The UK Government made a decision some time ago to equip all state schools with interactive technology to assist in pupils’ understanding, and aid teachers in that process. The corporate sectors have now started to adopt this technology and use it wherever ‘interaction’ helps learning or increases productivity.
There are many types of interactive technology available:
LCD Interactive Touch Screens
LCD Interactive Touch Screens allow a presenter to manipulate and annotate over computer presentations & images, and to collaborate in multiple places at the same time (Data Conferencing), while having the image(s) displayed on a large screen (or screens).
LCD Interactive Screens are particularly useful where large groups of people need to view images whilst interaction takes place (audience Q&A sessions, training, R&D etc).
Interactive whiteboards offer the same functionality as interactive touch screens. However, the image on the board is created by a projector, thus the interactive whiteboard is also a projector screen.
Interactive whiteboards are available in various sizes and aspect ratios.
Trio Boards – This is a new development which allows up to three people to operate one interactive whiteboard at the same time, with multi-touch technology when used with the latest computer operating systems (allowing easy image resizing etc).
Wireless Interactive Boards – It is now possible to buy wireless interactive boards whereby all the PC control functionality and image capture is conducted wirelessly. This is a substantial benefit in old listed buildings or indeed anywhere cabling is difficult or costly to install retrospectively.
Smaller rooms do not require projector technology. Therefore, AvexiA can provide interactive overlays for flat screen displays (up to 65” diagonal). These overlays offer exactly the same functionality as the interactive whiteboards but with the added benefit of no shadow being cast over the screen when a presenter is in front of it.
Plug and Present
In some circumstances it is not possible to pre-load software in all computers likely to be used with an interactive screen. Therefore, ‘plug and present’ options are available whereby a USB stick can be connected into a PC and the system is ready for use.