The Cheapest Control System In The World

Posted on October 18, 2017 by Patrick. Categories: AV/IT.

Every once in awhile I run into a customer who has a few rooms without a control system. They say, “There is only a projector in there, we’ll just use the hand held remote that comes with it”. That remote eventually gets lost resulting in frustration and downtime. We could figure out exactly how much […]

Harman Layoffs – What If?

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Patrick. Categories: business.

With the announcement that Harman is closing several offices and laying off 650 employees, it may be time for the AV community to start asking questions that start with “What if… ?”. Harman Pro Moves to Close Offices, Lay Off 650 Any company can be downsized, sold or shut down at any time. Decisions get […]

What iOS11 Means for AV

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Patrick. Categories: AV/IT.

Probably not much. At first glance, things like machine learning with CoreML, augmented reality with ARKit and Business Chat do not look very useful for making better AV/IT systems. CoreML Machine Learning and Business Chat But what if we combined the Natural Language Processing that CoreML provides with Business Chat to offer custom support? The […]

How Cheap Hardware Is Driving AV/IT Convergence

Do you roll your eyes when you hear the word convergence? Almost every AV system has a network switch and a wireless access point these days. So it is easy to think that AV/IT convergence is old news. But there is so much more to come. Someday, our beloved matrix switchers will sunset and AV […]

Intro to using native iOS apps as an AV user interface

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Patrick. Categories: iOS.

  I recently got a call from a rather confused consultant. His young company focuses on the user experience. For one particular project, he spent a good amount of time designing an iPad interface with all the interactions he was used to seeing in many mobile apps. He was surprised to hear, “We can’t do […]

AV Control And Web Technologies

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Patrick. Categories: AV/IT.

There is no denying that the network has had an enormous impact on AV control systems. But we have mostly been limited to low-level TCP connections. I’ve even heard this referred to as “Serial Over IP.” To take advantage of the cloud, responsive web pages, mobile apps and other Internet services, we’ll need to get […]

How To Make A Simpl Sharp Library For Simpl Windows

Here is how to get started with making a Simpl Sharp Library to use in Simple Windows. If you do not have a copy of Visual Studio 2008, check out this post to get a free trial. Step 1: Connecting the Library to Simpl+ Click here to sign up for the complete, free tutorial and […]

Get VS 2008

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Patrick. Categories: Crestron.

It is not that easy to purchase Microsoft Visual Studio 2008. But any platform that uses Microsoft Embedded CE will need VS 2008 for development. MSDN Subscription The easiest (and most expensive) way to get a copy is with an MSDN subscription. Here is a link to the MSDN Subscriber VS 2008 download page. Click on Details to see […]