Category: Blog

Is 8K video on the horizon?

We’re beginning to see 8K UHDTV (7680 x 4320) cameras and displays come onto the market, although so far they’re just a curiosity in pro A/V.  The Japanese broadcaster NHK was planning this year’s Summer Olympics in 8K, and as this newsletter https://www.smpte.org/8k-continues-carving-niche from SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers) notes, there’s an

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Marketplace standards for AV over IP

There’s little doubt that product standardization offers benefits to users and increases the adoption of a technology.  The telephone, the PC, and Ethernet are all examples we know.  As consultants, we’re watching networked audio coalesce around AES67, and for broadcasters, SMPTE ST 2110 is rolling out.  But the Pro-A/V industry still has a distance to

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CS50 – Introduction to Computer Science

I usually start each workday by scanning through my email, and the other day, following a series of links on changes in higher education wrought by Covid-19, I came across this article https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-local-correspondents/how-harvards-star-computer-science-professor-built-a-distance-learning-empire on the introductory computer science course at Harvard.  It’s a long but fascinating read, talking about the intersection of education and technology,

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What happened to the conference phone?

It wasn’t all that many years ago that every project had a 3-pointed conference telephone on the table, with a cable snaking off to the wall or, if we were lucky, disappearing down through a hole in the table top.  Then along came video conferencing, first in large complex rooms, and now everywhere.  An article

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BYOM, Bring Your Own Meeting

There’s a new acronym we’re learning, BYOM, Bring Your Own Meeting.  No longer are meeting participants bringing their own devices simply to push content – they’re bringing the meeting itself.  Our enterprises and institutions may have a supported platform (Teams, Zoom, or Webex perhaps) and rooms with fancy touchscreens, but when I’m the meeting host,

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The rise of “touchless” A/V

With heightened concern about spreading illness through surface contact, we’re seeing the term “touchless” within the A/V industry.  But what does this mean?  Are we really running our presentations by waving our hands, or with our voices? Well, possibly yes.  Voice controlled A/V systems are real; see this video from Utah State University https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARPj5q2_mHw  But

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What is a “hybrid classroom” anyway?

I learned the other day that a large university here in the Boston area has committed to equipping all of its registrar classrooms (more than 200) with video conferencing by the fall.  What does this mean, and can we then consider them to be hybrid classrooms?  What is a “hybrid classroom” anyway? With all the

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UMiss Chancellor Discusses Education

Chancellor Vitter of the University of Mississippi discussing his vision for the University, which emphasizes STEM subjects. We are working on a new STEM building there with Ellenzweig.

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NYT Article on Residential Acoustics

Interesting article in the New York Times about residential acoustic issues. They cover many of the same issues we deal with on a daily basis.    

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Cavanaugh Tocci prepares for ASA national meeting in Jacksonville

Two Cavanaugh Tocci staff members are putting the finishing touches on their presentations for the upcoming meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Senior consultant Kent Mckelvie will present a case history on sound isolation design for a glass wall that also provides natural draft ventilation, part of a new classroom building at a college

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