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Couldn't make it to Vegas for UBTech and InfoComm? Here's what you missed.
University Business, July/August 2012

Anywhere Amplification

Niles’ four new lines of loudspeakers are custom-designed to meet the needs of light commercial installations. The Niles Sw6.5 and SW8 subwoofers, CM Ceiling Mount Architectural Loudspeakers, GeoRealistic Pro Series, and GS4 Satellite speakers ensure high-quality sound in a wide range of locations. The SW Subwoofers are priced from $500 to $600, the CW Line starts at $100, the GS5 Garden Loudspeaker is priced at $400, and the GeoRealistic Pro Rock Speakers start at $220.

Sleek Displays

Mitsubishi Electric’s narrow bezel flagship 70-inch MDT701S and 55-inch MDT552S LED monitors feature an ultra-thin design with edge-lit LED technology for use in conference rooms and with digital signage applications. They offer an Intel OPS (Open Pluggable Standard) Card Slot for easy installation and maintenance and a built-in plug-and-play USB hub for connecting various devices. Built-in speakers fire toward the bottom, eliminating sound reverberation.

Lamp-Free Projectors

Panasonic’s PT-RZ470 and PT-RZ370 series 1080p lamp-free professional projectors deliver up to 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation, cutting back on operating costs and lamp costs. Utilizing HDBaseT technology, the projectors replace a conventional bulb with LED/laser diodes for long-lasting brightness of more than 3,000 lumens. The series, which will be available in the last quarter of the year, comes in 1080p and WXGA resolution and features Panasonic’s Edge Blending and Color Matching technology for increased performance and flexibility of use.

Interacting Up Close

The Hitachi CP-AW2519N interactive projector offers easy setup in rooms where space is limited, with an ultra-short-throw lens that enables it to be mounted close to a wall or projection surface, preventing obstructed images and shadows, with no light shining in the presenter’s eyes. Priced at $1,895, the projector offers 2,500 ANSI lumens brightness and has a throw distance of 10 inches from the edge of the projector, for an 80-inch, 16:10 diagonal image. It also features Hitachi’s proprietary StarBoard Software, which works on Mac and PC platforms.

Encoding and Decoding Technology

The Matrox Maevex Series, with new H.264-based encoder/decoder technology from Matrox Graphics, is designed for use with a wide range of applications, including digital signage, collaborative video walls, and security and surveillance. The video distribution platform offers one-to-one unicast or one-to-many multicast extension of H.264 encoded video over standard TCP/IP networks, via standard wired or wireless connectivity, to stream and display video at Full HD 1080p.

Unwired for Flexibility

Vaddio’s High Definition Wireless Universal Quick-Connect CCU for the ClearVIEW HD-20 PTZ camera allows users to deliver high quality wireless HD video and camera control without cabling. Outputs, which are live simultaneously, now include HD-SDI/SDI, HDMI, and an analog HD component for flexibility in system design and integration. A new industrial design enables the adjustment of white balance, color, pedestal, gamma, knee, chroma, detail, iris, and gain functions with the press of a button. Priced at $7,495, the unit also delivers high-quality HD video, power and control over three Cat. 5 cables up to 500 feet without the loss of video quality or latency.

Smart Pen Software

The MultiTaction IR Pen software from MultiTouch Ltd. will enable users to write, draw, sketch, and brainstorm designs and words on MultiTaction Cell displays using most infrared (IR) pens, and to distinguish clearly between pen and touch interactions. Combined with the MultiTaction IR pen software, MultiTaction Cells demonstrate the benefits of digital whiteboard and multi-user interactive display, and provide a more effective presentation tool for users.  IR Pen Tracker is a free software upgrade to the existing MultiTouch displays and works with most IR Pens in the market.

Compact Touch Screens

The new smaller, widescreen 7-inch and 10-inch additions to the AMX Modero X Series Touch Panels add enhanced functionality to the line. Besides multitouch capabilities, including gesturing, swiping, and tapping, the new models have a capacitive, multitouch screen, high-definition video streaming, Bluetooth VoIP, and USB external phone connections. The 10-inch tabletop and wall landscape models add a high-definition camera for video chat and conferencing. The 7-inch model is priced at $4,380, and the 10-inch is $6,480.


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