For those who couldn’t get across to the ISE in Amsterdam, the BETT Show, held in London on January 25-28, was the next best place to see the latest display technologies. Although BETT is above all an education show, some of the products on display also have applications in the business world. Here, Tayla Ansell picks out the presentation products that caught her eye.
A highlight of BenQ’s stand was its new RP750K 4K UHD Interactive Flat Panel Display. The 75-inch panel comes with a built-in Android operating system and up to 20-point multi-touch interactivity. Combined with BenQ’s EZWrite 4.0 and NFCPen, it offers extensive note-taking and idea-sharing capabilities, ideal for efficient meetings as well as teaching/learning applications.
Speaking to Business Info about BenQ’s evolving product portfolio, AV Product Manager Chris Moore said: “We are display experts, and now we’re trying to be collaboration experts too.” Backing this up, he produced a brochure on the company’s new InstaShow wireless presentation device. Similar to Barco’s Clickshare, this no-software solution enables multiple individuals to present on any device with the click of a button.
Sony’s stand focused on higher education and the evolving learning environment, notably the transition from ‘one-way’ lectures to more active learning methods. In this context, Sony demonstrated Vision Presenter, which enables a teacher/presenter to pull together a range of media sources, such as videos, presentations, still images and web content, and display them all together on one screen/display.
The week after BETT, on February 1, Sony launched Vision Exchange, a new collaboration solution for higher education and corporate conference rooms. Vision Exchange creates a dynamic environment where teams can brainstorm and work collaboratively, wirelessly sharing content from participants’ laptops or tablets. In a corporate setting, a Remote Communication option lets workgroups connect to other sites using standards-based video conferencing systems.
Barco showcased its weConnect collaborative learning solution for higher education. The cloud-based system enables users to collaborate in a lecture, for example by sharing their screen content and answering poll or quiz questions issued by the teacher. This is also a useful tool for corporate training, as it allows everyone to connect personal devices to the central meeting room screen, facilitating interaction and information exchange.
Visitors to NEC’s suite were treated to a preview of its new InfinityBoard, a versatile display solution that can be used in education, but is mainly designed for interactive workspaces and huddle rooms. Applications include video conferencing, creative brainstorming, presenting, reviewing and collaboration.
The ultra-high definition (UHD) large format display (65 or 84in) uses InGlass touch technology, offering an intuitive touch experience with both finger and pen, and the ability to erase with your palm. The InfinityBoard supports wireless presentation, screen-to-device and screen-to-screen interaction. Using NEC’s MultiPresenter function, it also supports bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives.
One whole wall on Nureva’s stand was taken up with its impressive Span visual collaboration system. Offering much more collaboration space than an interactive whiteboard or flat panel display, Span combines a solid state illumination (SSI) projector with an expansive cloud-based canvas which is projected onto a wall and accessible from personal devices, enabling groups to create, share and edit ideas. Up to 10 people can work together, filling the wall with digital sticky notes, images and text. All work is saved in the cloud, meaning it’s always accessible and up to date. If required, team members can collaborate in real-time from different locations, removing the need for costly travel.
The latest addition to the product line, the WM307i, features a full HD solid state interactive projector. Combined with a customer-supplied PC, the WM307i creates a 2.13 m wide interactive digital wall.
Vivitek was showing a new Ultra Short Throw projector with a laser light source, Full HD resolution and 150-inch screen size (DH765Z-UST); the small and stylish Qumi 8, a Full HD LED 1000 lumens pocket projector suitable for entertainment, education and business applications; the NovoConnect solution for wireless collaboration; and Novo DS, an affordable digital signage solution.
Avocor took the opportunity to announce the launch of two new product lines at BETT, the E series and the X series. The E series, a 65-inch panel with a built-in Windows 10 operating system, is aimed squarely at the primary and secondary education sector. The X Series, which uses the Windows 10 operating system, is suitable for business applications too. Initially shipping with a display size of 75 inches, the panel has InGlass touch technology for smooth, accurate and responsive writing and supports 20 simultaneous touch points. It can also be used with an active pen for pressure-sensitive input, with side buttons for switching between functions (e.g. erase). Built-in features include a soundbar and wireless presentation system for wireless screen sharing from any device.
Visitors to Samsung’s stand were greeted with an expansive LED video wall, bright enough for high ambient light settings and ideal for receptions, lobbies or boardrooms. The rest of the stand featured technology for primary, secondary and university applications, such as the E-board display. Visitors could also try out Samsung’s Virtual Reality headsets.
Offering something a little different, Aiptek was showing its iBeamBLOCK pico projector. Inspired by LEGO toy blocks, the projector consists of three stackable components: a Windows 10 tablet with helpful apps for a mobile office; a 400 lumens DLP projector; and a powerbank, featuring a high capacity 13,200 mAH rechargeable battery providing two hours of continuous projection.
The company also showed the P800 series of smart pico-projectors, featuring a 5-inch, high resolution IPS touchscreen tablet; 800 lumens DLP projector; quaddirectional 40 watt speakers; and built-in microphone. These little projectors are not only fun, but also useful for maximising the productivity of mobile workers.
A major attraction on Epson’s stand was its new ultra-short-throw interactive teaching solution, the EB-696Ui, featuring finger-touch and dual pen interactivity so that a teacher and student can work together simultaneously.
Epson highlighted research showing that 58% of students cannot read all content shown on a 70-inch flat panel, pointing out that a projector with a scalable display size of up to 100 inches offers a more responsible and flexible choice for education providers. For business applications, Epson was showing its new EB-1795F and EB-2265U projectors, featuring smart presenting features, such as gesture control and screen mirroring.