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Medium visit Paragon HQ for training day

medium paragonHere at Paragon Multimedia, we are always trying to further our team’s knowledge when it comes to the audio-visual world. Whether it’s newer staff learning the basics, or keeping up to date with the latest trends, we like to keep a close contact with other experts in the industry to help develop out product knowledge.

This time round, help came in the form of Medium’s James Osborne, who managed to break down the mathematical formulas for projection to some of our latest recruits. He also bought along Chris Ault from LG, who updated the team on the latest innovations from the display gurus, including the vivid transparent displays available and this year’s biggest, current talking point – the video wall. Make sure to keep checking in on our Tech Zone for product information from these specialist areas.

Chalene Chandrasiri was representing Peerless AV for the day, who are slowly becoming more and more recognised here in the UK for their large variety of mounts and brackets. Again, video wall compatibilities were brought up and Peerless is likely to be a name you’ll be hearing much more of in the near future.

Thanks again to our visitors! If you would like to partner up with us to teach us more about your products please feel free to contact us.

 

Paragon Team

From L-R Iram, Lily, Steve, Di, Charlie and Stuart

True Colours display video wall expertise

IMG_0322Midwich’s technical division True Colours joined forces with many of their manufacturers on Friday to cover all aspects of a technology that continues to get bigger and bolder – the video wall. With multi-display systems continuing to spread throughout sectors other than corporate and education, the distributors bought together Dexon, NEC, Exterity, Peerless AV and AMX to discuss all elements of the technology at the Runnymede Hotel in Egham, UK.

Iain Campbell, Sales Director at True Colours, opened the morning explaining that video walls can be used for more than just digital signage, as they have personally dealt with the army and banks, proving its use in centralising monitoring. With this array of opportunities, video wall sales are expected to reach 12,800 this year, with that increasing further to 16,700 in 2014. There are certain factors which are imperative to creating a successful display system and many clients may not realise this. Dexon were on hand to explain their latest wall controller technology which offers an easy input. NEC had a wide range of screens on display with very narrow bezels and advanced fan technology to avoid overheating and prolong life usage, including the 3×3 display being used for the presentation.

With IPTV becoming a popular part of digital signage and therefore video walls as well, leading networkers Exterity provided a lesson in how internet television can be streamed across a building without using up all your bandwidth. AMX’s Jeremy Slater provided a success story to demonstrate how key personalised control systems can be for large displays, while more recent recruit Peerless AV brought mounting to the foreground, as many clients forget the importance of a secure and adjustable bracket.IMG_0330

After LG’s 3D video wall grabbing so much attention at ISE this year, it’s apparent that 2013 could be the year for the video wall, so if you would like more information on how it could benefit your company, please do not hesitate to contact us.

AV April showers come early at the Barbican gallery

Rain Room, Barbican, London, UK.The Rain Room exhibit at London’s Barbican art gallery may have finished last weekend, but it has by no means been forgotten. The visual marvel, which was created by young art group Random International, offered visitors the opportunity to walk through rain without getting wet. The majority of the experimentalists projects have incorporated audience participation along with new technologies and the rain room was no different as the hundred-square-metre corridor area is full with a downpour, which uses 3D-mapping cameras on the participants to stop the water in that section. The dark room is lit up with a glaring spotlight, creating a dramatic visualisation using 2,500 litres of water, all of which is recycled and filtered.

The exhibit may have finished in London but it has caused some excitement within the corporate industries, with possibilities of using this AV-based art in hotel receptions and high-end oasis areas. Now that the technology has been shown and explained, we’re sure this concept could be duplicated and improved as there were a few issues, including dark clothing not being captured by the cameras. Either way, this is sure to create further interest, so keep an eye out and keep that bright orange top on, just in case! Check out this video capturing the wonders of the Rain Room:



Bett 2013 – Action from the show

If you were unfortunate enough to miss this year’s bustling BETT show, do not fear, for our team were able to catch some of the stand-out products live in action! From interactive whiteboards to ultra short throw projectors, there was something for every educational establishment at the new ExCel venue in London. Click the video below to find out more and for more information on products at BETT, check out our Tech Zone section for features on some of the key factors for future education.

New material likely to cause an electronic revolution

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When something involving technology or science is broadcast on the BBC’s news channels, you know it must be big news and the fact that said science could revolutionize audio-visual gets us at Paragon very excited!

After being identified in 2004 by a pair of university students in Manchester, interest in graphene has been increasing rapidly with electronic companies such as the mighty Samsung being granted patents. The number of filed patents has increased rapidly since 2007, with entities from the likes of China, America, South Korea and a few from Britain leading the way.

Graphene has caught the IT and AV world’s attention due to being ultra-thin and incredibly flexible without losing any strength, which enables possibilities for bendy screens, lighting within walls and power saving batteries. For those of us that aren’t as scientifically savvy, graphene is a form of carbon that is only one atom thick and arranged in a honeycomb structure. This is what helps it to be a great conductor, without taking up a lot of room and is rumored to eventually replace silicon in electronics. Below is a video by Samsung, showcasing some applications they feel will eventually be possible with graphene.

Make sure to keep an eye on the Tech Zone, as we plan to follow this story through its evolution and are intrigued as to when this adaptation will be available.