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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.

Moama Lights – Immersive Light and Sound Installation

Moama Lights – Immersive Light and Sound Installation

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

Nestled on the banks of the Murray River, Echuca Moama has long been the ideal weekend getaway for families, couples and friends thanks to its scenic landscapes, paddle steamers, lively spirit, and the perk of being not too far from Melbourne to warrant a little getaway.

Coined Moama Lights, this three-week celebration of art, light, and all things Moama will see the Murray River come to life in a dazzling, glowing wonderland in the form of an immersive sound and light trail.

Starting at the underside of the Echuca Moama bridge, every night from May 8-22 the 600-metre trail will highlight the natural beauty through Horseshoe Lagoon before finishing at the Murray River.

The event will explore three different chapters of Echuca Moama’s story – its Indigenous heritage, subsequent European colonisation and finally, modern-day Echuca Moama – with light installations and projections including theatrical fog, strobe,s and cutting-edge moving light technology.

Set against the backdrop of a beautiful bush setting, prepared to be truly mesmerized by a field of illuminated native flowers, an ever-changing display of spectacular colours, twinkling stars, floating leaves and local art across the Murray River.

What you need to know!

– Moama Lights is a three-week celebration of art, light, and all things Moama
– Every night from Saturday May 8 until Saturday May 22, captivating light installations will transform Horseshoe Lagoon and tell the story of Echuca Moama through light and sound
– Moama Lights is a free event

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.

Future Technologies at Integrate, Sydney 2018

Last week, the team at Vision One visited Integrate in Sydney to learn more about the innovative range of upcoming technologies for the audio visual and information technology industry.

We checked in with our usual favourites and browsed through everything from holographic imaging technology to larger-than-life indoor and outdoor signage panel displays. Our pals at Quantum Sphere showed off their new Kaptivo Whiteboard Camera while the guys at Epson blew us away with their new range of lasers and and LightScene projectors.

The big take-aways from this year? Lamps are slowly disappearing from projectors, pixel pitches are smaller than ever, and if your conferencing and collaboration solution doesn’t play nice with every software platform, you’re in for a world of trouble!

Take a look at some of the highlights in the video walkthrough above!

View our new 2021 product & solutions catalogue!