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Will an interactive touch screen solution be bespoke to my brand?

Here is a very informative and a very nice article to read whether interactive touch screens and its content fit your brand.

A snippet: “Not all touchscreen developers are equal. Some developers – usually ones that specialise more in the hardware side of things – offer templates that can be adapted to suit your needs, but won’t necessarily be bespoke to your brand, or give the level of interactivity you require.

We would recommend staying away from templated experiences as they can be clunky and less intuitive to use – plus, they won’t necessarily stand out as being particularly unique, or delivering the best experience or representation of your brand.

Instead, look at interactive agencies – or touchscreen specialists – who understand branding. Check out their previous work; do they seem to understand branding in their examples? Are their touchscreen experiences well-designed with strong branding?

Ask them if they’re prepared to work with your brand agency or internal team to ensure a consistent brand language. A good agency or specialist should be adept and comfortable with either option.

However, it’s wise to remember that touchscreens have their own design rules, so you must be able to trust the touchscreen agency to work with your brand. You need to be flexible enough to allow them to adapt brand language to work within an interactive touchscreen.”

Read it here.

 

Transparent Fridge section updated.

Transparent Fridge section updated.


Recently our Korean partner and manufacture had brought out new and up to date models of the 24″, 32″ and 49 inch transparent fridges. This time they include LGP (Light Guide Plate) technology. This is beneficial for companies who use dark bottles (i/e Budweiser, Coke and Pepsi) and gives a much better and above all crispier graphic display viewing.

Please go HERE to read all about it with videos and specification sheets for the three transparent LCD fridges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sept 2017 Update

Greetings,

 

it has been a bit quiet on this website  and that is because we have been busy on the installation front for the first half of the year where we ended up collaborating with a larger company on 2 large scale projects: one a major online fashion retailer and a very large TV company as well. Since we are only a small company we have been told that mum’s the word, so we will leave it at that.

Then accident struck to director Bart Kamp who ended up being hospitalised for just over three months and who is still in recovery, although not for much longer. In the mean time the website will be updated  over the next few weeks so keep re-checking.

NEC Screen Event 2016

This year’s NEC Screen Event was held in the Millbank Tower. It must be difficult trying to find a different space in London that is exciting to visit year upon year, we do not mean this in a negative way more as to the challenge to organise an event of this statue year upon year in an exciting environment. This was our fifth visit in a row, and the ones held in the o2 arena (2012) and the Velodrome (2014) were the most exciting ones to visit. The o2 because it was dark and the screens were king and the Velodrome due to its location and also due to the space to walk around.

Upon arrival visitors were encouraged to go into a small theatre to view a 3 minute movie which involved projection mapping, what was painstakingly obvious was the blending showed some horrible lines on the background, a little more thought regarding to that specific aspect for a better finish wouldn’t go amiss.

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Space-wise the Millbank Tower’s 28th and 29th floor at times felt cramped to walk through and actually view what was on offer from a comfortable distance, in most cases you would stand in the walkway trying to take a good look with people passing by. The increasing heat didn’t help either and the elevators resembled a sauna at some times.

The screens as usual LUSH, but our grievance was the content fatigue that has crept in. In the retail area one company showed the very same RFID application  they had shown the year before at Vinopolis’ NEC Screen event 2015.

Control rooms again just haven’t changed much, except the conflict scenario showing the world was about to engage in some heavy duty skirmishing (sadly confined to one single screen), let’s hope it doesn’t come to that fellas.

We would have loved to see some scenario involved with mapping and multitouch in conjunction with live data and the interaction with it. From a scenario p.o.v. it all felt rather meagre. Multitouch would speed reaction times and increase analytical progress as well.

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Multitouch technology itself  was on some tables and a wall or two. One table allowed sending the content to a 2×2 wall. Nifty but a cable does all the work and standard multitouch software packages already have this feature enabled. Bit more RFID/NFC interaction with mobile handsets taking brochures home would have livened it all up a tad more. The design of the tables itself….mwah.

Lunch consisted of a lunch box and this also meant that visitors wanted to sit down, and even though there were some seating areas it just wasn’t enough. Many stood at the bars to eat their lunch. The wraps were tasty though!

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The Baanto multitouch technology allowed for direct interaction without another layer of glass in front of it which ought to be a plus. While we gave it a try it worked ok, A positive was the fact that  that the wall was right next to a set of windows with plenty of daylight coming in and it did a decent job, not as responsive as in light controlled conditions but decent.. But from a UX p.o.v. one would have to ask whether working with content on a wall with thin bezels, which were not mounted flush is a more pleasant way to interact with, than on one solid piece of glass in front of it. Personally I’d stick with a glass front until this is fine tuned.

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Having panels not flush mounted is a big no, but what was more off putting was cable management, plenty of situations where cables were just dangling underneath screens. This sounds pedantic, but AV is where it ends and what is the point putting screens up that cost a fair bundle and then have the power lead not fastened behind the stand or screen and just hanging loose underneath.

We personally would like to see some more dare with content at the next event as we have “seen it all before” is becoming a fact . We are also well aware that this industry and its clients are conservative, but at the same time there is plenty of content about that could fill those screens and immerse the visitors a lot more.

See you next year!

 

Collaborative Work Environment

Explore the transformative experience of the collaborative work environment.

The search for a competitive advantage through innovation and effective decision-making has led many organisations to highly value collaborative-oriented work and spaces.

The way to collaborate in an immersive way and to interact with each other is quite a challenge for businesses. Imagine a hardware and software system that creates a space where ideas are born, stimulated and developed. A place where the business reinvents itself within the collaborative work environment and is challenged to define its problems and finds answers to its questions.

Technology is the key feature of highly-used collaborative space, dedicated to a specific core team of cross-functional experts whose purpose is to rapidly complete one specific project. The concept was developed to support agile software development. Agile teams have been reported to produce stronger, higher quality results in a third of the time of conventional project methodologies, but they require a meeting room for the duration of a project. These core team members use the collaborative space as their primary work space for the lifespan of the project while extended team members come and go as needed. The room collects and displays information that describes project goals and objectives, typically posting storyboard processes and project progress on the walls so that all team members and customers can instantly engage in the work at hand. Teams hold regular meetings to discuss previous accomplishments and reset new goals.

Collaborative work environment with multitouch applications by Touchez-3-ISE 2016

 

In the meeting room the needs to work and communicate have changed over the years from simple audio visual device requirements to a collaborative work environment where immersive and connected technology contributes to productive and engaging meetings .

Organisations can lack insights into the true nature of collaboration, they end up copying the obvious characteristics of successful public spaces  such as the café, market and the lounge.  hoping that the positive social interactions within these spaces will translate to a business setting. By trying to better understand the distinction between purely functional (traditional spaces), specialty and extracurricular spaces, organisations could better support collaboration.

The collaborative work environment is to gain new perspectives and drive the business forward at a new pace and to work better, by sending content to multiple devices i/e tablets and back again to the multitouch table and/or wall.

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Having the right technology avaiable for the collaborative work environment is a leading ingredient in the recipe for a successful collaborative space. Technology such as multitouch screens, tables and walls in conjunction with mobile devices must support people’s abilities to connect devices and to each other.
The technology should be adaptable, reliable and easy to use. Accessing these various technology platforms should not diminish the ability to meet, share info and interact.

Collaboration these days frequently involves displaying and interacting with visual data using handheld devices to large mounted screens, walls and whiteboards.  This requires adaptability of furniture and work space and would be offering a more effective choice over space type being used and the flexibility of each client and employee within the space itself.

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The types of collaborative spaces offered continue to evolve; the most rapidly growing categories support brainstorming, small unplanned meetings, videoconferencing and project team work.

In the future, the planning of group spaces should go beyond simply providing isolated pockets of collaboration space. The change is there to use the types of spaces offered,  to create a broader sense of connection among employees, departments and even disciplines within the organisation. If the cohesiveness of the collaborative work environment were to improve, then it could lead to increased cooperation among groups, sense of community, and a sustainable competitive advantage.

ISE 2016

ISE 2016

ISE is the event for interactive screen technology in Europe. Our fifth visit this year to ISE 2016. This year for the first time stretching over 4 days, we choose to go for the first three. We did not want to walk our socks off, so we spread it out over another day and spend less hours each day at the Rai, a wise move that if we  were to go again would probably be repeated. Our feet were ever so thankful! This year’s event proved to be a major improvement to content in conjunction with interactivity. Quite a few multitouch setups above all in conjunction with the collaborative work environment.

Collaborative work environment with multitouch applications by Touchez-1-ISE 2016

 

LG had opened their stand and by the looks of it enlarged as well. The stand resembled a tech school playground with the slickest gear on display. The set had flair with lots of creative uses for panel displays. The transparent LCD fridges and displays, the interactive bathroom mirror and dresser were all beautifully crafted and with an excellent finish. LG understands that displays are going to be everywhere and they like to show off a few potential uses, something they have been doing for a few years already and regular visitors do tend to compare the stands, and I find this years’ more engaging between crowd and kit and that is a real plus (although the fridges should have been filled with Korean beers…..).

ISE 2016 by Bartolomy-2

 

Its stallions were two curved double sided OLED screens, absolutely perfect for retail, a real feature. Would love to see this with a gesture controlled application. Something with a kinect and tracking the people approaching and have content interact with them.

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The robotic arms at Panasonic were most impressive.
panasonic ise 2016

4K has become almost a standard for many touch screens, no doubt content needs to be pushed further quality-wise but the next installment already lays ahead, and one wonders whether not to go with a 8K setup where possible as Sharp presented an amazing quality 8K screen and this cannot be far away for all the other (touch) screen manufacturers to create either.

8K Screen by Sharp

Content wise some nice ideas on the retail front and  real-estate, and as mentioned earlier the collaborative work environment. Various samples and systems on display.

Collaborative work environment with multitouch applications-ISE 2016

The Surface Hub was present on a few stands as well but in all honesty I would have expected more of a presence than what I did get to see compared to Microsoft’s presence last year. I know I am having a whinge here but even though the integration the Surface Hub offers with existing Office applications you’d expect massive promo all over, but there were only a handful that demonstrated partial solutions.

Projection, some people claim it is dead, well it must be dead in their sector as to what is on display for effect and in EDU with interactive touch is mesmerising.

Projection ISE 2016

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Retail had a few things to show but again either the proprietors of the stands lack the willpower or this is just not the event for it, education has a much better representation across the many firms exhibiting there in comparison. This facial recognition analytical software below was kind of interesting.

RETAIL ANALYTICS ise 2016

LED, even brighter and more detailed than the year before, some of it is of amazing quality. At some pathways the lighting was set so it resembled street scenes from Blade Runner. The Chinese are at the forefront of this and are incredibly good at it.

LED Display ise 2016

What ISE 2016 lacked a lot was integration and demonstration with live data of any sort. A cool social media wall for instance especially since Tweeting about the event has grown exceptionally.

A fine display fest and its best so far, which makes it hard not to go next year.

NEC Screen Event 2015

NEC Screen Event 2015

The NEC Screen Event 2015, also known as NEC Showcase was being held at Vinopolis near London Bridge. Our 4th time attending in a row and always interested to see how the space is being utilised for an event of this scope.

It has been hit and miss, our personal fave is still the o2 setup as the darkness made all screens look KING. Tobacco Docks the year after had quite a few screens suffering because of the sunlight beaming in. And last years’ Velodrome was quite a happening indeed.

NEC Screen Event 2015 at Vinopolis proved to be a good choice especially for its compartmentalisation which goes very well with NEC’s event formula of showing digital signage per sector, such as education, retail, security etc.

A few things about NEC Screen Event 2015  deserve a mention.

Catering was much better than at the Velodrome. Very nice.

There is an element of  content fatigue creeping in, a lot on display gives you the feeling that you have seen it last year already or very similar at least or was just not engaging enough (like the cube and the floor sensors).

The room for potential regarding interactive content is huge. A PCAP table in the control room setting with a kick arse security scenario? Fashion runway with RFID and a wall of screens would have been an amazing feature in the retail section upstairs, which took some effort to find btw.

The Beacon app in the retail Zone did not work on the Thursday.

The ultra bright front window signage screens were very bright and lit the passage way up nicely but from a pratical p.o.v. I would have rather seen them in action upstairs with the daylight blazing in.

The three short throw projectors at the front of the building had a lovely edge blend, this setup screams for an interaction with IR or sensors.

Touch signage was on display, but multi-touch apps were not engaging enough due to lack of proper content and interactions involved. Just some demo content doesn’t cut it any more everybody has already dealt with it one way or another and the attention span of the user lasts about ten seconds.

Selected live demos with the kit on display, some lightning talks to get crowds gathered to explore the technology on display.

At the end of the day, still a fab event and of course we will be back next year, wherever that may be…..

NEC Showcase 2014 London Velodrome

This year’s NEC Showcase was being held at London’s Olympic Velodrome, a great location to say the least. A major improvement compared to last year’s venue The Tobacco Docks which compartmentalised everything way too much and the sunlight beaming in did some screens no favours either. The 2012 event’s location, the o2 arena, is still our personal fave though!

The two day event, a first, attracted just over 1.500 visitors, up again compared to last year. The sunny weather helped for walking towards the venue.

NEC Screen Event 2014

 

We saw quite a few things that were interesting showing a few highlights below.

The introduction of NFC card reading technology in conjunction with multitouch documents and way-finding software,  was a welcome surprise, it saves clients  from having to type their details in as they are already on display!

 

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The interactive coffee ordering system was a fun gadget to interact with.

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Augmented reality in conjunction with window display digital signage, which can be utilised for many different purposes.

 

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The curved wall by PsCo, a major improvement compared to last year’s setup. Very nice!

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Bit of a let down was the quality of the catering, there were quite a few complaints amongst us, but nevertheless  a very good event with some excellent digital signage on display.

Looking forward to NEC Showcase 2015.

ISE2014

This year,  due to work pressure, we only managed to go for one day to ISE2014 and also different from its previous visits we choose the last day which was definitely slower than the first two days of the exhibit so we have been told, but it was still busy enough.

The Multitouch segment of the market is slowly starting to make a solid presence at ISE and was mostly confined to halls 8 and 10. In there we saw some gems of multitouch screens but also some very bad ones as well, slow sluggish interaction which people gave up on quite quickly.

The software, well some of it was nice to dabble with but not much kept people engaged, a dabble hear and there but nothing that really stuck out, but still overall a needed improvement visible in comparison to last year’s event. What we really missed were talks/lectures or demonstrations to show its capabilities.

We liked the curved projected capacitive touch screen which when placed in a portrait setting could be used to utilise corners inside retail premises or any other venue looking to implement touch screens without having to need a lot of space.

curved projected capacitive touch screen

The interactive mirror, something Touchez was asked about to create almost two years ago, could become a stylish way for retailers to grab and use in their fitting rooms.

virtual fitting room

The ultra HD 84 inch 4K multitouch screen (5 TP), but a drawing board does not do a lot for showing of its 4K screen abilities.

ultra hd multitouch screen

At the end of the day we could only conclude that it was another great show and we are very much looking forward to ISE2015.