Interactive Touch Screen Displays
These systems, also referred to as interactive displays or interactive touchscreens, are often large, wall or cart mounted screens that are becoming a critical component to the integrated classroom and conference room technology. These systems allow users to manipulate data in a hands-on environment and engage with content like never before.
Touch screen displays offer more extensive features than traditional monitors and screens. These systems incorporate touch screen capabilities with the ability to ‘write’ on displays with a finger or digital pen. Users can annotate over web pages, documents and digital flipcharts, then save and send the meeting files via email.
For educators, they act as the heart of the entire classroom technology system. In business environments interactive displays offer a flexible solution in meeting rooms, huddle rooms and unique environments.
Touch Screen Displays for Education
Touch screen displays are becoming a mainstay in classrooms by providing teachers with critical collaborative technology and enhancing the learning environment. These interactive displays provide a hands-on learning experience for students while addressing many common complaints with projector technology.
Unlike lamp-based projectors, touch screen displays don’t require replacement of bulbs or filters. This reduces the support time needed to service each classroom. They also reduce the distracting noise caused by projector fans, which can disrupt students learning environment. IT Directors can also update some touch screen displays remotely, so they don’t have to interrupt the classroom to ensure the boards are running smoothly.
Companies like Clevertouch, NEC, Avocor and others provide a wide variety touch screen display solutions. Like most technologies, your priorities play a critical role in how each platform’s nuances will impact the learning environment.
We offer Clevertouch in Idaho, Washington, Montana and Wyoming. It features a simple Android-based user interface and built in PC with no ongoing subscription costs.
Business & Government Solutions
Touch screen displays are game changers for employee training, meetings, and collaboration.
The ability to annotate over existing documents and web pages drive a collaborative environment. Meeting documents can be saved with the annotation and emailed to the pre-set attendees. Meeting members no longer need to take photos of a whiteboard before it’s erased, and the archiving feature ensures notes won’t be lost after the meeting.
The flexibility offered by touch screen displays in the business environment is outstanding. When properly integrated, the touch screen display can transform into an essential meeting tool.
Not only can your team brainstorm and whiteboard digitally, but the touch screen can also act as a display for video conferencing. Some video conferencing platforms enable employees to write on the interactive display and the content will be instantly shared across all the devices in the call. Various touch screen displays also feature, or integrate with, wireless display options for effective presentations. It’s easy to transition between inputs with new technology, and users can jump between a HDMI connection, Android OS, and PC modules.
There are also software overlays which enables seamless video conferencing by showcasing the entire day’s room schedule on the touch screen display. Even if the day’s video conferences jump between Zoom, Skype for Business, StarLeaf, Polycom or Lifesize, your employees will be able to join the call directly from the screen. It is important to remember that a seamless video conferencing experience extends beyond just the display. Your AV partner will need to integrate the system with appropriate microphones, speakers and cameras to ensure individuals in large group conferences can be heard and seen.
Finding the Right System
Neurilink offers many of the leading interactive touch screen technologies. We have access to best-in-class solutions and can help you find an alternative to a problematic legacy system. Get in touch with us to see what options are out there and identify the right fit for your organization.
The Ins and Outs of IR
The Difference Between IR and Capacitive Touch Screen Technology
Infrared, also called IR for short, is a technology that enables touch interaction on displays. IR displays feature infrared light emitting diodes in the bezel of the display. These LED sensors create an invisible net across the entire display. When the display is touched, your finger breaks the lines in the ‘net’ of the sensors which tells the display the location of the touch.
IR technology is progressing and the previous issues of lag when writing or discrepancies between where the touch is and where the screen thinks the touch is have been remedied.
About Capacitive Touch
Capacitive touch differs from IR in that instead of sensors in the bezel capturing the location of a pen due to an interruption in the light path, the screen itself detects the touch.
Here’s how MIT describes capacitive touch–
The surface of a touch screen is blanketed with a grid of electrodes. Wherever a finger rests, a capacitive contact is formed and the circuit is complete.
In short, a capacitive touch display uses similar technology as your smartphone. The display itself identifies the touch. This creates a responsive, accurate writing experience. Capacitive technology is advantageous to business environments where a higher level of accuracy and user experience is expected.
If you’re unsure whether IR or capacitive is right for you, we recommend trying them for yourself. Some manufacturers specialize in capacitive while some do both. Each screen has a unique writing experience and testing them out is the best way to understand which you prefer.
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