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Episode 122: All About the Experience on the Road to ISE 2019 (Part II)



Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Join the Crew host Corey Moss and co-host Michelle Loret as they welcome their guests:

Paul Harris – CEO at Aurora Multimedia
Loren Shaw – Vice President, Marketing at InFocus
Anders Lokke – Head of Marketing at Pexip
Chris Thorson – Sr. Director, Solutions Marketing at Polycom
Lauren Simmen – Director, Marketing at AMETEK Powervar; AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection (ESP / SurgeX)
Victor Ramirez – Technical Sales Engineer at Aten Infotech

The in depth discussion about the ISE experience (along with what the company is doing in terms of products, solutions) continues as Loren talks about meeting with InFocus partners from across the world, and showing products and solutions for the first time in Europe. He talks about the Jupiter line, along with a revamp of the projector line and Mondopad. Corey asks why he thinks that this will be a bigger year for InFocus at ISE, and Loren focuses on new products and the refresh. Victor discusses how ATEN has been in the market for 40 years, and how people will come to the booth to see their products and solutions, certain ones that they might not have been aware of. He talks about KVM solutions, AV distribution and more. He also talks about attendees experiencing these solutions “live”, as well as a museum attendees will be seeing at the booth.

Next, it’s time to take a break and talk about stroopwafels. Actually, that’s the subject of this ISE show’s quiz, led by Michelle – with five questions provided (as well as prize provided) by Stroopwafel World in Amsterdam. All of the guests do their best to come close to the answers – one of them wins big, while another tries his best to get a half point. Paul also talks about some of his favorite eating places – listen in to find out if you might want to visit them while in Amsterdam!

Finally the guests talk about any demos and promotions they’ll be having at the show (Chris left the show earlier).

Sit back, plug in, we hope you’ve enjoyed our ISE 2019 shows while we all live…

The AV Life.


Episode 122: All About the Experience on the Road to ISE 2019 (Part I)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss and co-host Michelle Loret as they welcome:

Paul Harris – CEO at Aurora Multimedia
Loren Shaw – Vice President, Marketing at InFocus
Anders Lokke – Head of Marketing at Pexip
Chris Thorson – Sr. Director, Solutions Marketing at Polycom
Lauren Simmen – Director, Marketing at AMETEK Powervar; AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection (ESP / SurgeX)
Victor Ramirez – Technical Sales Engineer at Aten Infotech

Each of the guests begin by introducing themselves and their companies, as well as some of what they’ll be doing at ISE (some about the products and solutions they’ll be showcasing). Michelle handles this round, how did he do? She is of course experienced (a former The AV Life Crew member)!

Next each guest gets more in depth talking about the ISE experience, along with what the company is doing in terms of products, solutions and more. Paul discusses Aurora solutions, and he also talks about a different culture at ISE and the varying ideas brought by attendees, which Paul and the people at Aurora really appreciate. He talks about thriving off the energy brought at ISE. He also talks about the booth – being their largest yet at ISE. Paul discusses the AV over IP environment as well. Anders is next talking about what ISE is all about for the European market, how immense the show is now, along with how he perceives the show’s direction. He talks about how the show continues to attract exhibitors from around the world, and the investment that ISE is (along with the needed planning for it). He mentions the move to Barcelona as well. Michelle also asks Anders about exhibitor participation at the trade shows and marketing, especially in terms of a software platform such as Pexip’s.

Lauren talks about the various industry shows, and focuses on the ISE experience for SurgeX. She talks about power solutions and their importance, along with growth for the company. She also discusses bringing on new distributors, and the importance of the distributor in the overseas markets. Lauren talks about what SurgeX hopes to project in terms of messaging and education for attendees. Chris talks about some of the products that Polycom will be showcasing, including the new Polycom Studio, along with Plantronics solutions and products including SoundScaping and headsets. Corey talks with Chris about the huddle room focus, and how Polycom Studio fits in especially. Chris also talks about Polycom’s statement about the power of collaboration, and the relation to attendees at the show.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy Part 1!


Episode 121: Emily Linscott #thereal99 is back to talk Formula 4 and Football – Catch It!



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Tim Van Woeart and Maura Quinn as they welcome:

Emily Linscott – Formula 4 racer (#99), brand ambassador and pupil

Mark Linscott – Director, Moose Motorsport Ltd.

Emily begins talking about her workouts, very important for her racing training. And she talks about having advantages over others in the gym (as they talk refer to being in the Formula 4 cockpit). They also talked about Emily’s UK gym bike training for F4SEA in Malaysia, which Corey tried to do, and another Crew member is next to take the Emily Challenge.

The Crew then talks with Emily and Mark about the year ahead in Formula 4 racing. Then she questions the Crew about what they know about F4, and they get to ask her questions. Actually – Emily hosts this segment of the show!

Her year in F4 begins on the U.S. west coast in February in San Francisco and San Jose as she will be training under Pippa Mann through a scholarship (the first ever person from outside the U.S.). Pippa is very interested in having more young woman join auto racing, and this conversation leads to Maura talking about women in the AV industry and opportunities – especially talking about the WAVE Career Pledge and Women in AV.

Emily and Mark then talk more about the year ahead, and Mark discusses more F4, testing and races. Emily also talks about being in the cockpit of the F4 car, she and Mark describe this. Mark, along with Corey talk about sponsors, and their importance for Emily’s career.

Corey, Maura and Tim talk with Emily and Mark about social media – Emily handles her social media, interacting with fans, companies and potential sponsors.

Then it’s time for NFL talk as Corey, Tim and Maura talk about their teams, and Mark and Emily ask about football, teams, the Super Bowl and more. Emily even picks the NFL team that she’ll be following – make sure you listen all the way through to hear it.

Sit back, plug in, and enjoy this next conversation with Emily Linscott as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 120: pAVing the Way to ISE 2019



Join the Crew host Corey Moss and Tim Van Woeart as they welcome their guests:

Peter Herr – Associate Director, Global Marketing, Systems Group at Shure Systems Group
Adrian Doughty – Director, North American Sales at Nureva
Garth Leach – Director of Marketing at ZeeVee
Aurangzeb Khan – President & CEO at Altia Systems, Inc.
Eric Olson – Business Development Manager at Almo Professional A/V

Each of the guests begin by introducing themselves and their companies as well as some of what they’ll be doing at ISE. Tim handles this round, how did he do? Pretty good we believe.

Next each guest gets more in depth about what the company is doing in terms of products, solutions and more. Garth talks about products and certain other companies (along with the SDVoE Alliance) ZeeVee is working with at ISE, he also talks about AV over IP and attendee expectations at the show. Peter talks about Shure audio and applications/environments that the products are used in – he focuses product discussion on Microflex Complete and Microflex Complete Wireless, also board room and huddle room applications. There’s a whole new brand experience, and a tag line – listen in for this.

Adrian talks about Nureva and live remote demos they’ll be doing (Adrian will be participating remotely), and discussing growth in terms of their products and the collaborative space. Aurangzeb talks about Altia Systems, whose year began at CES, and their Panacast camera technology – the new Panacast 3. He talks about CES, and the real differences between that show and ISE. Eric discusses Almo Pro A/V, the company as well as their global focus. He talks about Almo nobox and the new Watchdog solution. He also talks a bit about the E4 AV Tour, which begins in March and makes four stops over the year.

Then, it’s time for an Amsterdam quiz for all of the guests as they’re asked questions about the city and some of the goings-on. The winner may have been totally unexpected… and the prize? Anyone who has been in Amsterdam and craves for that favorite snack food when they return in February – that’s it.

Next some of the guests talk about special promotions at the show (or swag), and all will give reasons why to visit with them at ISE.

Sit back, plug in, and join the Crew and their guests on this first pre-ISE show (show #2 next week!) as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 119: Impossible? A Burger, CES Gadgets and Non-Human Apartment Renters



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kym Frank, Tim Van Woeart, Maura Quinn, Jonathan Webster and their guest Renee Benson as they take on the impossible. 3.0.

Kym, Tim and Maura begin with –

Impossible 1: The Impossible Burger 2.0

The subject – The plant-based burger that tastes like…

Thoughts? Opinions? Brutal honesty? Tune in for this one to find out who has what to say. This, as well as the person who compares the buns to pillows. Make this stuff up we cannot.

Tim did bring the real thing to the show – a Royale with Cheese (for all of the Pulp Fiction fans tuning in).

Jonathan and Renee are being sent out next to try one, and bring those results to the first show in February. Corey abstained (or should we say refused).

Impossible 2: CES 2019, the extraordinary – rollables, foldables and more

The subject – Rollable TV’s, foldable phones, AI vacuums and Pong (it’s back!)

The articles:

Forbes – The Best TVs Of CES 2019: From 8K To Rollable OLED Display And Micro LED Technology

MSN Money – CES 2019: The future of phones is… foldable?

Digital Trends – Robotics company Trifo activates A.I.-based Ironpie robo-vacuum at CES 2019

C|Net – CES 2019: This modern Pong table is better than it has any right to be

Listen to the Crew and their guest talk about each article and the tech. Are we as an industry ready for rollable displays? Can a foldable phone withstand the abuse that will surely be brought upon it? An AI vacuum – is this the real deal or is it just buzz? Pong revisited in a cocktail table version, just how long have we waited for this to happen?

After this, there was a break to find out what all were enjoying during the show (in a bottle, glass, etc.), and then a PSA for AVaaS. The first we know why, the second we’re still not sure.

And then…

Impossible 3: The Firing Range

The subject – Can two cats live together in a rented apartment without driving each other crazy?

CNBC – Silicon Valley dad spends $1,500 a month to rent an apartment for his daughter’s 2 cats

Teams are chosen (even teams finally!) – for and against the following: could this possibly be a sound decision to pay all this rent for cats to live together in their own apartment?

Or on the flipside, is this possibly the most insane thing a human can do for non-humans?

Stick around for this one, if not to just find out that these cats may have more privileges than one of the Crew members. Though there is a convincing argument, and soft music for the win. Again, make this stuff up we cannot.

Sit back, plug in, pet your cat, drink a beer, and get ready to shell out $2999 for your very own Pong basic coffee table as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 118: Star Wars, the Bird Box CES 2019 Challenge and The Firing Range (it’s back…)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kym Frank, Adrian Doughty, Tim Van Woeart and Maura Quinn as the welcome their guests:

Gabe Moronta – Technical AV Product Manager – PSO at Zoom Video Communications
Renee Benson – Vertical Sales – Education at NEC Display Solutions of America
Jimmy Paschke – Director of Sales at SurgeX Residential
Jonathan Webster – Recruiting Manager at TierPM

Follow us here – it’s all necessary information as a listening guide for this podcast.

Act 1: Star Wars

Right off the bat, the Crew intro says it all as you’ll hear dialogue from a scene in one of the greatest movies ever made. From there, well, get ready for a Star Wars podcast trip as the Crew and guests discuss some of the movies, ones they liked, disliked and a character that should never have entered a galaxy far, far away. One of the Crew members looked the part – we believe Tim is ready to star in Episode 9.

One of the guests did admit to never seeing any of the Star Wars movies, but he did see another one of epic proportions – and we gave him extra credits for it. Many of them.

Act 2: The Bird Box CES 2019 Challenge

Netflix has warned fans against participating in a potentially dangerous online challenge that’s inspired by its recent original horror film Bird Box.

Yet they didn’t mention anything about it to the guests on this show.

Well, the good thing is that everyone blindfolded on the podcast are inside and sitting down. The bad thing is they have no idea what’s going to happen after they remove the blindfolds.

Some of the Crew members, as well as the guests are challenged with questions about certain weird CES 2019 tech products.

Get ready to play the “CES Price is Right” where all of them try to guess the price of these items while not being able to see a thing:

The weirdest gadgets from CES 2019 – One of the stories: Las Vegas gets weird(er) – One of these items, Lovot (the cuddly robot from Japanese robotics startup Groove X), has one mission in life, and that is to make you happy.

I tried out Foldimate’s laundry-folding bot at CES 2019 – The story: Bots to fold laundry – a device that promises to fold a “full load of laundry,” has gained widespread attention at CES and online.

Kohler’s smart toilet promises a ‘fully-immersive experience’ – The story: 146-year-old plumbing company Kohler has already stolen the show with what will undoubtedly be 2019’s hottest gadget: an “intelligent toilet” with built-in surround sound speakers, ambient mood lighting, and Amazon Alexa voice controls.

Act 3: The Firing Range

Impossible Foods Rolls Out The All New Impossible Burger 2.0 At #CES2019

The tech conference seems an unlikely place to unveil a food product (as Kym alludes to) and indeed, the Impossible Foods launch of its new plant-based formula is the first food product to launch in the show’s more than 60-year history. They say it’s brown and charred, and smells like a real burger. Umm, and it bleeds? As always, there are for and against teams – and did the winning team really win? Not if they end up having to eat this thing.

Sit back, plug in, and join the Crew on this rollercoaster ride to wherever 2.0 as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 117: A New Year – Perspective, Prediction and Intervention



This episode is sponsored by TierPM.

Join the Crew host Corey MossKym Frank, Tim Van Woeart and Maura Quinn as they welcome their guests:

Cory Schaeffer – Director, Strategic Industry Relations at QSC

Alex Capecelatro – CEO at Josh.ai

John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology

Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions

Joe Way – Director of Multimedia Services at California Baptist University

Welcome to the New Year 2019, and the first order of business is introducing the guests and the new Crew members – Kym, Tim and Maura.

After this – a very important discussion about ‘Bird Box’ and the Bird Box Challenge.

Which leads to #AVBirdBox, and possibly even the #AVBirdBoxChallenge.

No kidding.

Next, all talk about perspectives and predictions for 2019. Cory begins with business and some resolution discussion, and Maura relates to the importance of mindfulness in terms of preparation and achieving. Corey talks about how this discussion was actually influenced by Alex and an e-mail he had sent detailing his perspectives, you’ll hear them here – along with some very good ones from the guests and Crew.

All get to meet Joe Way who is brand new as a guest to the show, he talks about a number of things including his industry podcast Higher Ed AV, as well as his best-seller book Producing Worship.

And then there’s the predicted death of something that the AV industry can’t stop talking about. Listen in for this.

Kym talks about some predictions for 2019, influenced by her tech and data knowledge – being the resident The AV Life data expert (and #DataGeek).

There was a little nostalgia next, as Corey read a TierPM Hot Job. Make sure to listen in especially if you live in NY or NJ.

Finally, it’s time for something that’s been a long time coming – an intervention to deal with Corey’s long-time podcast co-host addiction. Did it work, or did Corey try to draft another Crew member on this show? Maybe Joe is thinking about bringing on a few co-hosts now?

Some excellent conversation (and perspectives here as well) along with the intervention – and as for the answers to the questions, you’ll just have to listen and find out.

Sit back, plug in, welcome to 2019 and join us as we live…

The AV Life.

(The Firing Range will be back next week).