1. According to scientist’s people have been left with a shorter attention span than a goldfish since the mobile revolution began.
However, it’s not all bad news, the ability to multi-task has improved. Interactive displays give you the opportunity to present ideas using content from websites, apps, images, your own files, brilliant 4k videos and collaborate with colleagues easily.
Your audience is used to touch technology, bring it into your meeting rooms and benefit from that familiarity, it’s like a giant tablet on the wall! Oh, and if you are interested, gold fish are believed to have an attention span of 9 seconds whilst we are a second behind.
2. It’s an engaging experience.
People actively participate because the technology is easy and familiar to use, you get more effective and more exciting collaboration on an interactive display – people feel confident getting up and writing or drawing and navigating the content they want. Presenters can deliver really dynamic sessions because the learning curve is minimal.
No reams of paper to keep track of, make your notes collectively on screen. Display people’s thinking, use the interactive display to make giant Gantt charts or action plans for all to see. Easily move ideas and group things together and enable everyone to see the thinking that is going on in the room, then simply share the file after the meeting; interactive displays can synergise your business processes.
3. Office workers sit through an average of 6,239 meetings in their career – make these more interactive, collaborative and organised.
Interactive displays can help facilitate brainstorming sessions. Make sure the solution you choose includes interactive digital software that can make it easy to get everyone’s ideas down. Hive is one such software that has an infinite canvas; everyone’s ideas can be on screen at once so you can work together to arrive at the solution. It becomes easier to present ideas in a way that fosters discussion with interactive software designed for interactive displays. You can also set up collaboration sessions so that people in the room can connect to the interactive displays using their own devices and collaborate on content interactively.
If your interactive display supports screen-casting you can often cast up to 4 four screens simultaneously to the interactive display to share desktops in real time.
4. Lower running costs and more energy efficient than traditional projector systems
If you’ve used a projector system you’ll know that replacement bulbs can be expensive – interactive displays are like PC’s, maintenance is minimal. If you’ve got a projector mounted to the ceiling, access to clean the filter can be tricky, an interactive display just needs a quick wipe with a damp cloth.
A typical projector system with an attached PC uses around 1010w of energy whilst a 55” interactive display with an integrated PC uses around 220w of energy giving you considerable savings on running costs. Crucially, the lifespan is impressive too; if you were to use an interactive display 8 hours a day, 5 days a week it could run for 30,000 hours before needing replacement.
5. Content is vibrant and clear and visible to the whole room
Interactive displays can come with an anti-glare coating which means that content is crisp and clear in daylight – no need to dim the lights or close the blinds keeping your colleagues and customers engaged with your content. With the option of HD and UHD displays dazzle your colleagues and customers with cutting-edge visuals.
In a clarity test case, a panel of training personnel was invited to compare a 55” interactive display with an 84” traditional projector system. The test was conducted in daylight – 100% of the panel agreed that text could be clearly read at the foot of the 55” screen whereas none could read the same text at the foot of the 84” projector. The difference in clarity is startling and means you can often invest in a smaller interactive display for your meeting room and still benefit from brighter more visible content.
6. Makes it easy to accommodate different learning styles
Some of us are visual learners, preferring pictures, videos and diagrams, while others respond to spoken and written word, music, logic and reasoning or even physical activities. Interactive displays can give you easy access to the web, apps, software, videos, HD images, sound, drawing and annotation tools and more.
The tactile interactive display’s surface (some incorporate scratch resistance perfect for the multi-use environment) allows ways for people to interact with each other and work together to arrive at the solution, making sessions really engaging and productive.
7. The new alongside the old
Access all your Windows software just like you would on a PC or laptop. Microsoft Office applications can be opened and used on the interactive display – the touch interface makes easy work of getting to grips with inking and annotation tools.
Most interactive displays support at least 10 points of touch and come with stylus pens – but don’t worry if Pete from HR swipes them – using your finger or any stylus pen will work just as well.
Whilst it’s great to be able to use your Office applications you should have access to interactive software designed for interactive displays: Hive is a digital whiteboard with annotation tools, handwriting recognition, mini apps like screen recorder, so you can record meetings and sessions, screen grab and easy access to your cloud files. The technology doesn’t’ limit you to slide-driven presentations.
Some interactive displays also come pre-loaded with Android apps to get you working quickly.
8. Get connected
Interactive displays have multiple connectivity ports so you can connect other devices in the room, one of the most common connections you’ll use is an HDMI connection between the interactive displays and a laptop.
You then connect the USB touch between the two and can interact with the content on your laptop from the interactive displays!
9. What’s your wi-fi password?
If you frequently have guests in the office that need to use your Wi-Fi network to get online you’ve heard that question many times. Give them access to the internet without having to pre-arrange temporary visitor passwords or worrying about them having access to other things on your network (like shared storage and printers).
Some interactive displays will allow you to create a direct secure wi-fi hotspot (with optional password) for your visitors keeping your network secure whilst still allowing your guests quick access to the internet.
10. Create a meeting hub or huddle space wherever you need it.
An interactive display with integrated PC just needs one plug to power it making it really flexible. Pairing an interactive display with a mobile floor stand (the installation process is simple and straight-forward) means you can move it around as needed giving you a meeting environment or huddle space wherever you need it.
You can also use it as digital signage during events to inform visitors. .Just move it into position, plug it in, turn it on and it’s ready!