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CES Show- What to watch in 2014

CES2014The largest electronic show in the world is back in Vegas and CES is filled with innovative technology set to amaze as always. Unfortunately, Paragon were unable take a trip over the pond but we have been keeping an eye on all the latest news to share with you. This year’s main attractions may have been in the gaming and wearable technology spectrum but there was still plenty of AV equipment and concepts set to stun, with Samsung particularly catching our eye with an array of products. We’ve listed our top three products from the show.

98-inch 8K screen

Whilst many manufacturers are filling the floor of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with 4K screens of all sizes, Samsung are skipping a step by unveiling a monolithic 98-inch screen in 8K. Also known as Quad Ultra HD, this 7680 x 4320 resolution was on display with a super sharp image but it seems bizarre when it seems 4K hasn’t quite flown off the shelves yet. We discussed 8K in detail last year,  after Sharp showcased their screen back in 2010 and although it appears to still be in prototype format, it will be interesting to see if we all skip 4K and wait for the next best thing.

Home Automation IS the Future

It’s apparent this year that the home automation market has grown thanks to the increased use of tablets and wireless connectivity. In the corporate market, the likes of AMX and Crestron still appear strong when controlling an entire system but domestically Samsung is trying to get ahead of the rat race. Last year LG showcased its HomeChat system, which allowed users to text their controlled devices with commands from afar. Samsung plan to incorporate their new wearable technology along with features including the following:

  • Control will now be possible over devices such as lighting and air conditioning from a smart device app elsewhere and voice commands will be possible via new TV remote controls.
  • Cameras will be built into TVs and other appliances to allow Home View. This provides real-time video feeds to a user’s smartphone so that they have surveillance over their home whilst on the move.
  • A new customer service technology allows appliances to notify the smartphone app if anything needs cleaning or replacing. For example, if a light goes out, you will receive an alert on your phone instantly.samsunghomeautiomation

All of these features could become very useful in a corporate environment and it wouldn’t surprise us if other manufacturers catch onto this in the future.

Flexible screens

There is an array of curved screens on show at CES, a concept that seems to have had mixed reviews, including Samsung’s 105-inch 4K TV but a couple of prototypes appear to have taken it one step further with flexible OLEDs. Both LG and Samsung are exhibiting bendable screens, which allow the user to decide when they want an immersive curve and normal viewing can be restored with ease. On the Samsung, we’re not talking Rolf Harris wobble boards here but the opportunity to slightly curve either side of the display so that it rises out of the bezel, giving the impression of more depth.

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Mind controlled tablet starts to become a reality

mindcontrolThe 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.

 

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.

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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New material likely to cause an electronic revolution

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When something involving technology or science is broadcast on the BBC’s news channels, you know it must be big news and the fact that said science could revolutionize audio-visual gets us at Paragon very excited!

After being identified in 2004 by a pair of university students in Manchester, interest in graphene has been increasing rapidly with electronic companies such as the mighty Samsung being granted patents. The number of filed patents has increased rapidly since 2007, with entities from the likes of China, America, South Korea and a few from Britain leading the way.

Graphene has caught the IT and AV world’s attention due to being ultra-thin and incredibly flexible without losing any strength, which enables possibilities for bendy screens, lighting within walls and power saving batteries. For those of us that aren’t as scientifically savvy, graphene is a form of carbon that is only one atom thick and arranged in a honeycomb structure. This is what helps it to be a great conductor, without taking up a lot of room and is rumored to eventually replace silicon in electronics. Below is a video by Samsung, showcasing some applications they feel will eventually be possible with graphene.

Make sure to keep an eye on the Tech Zone, as we plan to follow this story through its evolution and are intrigued as to when this adaptation will be available.

 

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.

Paragon’s Top 5 finds at BETT 2012



Despite being bombarded with button-less screens, enlightening projectors and general technology overload, the Paragon marketing team managed to pick out what they thought were the best new products in the education sector. Despite BETT exhibiting all kinds of technology, we have stuck to those products which feature in the audio-visual aspect and tried not to get too distracted by the games surrounding us. So here is Paragon’s top five picks from BETT 2012

1.Microsoft Surface – created by Samsung and Xface



Despite this innovative product circulating the trade shows for several years, it wasn’t until late last year that the multi-touch table was available to buy in the UK. Here at BETT, you can see how the oversized tablet means classes can work in groups, all having ago on the screen simultaneously and making learning fun. Teachers who have used Surface in their classrooms say that it is great for improving primary school ages to listen and work together, rather than just learning academic subjects. Other objects can interact with the screen, such as ID cards which can be swiped on the screen and open up a pupil’s work. Surface is looking to branch out into the retail sector soon.

2. Designmate 3D

Again, another business which has been around for over twenty years, developing 3D animated content for higher education. At BETT, a large crowd was pulled in due to their mini cinemas, showcasing their 3D simulations for sciences and maths, which used 3D glasses and were compatible with any large screen. Despite such engaging and educational graphics, this Indian company are yet to brand out into the UK, so make sure to watch out for this name in the future.

3. Insight 360 – created by eInstruction

Insight 360 is an intuitive and fully-integrated software programme that means teaching and learning comes easy. A portable interactive whiteboard can be held by the teacher and then connected to the main projected whiteboard on the screen, full of functions and capabilities to write and draw with a stylus. As well as being used on eInstruction’s Mobi 360, the Insight 360 software can also be downloaded onto an iPad. By using a Spark 360 (a small response pad), the children can be tested throughout the class and automatic results can be seen by the teacher on their device.  The whole concept makes for a calm and engaging classroom, where instant results can be found.

4. e-Station S/Z/T – created by B & S Media

Korea based B & S Media have managed to take all the concepts of audio visual and compact it all into one smart podium. From first glances, the podium is futuristic and powerful, bound to help any speaker’s confidence soar. The cabinet-style podium includes a control touch panel, an LCD tablet, high quality microphone and capabilities for external devices, meaning meetings can be completely at your fingertips. Adjustments can be made for your own comfort and there is even a locking system to make the product burglar-proof. Despite it looking like a more corporate piece of equipment, there is no saying this could not go down brilliantly in higher education.

5. Qumi HD pocket projector – created by Vivitek

One of the keys factors of technological evolution is size. Size affects, practicality, shipping prices and enhances the possibilities. With this in mind, Qumi is definitely a product to keep your eye on. Despite its compact size (being lighter than a paperback), this LED projector does not lack in HD crispness, high brightness and varying connectivity. With an integrated media player and document reader, Qumi can project a widescreen image of more than 2 metres diagonal, making it popular not only in the education sector but in home cinema and gaming as well. As they say, great things come in small packages!