What is an interactive display? Terminology for Beginners.

    What is an interactive display? Terminology for Beginners.

    What is an interactive display? Terminology for Beginners. 400 225 IBT

    What is an interactive display?

    Interactive displays are like giant tablets mounted on the wall. Interactive displays are also referred to as LFID (large-format interactive displays), interactive touchscreens, boards and sometimes interactive whiteboards with PC. Interactive displays are usually powered by Android but users will usually have the option to add in Windows so they can use all their familiar software.

    Users interact with the interactive display using their fingertips, including stylus pens (also known as dummy pens as they are usually a plastic pen barrel with a plastic or felt tip). Some interactive displays also include special enhanced pens with user buttons to help them to choose different ink colours easily.

    A remote control is usually always included as another way to control the display from a distance. Compared to a projector, the image quality of an interactive display is impressive.

    Here are a few more frequently used words when buying an interactive display:


    The Intellipanel is the on-screen interface that makes it super-easy to move between the Android and Windows operating system. It also makes it simple to choose source inputs and start frequently used apps.


    VESA Interface Standard describes the distance in millimetres between the four mounting holes on the back of a screen (distance horizontally x distance vertically).
    VESA is a standard used for screen brackets and wall mounting systems, adopted by most brands. So, for example, 600×400 is meant the mounting holes are 600mm horizontally and then 400 vertically so when you are choosing a wall mount or floor mount you need to make sure your chosen mount will fit the holes 600 by 400.

    Wireless Cross-Platform Collaboration

    A cross-platform computer product can work across multiple types of platforms or operating environments. So, for example, the IBT interactive display which is powered by Android allows screen sharing from devices that run Windows, iOS and Chrome along with Android, thereby working cross-platform. The sharing and collaboration are done without wires, it connects devices using the wi-fi signal.


    BYOD (bring your own device) is when employees or students bring their own devices into the business or classroom to use that device to access business/school information or applications. Smartphones are the most common example but BYOD also includes tablets, laptops and USB drives.


    Bezels are the borders between a screen and interactive display’s frame – think of a frame around a photograph. Interactive display bezels are usually slightly deeper than the screen area giving you a ridge all around the screen. When an interactive display is referred to as ridge-free what you are actually losing is the ridge so the front of the interactive display including the frame around the screen is the same depth – completely flat, no ridges, no dusty corners.