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AV Meetups – “I’m On A Boat”

Starin, BenQ, Wow Vision, Barco, and Revolabs Sponsor S.F. Bay Cruise

By Paul Konikowski, CTS-D

Starin AV Meetup - San FranciscoOn 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.

Forrest Breese, Stephen Spears, & Paul Konikowski

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.

Starin AV Meetup Attendees

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 MeetupPaul Konikowski demonstrates Wow Vision 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!

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