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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.

 

 

BenQ join the interactive flat panel hype

With interactive LCDs continuing to prove popular among both educational environments and offices, manufacturers BenQ have jumped at the opportunity to join the likes of Clevertouch and C-Touch models on the market. Their interactive displays, which are available in 42, 55 or 65 inches are simply connected to your PC via USB thanks to Optical Sensing Touch technology and are ready to go. Turning into a dual touch LCD flat panel with a thin frame has proved to be a more engaging tool for learning and has also been researched to show extra efficiency in offices.

An ambient light senor built into the TL range helps the user and viewers to achieve an optimal picture quality, regardless of the lighting in the room, whilst an integrated speaker means that the screen can be the home to all sorts of multimedia, including video with sound.

If you would like more information about this project, or any other interactive classroom equipment, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Make pinching your touchscreen a reality

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.

Medium visit Paragon HQ for training day

medium paragonHere 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.

Thanks again to our visitors! If you would like to partner up with us to teach us more about your products please feel free to contact us.

 

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Bett 2013 – Action from the show

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.

ISE 2013 breaks records to celebrate 10th birthday

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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.

BETT Focus: Classroom Collaboration and BYOD

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Despite a few visitors complaining about the lack of public Wi-Fi on offer at an event that promotes technology, the BETT show was trending on Twitter for the second day in a row! The demand for Wi-Fi is proof that BYOD (Bring your own device) is a theme that will occur in all sectors now – including education – as we see tablet computers being tapped all around the hall. Many studies including Ofsted reports confirm that a more interactive lesson engages students and therefore many companies have created software that incorporates BYOD into teaching time.

Most of the software exhibited today offers flexible access to collaborating via Apple, Android and Microsoft devices, so you do not have to supply the hardware to the pupil. Many of the manufacturers including the likes of Vivitek, DisplayNote and Samsung have created features which include allowing annotation from presenter and pupil, content sharing and instant response to quizzes and more, which all help the teacher to assess the grades of the class whilst still in the lesson. Although this interactive learning may seem fun to pupils, there will always be some that take advantage of a new medium and use in for non-educational purposes. Luckily the teacher is able to view and display anyone’s screen, as well as all their annotations being saved for you.

Using a tablet PC as a way to control your main screen gives the teacher mobility around the class and allows all forms of content to be streamed across the platforms, whether it’s a video on YouTube or and extract from a book. With all this in mind, it seems apparent that this will soon be the norm in all areas of education so if you would like to future-proof your classroom, please feel free to contact us for more information on the range of software available.

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Day 1 at BETT 2013

IMAG0251Despite 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.

The DisplayNote software in action on a tablet.

For more updates including video interviews and product reviews, please check out our Twitter and on our Tech Zone.

Paragon @ BETT 2013

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With our Tech Zone continuing to grow with useful information on the innovative, what better place to attend than this year’s BETT show, bursting with an array of technologies enhancing the educational environment. As a technology partner who speaks your language, the Paragon team will be interacting amongst the other 30,000 visitors over the three days to research the latest audio-visual equipment and report back, including projection, digital signage and interactive whiteboards.

Last year, Paragon Multimedia were pleased to see an increase in some of the new technologies that revolved around touch screen panels, 3D content and the integration of iPads into the classroom. Since then, the evolution has continued and so we shall continue to update you on products we find may be suitable for you.

358107231_fbd3c0e06dAs well as bringing you daily updates via our website and Twitter, we will also be conducting video interviews with industry experts and showing you live usage of some of the great equipment on display. The BETT arena will hold host to an array of different speakers from different areas of the education field and will even include an appearance and talk from celebrity scientist Prof. Brian Cox (Friday 12.30). Although there will be a lot of schools in attendance, there will also be plenty for those who are in charge of teaching within the workplace, thanks to office friendly products and ideas in the talks specific to a more corporate environment.

This is only the start of the multimedia platform that is Paragon’s Tech Zone but we can’t evolve it without your help! If you are unable to get to the event but would like some specific information, we can collect it for you and share any reviews or news we have found on the day. Feel free to contact our marketing team if you have any requests.

Are you visiting BETT and a bit worried about where to start? One of our consultants will be on site and happy to guide you around products you may have interest in. Contact Diana to arrange a meeting via dianabeckinsale@paragonmultimedia.com.

 

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NEC Competence Day 2012 – Offices of the Future

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.