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Episode 79: Live Events and Immersive Environments with Green Hippo Innovations and AV’s Techno Shaman



Join the Crew host Brittney Lanni, and co-host Rachel Schwerin as they welcome their guests:

Jon 9 – Techno-Shaman at VIRTULARIUM, CEO at Holonyne Corporation
Cynthia Austwick – Account Manager, West Coast at Green Hippo

The AV Life’ Live Events shows are back with Brittney at the helm, and Rachel is her co-host (along with being her co-worker) for the shows. Brittney (Creative Producer – Live Events at O’Keefe Communications) begins by introducing the guests – Jon 9 explains his Techno-Shaman title, and how aims to create new forms of experience. Jon also talks about video walls and what they were in the past compared to today, including his sophisticated creative technology. 

Brittney asks the guests to talk about evolution of the technology, and Cynthia begins talking about Green Hippo in terms of the tools and creative elements. Cynthia also talks about Green Hippo’s close working relationship with Jon 9.  Brittney talks about the environments and human senses, and she also asks Rachel (Associate Producer/Storyteller at O’Keefe Communications) to talk about the “storytelling” element. 

Jon 9 talks about his entry into the tech world from theater, along with storytelling through creative videowall technologies. He also talks about engaging and getting through to the audience in terms of the conscious and the subconscious along with how he accomplishes this, including creating video walls in the trade show world. He adds in his usage of Green Hippo’s Hippotizer real-time media server technology. 

Brittney then asks Jon 9 about creating the content and environment, and experiencing stories in a whole new way – he talks about visual harmonics and video walls, in terms of what happens between the screens. After Rachel poses a question, Cynthia talks about collaborative art and Green Hippo’s tech tools, also incorporated with live events.

Jon 9 talks about Hippotizer for live events, event production and trade shows – he mentions VIRTULARIUM, how one was created for NEC Display Solutions at InfoComm 2017, and usage of Hippotizer technology for it. Rachel mentions InfoComm, along with live events and storytelling, and Cynthia talks about Green Hippo’s Notch technology. 

Jon 9 discusses how it’s more about concept and platform, and not necessarily the hardware – and mentions data, deep learning and more as relates to video wall technology and creative development. Jon also talks about creative content and technology being a means of expansion and connection for the audience. Cynthia talks about creating the best tools for artists’ expression, she also discusses VR as relates to events (and Rachel poses a “reality” question here too). Jon 9 talks about how his creative videowalls, and especially VIRTULARIUM, present a certain reality along with engagement for the viewer. 

Cynthia discusses a customer’s VR live stream with Coachella, where people could feel like they were a part of the experience. She also points to escapism in terms of such technologies as well. 

Sit back, plug in, we hope you enjoy this engaging live events show and live…

The AV Life. 


Episode 74: Time, Technology and Data – Factoring the Future of AV (Part 2)



Make sure you listen to Part One!

This episode is sponsored by Holonyne

Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret, (new member) Brittney Lanni, and guest host Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne Corporation and Executive Director of VIRTULARIUM as they welcome their guests:

Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions
Randy Pagnan  – President at rp Visual Solutions (on call-in)
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions
Cynthia Austwick – Account Manager at Green Hippo Media Technologies, Inc.

Jon picks up the conversation with Randy and Brandy and talks about something that rp Visual Solutions displayed at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) which Jon created the content for, and Brandy details and highlights it. Randy talks about platform and growing up in an age of information, this to go with processing data, the control room space, video walls and current enhanced data visualization capabilities. Rich also talks about the statement of content being king, referring here to data being the new currency – driving sales, delivering ROI and more, along with looking “beyond the screen.” Randy talks further about data and visualization, and Jon also puts a new spin on the content statement. Rich further expands on the data discussion here, to go along with privacy.

Jon then refers to “the attention economy” and how technology is evolving faster than society and culture has evolved to deal with it. Brittney expands on this, also talking about data, tools, visualization, time – and customer experience. Rich talks about Kroeger grocery stores (who were nominated for an APEX award at the DSE) compared to other grocery chains in terms of how they use sensors, data, content and more to drive the experience.

Finally, Jon gives a list of six emerging technologies, and asks each person to comment if these technologies are playing a role in their work and personal life. Listen to these excellent responses, which also follow along with the show’s theme.

Sit back, plug in and we hope you enjoy this look at time, technology, data – factoring the future of AV as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 74: Time, Technology and Data – Factoring the Future of AV (Part 1)



This episode is sponsored by Holonyne

Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret, (new member) Brittney Lanni, and guest host Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne Corporation and Executive Director of VIRTULARIUM as they welcome their guests:

Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions
Randy Pagnan  – President at rp Visual Solutions (on call-in)
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions
Cynthia Austwick – Account Manager at Green Hippo Media Technologies, Inc.

It’s the return of Jon 9 (who first appeared in VIRTULARIUM – ‘The AV Life’ Episode 39), and in a big way as he guest hosts this show which he also co-produced. After the usual show opener Jon takes the host seat, introduces the guests and begins by posing three statements to the guests (and the Crew) concerning time.

Rich talks about looking at what we’re trying to accomplish while delivering value, going “beyond the screen” and focusing on change over time. Brandy talks about marketing perspective and how time is crucial in terms of grabbing attention with the message and marketing strategy. Cynthia gives her thoughts on the subject talking about how the creative process is shifting in terms of time and expectations. Jon asks Randy about manufacturing physical things (as opposed to digital), and Randy talks about the cost actually being time, where the client many times “wants it now” and how that adds certain pressures.

Katye talks about demands on time and expectations, and how focus and communications can be affected, also relating to social media. Brittney talks about production/content creation time, to go along with human processing time concerning communications – and Jon also asks Brittney about her work being affected by social media technologies. Corey talks about being in two worlds of AV – the sales world (in the past) as well as the media world, time and some of the challenges that have gone with them. Then Michelle gives her take on time in relation to expectation and “perfection.”

Jon then brings up the topic of technology platform and the approach, along with the rate of technological change, how it relates to time. Rich talks about big data analytics, retail, DOOH, as well top technologies that retailers will be utilizing. He discusses time and optimization – and also talks about what to look forward to in terms of technology, personalization and engagement by 2020 (no matter the market). Jon asks Cynthia to talk about Green Hippo’s new generation of Hippotizer media server technology and how it relates to being more of a platform in a box. Cynthia also talks about interpreting data. Jon then asks Cynthia to talk about working with 3D models and virtual mapping on to them, she also talks about real-time content manipulation.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy Part One.