University of St Andrews installs Epson 3LCD laser projector to enhance psychology and neuroscience experiments

Working with our partner Epson, Component AV Services was asked to work for the University of St Andrews to design a new projection system for their Clare Cassidy Social Immersion Laboratory in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience.

This particular install was challenging for a number of reasons. Firstly an entire wall was to be used as a projection screen but the projector needed to be as close to the wall as possible in order not to create any shadows. In addition, the projector had to be mounted as close as possible to the ceiling so that it didn’t get in the way of the CCTV cameras being used to monitor the subjects.

Component AV Services partners Avocor

This recent partnership enables us to bring high quality touchscreen displays and the associated high levels of support you would expect from a quality manufacturer. Avocor’s extensive range of display technologies ensures there is a touchscreen solution for every budget. Avocor designs, develops and manufactures these market leading interactive technology solutions for both corporate and education environments. They specialise in providing next generation interactive touch screens that provide an unrivaled experience for customers.

Sennheiser launches versatile communications system

“Launched at ISE in Amsterdam, the new Sennheiser tourguide EK 1039 receiver offers reliable RF wireless transmission, easy operation and exceptional audio quality. With up to 32 channels per frequency range, it is the tourguide system with the highest number of channels that can be operated simultaneously. Whether guided tours of museums, factories, city tours and exhibitions or interpreting tasks at international conferences – Sennheiser’s professional bodypack receiver is versatile, flexible and easy to use.”
This product would suit a wide variety of corporate requirements as well as tour guides and exhibitions, the EK 1039 can be used for internal communications and office/workshop communication for manufacturing and services companies. 

JCopia 4.7.0

Have you ever thought how to download video and audio from flash players on internet sites like Youtube, Google Video, MySpace, DailyMotion, Metacafe, Break, Blog sites of your friends with embedded audio and video content and so on?

So, JCopia does it all. It captures flash video / audio / stream from any website to your computer as files. Just play your media online and watch as JCopia saves any clip / music /movie to your computer.

JCopia detects and begins to download any clip, video, music, radio stream, video stream, Flash game or presentation that is played in your browser. Increase your video and audio collection with JCopia now!

It is a very convenient tool for collections video and audio files on disk.

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Microsoft Research, home to some very smart interactive development types, is widely credited with stealing the show at last week’s Siggraph 2011 conference with KinectFusion. Fusion is a system that takes live depth data from a moving depth camera and in real-time creates high-quality 3D models. The system allows the user to scan a whole room and its contents within seconds. As the space is explored, new views of the scene and objects are revealed and these are fused into a single 3D model.


The video, although not of incredible resolution, shows the potential for real-time 3D recreation of a physical space. Whilst obviously it’s incredibly exciting for the games development market, other applications such as architectural monitoring and telepresence also spring to mind. As processors get more powerful and the cameras used increase in resolution this kind of tech will find itself used in more and more different ways.

Inavate 15 August 2011

Projector revolution? Nano technology in pocket format

That a projector has to be transported in a case will soon be a thing of the past. Nano-structured, microscopically small lens fields deliver extremely sharp images in perfect color worlds. The powerful prototypes were developed by the Fraunhofer Institute in Würzburg.

Besides the fact that the new devices do not need much space, the mini projectors have another big advantage: Whereas seminar rooms and lecture halls had to be darkened when using a projector, the mini projectors are bright enough even when used in sun-flooded rooms and generate a perfectly visible image.

The prototypes of the new projectors are made of a square with a size of 11×11 mm, 11 mm thin, which is illuminated by a powerful LED light. Marcel Sieler, physicist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena, explains how the technology works: “The image is already integrated into the micro optics — some 100 nano meters of small image points are stored on a chrome layer below the lens array. Such a micro array has some 250 micro lenses and below each one is a micro image. If all the images are projected simultaneously on the wall, a high-quality image is created with an extremely minimal projector”.

In the future, these ultra-thin micro optics will not only be used in projectors, but also in cameras. The researchers agree that the market potential is tremendous: The difference in quality is enormous, comparable to the difference between a standard T\/ and HDTV.


SnapIt Screen Capture 3.7

SnapIt is easy to use screen capture software which allows you to easily capture anything on the screen including windows, menus, full screen, rectangular regions, web pages and take shots of moving images.
It is a very convenient tool for bloggers. When you write posts on your blog you need to capture and crop images from different sources – this tool is for you.
– Supports hotkeys, auto-saving, clipboard
– Automatically copies screenshots to the clipboard
– Tracks capture history, auto-saves captured images
– Saves files in BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and TIFF formats
– Auto-names captured images
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Revolutionise the way you use power

Not traditionally an AV consideration but sometimes something from left of field can impact hugely on the whole architecture of how an installation can be achieved.Take for example the provision of power…

No longer do you have to worry about how many power outlets you require for your AV project. There is a new product available which will provide truly flexible access to mains electricity wherever it is required. The product is called Mainline and is basically a power track that allows users to instantly add, reposition and remove power sockets anywhere along its length.

Mainline provides truly flexible access to mains electricity wherever it is used, by overcoming the restriction imposed by fixed power outlets in room layouts. It also conforms to all the relevant standards once it is installed correctly and is safe.

Mainline track is purchased in 2.2m lengths and can be cut smaller as required or joined for larger spans. Simply attach the backing track to the wall and snap into place the front of the track. One termination at the end into the mains supply and the system is live and available for use, anywhere along its length.

This Aussie product might just turn things on its head.