Technology is changing the way people do business, interact, and learn. An interactive display is a great example of technology making its way into everyday life to leave a huge impact on those who use these devices. Schools have begun to adopt the technology en masse to increase classroom engagement and businesses are also beginning to see the power of implementing an interactive display into their operation.
With so many potential uses and benefits of an interactive display, it’s no surprise that so many people are excited about using these devices as the industry grows to over $1.3 billion. However, choosing the right interactive touch display is important to ensure it meets the specific needs of the business or classroom in question. This article will help break down the important factors to consider when shopping for an interactive touch display.
Choosing Interactive Display Size
Depending on the size of the room and the application it will be used for, the size of an interactive display is probably one of its most important features. A small smart board in the classroom will not be of much benefit for children sitting at the back of the room while a massive smart board in the office may be unnecessary and distracting.
First, consider the room size and where people will be viewing the interactive display from. Obviously, the display should be easily visible and readable from wherever people may be sitting or standing.
Next, it’s important to consider the size of the area where the display will be sitting or mounted. In an office environment, for example, an interactive display should be in a spot where people can interact with it but also not become a distraction or obstacle for other people moving throughout the area.
How Many Touch Points Are Needed?
The type of use that an interactive display will experience should vary quite a bit between an office and a classroom. For example, an office display may simply show product information and allow users to click on items for more information. As a result, this display does not need to support a large number of touch inputs as the usage will be fairly simple.
However, a smart board in the classroom may have multiple children interacting with it at once and require multitouch support for other activities like pinching to zoom in on images. In an office environment, an interactive display may need additional touch points if it is being used in a board room for presentations. This additional capability gives presenters more options when interacting with the smart board.
Consider Inputs Required
Smart boards are an impressive piece of technology but they are made even more powerful with attached devices like computers. Of course, to use these devices, the interactive touch display must support the ports required. It’s important to consider how the device will be used and which other devices may be used in conjunction.
When putting a smart board in the classroom, for example, users may want the ability to attach several devices including a laptop and another desktop computer. However, a business that is simply displaying information in their lobby may only require a single input. This difference may not seem significant, but it could greatly affect how well the device works in a specific scenario. When in doubt, it may be wise to opt for more, rather than fewer inputs.
Don’t Forget About Budget
As with any purchase, budget is always a consideration. An interactive display is an investment in a business or a child’s education, but there are still cost constraints that must be considered. Luckily, there is a wide range of interactive displays that cover many different budget needs.
Users with more limited budgets may consider opting for smaller models with fewer inputs. However, it is important to ensure that the device still meets the main needs for the business or classroom. Buyers that have more flexibility with their budget will have the opportunity to consider extra features that may offer some future-proofing as new technologies become widely available.
The Right Choice for Better Engagement
Whether considering a smart board in the classroom or a smart board in the office, these powerful devices can make a huge difference. Use the shopping tips above to help make an educated and informed decision.
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