May 03, 2016

Infocomm 2016 first timers

This year after a one year layoff, I'm heading back to Infocomm. In 2014 I worked a booth representing my company in the midst of a two week span of living in Vegas. This year I'll be on my own and free to check out everything the show has to offer. Let this blog serve as a first timers guide to attending Infocomm.

April 29, 2016

Video Conferencing Problem

In this blog, I will address the elephant in the room regarding video conferencing. It is, at least in my opinion today, the biggest hurdle in mass adoption. The problem? Making a call. It's not price, the technology, the debate of hardware vs software or anything else. Making a call is the worst and most difficult part of video conferencing.

April 27, 2016

The making of a good product

When designing a product, we want to make it good. When we buy something, we also want it to be good. Well what then makes a product good? Of course, it becomes subjective because your needs may be different than mine, but I bet neither one of us want a bad product. Here are some things that could turn a bad product good or a good product bad.

April 24, 2016

The Importance of Prototyping

"We're not going to prototype this. We are going to take your design and roll right into production." I had a client tell me this once. Luckily, he wasn't a client very long. For the client - Learn a lesson from them and build into your budget and time frame a prototype or two. Or more. Getting the product right beats getting it out fast and wrong every time. For the designer - Learn a lesson from me and don't take jobs with big red flags.

March 31, 2016

Talk a Good Game

There is a case against independent consultants in AV/VC/UC projects. Mostly the backlash comes from those who as a result can't sell the easiest thing to the client and get a nice commission as a result. They see consultants as a hindrance who muddy the waters, don't create documentation and isn't there to plug the stuff in or support it. I see it completely different. Hear me out.

March 14, 2016

Plantronics Voyager Legend Review

Typically I have an issue with most headphones and earbuds when in a video chat or talking on my smartphone. The reverberation in my head when I talk annoys me to the point where they become a distraction from the actual meeting. That changed when I purchased the Plantronics Voyager Legend. Read on for more information.

March 10, 2016

Spark is a great start

Today from Ohio, I watched Rowan's keynote live from Enterprise Connect in Florida. It was all about Spark. I really appreciate the direction Cisco is taking with this, mainly from a meeting control standpoint (as I am not into virtual chat room things at this moment). Even though this is a great start, there are some hiccups in the thought process. Let's dive into it.

March 06, 2016

What about video conferencing?

What's going to be the next transformation in video conferencing? Without calling anything dead or the next big thing, let's dive into a few problems of video conferencing and some future solutions we should be looking for.

February 23, 2016

Hellard Resume - Project Listing

This is a list of project I've had the pleasure to work on over the past 25 years listed from smallest physical size to largest.

February 20, 2016

CAD Drafting Standards

In working with both large and small companies drafting standards have ranged from rigid to "rigid but rarely followed" to non-existent. Do global standards fix a problem or create a new one? Is there a problem to begin with? Read on to get my take.