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This Week In AV Needs A Recap

This week, the traditional author of our Friday Five column was hijacked by, of all things, a busy work week – go figure! However, with so much news this week, it seemed like the only way anyone can keep up is to try and consolidate it somewhere.
First up this week was the Extron acquisition presentation capture software engineering firm Entwine AG. It couldn’t have come at a better time as Tim Albright made an impassioned call to the industry to end the religious wars – particularly when it comes to preferred proprietary control systems.-*With this acquisition, Extron is looking at open source video capture. The possibilities are massive as to where this could lead some of their product development.
Next there was the announcement that Microsoft would be delaying the Surface Hub-*(again) until January 2016. Social and some media outlets were ripe with jokes, snide remarks as to why this is, and even a few comments about the fact that it might not be the last delay. The fact is, it was delayed again. Is it because the product has issues? Is it because Microsoft is playing a longer game involving other devices? Is it because Windows 10 (its native OS) is still not quite ready for this enterprise roll yet? We’ll just have to wait until next year to see.
Thursday greeted the world with the announcement that Planar Systems, Inc. will be acquired by Leyard-*Optoelectronic Co., Ltd. And the cycle of acquisitions continues…
The next-*one to mention was another from our friends at Extron as they introduced the TPL Pro 521M, a 5″ touch panel with the built in control processor. While many control devices will provide the button panels with a built in control processor, I believe this marks the first time it’s being directly built in to the touch panel itself. While some note that it might not be-*exactly what they wanted it to be, it’s still pretty neat.
And finally, this week the FCC released their rules resulting from-*when they sat down with wireless microphone manufacturers to discuss how the spectrum auction and frequency reallocation are going to work as we look to the future. To put it simply, if you remember the 700MHz move from 2010, then you know what to expect as you look about five years down the line.

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