Three key developments in educational AV technology

“In today’s world, connecting a mobile device into [an] AV system is one of the biggest pains—and it shouldn’t be,” said Vaddio CEO Rob Sheeley in a press release. “HuddleStation and GroupStation … empower users to simply connect their mobile device to the dock and open their application of choice to start a meeting, presentation, or video call.”

GroupStation consists of a table-based MicPOD dock and a wall-mounted sound bar that incorporates an HD camera in its center. The MicPOD dock functions as a microphone, speaker phone, user interface, and laptop/tablet dock. Users can connect their laptops or tablets via HDMI or VGA connections to share video on the room display.

HuddleStation is identical to the GroupStation, but it’s tailored for smaller meeting rooms designed to accommodate 4-6 people. As a result, HuddleStation has a very wide-angle camera lens (82 degrees) to get everyone into the camera shot. Also, the MicPOD dock’s audio system has been tuned to eliminate the echo and increased room noise that occurs in smaller spaces, Vaddio said.

Longer lamp life, more energy efficiency

New developments in AV technology have resulted in projectors with lamps that last much longer and that use less energy, which can slash the machines’ total cost of ownership.

At InfoComm, BenQ promoted its “SmartEco” technology, which automatically adjusts a projector’s lamp settings based on the ambient lighting and the nature of the content being displayed. This innovation can extend the projector’s lamp life from 4,500 hours to about 10,000 hours, BenQ said, while reducing power consumption up to 80 percent. It will be available on the company’s M Series and S Series projectors beginning this month.

eCampus News Staff

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