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Do my 140 characters look big in this?

nicole-wenn-main_2386632aYou may have seen ex-Pussycat doll Nicole Scherzinger modelling this at the EE’s 4G launch in November last year but if not it would appear the Twitter dress is making a comeback for the catwalk. The dress, which is adorned with more than 500 Swarovski crystals and 2,000 LED lights, is linked to a computer so that tweets are displayed across the dress like a ticker tape. The woman behind the design is Francesca Rosella, the creative director and co-founder of Cute Circuit, who specialise in merging fashion and technology together.

The dress was discussed and displayed today on BBC Radio 4 and other news channels, with Francesca explaining the future of technical tailoring isn’t far off from reaching the high street. LED scrolling shirts have already been seen but the connection between instant internet access and display is what makes this unique. The dress needs recharging for just two hours via USB and you’re reading to dance the night away. Check out the video below for more information and examples.

Paragon visit Sign & Digital 2013

Sign & Digital were celebrating their 25th anniversary this year at the Birmingham NEC and although advances have been made in the realms of printing and sign, there was a decrease of what we at Paragon believe will be the future. Unlike last year, the digital signage on offer was severely lacking, with only a few examples of how powerful this medium truly is.

SIS Digital quite literally displayed the largest form of signage, with their outdoor advertisement boards that use LED technology. Pop Digital’s content management system was exhibited on an array of Android based tablets with a variety of fixtures that would be ideal for the retail industry. Grandstands may still primarily supply roll ups and stands but they are one of the only companies here today that have realised the possibilities of tablets. Their robust designs for stands fit for iPad and other touchscreen products take into account anti-theft bracket, whilst attaching additional displays via print.

Perhaps digital signage is still a bit too far out of many businesses’ budgets or maybe the print industry is afraid of their digital evolution taking over. What was slightly bizarre was the great use of digital signage to promote the print being exhibited. Either way, we’re sure there will be an influx for next year’s.

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Curved OLED TVs set to hit the shelves

LG electronics will be the first manufacturer to offer curved OLED on the public market, with the screens going on sale in South Korea next month. OLED technology allowed the screens to possess a thinner and more flexible form, which we touched on previously.

Despite both LG and Samsung exhibiting their curved OLEDs at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, LG have taken the lead with their 55inch screen that will sell at the equivalent to £8,725. The curvature of the television is said to create an Imax-like experience and eliminates screen-edge distortion and creates deeper blacks.

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Mercedes experiment with projection to enhance road safety

It may only be a concept for now but this car is bound to catch people in its headlights. Car manufacturers Mercedes-Benz will be showcasing their latest vehicle, the Concept GLA, at the Shanghai auto show over the coming week, which uses projectors as headlights. The front headlamps laser sourced projectors which have the capability of displaying media from formats such as smart phones, a hard drive or from the net.
There are also two cameras in the front roof rail which can capture 3D images, which can then be used externally on another device, so you can bring your journey to life.
Although the first thing we thought of when seeing this was a personal drive in cinema, Mercedes believe this technology could help road safety by projecting symbols for direction or warnings onto the road to give other users a heads-up.
Check out the video to see the car in action.

IPads and LEDs help create the world’s largest video game

A tall building in Sao Paulo, Brazil has transformed into an enormous game of retro classic Tetris. The passers-by on the street were able to play on the extra-large monitor (300m2) via iPads, whilst the coloured blocks were projected onto the building’s surface with 100,000 LED lamps. A version of the Space Raiders game was also available and attracted a lot of attention from tourists and residents alike. The project, coined “Play!” by its digital artists, was available for two weeks in the city, an extended period than what was expected, due to the success.

 

 

Just when you thought 4k was enough – the 8K evolution

You can always count on technology to move faster than we can handle and just as we thought we were getting the hang of what 4K is all about, the upgrade has already begun to stir interest.

With 4K technology only just becoming included in specs for most visual equipment, it’s surprising to think that experts are already talking about doubling such a high quality resolution but 8K has been predicted to be in regular use by 2020.

By regular of course, we don’t mean all your living rooms will be filled with such high definition, as the screen would need to be huge. Otherwise known as Ultra HD, 4K refers to a resolution of around 4,000 pixels in width and 2,000 high, creating a size equivalent to four HD screens. The amount of content available is still lacking and therefore some films that have been shot digitally do not reach their full potential on the screen.

panasonics_145_inch_8k_resolution_plasma_tv_2joqbThe 7680×4320 resolution expected of 8K has already been achieved in certain technology, such as JVC’s E-shift projection which doubles the resolution from a 4K device and has been used recently in flight simulators. As this evolution in resolution proves, it’s vital to future proof your system as the modern age is no longer an era where old and new technology can integrate with ease. Due to its larger need of bandwidth, use fibre optic cabling to allow for this expansions and look out for scalers and players upgrading (for example, Sony have already realised a BluRay player than can upscale to 4K).

To future proof your system, use 4K now and use fibre optic cabling (HDCP over fibre optic is still being worked on) to allow for larger bandwidth in the future. Content for 4K is currently very slim, so compatibility is currently a slight issue with content having to be scaled down for say, a BluRay player. Large format displays are bound to appreciate this advancement with 8K having the capabilities of stretching across say, an outdoor surface 300 feet wide. Although it may seem like something too far in the future, it’s likely manufacturers will start to embrace the Ultra HD tendencies, so we thought we’d give you the heads up.

 

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A chart showing the differences between resolutions.

 

True Colours display video wall expertise

IMG_0322Midwich’s technical division True Colours joined forces with many of their manufacturers on Friday to cover all aspects of a technology that continues to get bigger and bolder – the video wall. With multi-display systems continuing to spread throughout sectors other than corporate and education, the distributors bought together Dexon, NEC, Exterity, Peerless AV and AMX to discuss all elements of the technology at the Runnymede Hotel in Egham, UK.

Iain Campbell, Sales Director at True Colours, opened the morning explaining that video walls can be used for more than just digital signage, as they have personally dealt with the army and banks, proving its use in centralising monitoring. With this array of opportunities, video wall sales are expected to reach 12,800 this year, with that increasing further to 16,700 in 2014. There are certain factors which are imperative to creating a successful display system and many clients may not realise this. Dexon were on hand to explain their latest wall controller technology which offers an easy input. NEC had a wide range of screens on display with very narrow bezels and advanced fan technology to avoid overheating and prolong life usage, including the 3×3 display being used for the presentation.

With IPTV becoming a popular part of digital signage and therefore video walls as well, leading networkers Exterity provided a lesson in how internet television can be streamed across a building without using up all your bandwidth. AMX’s Jeremy Slater provided a success story to demonstrate how key personalised control systems can be for large displays, while more recent recruit Peerless AV brought mounting to the foreground, as many clients forget the importance of a secure and adjustable bracket.IMG_0330

After LG’s 3D video wall grabbing so much attention at ISE this year, it’s apparent that 2013 could be the year for the video wall, so if you would like more information on how it could benefit your company, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Paragon @ NEC Showcase 2012

This may be the third NEC Showcase; however it is also apparently the largest with almost 1,000 visitors and this year we were one of them. The O2 arena was crowded as suppliers, partners and techies passed through the darkened maze, augmenting the bright future of technology. The arena was conveniently separated into nine zones:  DOOH; Education; Professional Office; 3D and Leisure; Innovation; Colour; Healthcare; Transport and Retail, keeping the visitors on their toes with what there was to see.

NEC’s big name partners such as Intel, Smart and U-Touch amongst others were displaying throughout the zones, with eye catchers of the day including Wonderworks 3D ‘Pepper Ghost’ holographic display to welcome guests at the entrance. Another large display was a dome projection of the night sky, however not all products were lucky enough to have the space to show off, due to such popularity this year.

After attending the showcase, it’s just more proof that audio-visual is getting closer to world domination, especially seeing as the Transport and Retail zones were only debuting this year and are still full of innovation. There is so much to cover, so keep an eye out for particular products that caught our attention on the blog.

Digital signage training displays Paragon’s supportive role at Argyle School

Digital signage is everywhere you go these days, you just probably don’t notice it; while it sub-consciously promotes, informs and warns you through its large, high quality displays. Companies from various industries are starting to cotton on to the trend of easily editable, multimedia displays and reception areas in particular are starting to update with more information, rather than the same message being repeated all day every day.

Samsung’s latest software MagicInfo is simple to use, so that you can create a display full of images, text, RSS feeds and live clocks. With such a diverse range of uploads available, there is no excuse for your displays not to get people’s attention. By using the software at your desk, the small CPU at the back of the Samsung screen receives the information wirelessly. Schedules can also be set up so that certain layouts are shown at particular times, and one template can be used over several displays simultaneously.

At the Argyle Primary School in London, they opted for a simple, singular 46” display in the reception area for any visitors, parents or teachers passing by, as well as the pupils of course. After a short period of time, the three receptionists had got to grips with the basics and managed to create a co-ordinated background, with a school logo and both static and scrolling text. The speed was adjusted and feedback was given by exciting children watching on their lunch break. Cathy McGarry and the rest of her team were very pleased with our expert Stuart, and asked if they could have another training session to further expand their skills.

If you would like more information on digital signage, whatever the sector, please feel free to contact us.