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The Friday 5

I’ve been doing a lot more reading than writing, lately. I tend to come across articles on various platforms – trade show magazines, newspapers, blogs, scholarly journals and the like. I’ve decided to start curating five articles a week for audiovisual professionals that completely encompass the industry- from consumer electronics, to trade shows; business/productivity to detailed product reviews. The goal is to put together five articles, weekly, from the previous 7-10 days in one simple, easy to read format. Here’s this week’s Friday Five:
Making your Meetings Count
We,Aeove all been in this situation: the middle of the work day, right in the heart of tackling an issue, whether it,Aeos administrative work (responding to email, preparing presentations or reports), technical work (resolving issues, designing a system, planning a proof of concept), customer service (listening to customer feedback, updating documentation to better serve customers) or something else, and then a notification pops up from your calendar app: ,Aeumeeting in 10 minutes.,Aeu Nothing can take the wind out of the sails of productivity like interrupting a hot streak for a meeting. The only thing that is worse is when the meeting is ,Aeuuseless,Aeu or not productive.
Read more on InfoComm All Voices
Apple Wants to Start Producing Cars as Soon as 2020
Apple, the Cupertino, CA consumer electronics giant, -*currently manufacturers everything from smart-watches to industry leading computers, software and mobile telephones now takes their aim at revolutionizing the automotive industry in the same way their products have revolutionized the desktop computing and mobile device-*industry. Apple will likely be competing against Tesla Motors Inc. and General Motors Co., both of which are targeting a 2017 release of an electric vehicle capable of traveling more than 200 miles on a single charge and costing under $40,000.
Whether or not this product will come to market, or if it will be another entry on a long list of Apple products yet to be realized, remains to be seen.
Read More at Bloomberg.com
Viewing the World Through Pixels is the Future of the Workplace
Lindsey Adler, SCN Magazine,Aeos new editor, recaps John Underkoffler’s (CEO, Oblong Industries) presentation ,AeuThe Future of Work – Workplace Collaboration Thrives in the Spatial Operating Environment.,Aeu As some may recall, Oblong made a large splash (literally and figuratively) with their massive, in size and in functionality, collaboration system Mezzanine -*at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas. -*Underkoffler offers interesting and unique thoughts on the future of collaboration in the workplace.
Read More at AVNetwork.com
AV Nation Wowed in Early ISE Impressions
Four members of the AVNation crew embarked on a transcontinental journey to cover the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam. Tim Albright, George Tucker, Chris Neto and Bill O,AeoDonnell were impressed by the size of the show, noting that Samsung had an incredibly large booth. Though the weather was cold in Amsterdam, the reception was warm as exhibitors, attendees and AV professionals watching via twitter had nothing but excellent things to say about the group,Aeos coverage.
For more ISE 2015 coverage and news visit AVNation.TV
Read More at Commercial Integrator
Doorbells become the Eyes and Ears of the Smart Home
As residential technology continues to morph closer and closer towards consumer technology Ring and Skybell and their two-way intercoms built for the smartphone era are profiled in the ,AeuPersonal Journal,Aeu of the Wall Street Journal. These $200 doorbell/home-monitoring/video intercom devices personify the smartphone era and the Internet of Things (IoT). An endless number of pieces of connectivity enabled devices instead of one fully integrated solution. In order to configure and use these devices a passing knowledge of how to operate a smart phone and a wireless network is all that is needed. Absent those two things, it,Aeos still the olden days of actual doorbells for you.
Read More at the Wall Street Journal
This has been the Friday Five for February 20th. We’ll have five new articles for you next week. -*

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