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  • Profits Are Found in the Details

    06-26-2014, 7:03 AM by jcole to Stampede Main Blog
  • Stampede Sees AV Opportunity in Telemedicine, Telehealth

    Just some of the great new products and news previewed at this years Infocomm

    06-25-2014, 11:48 AM by jcole to Stampede Main Blog
  • Stampede Showcases Turtle Beach HyperSound

    Just some of the great new products and news previewed at this years Infocomm

    06-24-2014, 11:45 AM by jcole to Stampede Main Blog
  • Stampede, Neurona in Distribution Pact for AX501

    Just some of the great new products and news previewed at this years Infocomm

    06-23-2014, 3:39 PM by jcole to Stampede Main Blog
  • Stampede Featured in Infocomm 2014 Show Daily

    Come by booth #C73360 at InfoComm 2014 to learn what this Value Added Distributer can do to help grow your business.
    05-28-2014, 4:36 PM by jcole to Stampede Main Blog

    Stampede Presentation Products Inc., North America’s largest distributor of high value added ProAV solutions, today announced that Stampede University, an integrated series of online courses, has been awarded with System Contractor News’ Stellar Service Award in the “Best Online Training” category.
    “We’re tremendously grateful that Stampede University continues to be recognized in the ProAV distribution industry,” Stampede President & COO, Kevin Kelly, said today. “We know that knowledge and training are the drivers of future growth and development in this industry, and Stampede University exists to make sure they are always available to our customers.”
    Stampede’s web-based training series includes webinars, how-to videos, white papers and other media that cover the breadth of the AV technology experience. From video walls to distance-learning technology, the series represents a large numbers of major equipment manufacturers, including Hitachi, Sharp, VUKUNET, InFocus, NEC and Samsung. Recent additions to the University include business-oriented courses, including lessons on transitions and mergers and acquisitions, as well as a consulting program designed to help residential dealers develop commercial markets and vice versa. Many of these courses are available online 24/7 to allow trainees to proceed at their own pace and on their own schedule.
    SCN’s Stellar Service Awards recognize the manufacturers and distributors that go above and beyond with their customer programs.
    04-25-2014, 4:28 PM by jcole to Stampede Main Blog
  • Supersonic jet ditching windows for display screens

    A. Pawlowski, NBC News contributor
    No matter what perks airlines take away from you, the one thing you can still count on is a genuine peek at the clouds at 35,000 feet. That might go away, too, one day, replaced with a virtual reality version of the iconic airplane window.

    Spike Aerospace, a Boston engineering firm that's developing a small supersonic jet, recently caused a stir when it announced its plane wouldn't have any windows in the passenger cabin. Instead, thin screens installed on the walls of the aircraft would display live views captured by cameras mounted outside.

    The screens can show one large panorama, or each individual panel could show a separate image, said Vik Kachoria, one of the founders of Spike Aerospace. Besides showing real-time surroundings, the screens could display anything the passengers choose, such as a movie, a work presentation or a beautiful sunset.

    Source: Spike Aerospace
    Spike Aerospace developing a supersonic plane that will be windowless and replaced with display screens inside.
    But he acknowledged the windowless design would take some getting used to.
    "People have been expecting windows and looking out. But I think people are also used to working in cubicles where there are no windows, spending a lot of time indoors or staring at a computer screen," Kachoria said.
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    "Once they realize they can see exactly what's outside in a much better view than they would see otherwise, once they start realizing you don't get the sun glare, (they will like it)."

    The cockpit, of course, will still have a real-life view, but Kachoria predicted windowless cabins would be the norm within 20 years on small planes like the one his company is working on. The Spike S-512 supersonic jet is designed to accommodate 12 to 18 passengers and promises to fly from New York to London in under four hours as it cruises at average speeds of 1,060-1,200 mph. Kachoria estimated it would be ready by the end of this decade, but added "we have a long ways to go."

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    Brian Wardle, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, also expects to see planes with windowless cabins in the future.

    "I think this notion of using screens and very small cameras is a good one," Wardle said. "It's sort of a cruel thing we do to our beautiful composite structures—put holes in them for windows."

    When structural details, like windows, are added to a plane, they need to be reinforced, Wardle said. Engineers know how to do that safely, but dealing with a smooth surface without structural details is more structurally efficient, he added. The result is a lighter plane that's also more fuel efficient.

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    Wardle said he's "not a window person" on planes, so he'd be comfortable in a windowless cabin. But it's not clear whether most fliers could stand sitting in a metal tube without any real way of looking outside.

    Kachoria has already had so much feedback from people worried they might experience claustrophobia, vertigo and nausea that the company is considering adding a couple of windows to the design.

    Overall, Kachoria was excited by the public response to the windowless cabin. Whether it'll actually show up at your airline down the road remains to be seen.

    Meet the ‘intelligent aircraft’—You may fly it one day
    A Boeing spokesman had no comment about this particular design, but noted the company's 787 Dreamliner was designed to offer "the features passengers prefer" such as large, dimmable windows.

    "At Boeing, we are always studying future concepts that would best meet the needs of our customers and the flying public," said spokesman Doug Alder.
    —By A. Pawlowski, an NBC News contributor
    04-10-2014, 8:01 PM by jcole to Stampede Main Blog

    Investments in technology over facilities represent the wave of the immediate future, predicts Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly.
    AMHERST, NEW YORK, March 25, 2014 — It may require a suspension of disbelief, but a new Golden Era in K12 and higher education technology investment is now underway, and it’s about to snowball into one of the major industry stories of the year, today predicted Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly.
    According to Kelly, two forces that seem to be unstoppable are driving this trend. “First, according to the Wall Street Journal more than 40 states had higher property tax revenue in 2013 than they did in 2012. Obviously, this increase is a direct manifestation of an ever improving national economy and, as everyone in our industry knows, property tax revenue is what determines a school district’s budget.”
    What’s interesting about this economic recovery, Kelly explained, is that most of the money being invested in education is being spent on technology, and not on facilities or even personnel. Across the board, school districts now understand that an educational investment in technology is the best long-term way to improve the overall teaching and learning environment. The same understanding is taking hold at higher education state colleges and universities.
    “And this leads directly to the second important trend to understand. The desire to connect and collaborate is rapidly becoming the imperative to connect and collaborate — and this is creating an enormous new business opportunity for commercial integrators. Tablets are the leading beneficiaries of this imperative. Millions of tablets are being purchased by K12 districts and colleges and, once purchased, they are being actively used to promote collaboration within the classroom.”
    Kelly emphasized that the concept of “one to many” is also driving the imperative to connect and collaborate. Teachers need to be able to show their presentations and images on students’ laptops and solutions like KenAVision’s EduCam Software are enabling them to do just that. At the same time, students need to be able to show their work to one another and to the teacher! This “many to one” concept is resulting in significant new sales of innovation solutions like WePresent WIPG1500 wireless interactive presentation gateway and, of course, Apple TV.
    “These trends are, in turn, generating the next generation of innovation in traditional product categories. For example, in the very near future one manufacturer will announce that it has created a special spot within the mold of the projector body to fit an Apple TV. How cool is that? Think of the sales this innovation will generate!”
    Indeed, there isn’t a single area of the learning environment not being revolutionized by new technology. The industry is experiencing a surge in sales of short throw projectors because school districts have learned the hard way that an 80” touch-based display can’t really be seen all that clearly by students who are sitting five rows away from it.
    As a result, schools are returning to ultra short throw projectors because they’re the only solution able to project a larger display image. In specific, the industry is seeing a surge in WXGA models to K12 schools and WUXGA models to higher education institutions. And projector manufacturers are weighing in on the whole Total Cost of Ownership issue by lowering the lamp cost of short throw projectors by up to 50%!
    “The question is no longer is there a new Golden Era is education investment. The question is are you ready, equipped, and trained to profit from it?” Kelly asked.
    03-25-2014, 12:08 PM by jcole to Stampede Main Blog
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