A Contrarian’s View of the 3-D Craze

Bah-Humbug!

Okay, so I’m not generally one to buck industry trends entirely, but I have to say, I’m simply not on this 3-D bandwagon. Since 2008, we’ve been inundated with 3-D as the be-all, end-all of coming AV display trends. At the 2010 Infocomm, you couldn’t swing a swagbag without smacking a 3-D projector, 3-D flat-panel display, or 3-D player for those displays. This week’s CES event headlines are also 3-D heavy: “Tablets, Dual-Core Phones and 3-D Cameras: 2011’s Hottest Gadget Trends” – “What to Expect from CES 2011: Androids, Tablets And 3D TVs” – “How Blu-ray Could Speed Up 3D TV Adoption” – and so on. In fact, 3-D mania has even invaded kids’ games and telephones, with 3-D handheld video game systems and 3-D screen smartphones on sale or on the way to store shelves. It’s everywhere. So why am I bucking the 3-D trend? Well, there are several reasons.

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At Long Last! The Digital Signage Review!

Samsung MagicNet™ Digital Signage Systems

Several weeks ago, our company installed a digital signage system for a local government agency. We went with the Samsung MagicNet system and could not be more thrilled with the result. Most digital signage systems to date have been comprised of an LCD monitor, a PC connected to that monitor (either directly or via network) and the signage hardware and software. This ‘traditional’ digital signage setup can be complex, costly and complicated to troubleshoot with several different potential failure points.

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Catching Up!

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted for one very good reason. AV Dawn has been out in the field! That’s right, faithful readers. Last week, I was unshackled from the desk and spent a large part of the week on a job site, installing and programming a new digital signage network. Stay tuned, as I’ll be blogging/reviewing this particular system, later this week, based on my experiences.

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