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  • 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.

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    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
  • Museums — the Next Frontier for Digital Signage

    Museums and galleries are rapidly becoming showcases for interactive digital signage and Pro AV solutions.

    Expanding Universe Hall in the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Mark Knight Photography

    AV integrators looking for exciting new business opportunities need look no further than their local museum, according to Amherst, N.Y.-based Stampede president & COO Kevin Kelly and Sr. relationship manager Todd Teachenor.

    Integrating AV into museums and galleries offers many benefits for both integrators and museum directors, including increased customer engagement and operational cost cuts.


"Museums and galleries need to be engaging, like the ever-evolving world they showcase in," Kelly says. "Digital displays are extremely beneficial to museums and galleries, since they can educate and promote to a single person or a vast audience at the same time.


While some visitors may seek a more intimate one-on-one conversation with staff, Kelly says, other visitors may want to explore the museum at their own pace. Introducing technology into this market allows for both options to be employed simultaneously, so museums and galleries can effectively capture guests' attention.

    "For example, the Bishop Museum in Hawaii, the premier place to experience the history, arts and culture of the Hawaiian people, represents an instance in which tradition meets technology," Kelly explains. "The museum enhances scientific research, educational programs and extensive collections with interactive displays for guests.


Digital displays greatly enhance material in areas of science and education. At the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, video and 3D animation provoke curiosity in children and adults alike. In the museum, five floors house eleven permanent exhibit halls containing state-of-the-art video and 3D computer animation.

    "Visitors can engage in hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and educational games," Kelly adds.

According to Teachenor, AV integration allows museum and gallery directors to save money by updating information through visual displays.

    "Integrators can work directly with museum directors to create, change and visualize content for digital displays," he says. "Ultimately, this ability to easily alter display content saves museums a significant amount of money.


The Professor Wellbody Exhibit at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, for example, showcases the latest progress in health-related research occurring in the Pacific Northwest. The featured theme and content in 'The Studio' changes every six months, offering visitors an opportunity to learn about new advances in health research. To do so, museum curators use interactive displays so that switching content is easy, effective and cost-saving.

    The greatest opportunity for AV integrators, concludes Kelly, is to convert traditional static signs to interactive displays. This can be achieved extremely cost-efficiently, while tripling or quadrupling the total of size of a digital signage market.

    "Enhancing facilities with AV equipment is not replacing exhibits," says Kelly. "With the right focus and design creation, museums and galleries will capture more and more tech-savvy generations by focusing on the priceless works of art with their own story to tell."

    Jessie Passananti is an account executive at marketing communications firm Griffin Integrated Communications in New York. Stampede is among the company's major technology clients. For information related to this article, email
    03-12-2014, 11:31 AM by jcole to Stampede Main Blog

    Irvine will also feature a host of information-packed training sessions sponsored by Sony, Christie, Ricoh and Samsung.
    Tour attendees who place a $5,000 order before April 13 will receive a $500 Stampede Credit (limit one credit per Stampede account).
    AMHERST, NEW YORK, March 7, 2014 — The power of partnerships will be on display when the Spring 2014 Stampede Big Book of AV (BBOAV) Tour pulls into the Hilton Irvine Orange County Airport Hotel in Irvine, California on March 13th. That’s because attendees will not only be able to learn first hand how to profit from the Internet of Things, they will also be able to participate in an InfoComm Roundtable Meeting that includes a number of networking opportunities as well as CTS certified training classes.

    Irvine attendees can also expect to learn a great deal from industry veteran Paul Dragos, who will present Sony Unified Communications and Video Conferencing Fundamentals for the ProAV Market. The presentation will reveal Sony Video Conferencing, MediaPointe streaming, Automated Workflow process for content management and Radvision United Communications.
    Also on the schedule is a stimulating afternoon talk by Jim Feldman, the Change Management Expert at Shift Happens, who will walk attendees through a path to not only manage change, but also create it. He will modify the focus from process to results and linear problem solving to creative problem solving.
    Then there’s an intense line-up of information-packed training sessions on different Pro AV and Consumer topics that include: All About Laser Projection, sponsored by Sony; Video Conferencing Fundamentals, sponsored by Sony; Collaboration in the Corporate and Education Setting, sponsored by Christie; Changing the Landscape of Ultra Short Throw Projection, sponsored by Ricoh; and Tablets in the Education Market, presented by Brawn Consulting and sponsored by Samsung.
    “The ProAV industry’s biggest roadshow doesn’t stay that way without offering attendees a compelling series of reasons to attend,” Stampede Presentation Products Inc. President & COO Kevin Kelly stressed today, “and the Irvine stop will offer an endless number of reasons to attend, including training, networking, presentations, and sales incentives.”
    Irvine attendees will receive a $500 Stampede Credit on orders over $5,000 that are placed before April 13, 2014 (limit to one credit per Stampede account). Other giveaways include a .5 CTS RU Credit, a $100 gift card for attending a training session, and a $50 gift card for attending the BBOAV Show. Every attendee will also be entered into a drawing to win a 42” LG LCD HD television.
    After Irvine, the Stampede 2014 Big Book of AV Tour continues through the spring on the following schedule:
    —   April 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts (with InfoComm)
    —   May 15, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (with InfoComm)
    For more information about each event and to register to attend, dealers should go to
    03-07-2014, 3:55 PM by jcole to Stampede Main Blog

    ASK Proxima Teams with Stampede to Distribute Full Line of Projectors

    ASK Proxima, manufacturer of high-performance LCD and DLP® projection displays, today announced the appointment of Stampede Presentation Products, Inc., North America’s oldest and largest distributor of high value added ProAV solutions, to sell ASK Proxima’s full line of projectors to its customer base of 11,500 dealers.
    ASK Proxima brings a wide range of presentation and display solutions to the installation, business and ProAV markets. From short- and ultra-short throw projectors to large venue and standard business projection products, ASK Proxima has a variety of feature-rich and network solution-ready projectors to fit just about any need. Stampede will enhance ASK Promixa’s aggressive new approach to the display industry, with competitive pricing, warranties and support.
    “Stampede is an excellent fit and partner for our line of projectors,” said Sam Malik, vice president and general manager of Sales and Marketing for ASK Proxima. “We’re very pleased to have partnered with them. Stampede has an excellent reputation with the IT and ProAV communities, and their strategically located warehouse across the U.S. and Canada will help dealers get quick access to ASK Proxima products when needed. Their people are very knowledgeable and ready to help their customers. With our line of projectors, it will be even easier to help select the right model for their needs.”
    “We’re honored to be appointed by ASK Proxima to represent their entire product line in the U.S.,” said Stampede president and COO Kevin Kelly. “Our 11,500 dealers pride themselves on being able to offer their customers the very best presentation solutions for use in corporate, education, fixed installation, and increasingly, digital signage applications, and ASK Proxima offers superior performing solutions for each of these critically important, and growing, market segments. We look forward to helping the ASK Proxima team exceed all of their sales objectives.”

    About ASK Proxima
    ASK Proxima is a legacy brand in digital video technology. The company manufactures a full line of high-performance LCD and DLP® projection displays. ASK Promixa’s wide range of products include short- and ultra-short throw, business and large venue projection models for business, education and installation applications. Make an impact with powerful impressions and effective solutions. For more information, visit

    03-07-2014, 10:07 AM by jcole to Stampede Main Blog
  • Scottsdale come explore The Internt of Things on the Big Book of AV Tour

    Big Book of AV Tour
    Scottsdale, AZ The Big Book of AV is Coming to YOU!

    Valley Ho Hotel
    Scottsadle, AZ
    Thursday February 13th, 2014
    9:00AM - 7:00PM

    Register Now

    Stampede kicks off its 2014 Big Book of AV Tour in a big way by partnering with the International Technology Rental Association (ITRA) & InfoComm International, to host an expanded Big Book of AV Tour event in Scottsdale, AZ on February 13, 2014. The ITRA, known as the world's largest technology rental association, will be hosting its annual member meeting in Scottsdale on February 12th-14th. InfoComm International is the association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide. Attendees of the Big Book of AV event will be able to meet with representatives from the ITRA InfoComm to learn about the numerous benefits of membership in these two organizations.Infocomm

    Industry Certified Trainings
    Earn valuable continuing education units toward maintaining your professional CTS, DSCE, and CEDIA credentials.
    Complimentary Meals
    Breakfast and lunch are on us.


    • Receive a $500 Stampede Credit for Attending
    • Receive $100 Gift Card for each training session attended!
    • Receive $50 Gift Card for Attending The Big Book of AV Show!
    • EVERY Attendee will be Entered into a Drawing to WIN a 42" LG LCD HDTV!
    500 creditTim Hortons$50 Gift Card47" LG

    Click for full event details!

    01-29-2014, 12:37 PM by jcole to Stampede Main Blog
  • BBOAV Tour was featured as Residential Systems’ “Quote of the Day” in today’s eNewsletter

    "More companies and industry associations presenting more products and more strategic business-building information than ever before — that's what our dealers can expect to see when they turn out for the tour this year. In particular, we will be highlighting how dealers can immediately begin profiting from the new era of The Internet of Things."
    --Kevin Kelly, President and COO, Stampede

    01-21-2014, 12:17 PM by jcole to Stampede Main Blog
  • TAPit at BETT 2014 in London

    Stampede, TapIt and Ken-A-Vision in London! Stampede is representing the TapIT and Ken-A-Vision product lines in our booth at the BETT show in London. Here's the latest updates... as our booth takes shape! Learn MORE about TAPit for education!

    01-21-2014, 9:20 AM by jcole to Stampede Main Blog
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