End of an era…….and the start of a new one!

As I write this blog I have just finished my time with Vision Sound and Light and start on Monday as a full time consultant under this banner of Component AV. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me at VSL. To Dawn, thank you for the endless cups of tea, the constant nagging and the continuous encouragement to “go get ‘em!”

To Isobel, I will never understand the figures so I am glad you were there to remind me why we haven’t made as much money as I think!

To Gary, for the opportunity to work in a new start company and be very much involved in all aspects of the business. It has been an excellent experience.

To Malcolm and Nicky, you have a very difficult job trying to make what is in my head really work, thank you for your patience.

To Angie, my wife, thank you for always being there for me and backing me up when I start to doubt myself. I love you.

So, a new era awaits come Monday morning, luckily it’s a bank holiday – not probably the best day to start a business, but I am going to give it my best shot!

I would be grateful if my new mobile number will start to ring and my email start to receive some enquires so if there is anyone out there reading this please get in touch.


Onwards and upwards…….

Universal 3D Glasses – XpanD Consumer Appeal

The main TV manufacturers may claim that, due to the variety of technology used to create 3D effects on screen, their TV sets only work with their 3D glasses, but one glasses manufacturer is saying different. XpanD say they alone have solved the problem by inventing the new X103 3D glasses, a set of 3D glasses claiming compatibility with “virtually any monitor capable of displaying 3D content”.

XpanD claims,

“The XpanD X103 glasses deliver unparalleled freedom by offering the universal 3D viewing technology in any environment, on any device.” This is believed to be the key to widespread adoption of the technology by consumers.

XpanD Chief Strategy Officer, Ami Dror comments, “The main problem with display-linked active glasses lies within the incapability to use these glasses with a 3D TV that is manufactured by another brand. While we support TV manufacturers by manufacturing glasses for them, we are also requested by the same manufacturers to sell universal active glasses that will work with all the modern 3D TVs,” he adds. ”TV retailers cannot maintain 15 different models of glasses to support 15 different TV brands, rental AV companies cannot do it, and even 3D broadcasters ask for a universal pair of glasses that they can provide their 3D channel subscribers.”

Perhaps this is a step towards alleviating some of the scepticism of 3D in the home; mind you it doesn’t answer the question of whether a wide enough range of different content types will be created…


Like the looks of this one, should be a winner for the museum and visitor centre markets…


DM Pro has introduced the second model in the new Denon Professional solid state range of players. The half-rack sized DN-F400 is a unit playing SD and SDHC cards.

Using flashcards for storage as big as 32GB, the unit can playback in a continuous or triggered state MP3 or WAV format files. Half-Rack 1U small form factor and the simple to use interface makes it an instant winner for spontaneous or programmed repeat messaging, announcements, fire and safety voice alarms, live events and kiosk applications

Check out the details at


Without going into detail about how I accidentally came across this on the web – interesting though!


According to researchers in the US, Skinput system, an acoustic sensor capable of detecting distinctive sounds made by tapping different parts of skin, will turn bodies into touchscreens.

The unit is small and wearable combining a bio-acoustic sensor and a pico projector. Demos have centred on using an arm or hand as an interface but with roughly two square metres of skin there are numerous possibilities.

The research team, comprising Carnegie Mellon University’s Chris Harrison and two Microsoft Research employees, Desney Tan and Dan Morris, will publish their findings in a paper titled Skinput: Appropriating the Body as an Input Surface. The paper will be released in April at CHI 2010, the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Tan explained the technology had the potential to advance the way we interact with technology. He said:
“Just as cellphones and mobile computing have changed the way we operate in the world, so, too will this vision of ‘intravenous computing’ revolutionise the way we use – and rely on – computers.”

Harrison added:
“Proprioception (our sense of how our body is configured in three-dimensional space) allows us to accurately interact with our bodies in an eyes-free manner. For example, we can readily flick each of our fingers, touch the tip of our nose, and clap our hands together without visual assistance.”

One word of warning however comes from Pranav Mistry, of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who told the New Scientist that users would have to position the armband very precisely so the projection appeared in the right place. Because we don’t want to be caught tapping the wrong thing in public!