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Team, Huddle or Collaboration

Collaboration as it is practiced in the Tech Manufacturing corporate culture

I remember when multipurpose room meant choosing between overhead projector or Zumba class. Today our corporate clients are more sophisticated as key executives have effectively brought their devices, smart phones, and tablets, into the boardroom. This consumerism in the boardroom has in effect caused the corporate environment to "up their game" with interactive collaboration.

Decision makers have begun to guide Corporate Communications to "Corporate Collaboration".

If synthesis can be called intelligence applied, the decision makers in charge of guiding corporate communications have begun to realize that the multipurpose boardroom is no longer a passive listener environment. The multipurpose boardroom today has become more interactive with the sole purpose of technology being to stimulate and enhance collaboration in this important workplace environment. For this reason, Sunset Studios provides guidance not just with the boardroom spaces but also any number of smaller group team-areas we call Huddle spaces.

A multipurpose boardroom today is just that "multipurpose" but typically is a space where executives or partners will gather to discuss and develop agenda for the company. As the workplace, today has shifted to accommodate telecommuting off-site participants, so has the boardroom which calls for at minimum an effective speaker phone solution. Most larger rooms use an installed teleconference system that enables end-point to be heard through speakers installed providing better acoustic response than a speaker phone.

But as the work flow in these rooms has become more about collaboration, the element of interactive participation has begun to play more important roles. The move from video conference to video telepresence has called for better resolution video from endpoints onto better designed space metrics. The relationship of the screen to the participants is not just for the video image of the person speaking but also for effective sharing of the screen.

if Collaboration is not simply watching slides then, what abilities are called for?

  1. Providing viewers, the desktop cursor to others to highlight, change and otherwise interact with the presentation.
  2. Shifting to another end point's desktop for viewing in the overall meeting
  3.  Ability to shift between audio conference to video screen sharing at any time.

Here is an example of a collaboration space optimized for cooperation

Sunset Studios thirty years of practicing "the only constant is change" in the visual presentation market; has uniquely prepared our team for the challenges of providing a collaboration synthesis to our client's boardroom experience. Our focus on enabling a positive user experience comes from making the systems operation simple.

This becomes an essential point allowing our clients, executives, and partners in the corporate spheres, to concentrate on their work at hand, not how to use the systems we have designed and installed.   

TAGS: Collaboration | Corporate Automation | Home Automation

Choosing Your Conference Room Display Monitor

According to a study by the National Statistics Council, employees spend on average 37 percent of their time in meetings, with more than 11 million formal meetings being held in the United States alone every day. In this day and age, these meetings involve a conference room display monitor more often than not. There are several factors to keep in mind when settling on a new display to incorporate into your meeting space:

  • Readability: Can everybody in the conference room read what is displayed on the screen? Take a seat in the back of the room and conduct some tests with font sizes typically used in presentations and spreadsheets. Sometimes even a 70 or 80” display will fail to deliver on this level, even in a small meeting room. One solution: swap out the display for an HD projector – the difference between an 80” display and a 100” projected image can be huge.
  • Resolution: This one goes hand in hand with readability. In the case of come flat panels, it can be difficult to sync a computer, tablet or smartphone properly to ensure the best image quality for a presentation. Also, if you’re going to visualize more data than a typical PowerPoint presentation, you’ll need a display that renders at higher resolutions such as Full HD (1920x1080).
  • Brightness: In any given conference room, ambient light is your best friend or worst enemy. The amount of control you have over the light will play a factor in whether you go for a direct view display (which makes it easier to adjust contrast and readability) or a front projection solution.
  • Connectivity: Does the display you’re considering have options for HDMI? USB? VGA? Can you utilize wi-fi? Given the sheer number of devices that could conceivably be plugged in during a meeting, you want the display with maximum versatility.

No matter what model you choose, increasing readability and technical flexibility setup will eliminate frustration, encourage communication among your collaborators, and increase the efficiency of your business. Let Sunset Studios pick out the perfect conference room display monitor for your workspace. Contact us today.

TAGS: Conference Room Display Monitor | Technical Flexibility Setup

LED Displays: To Curve or not to Curve?

A trip through the TV section of your local Costco or Target might make you do a double-take – yes, some of those LED displays are curved ever so slightly. No, the employees haven’t been bending TVs to see if anyone would notice.

A curved screen has actually been a staple of many old school movie theaters over the past sixty years – the most famous of which is probably the legendary Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.  In a case like that, the curve is intended to correct for the distortions caused by projecting the image at very large sizes in ultra-widescreen formats like Cinemascope or 70mm; this curving has the effect of making the audience perceive the image as flat, eliminating the potentially distracting distortions on the left and right sides of the film.

So why would we need that on a TV?  Experts have pointed out two primary reasons:

  • Improved immersion in the image as the picture “wraps” around your field of view, entering your peripheral vision and creating a more comfortable, focused image for your eye.
  • Contrast is modulated across the image, creating an increased sense of depth (even with a 2D image).

Of course, critics have also point out several drawbacks for a curved LED display:

  • The curved screen exaggerates reflections which may be made worse, depending on your lighting conditions.
  • Viewing angles are limited for maximum effectiveness.
  • You need a big (at least 65”) screen to really enjoy the effect of the curve.
  • They’re expensive – at least for the time being.

So, where does that lead us? At this point, it really comes down to personal preference – some customers swear that a curved TV is the greatest thing since sliced bread, while others couldn’t care less and would prefer their TVs to remain as flat as board.  But doing your homework beforehand will empower you to make an informed decision based on your needs as a viewer and the variables of your home viewing situation.

Give us a call at Sunset Studios to discuss your options.


TAGS: Home Theater | Home Theater Display | LED Display Screen

House of Marley - Smoking the Competition with Green Tech

The House of Marley has been making headphones for years, but now they’re moving into the AV arena with their One Foundation and Get Up Stand Up Bluetooth-enabled home audio systems.

An eco-friendly design philosophy is the cornerstone of the House of Marley, and these two products (along with their little sibling, the Get Together Bluetooth portable audio system) are no exception. As noted on the company website, “Marley products are sustainably crafted from earth-friendly materials including our exclusive REWIND™ fabric, cotton and canvas textiles, recycled plastics, recyclable metals, bamboo and Forest Stewardship Council-certified woods.” Furthermore, proceeds from Marley products support 1Love, the Marley family charitable organization dedicated to supporting “youth, planet and peace.”

Of course, even though you can purchase a House of Marley product with a clear conscience, it wouldn’t mean a thing if they didn’t actually sound good. But with a full-bodied bass sound, a defined high end and the ability to fill a room with distortion-free sound, the One Foundation, Get Up Stand Up and Get Together epitomize green technology without sacrificing sonic clarity.

These powerful, attractive units deliver high end performance at a reasonable price, and Wireless Living Powered by Sunset Studios is proud to feature the line at our new retail/demonstration space in West Hollywood.



TAGS: House of Marley | Wireless Living | Wireless Music