Friday, July 23, 2010

Crowdsourcing - It's All Academic

Crowdsourcing - originally designed for the business world to outsource tasks. Don’t have the resources to take on a major project? Send that open call through the Net and communicate with the masses!

Not that crowdsourcing is without controversy – opponents will cite that terms and conditions are often tilted in favor of the one doing the sourcing, and that it’s not exactly the best way to build long-term interpersonal relationships. Regardless, there is a long laundry list of successful crowdsourcing campaigns, and it certainly reflects the intense social power of the Internet.

Recently, it looks as if the crowdsourcing buzz is making its way into academia. Which is not too entirely surprising since each tends to use best practices from the other when the situation fits. Kaitlyn cole recently published an article with entitled “10 Awesome Examples of Crowdsourcing in the College Classroom” that cites some interesting ways that academia uses crowdsourcing.

As for Spectrum Industries, we love it when people “discover” us on the Net. We've had a lot of fun communicating on Facebook and letting people know more about us in Wikipedia, for starters. Feel free to write us back with any higher education solution that you’re thinking of – we’d be happy to help!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mobile Video Conferencing for Professionals

Are you in a Fortune 500 Firm or perhaps an Ivy League school that has the resources for a multi-million dollar telepresence conference room? Consider yourself lucky if you are – the majority of us don’t have the budget, floor space, or even ROI requirements to pull it off.

On the other hand, the “Have Laptop, Will Travel” Skype version is certainly effective for personal communication, but really lacks the professionalism of a true telepresence.

If you need a professional telepresence environment, but can’t convince the purse-holder to buy 4 flat screens and install a built-in sound system into the ceiling & walls, consider Spectrum’s Flat Screen Cart. The capability is certainly there: rack rail for the latest in audio visual equipment, perforated metal to deliver the best sound from in-cabinet speakers, and the highest-quality balloon wheels for ease of mobility.

If you’re really striving for a professional appearance, would you buy a simple box that happens to hold a monitor on top? Spectrum’s Flat Screen Cart is designed to be a piece of furniture that blends into a telepresence environment. Color, shape, and style are all designed into the corner columns, surface, and even handles.

This is flexibility; telepresence can occur in any room in a given building.

This is affordable telepresence; the ROI is much greater than a little-used conference room.

This is professionalism; as built into every Spectrum product.

Spectrum’s Flat Screen Cart comes in two standard heights and two standard colors. As an ISO 9001:2008 company with over 40 years of experience, we can customize the Flat Screen Cart to your satisfaction. As an Evergreen Award winner, Spectrum Industries can manufacture the Flat Screen Cart while being stewards to our environment.

Monday, July 5, 2010


In America, this 4th of July weekend was a time for reflection and pride. I believe it is a time to remember all of the selflessness that our forefathers (and Mothers) have given in the name of freedom.
Each of us has the oportunity to be the person we wish to be.
Below is an old Cherokee parable that gets to the root of it all.

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

"One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

"The other is Good - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

Spectrum Industries wishes everyone a happy and safe Independence Day.