Starin, BenQ, Wow Vision, Barco, and Revolabs Sponsor S.F. Bay Cruise
By Paul Konikowski, CTS-D
On April 26, 2012, Bill Mullin, Forrest Breese, and I hosted the first of many Starin AV Meetups: early evening networking events for audiovisual professionals to get together in a relaxed social setting. The first AV Meetup was a three-hour cruise around the San Francisco Bay sponsored by BenQ, Barco, Revolabs and Wow Vision. In addition to free food and drinks, and a scenic cruise around SF Bay, the attendees got some valuable hands-on time with some new products.
The AV Meetup turned out to be a huge success for all. The attendees included a lot of audiovisual consultants and systems integrators who work in education and corporate markets. Everyone enjoyed seeing the wireless presentation and interactive solutions in person. I personally demonstrated the Wow Vision ProVEOS and its Connect Me app for PC, Mac, iPad, iPod, and iPhone. It was a great opportunity to have one-on-one discussions about specific applications.
Stephen Spears of Revolabs brought along samples of their wireless microphones, as well as the new FLX conference phone. The FLX (pronounced “flex”) is a fully wireless conference phone system including wireless speaker, wireless microphones, and wireless dialer. The popular FLX is now available for VOIP networks, and a four-microphone version is in the works.
Theo Mayer was also on board, giving Meetup attendees a sneak peek at the new Barco ClickShare wireless presentation tool. And Scott Coffee showed off the new BenQ T420 42″ multi-touch display, perfect for K-12, kiosks, museums, wayfinding, and interactive digital signage. Any applications that needs a large touchscreen combined with a PC.
The next Starin AV Meetup is scheduled for next Tuesday May 8, 2012, a boat cruise in Newport Beach, CA. See you on board!