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InfoComm 2016, Steve Thorburn’s rAVe Interview with Joel Rollins

October 20, 2016   
This year at Infocomm 2016 , Steve Thorburn was interviewed by rAVe Publications Joel Rollins. He talks about the challenges facing AV designers and meeting the expectations of clients.      
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The CatchBox

October 6, 2016   
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
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HCAHPS Survey and Acoustics

September 23, 2016   
The main goal of healthcare is to promote healing and recovery for patients. Recent studies have found that a poor acoustic environment can drastically affect the recovery of patients. However, on the most recent HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare
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Hospitals and Acoustics

September 1, 2016   
When it comes to the acoustical concerns in hospitals speech privacy is often at the top of the list. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), requires that patient information cannot be disclosed without consent. This includes verbal consultations with
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Product Review: Printable Acoustic Cloth

December 1, 2010   
Sometimes it seems like acoustics and aesthetics are at odds with one another. But some companies, such as Whisper Walls® are trying to bridge the gap. The company’s WhisperArt product offers varying sizes of sound-dampening panels with the ability to
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Project Profile: Forsyth Detention Center Surveillance System

December 1, 2010   
Since 1996 the Forsyth County Detention Center in North Carolina relied on eight cameras to help monitor the 800 detainees contained within eleven housing units. The system, while functional, only covered the most critical of areas. For example, the intake
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Project Profile: Campbell University’s John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center

October 1, 2010   
Students at Campbell University, located in Buies Creek, NC, were used to playing basketball in the cramped Carter Gym on campus, which held just shy of 1,000 spectators. In 2008, however, the school announced plans to build a new athletic
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Focus on Technology: Visual Presentation Spaces, Part II Gauging Height, Width and Depth

October 1, 2010   
Designing presentation facilities can be challenging, yet the basic principles are not difficult. In a previous blog post, we looked at how to determine the screen size for a presentation facility, taking into account the 4-6-8 rule that dictates the
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Focus on Lighting: The Importance of Color

October 1, 2010   
Lighting is often the forgotten design element. Though its effects are powerful, the medium itself is rather intangible. Because lighting can drastically affect atmosphere, and since it generally flies in under most people’s conscious radar, good lighting is an economical
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Project Profile: NCCU Pearson Cafeteria and Teaching Kitchen

August 1, 2010   
The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Pearson Cafeteria Renovation and Expansion project includes a modern cafeteria with a seating capacity of 1,750 students, dining facilities for staff and various conference rooms. Since the project’s inception in 2003, the project budget