Voting Opens for 2019 SCN InfoComm Products Installation Awards | AVNetwork

The finalists for the 2019 SCN InfoComm Installation Products Awards have been revealed and it’s up to you, our readers, to select the most innovative product in each category. The ballot will remain open until May 23. Scroll through the galleries below to review the nominees and then click here to vote.  The winning products will be announced during a ceremony at InfoComm 2019. The ceremony will take place on Tues., June 11 at 2 p.m. in room W303C at the Orange County Convention Center; all are welcome to attend. Today’s business, retail, corporate, and hospitality environments put as much emphasis on interior design as they do on the quality and functionality of the integrated technology. The SHS is carefully designed to blend into any ceiling while retaining optimal sound performance. Exotically different and perfectly disguised, the SHS is ideal for applications like background music, paging / notification, and sound masking, and is easy to install in venues where the technology shouldn’t detract from the environment’s aesthetic. Audio-Technica has bridged the gap between audio and IT with the first wired microphones that transmit audio and control data together ...

Japan minister says high heels are ‘necessary and appropriate’ for women at work

More than 19,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Japan to enact a law to stop companies from being able to force female employees to wear high heels. But after the petition was submitted to the country’s labor ministry this week, health and labor minister Takumi Nemoto had this to say: Actress Yumi Ishikawa, 32, kicked off the #KuToo campaign, which is a pun on the Japanese words for shoe (kutsu) and pain (kutsuu), as well as a nod to the #MeToo movement. She told the New York Times that she was spurred to action after she had to switch jobs when standing in heels for eight hours while training for a hotel gig became too painful. (Indeed, the American Osteopathic society has said heels put the foot at an angle that pulls muscles and joints out of alignment, and women who wear heels for extended periods tend to suffer lower back, neck and shoulder pain.) The petition notes that Ishikawa is currently working part-time at a funeral service, where it is stipulated that she must wear pumps with heels, while male employees can wear more comfortable flats. It concludes with a line that translates into English as, “Aim for a world where choices are the same for men and ...

Vision system inspects cereal and snack labels at high speeds

EPIC Machine Vision Systems’ machine vision system uses one camera and optical character recognition software to meet quality standards and industry food-safety standards at a top manufacturer of cereal and snack products. In the past,optical character recognition (OCR) vision systems were not traditionally thought of as fast, flexible, or maintainable. Today’s systems are different, so when a worldwide, top manufacturer of cereal and snack products tasked EPIC Machine Vision Systems (EPIC; St Louis, MO, USA; www.epicvisionsystems.com) with installing one, the vision systems integrator was confident in itsapproach. At the manufacturer’s site, a system rejects from the conveyor packaged food products with incorrectly printed data codes. While the previous system worked reasonably well, it was old and unsupported by the originalsoftware developer. The manufacturer sought to upgrade this system to meet new quality standards and industry food-safety standards, and to improve the overall OCR process. The design team began with a front-end engineeringmethodology that involved gathering tens of thousands of in-process online images from multiple stock-keeping units (SKU), printers, and...

What cables you need to use Apple every product now — Quartz

There was a time, many moons ago, when it was relatively simple to know what cables you needed to use your Apple products. There was the long 30-pin connectors of iPods, iPhones, and iPads, and the MagSafe power cable for laptops, and that was pretty much it. But in recent years, Apple has branched out into all sorts of different cables for different devices. Just this week, Apple moved away from the Lightning cable it’s been using on all iOS devices for the last six years with the new iPad Pro. For now, all iPhone models still use Apple’s proprietary Lightning cable to charge and connect the phones to computers. They all still ship with a cable that has a Lightning connector at one end and a standard USB connector at the other. But there’s two wrinkles here: First, Apple’s newer laptops don’t have standard USB ports—they use the newer, smaller USB-C standard—so you’ll have to pick up a Lightning to USB-C cable to charge your phone from a Mac. Apple sells one for $19. The second problem is that all iPhones since the iPhone 7 don’t have a headphone jack, meaning if you have a pair of wired headphones you like to use, you’ll need a headphone adapter to plug into the Lightning por...

The ‘Euphoria’ and ‘Spider-Man’ star is becoming a different kind of superstar, on her own terms

The ‘Euphoria’ and ‘Spider-Man’ star is becoming a different kind of superstar, on her own terms In the first scene of the first episode of Zendaya’s Disney Channel series K.C. Undercover, the titular teenage spy and her parents are eating dinner at a prim French restaurant when they notice an enemy agent slip out through a backdoor and into a private lounge. K.C.—disguised in fishnets, black lipstick, and a punky wig—leaps up to trail him. “You can’t go in the lounge,” her father stops her, pointing to a sign by the door that reads ADULTS ONLY. “Not a problem,” says K.C., disappearing behind a wall and throwing off her wig. A moment later, she emerges in what can be described as only adult drag: a one-sleeved evening gown, full makeup, deadly serious expression. Zendaya hams it up, brushing her hair out of her face in an exaggerated pantomime of maturity. Says her father, a beat ahead of the canned laugh track, “My little girl’s grown up so fast!” Across three seasons and 76 episodes, K.C. Undercover was in some sense an excuse for the stylistically chameleonic Zendaya to dress up in a dizzying array of costumes, from the glamorous to wacky to genuinely absurd. In one episode,...

Bitcoin’s 2019 Price Run Driven By Real Transaction Growth, Analysis Shows

An experimental metric used to gauge the quantity and quality of activity on bitcoin’s network clocked a 28-week high last Saturday, signaling the cryptocurrency’s latest price rally may be more fundamentally driven than many expect. The Transaction Amount to Active Addresses Ratio (TAAR), first proposed by CoinDesk Contributor and Valiendero Digital Assets Founder Chris Brookins, divides bitcoin’s 24-hour adjusted transaction volume (USD) by the number of its active addresses to identify how much each active address spends in transactions per day on average. If TAAR is high, then it means each user (active address) is transacting in high notional values, in other words, the network “quantity” (how much is being spent i.e. transaction volume) is high per the “quality” (how many users are spending the funds i.e. active addresses). When the quantity and quality of bitcoin’s network are high, then one would expect a positive reaction in bitcoin’s market and vice versa when the ratio is low. Since April of 2013, the oldest data point available via Coinmetrics, this has proven to be the case as it has been made clear bitcoin’s price only enters sustainable trends when it is accompani...

Global fast-fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz’s use of the word sustainable to describe one of its

Global fast-fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz’s use of the word sustainable to describe one of its summer collections is being questioned by a Norway consumer agency. According to Ecotextile, the company has run afoul of the Norwegian Consumer Authority, which claims the brand’s Conscious collection misrepresents its “sustainability credentials” with “symbols, statements and colors.” H&M describes the collection, including t-shirts, knit blouses, and shoulder-baring frocks, as “sustainable fashion pieces that make you both look and feel good.” In Norway, companies must comply with the Marketing Control Act, which includes language to prevent them from making vague or false claims. It states that brands should be able to provide documentation “to substantiate factual claims made in marketing, including as to the properties or effect of products.” (A garment’s claims of eco-friendliness or sustainability are considered technical properties.) Norway’s marketing act also bans misleading omissions. A marketing claim is considered misleading if it omits or hides information consumers need to make informed de...