By: Janet Thomas, RID As Commercial Interior Designers, IDO Incorporated frequently gets involved in developing technology solutions for our clients. A recent technology fair showcase talked about the age of the email and stated it will be the next technology to become a thing of the past. The need to share information anywhere at any time has led to the following innovations:
- WebRTC – Real Time Communications provided via web browsers and apps that allow data sharing and conferencing across browsers, mobile devices and low Tech devices. Acano Join is a subscription based application that allows multiple users to ‘Meet’ via web browsers, video conferencing, mobile devices, Smart glasses and Lync. You can switch from your I-pad to your phone to your laptop in mid conference.
- Wearables – The field of wearable technology is rapidly growing. Smart glasses lead the field with their ability to allow remote users to see what you are seeing with your eyes through a peripheral video camera. Vuzix M110 series has on onboard computer that lyncs with many apps including GPS.
- Display Technology – getting more information in front of more people in resolution rich displays is the theme. 4K technology packs a punch with 4x 1080 HD resolution in a large screen format. Planar offers 4K LCD display up to 98” in touch screen and 3D options, portrait or landscape orientation and tiling of multiple source displays. Storing, managing and sharing all this data on a global basis has resulted in the use of cloud technology. Haivision Calypso utilizes the cloud to store video banks then allows local management and customization of the delivered content through subscriptions. Video streaming allows the user to keep content fresh, current and in the viewers eye. For those occasions when scale is desired, Nanolumens provides LED digital displays in any size, shape or curvature in a light weight format. Since the face of the panel is pixelated, these are best for sharing graphics or video content rather than viewing raw data.
- Techorating – My favorite new trend is techorating, the use of visual displays to create visual experiences around content and feelings in a space. This can range from tiling multiple LCD displays to play videos of product or promoting sales, to Media Mesh, a large scale format stainless steel translucent mesh woven with LED lights, to E-Ink for creating changeable graphic displays across walls and signage.
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