mini Extreme models have a built in hardware streaming engine for live streaming via their ethernet connections. That means you can live stream to YouTube, Facebook and Twitch in better quality, without dropped frames and with simpler settings.

Direct input for iPhone and Android

The ATEM Mini Pro and Extreme models support connecting an Apple or Android phone to the USB port to use mobile data. It can also be used as a backup for the main Ethernet connection. The ATEM switcher will automatically detect when a phone is connected and switch its internet connection to use it, eliminating the need for changing settings.

 Audio

With two independent 3.5mm stereo audio inputs, you can connect desktop and lapel microphones. With 2 extra stereo audio inputs, customers can ensure a host and guest both have lapel microphones when doing interviews. Plus all models feature a Fairlight audio mixer with all HDMI inputs and both microphone inputs are all connected to the audio mixer so customers can live mix from all audio sources. The ATEM Mini Extreme also adds a headphone output.

Features

– Features miniaturized control panel based design.
– Supports connecting up to 8 cameras or computers.
– Supports streaming via Ethernet or tethered phones via USB.
– Tethers to 5G or 4G phones for mobile remote streaming.
– Records to USB flash disks in H.264.
– Two stereo audio inputs for connecting desktop or lapel microphones.
– Automatically standards converts and re-syncs all HDMI inputs.
– Includes free ATEM Software Control for Mac and Windows.
– Internal media for 20 RGBA graphics for titles, opening plates and logos.
– 4 upstream ATEM Advanced Chroma keyers for green/blue screen work.
– 2 independent DVEs plus SuperSource with 4 extra DVEs.
– 16 way multiview for monitoring all cameras, recording and streaming status.

The front panel includes easy to use buttons for selecting sources, video effects and transitions. The source buttons are large so it’s possible to use it by feel. It also includes buttons for audio mixing. On the rear panel there are HDMI connections for cameras or computers, extra microphone inputs, USB for webcam out plus an HDMI “aux” output for program video.

The ATEM Software Control app allows access to every feature in the switcher. ATEM Software Control features a visual switcher user interface with parameter palettes for making quick adjustments.

The built in “media pool” allows the loading of up to 20 separate broadcast quality RGBA graphics for titles, opening plates and logos. You can even use still frames for complex effects such as graphic wipes.

If you’re interested in enhancing your live streaming experience, give us a call today!

Crestron Flex – Sophisticated Simplicity

Crestron Flex – Sophisticated Simplicity

Confused, embarrassed, awkward… These are not the feelings that should be associated with your next video collaboration meeting. We get it! At Crestron and Vision One, there is simplicity for everyone involved.

Confidence in your Meetings

You want to focus on your job and not let the technology distract you from your performance. You want to hear everyone, see everyone and get on with the meeting. Sounds simple to us. We get it!

Confidence IT has all they need

For the IT department, you want a simpler deployment and management experience. It needs to work on your network, be secure and provide you with all the data you could ever need. You have standards. We get it!

Square Peg, Round Hole

A common phrase in technology is ‘a technology partnership’. Let us explain that for you.

We call it the square peg, round hole conundrum. You see, in this industry, a partnership normally means products that were never meant to work together, were made by separate engineering teams and manufactured in totally different countries, with totally different components, for a totally different purpose, are now somehow magically going to work together.

That is never going to happen.

You, your installation team and your IT department are being asked to re-engineer and use products that were never meant to work together. Yep, square peg, round hole… and YOU have to make it work.

We would not ask that of you, so we’ve done all the hard work for you. Everything is designed and engineered to work together, just as it should be.

Because it’s not about the tech, it’s about YOU.

In one room, a hundred rooms or a thousand rooms, Crestron and Vision One deliver perfect meetings, the same one platform experience in every room, anywhere. That is what Crestron’s Sophisticated Simplicity delivers for you.

Perfect Meetings; lets get you sorted…

Personal Devices

All by myself. Private time can be key and working efficiently from your own workspace is key.

Tiny Tabletop Device

There are only 2-3 people in this room.

Simple Tabletop Options

There are 4-6 people in this room.

Table Mount, Wall Mount or Custom Options

There are 6-12 people in this room. Remembering that we offer the same level of quality and features across the range, the task may seem bigger but it is just about choosing the right device for you.

Options

Wireless Presentation

Our industry leading Crestron AirMedia is a very simple extension to your system and Vision One will know it because it’s used by almost every large enterprise and university you can think of.

Crestron Table Boxes

If you’re a neat freak, we have you covered. Sometimes you just want every little cable tucked away, we get it! We can provide a range of cables for your every need which quietly and automatically slip back into the table box.

Room Booking

One of the most common additions to our video conferencing solutions is room booking. Again, this is very simple. You choose the size of touch panel you want (7 or 10 inch) and then Vision One loads the software your company chooses or is using already such as Microsoft or Zoom or Teams.

Crestron Cloud

This is where the IT and Property Departments get excited. With the simple addition of this cloud software license, your IT department can enable a host of clever features. For example, dashboard or remote monitoring, firmware and software upgrades and more.

Crestron Outfits Offices And Remote Workers With Innovative Video Conferencing Tools For Covid-19 And The New Normal

Crestron Outfits Offices And Remote Workers With Innovative Video Conferencing Tools For Covid-19 And The New Normal

This article has been reposted from Forbes.com.

There’s no denying that COVID-19 has changed the corporate landscape dramatically. With many employees forced to work from home, video conferencing platforms have become essential alternatives to face-to-face meetings. Vendors across the technology spectrum have responded to the predicament by offering their cloud conferencing solutions for free, or by expanding the functionality of their existing free versions with more advance capabilities.

One company that might not roll off the tip of the tongue in the residential video conferencing space is Crestron. However, the company has been a mainstay in conference rooms across the global corporate world, with its video conferencing and automation solutions. Now, 48-year old company is leveraging its enterprise video conferencing chops to help support work-from-home users, and prepare organizations for their eventual, theoretical return to the office.

Early in June, Crestron teamed up with Logitech to launch the new HomeTime hardware bundle, optimized for Zoom video conferencing at home. This offering marks the emergence of a new category of video products for residential use. While many work from home users are content with a laptop’s video and audio quality, Crestron believes that there may be a class of work from home users who require better noise cancellation, cameras that compensate for poor lighting and other capabilities that deliver a more office-like experience. HomeTime seamlessly integrates Logitech’s MeetUp conference camera with the Crestron technology ecosystem. Not targeted for casual work from home users who have only sporadic video conferencing needs, the Crestron bundle is designed for individuals who want to see co-workers, friends and family in much larger video windows on a dedicated large format TV. It features built-in speakers that deliver high-quality audio throughout the room and a professional-grade full-duplex beamforming microphone for enabling natural conversation. Crestron also provides its own integrated remote control to initiate and join scheduled meetings, control the camera, and select the preferred view (e.g., speaker, gallery, or full-screen).

Crestron believes that there will be a significant percentage of workers who return to the traditional office at some point in the future. As such, the company wants to be in a position to ease that transition. The nature of video conferencing, even in a corporate setting, is bound to have changed during the pandemic. Crestron’s in-house data estimates that pre-COVID-19, only 7% to 15% of existing corporate conference rooms had video conferencing capabilities. With the explosion of video conferencing over the last several months (and the fact that many will likely continue to work remotely even as others return to the office), Crestron estimates that videoconferencing “spaces” in the office will need to increase as much as 85%.

Crestron is focusing much of its energy on Microsoft Teams and Zoom, due to their broad appeal with enterprise and work from home users. But here’s the kicker: because workers are not likely to be thrilled with the notion of packing a small conference room, Crestron realized that there is a real need for a smaller, more mobile integrated solution that preserves social distancing etiquette even in the office.

To that end, Crestron’s new Flex R-Series can be installed in minutes and wheeled into any existing space to provide one-touch video and content management. The level of flexibility that Creston is offering here is tangible—most companies do not want to (or cannot afford) to equip every conference room with a full-blown video conferencing system. The Flex R-Series is a cost-effective solution that has the potential to close the distance between remote teams, regardless of their geographic location.

A few closing thoughts

While the conventional wisdom is that significant numbers of workers will continue to work remotely after the pandemic subsides, I believe the jury is still out on that. There are still collaboration benefits from participating in in-person meetings. However, video conferencing is here to stay—particularly with workers who must engage with other co-workers that are hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

With this uncertainty, Crestron appears to be hedging its bets. Its HomeTime solutions bundle will appeal to those who continue to work from home, and desire a higher-quality video conferencing experience (though its volume potential will likely be limited to well-to-do homeowners and business executives, due to the fact that its pricing starts at $6,100). Meanwhile, Crestron’s Flex R-Series could be a cost-attractive, mobile alternative for corporate, government and even some small business accounts that require more professional-grade video conferencing capabilities. Starting at $9,000 (depending on the platform support needed), the Flex R-Series could be considered a bargain since its mobile format mitigates the need to outfit multiple conference rooms with fixed video conferencing equipment.

However things shake out, Crestron deserves credit for thinking outside of the box during COVID-19. Both are unique, premium solutions that are consistent with the legacy Crestron brand and extend the company’s value proposition to even more potential users.

Disclosure: Moor Insights & Strategy, like all research and analyst firms, provides or has provided research, analysis, advising and/or consulting to many high-tech companies in the industry. The author does not have any investment positions in the companies named in this article.

Listen Technologies to Create Inclusive Guest Experiences in Disney Parks

Listen Technologies to Create Inclusive Guest Experiences in Disney Parks

The following article has been re-posted from nas.solutions/blog:

Listen Technologies, the leading provider of assistive listening systems for 22 years, is collaborating with Disney Parks, Experiences and Products to develop advanced technology that provides a more inclusive experience for guests. Listen Technologies will develop assistive technologies and tour solutions utilising the Disney MagicALL suite of Disney SyncLink® Technologies.

MagicALL is an accessibility platform featuring a suite of proprietary technologies, intellectual property and patents that enable all guests to experience the magic of Disney. MagicALL is for guests with hearing loss, who are deaf or blind, or guests who speak a different language. Disney licenses MagicALL to other organisations so they can use this technology to enable magical guest experiences everywhere.

In collaboration with Disney, Listen Technologies solutions will pave the way to bring products to market that dramatically improve experiences and increase inclusion for users whether they are in a theme park, a performing arts centre, on a tour or other destination.

In 2018, Listen Technologies entered into a technology agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to use Disney SyncLink, a synchronisation technology that delivers customised content and information. Together, the technology and solutions will deliver the right information at the right time and place to the right person, seamlessly.

“Imagine entering an immersive ride, exhibit, or performance and being able to listen in real-time to synchronised audio in your native language or hear clearly despite having hearing loss,” said Maile Keone, president of Listen Technologies. “Disney and Listen Technologies are making this possible. Our solutions, combined with Disney’s SyncLink Technology, will provide inclusive experiences for guests with hearing, visual or translation needs.”

“Disney is synonymous with delivering magical experiences to guests so Listen Technologies is thrilled to team with Disney on its MagicALL initiative and bring greater accessibility, inclusion and engagement to all people,” said Russ Gentner, CEO of Listen Technologies. “Listen Technologies is committed to improving life’s experiences by providing exceptional, personalised audio and content on any platform at any venue.”

Listen Technologies products provide a new level of connectivity by utilising a variety of advanced solutions for assistive listening as well as customised content for guided and self-guided tours. Listen Technologies will extend the inclusive, Disney MagicALL experience to concert halls, museums, houses of worship, stadiums, walking tours, and more, providing the technology to allow all types of venues to offer immersive experiences.

“We have a commitment to share our accessibility know-how and technology with companies around the world to help enhance experiences for everyone,” said Chief Safety Officer and Vice President for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Greg Hale. “We are pleased to license Disney SyncLink® Technology to Listen Technologies to further develop seamless synchronised Disney© MagicALL experiences for guests with hearing, visual or language needs.”

How to sanitise Crestron touch screens

How to sanitise Crestron touch screens

Crestron touch screens are found almost everywhere: work, home, colleges and government offices. Given the current situation facing Crestron global customers, we wanted to provide simple steps on how to clean and disinfect Crestron touch screens to help protect the people who use them.

Keeping our customers and their families safe from the transmission of COVID-19 is our first priority. Per the CDC recommendations, frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces is important.*

To clean Crestron touch screens

  • Use any commercially available non-ammonia glass or disinfectant cleaner.
  • Apply a small amount of cleaner directly to a microfiber or a similar disposable towel or cloth-be sure the cloth is damp and not wet.
  • Wipe the glass touch screen clean.
  • Do not apply cleaner directly to any interface (as most of our systems are not waterproof). And do not wipe the plastic surrounding the glass.

Our goal is to make sure we’re doing all we can to keep our customers and their families safe. For more information and updates on approved cleaners check our online help article here.

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