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Nightmares In Your Stocking

Hopefully your holiday season is less creepy than some of our stories this week! We’re here to look at the AV industry and discuss the latest news on the side of the commercial and pro AV space. Joining Matt Scott this week is host of AVSocial Dawn Meade, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Crestron Brad Hintze and Regional Sales Manager for Shure Cassie Berger.

A retail outlet in Seoul is utilizing transparent OLED to create a unique atmosphere. With the LG displays, it is blending K-Pop entertainment with these transparent displays in the space. Transparent screens are really the stuff of science fiction, and they are finally here. Are there any verticals other than retail that this would make a good fit?

Plans for a second chip plant in Arizona have been brought up by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. TSMC’s expansion comes off the heels of the CHIPS and Science Act, putting forth a budget to fight against the ongoing chip shortages. Are we seeing the end of this current crisis? Looking at what this means for the AV industry and other tech industries as a whole.

And one for the weird… Grom Social Enterprises has introduced an AI-driven virtual experience where you can talk to Santa Claus. And talking is the key point, it requires a microphone input to ask this virtual Santa questions and it responds in kind. Rather than just focus on the potential dystopian hellscape of the North Pole, we look at how this technology might be utilized in other settings. Or maybe we just note on how creepy this thing is, and if that factor will play a part in its future.

Host: Matt Scott
Links to sources: Notes:
  • AVNation studios production equipment provided by Shure and Vaddio.
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