In talking with a co-worker the other day, we got in an animated conversation about why we spend so much of our company’s time and money doing research and development (R&D). And thinking about that brought us to consider the best way to do R&D?
One of our joys at Lightspeed has been the multi-tasking abilities that educators and students have enjoyed with our technology, including the ability to overcome classroom noise. We’re in the business of strengthening the connection between teachers and students through classroom sound-field amplification, which allows every student to clearly hear their teacher’s instruction. Little did we know that achieving that goal would solve other teaching issues.
After years of working in the education technology field, I had a little revelation this week about technology and our uneasiness about trying new things that might be really good for us and good for our schools. I have to preface things by saying that for years, whenever I’ve heard a teacher say that she or he was surprised how valuable classroom sound systems are for helping kids hear better, manage classrooms and even reduce the strain of raising their voice, I used to think, “But that’s obvious. It’s in our marketing tools, on our website, and the sales force tell customers all about audio in classrooms.”
MassCUE was a great success by most accounts. The venue was unique and set up surprisingly well for a trade show. I have to admit I was like small child being set loose in a toy store. Gillette Stadium was fantastic.
Watching some football yesterday (go Packers!), I became frustrated with my cable company. Every few minutes the picture would go pixel on me. That’s not big deal as I could still make out what was happening. What annoyed me most was losing the audio. It was just a second or two, but losing even a few seconds of the sportscaster effected my understanding of what was going on.
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