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.

AV as Art: The Chameleon Lamp

Located in St. Louis, MO, the Angad Arts Hotel was looking to revamp the appearance of a floor-to-ceiling concrete support pillar located in the lobby lounge on the top floor of the hotel. Working with Chris Brackenbury, founder of Pixelwix, the team developed an innovative visual solution that would elevate the look of the hotel’s lobby lounge. The proposed solution was to create a large 360-degree projection screen surrounding the support pillar, and install projectors around the pillar, allowing media content to project onto the screen on a 24/7 basis. 

Leveraging five Optoma ZH400UST projectors, as well as Pixelwix’s proprietary warping and blending tools and media player, the team was able to position the projectors on a custom slide rail on the center post and overlap the projected images to cover the entire 360-degree canvas. 

The lounge of the Angad Arts Hotel lobby was successfully transformed into a visually captivating hotel entrance with a beautiful 360-degree installation in the shape of a lamp, dubbed the “Chameleon Lamp.” Designed to attract and welcome hotel guests, the visual installation also further enhances the hotel’s commitment to showcasing the work of local St. Louis artists and contributes to the Angad’s unique Art Deco experience. 

LG Ultra-Short-Throw (UST) projector. Punchy, but pricey

LG’s CineBeam HU85LA ultra-short-throw (UST) projector is an ingenious device that packs the projection system into a compact cabinet that sits on top of a shelf (or even on your floor!) and beams images at an upward angle. This design allows the projector to sit nearly right against the wall and deliver images that are much larger than what you can expect from a typical flat-panel TV. Combining a three-laser light engine with DLP 4K XPR projection technology, the HU85LA beams images that range in size from 90-120 inches with one of the shortest throw ratios on the market. And at $5,999 retail, the price is dramatically less than what you’ll pay for the largest high-end flat-panel LCD or OLED TVs.

The HU85LA is housed in an attractive white case complete with a fabric front that hides a built-in speaker system. A small glass opening for the image to project through is located on the cabinet’s top, along with a small door that conceals a focus adjustment. The back panel features two full-bandwidth HDMI 2.0b inputs, a digital TV antenna input, USB type-C and two USB type-B inputs, and an optical digital audio output. While I was surprised to see a TV tuner built into the projector, it certainly makes sense since the HU85LA can be used as a replacement for a flat-panel TV.

From A-Z. Companies to Watch In 2020

abode: abode is a simple DIY home security system with the smart home features consumers desire. The wireless security system is designed so homeowners or renters can install and monitor their abode system all on their own, without having to pay installation fees or getting locked into monthly contracts. The latest addition to abode’s product lineup, iota, is a new all-in-one DIY home security system designed to give customers the freedom and flexibility to build out and monitor their smart home their way. In the coming year, customers can expect several new and exciting product announcements and integrations for iota.

AudioControl: Wesley Palmer, owner of Sound Effects in Mesa, AZ, decided to renovate his smart home/commercial technology showroom. The new facility boasted many exciting features, and Palmer wanted the new showroom to excite his clients about home cinema. Every aspect of the new theater was carefully planned, featuring a laser projector and ISF certified screen. In order to achieve the ultimate surround experience from the theater, Palmer chose an AudioControl Maestro M9 preamp/processor along with a Savoy G3 7-channel amplifier and a Pantages G3 5-channel amplifier driving a system set up for immersive format playback such as Dolby Atmos.

Catalyst AV: A 15 percent growth in sales year over 2018, with the business surging upwards, doesn’t just happen by chance. Catalyst AV held two back-to-back yearlong trainings during its “Great North American Training Tour” in 2019. This ensured 1500 Catalyst AV dealer members received the finest training on AVPro Edge’s matrixes, extenders, streaming devices, and Canvass Control for the design of complex systems. This was immediately followed up with another coast-to-coast training tour, including Techlogix and Cleerline.

Control4: As the smart home platform for SnapAV following the company merger, Control4 has expanded products, services, and tools to support dealers and homeowners. In 2019, new products included the CA-10 controller and integration with Google Assistant, as well as Control4 Smart Home OS 3. Control4 OS is the operating system for home, unifying and orchestrating all devices in the home and can be customized by the homeowner on the app, touchscreens, mobile devices, remotes, and more. Combined with training, resources, and the Certified Showroom program, dealers can expand their current customer base and grow existing systems in the new year with Control4.

VisionShare “The Most Secured Wireless Presentation & Collaboration Solution”

NorthVision is a leading collaborative solution provider, focuses on designing the next generation technology that connects our lifestyles and workspace. VisionShare is not just a product, it is also designed to provide the best balance between user-friendly and advanced technology. 

VisionShare’s innovative technology is a safe solution to collaborate and share information through WirelessHD 60GHz. Most corporations can invest thousands of dollars into security, but not every wireless platform requires such drastic measures. VisionShare provides a 100% effective solution to keep your private data safe.

6 reasons to explain VisionShare secure design system:

1. WirelessHD 60GHz Doesn’t Require an Internet Connection, which means that your data is protected against internet breaches. As WirelessHD doesn’t require any internet connection and cannot be found in the WiFi searching list, it is not possible to hack into the presentation you are transmitting.
2. Designed with End-to-End Content Protection. All content in the VisionShare system is being protected through HDCP and DTCP encryption. All raw data being transmitted is encrypted by unique and private keys for protection from both ends.
3. Run-on its Own Network System. There’s zero interference from other WiFi frequencies as VisionShare is having its own network without any setup required. Only a simple, stable and safe collaboration sharing system.

Understanding AV and Healthcare Technologies

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the country will reach a new milestone in 2034, when the number of older adults is projected to edge out children. People at least 65 years old are projected to number 77 million, while children under 18 will number 76.5 million.

That will be the first time in history that this happens, according to the government.

While the healthcare industry provides an abundance of opportunities for AV integrators, there is an equally abundant number of barriers to entering the rewarding but complex industry.

“If you’re struggling, you have not paid proper attention to the needs of the [Healthcare] market,” Alan Brawn, principal of Brawn Consulting.

Istanbul airport installs Absen LED

“Having to install such a large amount of LED in such a secure environment and within a very limited four-month timeframe, was extremely challenging,” said Shaun Xu, Absen’s regional manager. “Astel had technicians on-site 24/7 for many weeks to ensure the project was completed on time and to the highest level.”

The running of this complex visual network is managed by Sistem9 which provided central management and control of all the screens with its signage software S9Vision. Sistem9 also provided price checker, wayfinding, video analytics and exchange rate information flowing of the duty-free area, as well as providing a remote monitoring service and on-site support to ensure all systems operate at peak performance.

Hugh Jackman’s 90-date Global Tour With Solotech, L-Acoustics

Hugh Jackman pretty much does it all. He recently did on a 90-show global concert production known as The Man. The Music. The Show. The audio gear was provided by Solotech, which fielded an L-Acoustics K2 -based system. Jackman’s musical numbers were backed by a five-piece band and 14-member orchestra.

“Running 85 inputs with a full orchestra and live band in these big venues made this tour a challenge, especially with such a dynamic show, but I definitely think that L-Acoustics was the best option for us. And the worldwide support we got was just as great as the sound. Between L-Acoustics and Solotech, no matter what time zone we were in, I knew that we could always very quickly get an answer for any questions or concerns we might have had.”

New Acoustic Wall Panels From Rayva

The unique collapsible panel design eliminates challenges and costs associated with traditional options. Rayva reduces the time, effort and expense of acoustic wall panels to a home theater by shipping the panel’s wooden frame deconstructed and the fabric coverings premade to fit precisely over the panel using a proprietary internal tightening system.

  • Acoustic Fabric Installs Like a Fitted Bedsheet (with Tighteners)
  • New Design Cuts Construction Costs
  • Fabrics Are Easily Swapped Out

Steve Stary from Brilliant AV explains the concept.

Casino Tech Market Exploding Thanks to Sports Betting

Casino tech jobs aren’t just about giving people somewhere to place their bets. They also include infrastructure improvements to drive signals and large-scale displays, among other AV improvements. 

“These projects are definitely not going to proliferate at the flip of a switch,” says Josh Shanahan, president and CEO of SVT.

The sports betting tech market ranges “from a 200-square-foot kiosk to a 300,000-square-foot casino and everything in between,” says Newbury.