Here’s our roundup of some of the most interesting stories and impressive installs from the last 12 months, with highlights including articles on the Internet of Things, audio networking, and a one of a kind VR facility, as well as a Microsoft Surface Hub update.
Samsung unveiled the timetable for making its products IoT-enabled as well as calling for greater openness and collaboration. BK Yoon, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics, commented: “The Internet of Things has the potential to transform our society, economy and how we live our lives.”
Graeme Harrison of Biamp described how the company uses AV networking as well as describing the evolution of AVB. “One disadvantage of an open standard is that its development is public and therefore it can seem ‘half-baked’.”
Pixel Projects provided immersive retail solutions for the new Google shop within Currys PC World on Tottenham Court Road. The shop will host regular classes and events to include tutorials on using Google devices and teaching the understanding of how different devices work together to enable a more connected lifestyle.
The Philharmonie de Paris, designed to host international symphony orchestras, features Amadeus speakers throughout its various musical venue spaces; from the Large Rehearsal Space with public seating, to Practice Rooms, to the Grande Auditorium and the Music Exhibition and Conference Rooms, plus the two on-site recording studios.
Barco and Jerry Bruckheimer Films announced a partnership, which will see Bruckheimer utilise the Barco Escape format and join the Barco Escape advisory board.
The world’s first full-scale Big Data exploration facility opened at Virginia Tech on 30 January, 2015. Known as the Cube, this four-storey, $15 million theatre and high-tech laboratory has acoustics, AV and 3D audio systems designed by Arup and audio technologies from JBL Professional and BSS Audio.
The report of the winners from the InstallAwards 2015, with the Grand Prix Award won by Harman Professional and the lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Mike Blackman, going to Greg Jeffreys of Paradigm AV.
The results from our audio networking survey, taken by Installation readers, provided a clear insight into the choices of audio professionals when it comes to networking.
Rob Lane delivers his progress report on Microsoft Surface Hub, after it was announced shipping had been delayed, despite the company already receiving orders.
Believed to be the first installation of its kind, the Beacon is a data-driven media installation that pulses with shifting light, colour and sound patterns to communicate to the public the environmental performance of the building that houses it.
Harman launched a new brand identity and renamed many of its divisions, Kevin Morrison talks to Paddy Baker about how Harman’s new structure will take the company forward.