World’s first fully-staged drive-in opera comes to London

From AV Interactive.

“The English National Opera has placed its trust in live event specialist ADI to support the world’s first fully staged drive-in opera, ENO Drive & Live at Alexandra Palace, London from 19-27 September.  This outdoor project provided UK audiences with live opera for the first time since March, with ADI providing a complete event production solution, incorporating staging, structures, LED screens, lighting, OB and cameras.”

“Clearly audio is an all-important part of the opera experience. What would usually be projected from a stage into an acoustically balanced 2,000 seater auditorium had to be translated into hundreds of vehicles in a car park. ADI and ENO explored a number of options including delivery over Bluetooth via an app, but eventually decided on the traditional drive-in solution of delivering over radio signal to individual cars. This was supported by an onsite 5.1 audio system which covered the whole car park.”

That’s feakin’ cool! Check out the full article over at avinteractive.com.

On The Rise: Zero-Touch Technology

This is going to be a leading A/V trend in commercial lobbies, amusement parks, and museums. After that, In-Room Hospitality then Luxury Residential.

This nascent trend will quicken with staggering scale and speed. We’ll see a rapid shift away from touchscreen kiosks. Voice technology will move out of the home and into the office. Personal mobile devices will connect to and control buildings. Environments will be seamlessly integrated with an array of sensors to detect and respond to human behavior automatically.

  • Sensor integration
  • Voice command
  • Gesture detection and facial recognition
  • Haptics
  • Next-generation vending machines and kiosks
  • Mobile device integration
  • Contactless payments

CoeLux – Experience the Sky

CoeLux - Experience the sky.

CoeLux® is an optical system based on nano technology to artificially reproduce the natural light and visual appearance of the sun and sky. CoeLux offers a breakthrough opportunity for indoor architecture by creating the sensation of infinite space.

The experience of the sky and the sun in contemporary architecture: nanotechnologies, optical components and LED light sources are the elements that characterize the high-tech systems by CoeLux®.

CoeLux HT25, the first of the CoeLux systems characterized by a zenithal beam of light with a versatile design: 25 cm thick for a rectangular window measuring 52 by 107 cm.

CoeLux HT25 allows great design freedom, its distinctive 25 cm thickness is suitable for recessed installation even in small heights, in plasterboard false ceilings or modular ones. It can be installed in different compositions and the subtle design of the frame facilitates the creation of semi-continuous windows, creating the perception of large portions of sky.

“An amazing technology that I see taking off in Luxury homes around the world. Especially in hemispheres where daylight is absent for months at a time. ”

Dave Lopez, Rumble A/V Consulting

Moving around the area below the system, the observer will be able to see a large portion of sky and by approaching and entering the emitted spot the sun will appear, slightly diffused and not very dazzling. The optical design helps to create the sun perceived at infinite distance and the observer, moving in space, will have the impression that the sun is always positioned above his head.

CoeLux HT25

The sun of CoeLux HT25 illuminates and projects a beam of intense light, enhancing the colours and the textures of the room and the objects in it. The spot projection is slightly wider than the window and illuminates the surrounding area diffusely.

With a 60 degree flaring, the thin, opaque white frame intercepts the sun and creates a reflection on the sky, increasing the perception of depth of the window. The HT25 system is characterized by the CoeLux panel made of scratch-resistant and fireproof glass: the nanoparticles inside diffuse the light, recreating the blue colour of the sky.

The system can be dimmed from 40% to maximum power, it is DALI compatible and can be controlled via Bluetooth from a smartphone upon request.

Technology and Work-Life Balance

There is a symbol for the most significant workplace design trend in recent memory, and its near pervasiveness is a good indicator of the depth of change seen at the office since the turn of the millennium. The symbol is the ping-pong table, and many readers of this article will likely be within a good serve’s distance of one right now.

Conveniently, these objects are a powerful visual metaphor for the trend they represent: Work-life balance. Ah, work-life balance. Everyone wants to make sure they improve it, but it remains elusive as the back-and-forth of what is fun and what is productive bounces back and forth in favorability. The ping-pong table is a great recreational tool, but it’s also often the place where teams get enough distance from a work challenge that they spontaneously find a solution.

Therein lies the work-life balance. The addition of lighthearted, personal and comfortable options in the office is a productivity enhancement. And now there are metrics to prove it. New research, and human-centric analytics like the WELL Building Standard, are providing guidelines by which we can rate how well work is balancing with life in any given office.

It’s Impossible to Separate Technology from Space and People

In today’s world, technology and the workplace are not separate entities. Technology is part of nearly every workflow and every workplace, integrated into the fabric of how we work and what we do each day. As such, it’s impossible to separate technology from space and people, and anyone who tries to objectively design technology without considering the space and the people who will be using it will ultimately fail on some level.

It’s interesting because when you think about today’s modern workplace, you quickly find that it is at odds with itself. Designers are tasked with creating spaces that are flexible but consistent, provide open collaboration but deep focus, promote innovation but enable execution, are open yet private, and spaces that are personal while promoting community.

Then layer on top of that the varying mindsets and skill sets of the workers themselves and you start to get some sense of how difficult workplace and technology design can be.

Logitech Launches Zone Wired Headset for Personal Collaboration

WIRED FOR BUSINESS

Hear and be heard clearly with a wired headset specifically designed for busy open workspaces. Ready for business right out of the box, Zone Wired is certified for Open Office1.

The noise-canceling mic isolates your voice from the noise around you and the 40 mm audio drivers make calls as well as music sound great. In-line controls keep call functions handy as USB-C and USB-A adapter (included) ensure plug-and-play compatibility. Plus, Zone Wired is super comfortable for all-day use.

HEAR CALLS AND MUSIC CLEARLY

Zone Wired is designed with generously-sized 40mm drivers to deliver pure happiness for your ears. Full-bodied bass, crisp higher frequencies and incredibly low distortion create a satisfying overall sound whether you’re on a video call, listening to music, or toggling between the two.

Go ahead, create your own audio bubble on your own terms with a wired headset that sounds great even in the busiest open work spaces.

READY FOR BUSINESS

Zone Wired works with common calling applications across most all platforms and operating systems. Business certifications include Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business, compatible for  Zoom, and works with other popular applications like Cisco Jabber, BlueJeans, and GoToMeeting to ensure compatibility and seamless integration in the workplace.

Sony and Logitech Join Forces on One-touch Conferencing

Sony Electronics today announced that it has joined the Logitech Collaboration Program. Through the program, Sony BRAVIA 4K Professional Displays are combined with Logitech Room Solutions for Zoom Rooms, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet. The new One-touch Conferencing recommended solution creates an optimized, simple and robust video collaboration. Customers who purchase Logitech Video Collaboration products with a BRAVIA™ display receive a solution ideally suited for group collaboration at any time, and from anywhere.

“This collaboration puts an optimized video conferencing solution with 4K resolution into the hands of a wide range of corporate customers across the globe,” – Theresa Alesso, Pro division president, Sony Electronics. 

What’s next for TV? How about NextGen TV?

CES 2020 marked the launch of the first new TV models to feature ATSC 3.0 digital — otherwise known as Next Gen TV — tuners.

Stations in 60 U.S. markets have announced plans to start broadcasting the Next Gen TV format by the end of this year. What are the advantages over plain-vanilla ATSC 1.0 digital TV broadcasting? Up to 4K/10-bit video with wide color gamut and high dynamic range, up to a 120Hz frame rate, and immersive 7.2.4 sound.

Next Gen TV is also IP-based, so it can be easily streamed over a home network to multiple TVs and devices. For 2020, all of Samsung’s 8K models will feature Next Gen TV tuners, and so will LG’s high-end (GX series and above) OLED models, and Sony’s X900H 4K LCD series sets.

Collaboration Consulting. Enterprise design and deployment in 2020

Integrated information, communication, and technology (ICT) is the latest acronym that defines the work of consultants who are responsible for providing the design solutions and specification guidance that make enterprise spaces as functional and productive as possible. Just as our enterprise clients are, we are constantly adjusting to the metamorphosis in products, platforms, ecosystems and the user experience. Gaining mastery of the client’s collaboration workflow and IT-network roadmap is the secret sauce for integrating technologies into the organization’s global ecosystem. That’s because today’s decisions around unified collaboration (UC) are affecting the three most significant components of any facilities project: schedule, budget, and quality. Consultants have to be engaged earlier in the timeline, and we have to stay around longer to verify success.

Federal study confirms racial bias of many facial-recognition systems

Asian and African American people were up to 100 times more likely to be misidentified than white men, depending on the particular algorithm and type of search. Native Americans had the highest false-positive rate of all ethnicities, according to the study, which found that systems varied widely in their accuracy.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, the federal laboratory is known as NIST that develops standards for new technology, found “empirical evidence” that most of the facial-recognition algorithms exhibit “demographic differentials” that can worsen their accuracy based on a person’s age, gender or race.