• Sights and Sounds from ISE

    I’m back from ISE Amsterdam and straight to the Blake Street R&D studio at Mersive. I’ve returned from the world’s largest AV show. For my readers that aren’t as familiar with “AV” – it stands for Audio Visual. The world of AV rarely evokes images of cutting-edge technology – it’s more likely to bring forward images of the old “AV cart” that made its way through the halls of our schools – covered in cables and outdated projectors. At best, it reminds us of our home theatre, stereo system, or at-best, home automation. This ... Read More »

  • Visual Literacy: Technology and Workplace Aesthetics

    We’ve reached a pretty exciting place as a technology community – technology is being used to make the workplace better in ways that would have been viewed as frivolous or ineffectual just ten years ago. Consultants are combining best practices about human-centered design with their wiring diagrams and system drawing. Visual aesthetic is now given importance alongside the traditional AV calling cards of interoperability, reliability, and usability. If you had suggested to a GE space planner in 1995 that they should take a close look at adding soft furniture, open areas, and adjustable mood ... Read More »

  • A Company Is Defined by How It’s Funded

    Startups require three important ingredients – a great idea, the willpower to see the idea from concept to execution, and of course, funds. In my experience willpower and funding are the rarest ingredients and lack of one or both is the root-cause behind startup failure. The good news is that there are many funding options when it comes to creating a company, and I’ve often been asked for funding advice from colleagues who are thinking about undertaking the startup journey like we did here at Mersive. One piece of advice I’d give is ... Read More »

  • 3 Myths about Video Conferencing

    I was fortunate enough to cross paths with the senior editor of a well-respected technology magazine while I was over in London last week.  It was a far-ranging discussion, but, on the flight back, I continued to think about the question he’d put to me regarding software that enables collaboration when we are together and how it relates to existing video teleconferencing systems. You see – there has been relatively little technology developed that supports us when we are together with our colleagues, but a huge history of technologies that focus on when we ... Read More »

  • AI for AV – Kepler Analytics and Insights

    Well, we may have come full circle. A company founded out of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision that found a home in the world of AV – is now launching what can be viewed as an Analytics and AI engine. Kepler launched recently – after more than a year of design and development – and our user community will be able to monitor, manage, and understand their Solstice-enabled rooms like never before. Kepler will allow users to capture usage statistics in real-time in fine-grained detail that goes way beyond the red-light/green-light AV status ... Read More »