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Touchy-feely tech now on a larger canvas

February 9, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Paul Bray / AV Magazine

Time was when the only reason anyone touched a computer screen was to give it an exasperated slap. But the ubiquity of tablets, smartphones and kiosks has opened everyone's eyes to the potential benefits of getting touchy-feely with technology, and now those benefits are being extended to a larger canvas.

"Interactive displays and presentations have come a long way in the past few years," says Simon Fagan, managing director of distributor, TD Maverick. "The key features of touch control remain but they've been refined, with pen and finger inputs working to both control and change the interactive environment. Gesture control is also becoming more common. The ability to change and interact with what's shown on the screen, by writing, drawing and moving content, allows a much more collaborative and engaging presentation experience which especially suits the education and corporate sectors."

The latest interactive technology enables several people to work simultaneously on the same screen. "Multiple touch points support a more natural and intuitive way of interacting with digital content," says Justin Halls, head of product marketing at projector vendor, Optoma. "You can even open documents or browse the web without touching your computer."

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