Could Sharp’s latest touchscreen be a new rival for Smart?
At the beginning of this year, exhibitions like CES and ISA saw the latest prototypes in the audio-visual world and it’s interesting to see brands taking on new projects to compete with others. Take Sharp for example, who unleashed their new Aquos Board, an interactive whiteboard likely to compete with bigger manufacturers such as Smart and Promethean.
Their LED screen, which comes in sizes from 60-80 inches, contains a hybrid of technologies, including touchscreen, brightness versatility and even IPTV functions. By connecting to standard television, as well as having video-conferencing capabilities through Skype, the Aquos has still been labelled as an interactive whiteboard, which automatically makes one think of the educational sector. However, the idea behind the new large boards is the idea of omitting whiteboards and projectors and using this as an all-in-one. With this in mind, its variety of actions, which also link to Microsoft Office, may be slightly wasted in the classroom and if this is the case, the corporate sectors can take on this mighty screen and leave Smart, who are dedicated to a more learning environment, being a teacher’s best friend. “Let imagination and collaboration take it from there,” Sharp USA president Doug Albregts said.
There are currently still no prices or release dates on the Sharp Aquos board, but please keep an eye out for updates on this page!