We’ve all gotten used to the idea of pinching, sliding and prodding our touchscreen devices but we’d never expect to actually pick up a piece of the action. MIT’s Media Lab has created the option with an elasticated touchscreen that lets you experience “2.5D”, a dimension that has not been mentioned in the technology world before. The prototype, which has been named Obake, looks to bring even more touch to the touchscreen — using actuators, depth cameras, a projector, and a silicone screen to make pinch-to-zoom and other gestures a 3D reality.
The silicon display is supposed to mimic the fluidity of water whilst still allowing the gestures to create geometric shapes. Due to the large set up needed to create this dimension, it’s unlikely we will see this on the next smart phone, but it is likely to become a create concept for 3D displays in tourist attractions and educational purposes.
Check out the video below to see the set up behind the magic and see the “screen” in action.
Here at Paragon Multimedia, we are always trying to further our team’s knowledge when it comes to the audio-visual world. Whether it’s newer staff learning the basics, or keeping up to date with the latest trends, we like to keep a close contact with other experts in the industry to help develop out product knowledge.
This time round, help came in the form of Medium’s James Osborne, who managed to break down the mathematical formulas for projection to some of our latest recruits. He also bought along Chris Ault from LG, who updated the team on the latest innovations from the display gurus, including the vivid transparent displays available and this year’s biggest, current talking point – the video wall. Make sure to keep checking in on our Tech Zone for product information from these specialist areas.
Chalene Chandrasiri was representing Peerless AV for the day, who are slowly becoming more and more recognised here in the UK for their large variety of mounts and brackets. Again, video wall compatibilities were brought up and Peerless is likely to be a name you’ll be hearing much more of in the near future.
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If you were unfortunate enough to miss this year’s bustling BETT show, do not fear, for our team were able to catch some of the stand-out products live in action! From interactive whiteboards to ultra short throw projectors, there was something for every educational establishment at the new ExCel venue in London. Click the video below to find out more and for more information on products at BETT, check out our Tech Zone section for features on some of the key factors for future education.
Paragon Multimedia was lucky enough to be one of the 45,000 visitors through the doors of the rammed RAI in Amsterdam, making it the best-attended AV trade show ever held. With 900 exhibitors also beating the world record, ISE 2013 consisted of twelve halls filled with new innovative technologies to catch our eyes.
Mike Blackman, the Managing Director for Integrated Systems Events was thrilled with the result, explaining, “ISE 2013 demonstrated more clearly than ever that the electronic systems integration industry is capable of defying economic headwinds and encouraging its stakeholder companies toward continued growth.”
Similar to its American equivalent CES, ISE became the location of many launches by large manufacturers, including Crystal Displays touchscreen transparent LCD, Lighthouse’s flexible LED and Sony’s lamp-free 3LCD projector – the first of its kind.
One thing that was lacking was any evidence of OLED, which we have reported on previously and is supposedly the future of large display screens. Instead, 3D seemed to be the main interest by the visual enthusiasts, with LG’s beautiful video wall taking centre stage with its almost bezel-free frame.
Wireless audio was another focal point with the leaders being the likes of Peerless Audio, Sehnheisser and NuVo. Although the technology was often showcased to benefit a home cinema environment, it’s apparent that less cabling will be appreciated by all sectors, including corporate and education. We will have more on this coming soon to the Tech Zone, so make sure to keep a lot out if your audio system needs a revamp.
We hope that whoever attended ISE had a great time and we plan to have much more of a presence next year, as it continues to grow and grow. If you would like any more information on any of the products of concepts mentioned, please feel free to drop us an inquiry via our Tech Zone.
Despite clashing with equally popular AV event ISE this year, the DLR line was still rammed with teachers and techies heading to the opening day of BETT at its new home in the ExCel. Plenty of children were also in tow to check out the new technologies and were likely to have plenty of fun as once again the interactivity was in an abundance.
A new piece of jargon to many will be BYOD (standing for Bring Your Own Device), which is playing a dominant role on many manufacturers’ stalls. Brands such as Vivitek and Genee are showcasing their own new software that assists collaboration between teacher and pupils through tablet PCs, along with DisplayNote who seem slightly ahead of the game due to additional features, including the teacher being able to personally message a pupil if they have an incorrect answer, saving embarrassment in the classroom.
The evolution of lamp free projection continues with more products becoming more energy efficient thanks to higher lumens and less power consumption and visualisers are getting smaller despite the definition getting higher.
Wherever you turn you will see an interactive whiteboard being scribbled on by visitors, which is surprising considering the recent jump many brands have taken into using interactive LED and LCD screens instead. Many of the screens being demoed today are dual touch, however a few are yet to reach a true multi-touch experience unlike Clevertouch or the new Smart table, however we shall go hunting for this, along with other innovations again tomorrow.
The DisplayNote software in action on a tablet.
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NEC’s Competence Day has become an annual event around Europe, and this year Paragon Multimedia attended the Berkshire event hosted by the established audio-visual suppliers. The day, which was separated into video walls, new digital signage, projection innovations and offices of the future included demonstrations, presentations and information on what to expect in a few years’ time from NEC, and indeed, the whole audio-visual industry.
One of the key factors which arose throughout the sessions was power saving and eco-friendly displays which are likely to continue improving in the next couple of years. A variety of monitors that were on display in the “Office of the Future” had 23 Watt power consumption, which is a decrease compared to other brands, however NEC hope to be slimming down and ahead of the game to as little as 5 Watts by 2014.
NEC believes that multi-touch monitors will also soon become the norm and with the support of Windows 8, the concept of a mouse and keyboard may not even be known by future generations. Their 4K display is still in the works; however high costs and bandwidth problems mean that it won’t be a popular choice at the moment, unless you are in graphic design, thanks to its large depth of colour.
WiDi (Wireless display) was also discussed, and with the help of Intel, the industry will be able to improve the capabilities of an open office, with limited cables and a Cloud service that could connect monitors as well as data. Monitors on show at the presentation also featured CPUs which were attached to the back of the screen, saving room and electricity compared to your usual tower.
OLED and head mount displays are real insights into the future of technology, so make sure to keep an eye out for more news on this later on. It’s fair to say the working environment is bound to continue evolving and like other big, international names, NEC are keeping up with what is desired by large companies.
Coming soon: Information on NEC’s EA294WMi monitor.
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