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.

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.