Lunes, Pebrero 11, 2013

Grammys Gameshow Using Powercom

In 2012, Adele swept all the Grammy awards which she rightfully deserve. This year’s award ceremony is going to be a little unpredictable. It could an all male club on Sunday.
The fifty fifth Gramm Awards will also show great performances from Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Sting, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, The Black Keys, the Lumineers, Frank Ocean, Fun, Dierks Bentley, Jack White, Mumford & Sons and Dierks Bentley.

There are only four major categories that really count. Check out some of the industry’s predictions:

Best New Category

This is a category that is harder to predict because it has several possibilities. While the current favorite is Frank Ocean, groups like Fun and the Lumineers also have a good chance to win. Hunter Hayes and the Alabama Shakes are also good contenders. Both Fun and the Lumineers have a commercial edge than the other artists, but since Ocean had a meteoric shot to fame, then he might be the winner in this category.

Record of the year

There are plenty of contenders for this category. Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger”, Fun’s “We Are Young,” Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy,” Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know and Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ Bout  You.”
Many industry insiders think that the frontrunners for this award are Fun and Frank Ocean. However many people seem to think that it is a tight competition between Black Keys and Gotye. They gained the most popularity among all the artists for this category.

Song of the Year

This award is focused on the songwriters. The possible contenders are: “Call Me Maybe” from Carly Rae Jepsen, “Stronger” from Kelly Clarkson, “The A Team” from Ed Sheeran, “We Are Young” from Fun, “Adorn” from Miguel and a song by Janelle Monae. This could be considered as the category with the less competition. It could come down between Fun and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Album of the year

This is the largest prize to take for the night. In this race are Fun, Mumford & Sons, Jack White, Frank Ocean and Black Keys. The odds are not favorable with Jack White, and many critics think that it will be a race among Fun, Black Keys, Mumford and Frank Ocean.
Current Winners:
  • Gotye – 3 wins
  • The Black Keys – 3wins
  • Jay-Z & Kanye West – 3 wins
  • Skrillex – 3 wins
  • Rene Clausen – 2 wins
  • Frank Ocean – 2 wins
  • Fun – 2 wins
  • Mumford & Sons – 2 wins
  • Esperanza Spalding – 2 wins
  • Matt Redman – 2 wins
  • Carrie Underwood – 2 wins
On your next time corporate training, you can have a gameshow. One of the things you can include is facts about Grammy winners and you can use Powercom. Powercom is a Powerpoint add-in application that makes your presentations interactive with the use of audience response systems. The software has a feature called “winners” which can show the current winners in a Powerpoint slide. It will be shown after the question slide, after the voting. It can show the fastest finger, team scores, highest cumulative and team cumulative. You can contact Powercom at powercom(at) for more information. 

Miyerkules, Enero 23, 2013

Integration of E-libraries and Audience Response Systems in the Society

The arrival of smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices has given birth to newer potentials available in our society these days, and now this comprise the book-less library and technologically improved audience response systems. Moreover, in the fall of 2013, the Bexar County of San Antonio will be the new home of the “Biblio Tech”. This will become America’s first ever public library that will have no books. Hence, the books that you will find are not books you can physically hold, but actually e-books.

The fact is the library is more than four thousand square feet in space, and is a modern design. This was the idea of Bexar County’s judge, Nelson Wolff. He got the encouragement after reading Steve Jobs’ biography, written by Walter Issacson, as reported by ABC News. Moreover, you will only need gadgets and computers instead of having loads of books. The place will consist of 100 e-readers as a start, which can be taken out of course; and fifty e-readers for kids, fifty personal computers, twenty five tablets and twenty five laptops on the other hand.

Moreover, the new technological transformation in our society is foreseeable; even those people who are big fans of hardcover books, have now renowned that e-books will be one of the best ways to bring a new kind of service to the community. In fact, people will simply go to the library and they can take the e-books for a particular duration or they can likewise bring their own e-reader and load it onto their device with no trouble. Furthermore, the library has plans to collaborate with companies creating e-books, to let people to access more than ten thousand e-books. On the other hand, they wish to include more to the collection in a yearly basis. But the place will not be completely paperless because if the readers want to have copies printed they can do so at the library by just simply requesting it.

One more device that has turned into a widespread feature in our communities is the audience response keypads, and it is part of a complete audience response system. An audience response system is also more popularly known as “clickers.” It is a complete set up with keypads, base stations and the software. It lets you survey answers automatically with just one click. This device has become advantageous in the classroom use as well as company events because it certainly help speed up the process of the interactive meetings and events. However, in the classroom setting, the ARS is more commonly known also as student response systems.

One of the newest keypads available in the market these days is the Powercom’s Ativa keypad. It is a colored touch screen keypad. It consists of an LCD screen where you can see the questions and click your chosen answers. It has a smartcard reader as well where you can enter your questions, and you can merely insert it for self-paced testing. Basically this keypad looks like a smartphone. It has a power off and on button, and uses the lithium Polymer battery which will last for two years and it is rechargeable. Some of the practical applications of the Ativa keypad are mock jury, surveys and self paced testing. Furthermore, Powercom gives a free online demo for any interested customers and anyone interested can also email them at sales(at)