Like most of you, we are still going through all of our notes, meetings, business cards, and other materials gathered at InfoComm 2013 this year. So, I will take another week or so on this blog to parse out some of the more interesting items that came across my path.
One was from AMX. Now, as a matter of full disclosure, I am a technology manager at a community college in southwest Illinois. We have two companies for control that we use; Crestron and Extron. We do not have any AMX. Never have that I am aware of. That doesn’t mean AMX is bad, I simply have not had any experience with them. In fact, my typical InfoComm experience with them is a brief walk through their booth to see what they have in comparison to Crestron, and then ask my Crestron rep why they don’t have X, Y, or Z. Through the course of the podcasts I have met some really great people there. A couple of them are Shaun Robinson and Lane Shannon who I had the pleasure of meeting IRL (in real life for those not familiar with the “lingo”) and he took me on a tour of the AMX booth.
As we are walking through the booth Shaun brings us to a mock up of a board room and shows a presentation device. It’s called the enzo. For a company that makes control and video products, this was an interesting product. It also may be my first AMX product I buy. The picture above doesn’t really do justice to how compact this thing is. It’s about the size of a small textbook. It is designed to be an “always on” presentation machine. You walk in, touch the mouse, pop in your flash drive (or connect your drop box, or go to G Drive or whatever other cloud storage you have), load up your presentation and go. After the presentation, if your students or staff want a copy of what you just showed there is a QR code produced and they have it. There is also a link produced if they don’t have a QR code reader. That feature is just if your presentation is on Dropbox, but it is still a great feature.
Here is why I was so taken by this product. First, it is a desktop replacement in the classroom or boardroom. Let’s face it, most of what our professors are doing in the classrooms are presenting material from an already existing presentation. There are some program specific software, but those are few. Most of the time a professor walks in and has a flash drive of their material, or they have emailed it to themselves. The enzo has a browser, so you can get to any of that. It doesn’t require boot time. The energy is uses is significantly less than a PC you would have in the classroom, which also means it isn’t going to create as much heat. Here’s the real kicker, it’s less than $2,000. If you have any working knowledge of your school’s refresh or life-cycle plan you know that the IT department will spend around $2,000 for their machines anyway. So, for the same amount of money, you have a replacement that will actually cost the school less over the life of the product because of energy usage and heat dissipation. Oh, and you can also easily add AMX control onto it as well.
Yes, AMX had other cool products. The new upgraded Modero is still the slickest touchpanel. They have asset management software as well as HD video over category cable. However, for me, the enzo was the one product I could not get out of my head. Check it out when you get the chance.
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