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Episode 141: One More Detour on the Way to Orlando – Back to the AV Road House!



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

Joe Way – It’s OK, he’s a doctor (and shameless promoter)
Michelle Loret – Putting the GMO in a non-GMO podcast
Renee Benson – She takes the 5th, and the 7th
George Fournier – Please return him to 1998 (you’ll find out why)

(It’s been almost 6 months since all left the AV Road House, which was believed to be for good…)

Some on the show are ready to head right to InfoComm, and the others are looking forward to the detour.

Actually, it’s 7 against 1 – Road Trip!

First, all talk tweakers after someone had been asking about them on Twitter. For those picking them up at InfoComm, make sure you donate a few to The AV Life, Kym needs to know exactly what a tweaker is in the AV industry. Check out this discussion.

A question to start this off – where should InfoComm really be held?

Answer – Orlando and Las Vegas.

See, that was easy.

Though there’s the question of this place you’ll find in Orlando that kids and adults love all the same. Polling is already underway to hold InfoComm in the Magic Kingdom in two years. There’s (the yet to be approved) NonComm West, make sure you contact Maura about that.

And as all re-enter the Road House, where the Impossible Burger will NOT be served –

A few articles to discuss (just like the good old times):

The “I’ll take 100 containers of ranch dressing with my un-assembled sandwich and extra, extra, extra crispy bacon” dept.

USA Today – Ranch with my milkshake: Uber Eats sheds light on weirdest delivery requests

So go ahead, order the weirdest combination of things you can ever imagine on Uber Eats, just be careful when asking for tweakers. Again, that Kym conversation.

The “When Ikea and the tiny home go to the robots” dept.

Futurism – Ikea Wants to Sell You Robotic Furniture for Your Tiny Apartment

Sure, we know – robotic everything at this point. So what the heck, go to Ikea and buy some robotic furniture for your tiny home. It comes in half a million pieces, and if you end up with an extra robot or two, you’ve probably done it right.

Oh, and make sure you get a side of Ikea Biodegradable Packaging Tasty Lab-Grown Meats to go with your milkshake and ranch dressing. And box wine.

The “Robots, kids and illness – time to go home!” dept.

Futurism – This Robot Scans Preschoolers’ Faces Daily for Signs of Sickness

Walklake. What? Dr. Way explains, and if you’re still scratching your head – you’re by no means alone. But it’s finally about getting these &^$* kids out of school if they’re sick. Yet, they’re now going to come home and make sure you get sick (nice plan sending them off to make the other kids sick). Total lose lose situation now for you the parents. Then Maura brings up a great point about brainscans and potential issues. Who’s really the doctor here?? And then Michelle “redlists” herself. Check this out.

Then after some shoutouts to podcasters who will be at InfoComm, if you still don’t feel like you’re fully back in the Road House, we go right to the segment that began there in the first place…

The “If it’s ok for AV people to wake up and share on Twitter, what’s the problem here?” dept.

Futurism – US Gov Now Collecting Social Media Handles of Visa Applicants

In the Firing Range – before they can enter the United States, visa applicants will now need to let the government know what they’ve been up to on social media. That’s OK, because the industry trade association is watching us every time we put out a social media post – yet, they still let us come to InfoComm.

Who wins and who loses here? Let’s just say two people who have never been on the same side before run the risk of losing for the first time. If that makes any sense.

Just remember, and never forget – once you enter the Road House, you can never leave. Just like trying to check out of the AV industry…

This podcast is rated M for Michelle. And all we can say about Michelle and her vernacular — whoops.

Sit back, plug in, get in the back of the pickup (right, just get in) and join us on the final ride before hot and sweaty Orlando as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 131: Living the Higher Ed AV Life



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

Joe Way – Director of Multimedia Services at California Baptist University
Gina Sansivero – VP of Marketing and Corporate Communications at AtlasIED
Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media
Renee Benson – Regional Sales Manager, Midwest at NEC Display Solutions
Jessie House – Assistant Director, Digital Media Services at New Jersey Institute of Technology

Here we go – it’s Tim’s turn! Being Senior Project Supervisor at Rutgers University, he’s the perfect choice to host this show – and since Joe is Multimedia Services Director at Cal Baptist University, why not pair the two of them to drive this one?

And you’ll notice something in the title, which leads to a podcast plug during the show (and you’ll find out who on this show has appeared on that one).

The topics of discussion:

When it comes to staying at the forefront of technology, how do you provide the latest and greatest, while at the same time making it accessible to users of all technical levels and still staying with budgetary constraints?

What are the current strategic technologies that are appearing? For those in Education what is the next big thing?

And then, of course it’s time for…

The Firing Range!

When a university bans access to Netflix, iTunes, Spotify and other streaming services on campus, will the students become smarter? Or will they just be spending extra time at Starbucks?

Purdue University bans Netflix, other streaming services for students in academic buildings

Sides are chosen (of course), they’re uneven (of course), and there’s a surprise ending to this one as someone walks away with the win hands down.

Hands down – slam dunk, grand slam, hole in one (you get it).

Toward the end Gina talks about upcoming AVIXA Women’s Council events, Joe plugs away, and Jessie talks about his band. Make sure you attend the AVIXA Women’s events, listen to Joe’s podcast, and follow the band. Trust us.

Sit back, plug in, get edu-teched with Tim, Joe and the rest of the group as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 127: Women in AV and Tech Unite! (Reissued)



Sponsored by Tier PM, with an intro by host Maura Quinn.

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

Alex Crabb – Senior Vice President at Caster Communications
Michelle Loret – Senior Account Executive at Utelogy
Danielle Karr – Architect and Designer Program Manager at Control4
Renee Benson – Account Manager – Vertical Sales – Education – NEC Display Solutions of America
Laura Shubel – PR Account Executive at Caster Communications

Corey begins the show by talking with Maura about an interview he did with her on the ‘AV People Talk’ podcast for International Women’s Day, and after the discussion he turns the host seat over to her for the first half of the show as she talks with the guests, as well as Jennifer about women in AV, tech and business. You’ll hear conversation about negotiating, role playing, professional development, mentoring and more. There’s also discussion of the TierPM partnership with Women in AV, and their combined career initiative.

After this discussion, Corey talks with the guests about how they got into the industry, along with their career up to now. And then someone drops mention of AV as a Service…

Finally the guests give advice, including in terms of their own roles, about getting into as well as succeeding in the industry.

Maura then gives her closing thoughts for the show.

Sit back, plug in and listen to these incredible women in the AV and tech industry 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.