THROUGH THE YEARS… Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence! 1998-2000

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years! 1998: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California. The renovated 299-seat auditorium, used for interactive educational shows, incorporates live undersea video, special effects, surround sound, and audience response. A programmable control system runs the multiple sources including video, satellite feeds,… Read more »

Steve’s Top Takeaways from Infocomm 2017

Sony’s Crystal LED display literally stopped me in my tracks.  The large image they showed was just stunning.  At 9 feet high by 32 feet wide it was a tiled image that had such great color depth and contrast.  A common comment I overheard was “it is like you are there”.  No one in the… Read more »

Interactive Collaboration- Easier and More Productive?

Presentation products for interactive classrooms (some call flipped classrooms) and collaborative spaces (may be called huddle or team spaces) have seen some new systems to help with the group interactive learning process in the last year.  SMART or other electronic white boards lead the process but new products that support the use of your personal… Read more »

Norway’s Changing Airwaves: A Foreshadowing of the United States’ Shifting Radio Channels -Why You Should Care

The change to digital radio in an entire Scandinavian country is a reminder of changing regulations governing the telecommunication airwaves across the world. These changes can impact how well your wireless audio equipment works into the future! Norway will officially begin switching radio stations to digital-only this year.  This will cause some listeners to purchase… Read more »

Creating a Functional Multi-Function Room

Technology has continued to evolve rapidly in the last few years, and much of it is being streamlined into small compact equipment. Meeting rooms no longer need to rely on multiple pieces of huge equipment; fewer smaller pieces are needed to create a fully functioning room.  While technology is a necessary aspect of the space,… Read more »

The CatchBox

At InfoComm 2016 there was a nifty microphone that caught our eye, it was called the CatchBox, a soft colorful cube with a built in microphone. This design allows for the CatchBox to be tossed into the audience or between team members and helps increase audience participation and engagement.   Microphones have been a staple… Read more »

Video vs Audio

By: Steve Thorburn There is often a chill that runs up your spine when something is really well done. That happened for me the first time I heard the “THX chord” in a theater. It reinforced that audio gives us the emotion and can be much more than 50 percent of the experience. Even the… Read more »

The Elusive System Check Out

By: Steve Thorburn Increasingly, in both our home and work environments, we live in a world of automation. And, accordingly, our demands have risen just beyond the limits of reasonable expedemands ctation. Is it any wonder, then, that we frequently hear “What do you mean I have to adjust it? Isn’t it digital?” With Digital… Read more »