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While far from over, we have an end of the COVID pandemic in sight with the administration of vaccines. It might be some time before we return to normal, but as, and especially after, we defeat the virus that has brought so many changes to our work environments, we shouldn’t lose the innovation and lessons learned from our going through it.
Now that nearly all learning has a significant online component, and schools of all types will be endeavoring far to make a hybrid approach work for the foreseeable future, the outlook for 2021 places an emphasis on refinement of tools and practices. Particularly within higher education, where a hybrid approach to learning was already on the rise.
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There’s a lot of talk about pent-up demand as we head into 2021. Pent-up demand for fully engaging real-life experiences. Particularly in the performing arts, where the irreplaceable experience of being enveloped by sound and scene will draw audiences and create rewarding connections.
Although the current pandemic has brought some radical changes and accelerated trends, the reality is that collaborative spaces were already transforming due to the emergence of new styles of work meetings.
The AVIXA Work Remote series, composed of short, shareable videos, answers the basic questions you’ve been getting recently on how to improve audio, video, lighting, and network performance. These days, we’re all going virtual so feel free to share these AV tips.
Early in the pandemic as the world shut down, we rushed to convert to an all-virtual world. AV technology was key to supporting that challenge. Now offices, classrooms, and spaces are either open or starting to open, but with new design strategies and implementations. AV technology again plays a key role in these new environments.
At its core, the AV industry is all about adaptability. The pandemic has definitely brought challenges to many in our industry, and there will be a lot of continued challenges ahead. But here we hope to inspire with a few stories of how new business and opportunities can emerge from a complete shutdown through to gradual reopening.
Creating a sense of comfort is core to hospitality and much of that comfort comes with a sense that health and safety are top considerations throughout all hotel operations. In addition to the more clinical needs, guests can be put more at ease through careful cultivation of the atmospheric elements of a space, including music, lighting, decor, and aroma.
Many arts projects are on hold at the moment and important conversations are bringing a long-needed realignment on diversity and the changes necessary on every level to create a more inclusive and equitable society.
When music starts playing wherever a crowd is gathered, suddenly the experience becomes unified. People are moved together, as a group, and in individual ways as songs provoke different memories and emotions for each individual.
Not every COVID-19-era sports venue was reopened with a player-centric experience as the starting point, but over time it became obvious that the players need atmosphere, fans, and the unique energy of real human emotion that comes from collective cheers, boos, gasps, and sighs.
The invisible magic that makes sports come alive is in the spotlight. Something the AV and broadcast industries know is reverberating across the population of fans trying to enjoy during the pandemic: audio and acoustics make the game. From an entertainment perspective and from an athletic perspective. Performing to an empty house just doesn’t cut it.