The AV industry is constantly adding new tools and methods, and these can be leveraged by educators and businesses alike to improve training, learning, branding and collaboration. Modern companies and schools are already integrating these solutions into their processes, with compelling benefits.
With smart use of AV technology, educators can better engage their students, decision makers can communicate faster with their teams and organizations can boost their image. How can AV solutions do all that? Here’s five AV technologies every business and school should be paying attention to:
Interactive displays aren’t a new addition to the AV industry, but they are turning up in classrooms around the country. According to research published by Futuresource, about 60 percent of U.S. classrooms have an interactive display in place, and that number is expected to jump to around 70 percent by the end of 2019.
Interactive displays may be powered by an ultra-short throw projector or with an interactive flat panel. Projectors are less expensive and can produce images that cover an entire wall, but interactive flat panels are brighter, more vivid and last longer. There isn’t a perfect choice between the two, and the right decision comes down to the client’s situation.
Why are interactive displays so popular in U.S. schools? They drive multisensory learning, and there’s a lot of research that shows multisensory learning is more effective. Interactive displays are valuable tools for teachers and students, who can benefit from novel, tactile lessons. Interactive displays also facilitate collaborative lessons, as current generation models offer multi-touch capabilities.
Video walls are another proven AV solution, but they are becoming a priority for companies and schools moving away from projection systems. While top end projectors still make a strong case for their inclusion, video walls are visually striking and command attention wherever they are used. Video walls can be designed to any size, using a variety of display technologies to do so.
They can be pieced together using full digital displays that are chained together, or they can be built with LED walls or microtiles. LED walls and microtiles are designed to be as modular as possible, with no visible bezel to interfere with the picture. They can also be arranged in an array of shapes, so there’s a lot of room to get creative with video walls. Newer LED panels and tiles can even be curved, so designers can think outside of the rectangle.
With this superb versatility, video walls are appropriate in most settings. They can fit in a meeting room, in a sports bar, in an airport, in a football stadium – they can fit anywhere.
Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are quickly emerging as transformative technologies for business and education. Both technologies are still in their early stages, but there are already compelling training and education products on the market.
Classroom VR products, like ClassVR, normally consist of headsets and their charging station, so all the teacher has to do is charge the headsets before class begins. The magic begins once students put on the headset. The experience is visually compelling, offering 360-degree views of nearly anything, from the surface of Mars, to prehistoric Earth, to the inside of the Great pyramids, to the inside of an atom.
ClassVR also gives teachers full control over the lesson, so students aren’t dropped in the middle of a scene with no direction. The teacher can see what every student sees, can direct attention using visual markers and pause the experience so they can lecture.
AR is different, but also delivers a memorable visual and tactile experience. AR combines a special display (compact enough to fit on a table) with eyewear to make it appear as if images are being projected into 3D space. The student can still see everything around them, but with the glasses on, they can also see the projected images. In many cases, students have some control over the experience, and can do things like rotate the image, zoom in and trigger animations.
Where VR is perfect for exploring different environments and time periods, AR is ideal for presenting single objects in excellent detail. This makes it an excellent training tool, too, especially for the engineering and medical fields.
Digital signage isn’t a new solution, either, but there has never been more signage software offerings on the market. There’s a digital signage solution for every business and school, and there are many benefits to such a solution.
Some of those benefits are obvious, like improving brand image and building connections between a company and its customers. Other benefits, though, aren’t as obvious. For example, digital signage can be used to deliver instant messaging, so it’s useful for emergency response situations. Digital signage can also be used to communicate internally, and is particularly helpful for companies where this communication is otherwise difficult to maintain. For instance, digital signage can be used to link front of the house and backend employees, for ordering, inventorying or goal setting purposes. It can also be used to communicate important action items during a shift change. It can boost morale by singling out employee achievements or attained goals. It can build comradery between employees with positive messaging. If a company has communication issues it wants to iron out, digital signage can help.
Video streaming technology gives businesses a chance to communicate directly with their customers, which means they can control their brand message better.
Live streaming is particularly promising, because people enjoy being part of something happening in the moment. Companies can leverage this experience with marketing that produces a one-of-a-kind brand experience. Branded images and videos can be captured by video equipment and output to one or more social media platforms.
These 5 popular AV solutions are trending up, but they aren’t just trends. All five are proven technologies that are already transforming both business and education. Work with an experienced AV integrator to realize the full potential of the top 5 AV solutions that are hot.
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