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Industry Report Suggests Demand for Ultra Short Throw to Remain Strong

Industry Report Suggests Demand for Ultra Short Throw to Remain Strong

The following article has been re-posted from thehonestfacts.com.

An up to date business intelligence report compiled at the headquarters of Transparency Market Research (TMR) has notified that the shares in global interactive projectors market are fragmented and the competition is intense. The analyst of the report has detected that the major players of the interactive projectors market are focused on harnessing new technologies and making an impression their consumers to stay ahead of the curve. The report has identified BenQ Corp., Seiko Epson Corp., Dell Technologies Inc., Touchjet Inc., Optoma Technology Inc., Panasonic Corp., Sony Corp., Hitachi Ltd., NEC Display Solutions Ltd., and Boxlight Mimio as a few players who held moderately prominent positions in the global interactive projectors market as of 2018.

If the projections of the TMR report are to be believed, the global interactive projectors market will attain a value of US$5.97 billion by the end of 2025, with the demand multiplying at a steep CAGR of 21.80% during the forecast period of 2018 to 2025. Application-wise, the education sector is currently providing for the most substantial chunk of demand in comparison to corporate and government. In terms of product type, the interactive projectors market has been bifurcated into standard throw, short throw, and ultra short throw. The latter has been identified to remain most profitable.

The Asia Pacific interactive projectors market is forecasted to expand at an above-average CAGR of 24.30% during 2017 to 2025, which is a reflection of growing number of small and medium enterprises and government funding for the educational sector.

Striking advantages over conventional projectors is the primary driver of the growing demand for interactive projectors. The advanced projectors are ideal for e-learning, a trend that has been flourishing in the recent past. These projectors allow a teacher and more than one or two students to interact via the same screen simultaneously.

Check out our Epson interactive projectors here: EB-695Wi, EB-696Ui, EB-700U, EB-710Ui.

Contact us at sales@visionone.com.au for more information.

Future Technologies at Integrate, Sydney 2018

Last week, the team at Vision One visited Integrate in Sydney to learn more about the innovative range of upcoming technologies for the audio visual and information technology industry.

We checked in with our usual favourites and browsed through everything from holographic imaging technology to larger-than-life indoor and outdoor signage panel displays. Our pals at Quantum Sphere showed off their new Kaptivo Whiteboard Camera while the guys at Epson blew us away with their new range of lasers and and LightScene projectors.

The big take-aways from this year? Lamps are slowly disappearing from projectors, pixel pitches are smaller than ever, and if your conferencing and collaboration solution doesn’t play nice with every software platform, you’re in for a world of trouble!

Take a look at some of the highlights in the video walkthrough above!

We’re an Authorised Lumo Play Installer

We’re an Authorised Lumo Play Installer

We’ve loved Lumo Play ever since we first discovered it during a casual ‘floor projection software’ Google search, back in 2015. Lumo Play has changed the game as far as interactive technology goes. Using motion-sensing technology, Lumo Play offers a playlist of fun and interactive wall and floor games, as well as some creative and forward-thinking marketing opportunities.

Professional interactive displays and digital signage need to be durable as well as entertaining. Software stability and local hardware support is a must. Lumo Play allows you to work with the installer of your choice, or contact one of our approved resellers. Today, we’re over-the-moon-pleased to announce that we’ve been nominated as the authorised Lumo Play installer for Australia.

Vision One Authorised Lumo Play Installer Melbourne Australia

Lumo Play Pro is trusted by global brands and major event production companies. Make your display, projector, or sign interactive, and enjoy the most flexible setup options, easy-to-use content management tools, and excellent customer support available.

Some of our recent Lumo Play installations:

Chelsea Heights Primary School

Monash Health

10 Things Every Touchscreen Buyer Should Know

10 Things Every Touchscreen Buyer Should Know

via @iBoardTouch:

Just like with purchasing a house, buying a touchscreen can be a daunting task for first time buyers. Buyers do not necessarily know the right questions to ask, which is why we have broken down 10 things every touchscreen buyer should know.

1. Do your prep

It pays to think about what you need before you start researching potential solutions. The choice of models, feature-sets and specifications can be overwhelming if you don’t have an idea of what you need. Ask yourself questions about the spaces in which the screens will be used. How many classrooms or other spaces require screens? What is the size of each room? How many students per class? Do you need some to be mobile? If so, where will they be used? And what will they need to connect to?

2. Evaluate the technology

You will be able to get plenty of information from brochures and spec sheets, but nothing beats seeing products in action. Watch demo video clips or even get hands-on – download trial software. Take the time to try it out yourself.  Why not take some teachers and students along to your supplier’s demo centre to assess the model or request the product is brought to you.

3. Screen size

You want all content displayed on the screen to be clear and legible to all your class wherever they’re sitting so it’s essential to have the right size of screen for the size of space. Touch screens are available up to 105-inch in size so there’s going to be a size to suit all spaces. Don’t be afraid to ask a trusted supplier to advise you on the optimal size for your room. Remember, touch screens can easily be moved when mounted on a trolley and are bright enough to be used in a variety of spaces such as libraries, staff rooms or the assembly hall.

4. Not all panels are equal

While touch screens may look similar, the panel inside varies hugely in terms of quality and reliability so be sure to ask: ‘What is the panel grade?’ and ‘What is the panel failure rate?’

There are different grades of panel from B to A++ with A++ the best quality. To achieve top grade, the panel should have virtually no flaws such as dark or light spots, light leakage round the edges or other blemishes, which affect the quality and uniformity of the image reproduction. The lower the grade, the more flaws are permitted. The highest-grade panels tend to be more reliable and have lower failure rates. Less than 1% failure rate is very low so ideal; 2-4% is mid and 5-9% is high and 10% and above is a very high failure rate.

5. Display quality

Other factors affect how well content displays including the resolution of the screen. The higher the resolution, the more detail can be displayed, which helps to ensure even tiny text and numbers, minute details and subtleties in colour and shade are clear. Full HD or 1080p is sufficient for screens up to 65-inch while 4K is ideal for anything above this. A key component for computers with a 4K Screen within a classroom are graphics card – look for these bundled with the screen. With content likely to become more high resolution over the long life of your screen, it makes sense to future-proof (see 10 below) so opt for 4K now.

6. Multi-touch interaction

Touch screen models use a variety of touch technologies. Most now support multi-touch of 2, 4, 6, 10 or 32 simultaneous touches. Two is the minimum needed to pinch, zoom, double-tap etc. – the touch gestures we’re all used to from our smartphones and tablets. Four is the minimum you’ll need if two people are to use the screen at the same time. If your screen will be used as a touch table, opt for as many touches as possible so students can work together in groups around the device. Multi-touch is not the same as multi-user so ensure you test this in a demo. Don’t forget, there are also other ways to interact with your touch display from tablets or laptops using software like DigiClass to connect up to 40 iOS, Android and Windows devices wirelessly. 

7. Connectivity

Remember, when connecting the screen with tablets, you want bi-directional connection so you can not only share the contents of the tablet on the big screen, but also have the students see what’s on the large screen on their tablet, annotate it and save it. Apple TV won’t do this with iPads, but software like DigiClass will and depending on your bundle may be free with your screen.

Another key aspect to look for is built-in WiFi. The ability for the screen to act as a WiFi hotspot and an Ethernet hard-wired connection (RJ45) if your WiFi isn’t that great, as well as ports for USB, HDMI, microphones and RS232 if you have a room control system.

 8. Software

You want to be free to use the software of your choosing in your school, college, university or office so make sure there is nothing to restrict that choice. You will however, definitely need tools that provide flawless whiteboarding and the ability to annotate and connect to tablets and use them as voting handsets or as cameras/visualisers. School users will also be glad of tools that make your lives easier, like the ability to open native Smart and Promethean files so there’s no need to recreate all those lessons you’ve accumulated.

Software can sound good but be disappointing in use so the best way to assess the software provided is to download a trail version and try it out yourself.

9. Features that support your method of teaching and presenting

Video-conferencing and screen recording are fantastic tools for connecting to other schools and organisations, enabling students or teachers to connect in from home, another classroom, school or anywhere they happen to be. iBT’s screen record built-in to IWBpro is also a great way to create revision resources for your students and prepare materials for use in flipped and active learning. A long cabled webcam can also be invaluable for use as a standard video camera which can be incorporated with our ‘visualizer tool’ to project the image from the camera on the screen.

10. Future proofing

Your new touch screen will have a much longer life than your old projector and whiteboard. Today’s touch screens will typically still be working at full brightness in ten years time so it makes sense to not only consider what you need today, but what your teachers and students will need in the future. Choosing a solution with MS windows compatibility and Android will be vital. Get the best of both worlds with quick access to apps for use on the screen at the click of a button. Apps will become an important tool in the digital classroom of the (near) future so ensure your front-of-class screen has Android for complete versatility.

In the end purchasing a touch screen is like making any other big purchase. It requires research and thought. Whether you are a first time buyer or looking to upgrade your exisiting touchscreen, make sure you take in to account the 10 Things Every Touchscreen Buyer Should Know.

Introducing ‘Flip': Samsung’s Giant Digital Whiteboard

Introducing ‘Flip': Samsung’s Giant Digital Whiteboard

via @Gizmodo:

Samsung has a vision for a “workplace of the future” – and it includes a giant, rotating, digital whiteboard that can screen mirror your phone and have four people writing on it at the same time.

Samsung calls the Flip WM55H “an upgrade on both standard paper flip charts and analog boards” – basically packing a host of digital features into what aims to still feel like a traditional whiteboard.

“However, unlike its predecessors,” Samsung says, “Samsung Flip allows easy sharing, annotation, movement and even searching, as well as the ability for multiple users to create content at once.”

The Flip is on wheels, is height adjustable and can also be wall mounted either horizontally or vertically.

“The often-flawed logistics of the modern meeting make it easy for participants to feel disengaged and for vital ideas and discoveries to become lost,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics.

“Today’s workers require more powerful and flexible technologies, and we truly believe that our new Samsung Flip display offers endless possibilities for driving impactful collaboration. We are excited to debut the Samsung Flip at CES 2018, and we look forward to building upon this technology to help businesses work better, smarter and faster.”

Up to four people can use their fingers or a special dual-sided pen (one side is a highlighter, which is very cool) in unique writing styles, sizes and colours so you can tell them apart.

But it’s not just the pen or your finger (your palm acts as an eraser), you can add content via wireless connectivity, USB, PC, mobile ports and NFC.

There are 20 “pages” of space on the Flip, and each can be searched. Once you’re done with your meeting/session, the content is stored in a central database behind a password lock. When you log back in, you can download and share the content through email, save it to a USB or external hard drive – or you can even print it, if you’re old school.

Userful is Your Easy & Powerful Custom Video Wall Solution

Userful turns a standard PC into a flexible and powerful video wall controller that delivers visually stunning video wall displays over the network with unparalleled simplicity and ease, at an affordable price. With Userful you can:

  • Using virtually unlimited simultaneous internal and external content sources
  • …on preset zones across a single video wall
  • …or onto a mix of video walls and digital signs
  • All controlled in real time through Userful’s API or with remote control tools which staff can use to invoke zone and content presets created by Administrators

Industry Standard Hardware

Userful video walls use standard, off-the-shelf server or PC hardware and network zero client devices connected over a standard gigabit Ethernet network. Single install setup turns a standard Intel Core i7 PC into a browser-managed video wall controller. Optionally add extra Nvidia video cards which are used by Userful software to offload video rendering thereby increasing the power of the PC and the number of screens and size of content supported.

Artistic and Grid Configurations

Arrange video walls in standard grid or artistic formats. Rotate individual displays to any angle to create a unique video wall.

Add virtually unlimited content inputs from just about any source: Local CMS player, Live TV, RTSP, RDP, VNC, an interactive desktop or full screen browser or just about any content using one or more HDMI or SDI capture cards.

Configuration Flexibility

Preset zone support allows for the display of simultaneous content streams on specified displays within the video wall which can be changed on the fly as needed.

With a single touch customers can instantly change the content playing on the video wall using a smart phone or tablet.

Powerful Control Features

Userful has a powerful suite of control tools. Administrator can preset zone and content options for all displays, and then staff are able to invoke those presets using a tablet or smartphone switching content and zones across all video walls and displays with a single touch. Userful also allows users to control the mouse and keyboard of an interactive video wall from a smartphone or tablet. Ths effectively turns every video wall into a touch video wall.

The Userful platform began as a virtual desktop solution, reducing the cost and simplifying desktop deployments around the world. Delivering cost effective centralized and virtualized desktops however was just the beginning for Userful. Since then, we’ve developed our software platform to do amazing things for displays of all kinds. Userful also supports high performance video walls, digital signs and locked down kiosks that are easy to manage, cost effective to deploy. From interactive video walls, to artistic, mosaic-style video walls, or simple control room applications, Userful is a high-end video wall controller that makes it easy to synchronize and add intelligence to displays.

Epiphan Pearl – The Ultimate Live Streaming Platform

Epiphan Pearl – The Ultimate Live Streaming Platform

Live streaming is hardly considered a specialty service anymore. Most performance venues are realising it’s virtually a requirement to stay with the times in an increasingly online, inter-connected world. TV channel counts are dwarfed by the gazillion options available live on the Internet, and stream-hosting websites like ustream.tv and livestream.com have never been busier.

Pearl is a solution that allows you to integrate live streaming functionality without requiring a complete overhaul of your pre-installed AV systems. It’s designed for live video production, and provides switching and recording functionality in addition to streaming. Up to four HD video sources can be connected to the rack unit, all of which can be displayed in a variety of system via HDMI, SDI, or analogue TRS inputs.

Users can facilitate the power of the Pearl to record a session, edit it, and get a package up online within 24 hours with the easy access format, providing simplicity to integrate directly into Final Cut or Premiere Pro. The Pearl can also be custom-branded, giving customers a totally whitelabeled experience to present to their visitors.

Learn more about Epiphan Pearl here.

Make Anything Your Canvas: Projection Mapping Content

Make Anything Your Canvas: Projection Mapping Content

Video appearing on large objects is nothing new. For decades, Times Square in New York has had video monitors on the sides of buildings. What is becoming more common, with the advent of stronger projectors, is making the building itself a screen.

In a process called projection mapping, a 3D model of a building is made, then this model or map is entered into special software that allows video designers to “wrap” images that are projected back onto the original surface. This requires very high resolution, high lumen projectors and often more than one projector to cover a large surface. The result is a stunningly clear image and new levels of creativity.

 

The Disney Way

When it comes to creativity and innovation, the Walt Disney Company often leads the way. We spoke with Chuck Davis, Principal Technical Director at Creative Entertainment for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and he told us that the concept was actually born in Disneyland.

There are three singing statue busts in the Haunted Mansion, which debuted in 1969. Originally the illusion was done by projecting a head shot of the singer that was perfectly cut out to match the surface. Chuck tells us, “Disney pioneered the process of taking specific imagery that is designed to highlight or augment or work with the surface that it’s projected onto. Walt Disney Imagineering has been working on this for a long time.”

 

Let’s Celebrate

Fast Forward to the present and Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Celebration. The creative team took 18 months to develop a fully immersive outdoor show called “Disneyland Forever”. Davis says, “We wanted to tell the story of what Disneyland was about. We projection mapped on the castle with super high accuracy.” But because of the way Disneyland is laid out, not every guest can see it during the fireworks show, so he tells us that they projection map onto “It’s a Small World” and even the 80 ft high Matterhorn. Davis continues, “We projection mapped the entirety of Main Street. Each block is a 4K shot, so literally Main Street is a 16K video image.”

 

Erik Koehler is the Senior Video Designer for Creative Entertainment at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. He gives us the technical specs on the hardware: “Those are all separate systems and we tried to keep all the pixel densities similar across all the surfaces. It requires three totally different systems with totally different lenses to achieve that.” Koehler tells us that all of the projectors are by Christie (link is external). They chose the Boxer 4K30 for the Matterhorn. There are four Roadster HD20K-J’s to cover the castle. Main Street is longer but the throw is shorter so they use 14 projectors.

 

A Green What?

Both men say they the key to the process is the Hippotizer (link is external) from Green Hippo). This is the processor that seams the images together and software that allows for the creation of 2D images laid over large 3D objects.

Chuck Davis says that there are three ways to think about the process, “We can just project on the object like it’s a flat screen. We put textures and things on there. Second, using the Hippo itself to do shrink wrap, we can take a 2D image, project it onto the model detail and then we can start moving it around.”

Additionally, he says they can add barriers within the animation to make objects appear to follow the building’s exterior. “There’s a scene in the show where balloons start popping up. They are flying in the air and they bounce off the contours. They bounce off a ramp, bounce off the veranda and one hits a little bit of the turret and then flies off into the air.” Davis continues, “The third thing we can do, that people are most amazed by, is that we can animate in 3D on a 3D and it looks like the building is doing something that it can’t do. It looks like it’s getting squashed or blown up or flipping over or doing crazy things. We play with your eye and trick you into believing that these crazy things are happening.”

Erik Koehler designs the systems and he says that the greatest limitation they face is the size of the images and the speed of their processors, “The size of that file is the tricky part. You can’t go too big because then it becomes too burdensome on the video server to playback live.”

 

Look East To The Future

Davis and Koehler say that what we’ve seen at Disneyland is just the beginning. Their team is working on 4K resolution they are moving that way very rapidly. Chuck Davis says, “We’re opening a new park in Shanghai. It features the largest castle ever built. We’re working on a show that will have 18 4K projectors. It’s the largest canvas that we’ve ever projected on in terms of pixels. Green Hippo has never done anything this large and they are the king of the industry.”

Samsung’s Revolutionary New Digital Display Product Range

At ISE 2016, Samsung showcased a wide range of future-focused technologies, including the industry’s slimmest video wall, fine pixel-pitch LED signage, interactive mirror display and transparent OLED display.

Check out the video above for more information.

LG Digital Signage Adds Value & High Exposure

A digital information display system building company is conducting a large-scale project of installing information-delivery signage at Seoul Metro stations, which are crowded all the time. In order to grab the attention of people quickly passing by, it was essential to choose a display with not only a clear image but also balanced color and high resolution from any angle.
“Since it is a large-scale project – installing 500 information delivery signs at 112 Metro stations – we chose LG’s product. LG’s IPS technology has a vivid and lifelike quality. It has no variation or color distortion and its color depiction is very detailed. Moreover, considering the large number of people always present where the signage was to be installed, the IPS panel was perfect for the project since it displays a clear, even image from any viewing angle.”
The LG product used for the project is the webOS 65-inch model just launched this year. As SoC Built-in model, it can play contents simply by plugging a USB without separate media player, making it easy to change and update contents.
Signage can be used as an effective advertising medium, carrying information about nearby shops. The contents can be updated easily and consumers can receive information about the shops close to the station on a wide screen display with a high-quality picture.

The public offered many favorable reviews about the signage at the Seoul Metro stations:

“The quality is absolutely fantastic with the best resolution and clarity.”

“It is the real No.1.”

“It seems to be displaying really vivid images.”

As usability is enhanced, the signage that accurately delivers diverse information through a vivid, high resolution display is becoming a popular advertising medium.

Along the passageway from Trade Center station to COEX, there is an eye-catching digital signage tunnel. Whereas the previous lighted advertisements at stations were static, the digital signage displays attention-getting video advertisements as well as media art.

The media tunnel, made of 126 55-inch IPS interconnected digital signage displays together reaching a total length of 27m, has created the biggest media advertising space in Korea. In addition, it has an action recognition program and interactive contents, enabling various communications with users. The space filled with LG digital signage is gaining attention for its increased advertising effectiveness thanks to its live contents and outstanding interior effect.
A video wall made of LG digital signage can also be seen at the exit of Gangnam station, which has the highest floating population. The applied model is the 55WV70MS, which has improved visibility due to its shine-out technology that provides a clear image even under direct sunlight or bright lighting. Although nine screens are used to compose one large display in a 3×3 format, the entire display overwhelms the space thanks to the ultra-slim bezels, combining to create an immersive viewing experience.
On either side of subway exit stairs, there is a 55-inch display that gives the impression of a photo frame due to the slim bezel. These displays provide up-to-the-minute information as people pass by, and thanks to the IPS panel they can be read from any angle.
A large video wall near the exit and display advertising board next to the stairs provide realistic and vivid contents benefiting the public by presenting necessary information and allowing corporations to maximize their promotion efforts.

LG Digital Signage not only offers advertising solutions but also adds beauty and value to any place. Its advanced technology has displays that are so visually appealing they serve as media art.

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