As if the Tobacco Dock in London was not enough in respects of a great venue, the content displayed within its old fashioned frame makes for an enlightening day, in which the power of audio-visual proves it’s stronger than ever. The NEC Showcase’s fifth year of collaborating with other big manufacturers sees a serious upgrade in the retail and education sectors; however the event covers every angle including corporate, transport, media, leisure, healthcare and control. Each room had live demonstrations of new innovations so that you could experience the technology hands on, with visitors from round the world receiving live tours around the vast displays. From the word go you enter the electronic world, with a immersive tunnel that uses rear projection to create an engaging walkway.
Amongst all of this, there was also conferences and seminars as well as a dance troupe who were demonstrating a 4K workflow and were being filmed for playback on a 4K videowall and other 4K technology including a laser projector and using a 5K camera. 4K was seen elsewhere in the venue including NEC’s new 4K laser projector and a UHD 4K videowall. 3D had its own area, which proves this technology will continue to evolve, however it was kept purely for leisurely activities at this event.
The education room concentrated on collaborative learning including DisplayNote software, which we have touched on previously here. Digital signage within the schools and universities were pushed with AMX’s latest control panel proving anyone can keep the system up to date (blog coming soon).
The retail section was probably the most popular, due to so many interactive displays that brought to life many concepts we have been hearing so much about, yet haven’t tried out for ourselves. This included large touch screen menus, virtual changing rooms and audience analytics (blogs to come soon).
Congratulations to NEC on the event and make sure to keep an eye out for more in depth product spotlights coming soon on the Tech Zone.
Just as tablets become the favourite for controlling lives, as well as technology, the University of Carolina come along to throw the largest spanner into the works, the human brain. Researchers in the bioengineering department have created a “Brain Machine Interface” (BMI), which is a tattoo-like, wireless device attached to the forehead. At the moment, the contraption is being applied to the medical industry to monitor premature babies and research labs and hospitals are already planning the arrival of the BMI.
But think about it this way. Professor Coleman also sees potential applications in control and telepathy. Imagine, you walk into your house and the lighting, music and heating is set to your mood without you doing anything. The ease of application to the body and antennae to transmit the signals to other wireless receivers means the possibilities could be endless and many ridiculous. The BMI is solar powered and though we have already seen brain signals used to control robotics via implants, this tattoo form avoids complications with incorrect implantation (check out the video of Brain Gate implants in action below). So make the most of your thoughts now before everyone else can read them and let’s hope our AV systems will no longer need a finger lifted.
Here at Paragon, we’re aware that not everyone can get out to see the latest products at exhibitions at training days. With this in mind we are offering a free demonstration day at our offices for local schools and business to check out the latest Clevertouch. The interactive LCD touch screen features a multi-touch of over 30 points and can be adjusted from board to table form.
We are offering local establishments a free of charge in-house demonstration with one of our expert consultants to give you a one on one feel for the board and see the advantages it could bring to an educational or corporate environment.
We currently have these times available so feel free to call us to book an appointment. One of our team can come and collect you if necessary.
You 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.
With what is probably the most anticipated gadget of the century, Google has added yet another feature to the technological attire that is likely to push it even further. A lightweight, monochrome laser projector has been mounted on one side of the glasses and a camera on the other, to create a projection that can be beamed onto any surface, including the user’s palm.
Its touch capabilities mean you can transform your hand or another surface, into a keyboard or controls for a game you’re playing on the Google device. With some similarities to the Microsoft Kinect game, the further developments to this technology mean that despite head or hand movements, whilst say walking, the interface will stay centred, creating a smooth journey.
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.
The futuristic possibilities we thought were only possible in the sci-fi movies are slowly but surely catching up with us. With touch, gesture and even eye control becoming a reality in recent times, Samsung, who created that Galaxy S4 phone which is controlled by eye movements, have proved that by concentrating, you can make selections on a tablet.
Users currently need to wear a cap with EEG-monitoring electrodes but the inventors are looking to create a dryer version soon. Many companies, including IBM have shown serious interest in this technology particularly for gauging moods. Although it may be a slower transaction from thought to display and far from general public use, this technology will be invaluable to those with mobility disabilities. Seeing as a lot of systems are now controlled by tablets, this technology could prove to be life changing for those needing AV equipment.
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.
With the projection industry continuing to shine brighter after a continual advance in technology, our team visited RGB Communications to keep up to date with the latest products. Drew Rogers, a product specialist for projection, helped breakdown the pros and cons of each technology including DLP, 3 chip DLP and LED as well as the more upmarket LCoS systems. With products from NEC, Barco and Canon, some of our staff were shown demonstrations on the increases in resolution and quality available from each projector.
However, RGB do not just supply projectors. Covering an array of equipment including mounts, VC systems and control systems, their latest product that caught our eye was the Savant control system. Using an Apple device, this home automation system could also be used in a corporate environment, and with everyone owning an iPad, Savant is bound to become a favourite, as it has already proven popular in hotels. Keep an eye out for a blog coming soon on this product.
Thanks again to Drew and the rest of the RGB team for such an informative day.
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.
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