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Visionect Puts Joan at the Meeting Room Door

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Joan

What if all digital signs consumed 99% less energy?

That's the promise of electronic paper technology and Visionect is a pioneer in the field. Based in Europe, Visionect helps companies build their own electronic paper display products—their hardware and software is designed for indoor and outdoor digital signage and enables the fastest way from an application concept to the market.

Joan Digital Label

Visionect developed an ultra-low power display platform that uses 99% less power than LCD or LED technologies, and enables the use of digital displays in environments before not possible.

An E Ink display powered by the Visionect Platform is not only state-of-the-art signage technology regarding energy efficiency and display visibility-- it is being used by more than 500 companies globally. That’s sign of a new standard making impact in the digital signage industry.

Their business and technology partnerships with other leading industry players — E Ink, STMicroelectronics, EPSON, Microsoft and Plastic Logic -- result in signage technology for traffic and public transportation, retail, hospitality, healthcare, education, finance, automation and corporation.

From bus stops in London, road signs in Sydney, wayfinding, que management and menu boards throughout Europe to retail shelf labeling for Telekom Slovenia, Visionect’s ePaper solution has now brought them to the meeting room.

Or more correctly, just outside the door of the meeting room.

Visionect, the “enabler of sustainable, next generation digital signage,” launches their “Joan Meeting Room Assistant” across Europe, an eco-designed digital door label and meeting room scheduling solution.

Joan already won the CES 2016 Eco-Design and Sustainability Innovation Award in America and this should appeal to energy-conscious Europe: Joan consumes 99% less energy than other solutions due to power-efficient technology developed by Visionect.

Joan is installed in minutes, requires no cabling, connects to existing infrastructure and is easily attached to any surface with its built-in magnets, and can last up to three months on a single battery charge. And it features an E ink electronic paper display where the display technology works better in daylight than almost all others (which is why ePaper is used in eBook Readers).

With a product design (hardware & software) dedicated to labeling and managing the growing number of meeting rooms in the age of collaboration, Joan delivers out-of-the-box support for standard office calendars, including Office 365, Microsoft Exchange and Google Apps. The eco-friendly Joan can substantially improving office productivity, especially as the trend is for companies to increase their number of conference, meeting and huddle rooms.

Visionect’s CEO Matej Zalar explains: “We recognised the need for easy-to-use meeting room signage that is integrated directly into an existing calendar, which inspired us to design Joan and develop the greenest and most intuitive meeting room door labeling and scheduling solution on the market.”

Visionect is now reaching out to the market, investigating the correct distributors and partners across Europe for Joan.

Visionect

Judging from its impact in Sydney, where Visionect was hailed for “decluttering road signs,” Visionect’s Joan may be hailed for simplifying and organizing meeting & huddle room experiences.

The state-run Roads and Maritime Services in Australia installed about 100 Visionect signs around Sydney. They appear almost like regular signs, except they’re solar-powered and include matte-gray screens (similar to those on e-book readers). These signs communicate on the cellular network with a central authority to display messages—telling motorists there’s no parking between 3 and 6 p.m., for instance, or warning of towing enforcement during special events.

Sydney now boasts of 100% self-sustainable traffic signs powered by solar energy, a natural resource that Australia has in abundance.

In addition to saving energy, the customizable Visionect e-traffic signs help cities save in other ways: for example, a city like Los Angeles puts up 558,000 temporary parking restrictions signs every year to the cost of $9.5 million—a drain (of time, of staff and of money) that can be reduced by implementing e paper digital signs.

From city streets to boardroom doors, it seems e Paper and Visionect are bringing out eco products that buyers buy actually first for their design and functionality—and then discover the energy efficiency that can save money along the way.

Go Joan Meeting Room Assistant

Go Visionect, the ePaper Company


BenQ Unveils New Transparent Series Display “Boxes”

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BenQ TL240C

BenQ’s latest signage products in America, the TL240C and TL321C Transparent Series Displays, bring a new approach to digital signage retail applications. 

The new models feature 24-inch and 32-inch lightweight, see-through display boxes to showcase a retailer’s products along with relevant promotional audio and video.

Designed to allow consumers to see the actual product inside the box enclosure while simultaneously watching an advertisement of the product on the outside screen, the TL240C and TL32IC Transparent Series Displays are an all-in-one solution especially for retail product promotion.

Featuring an exclusive pixel design, the transparent display strikes a balance between the desired transparency effect and optical performance with a color depth of up to 16.7 million colors per interface. Adding to the ultra vivid effect, the level of transparency can be adjusted according to the lighting source in the environment, style and features of the displayed content to achieve display versatility.

The TL Series has an average life span of 30,000 hours, providing several years of nonstop service. With the reliable industrial-class performance and sturdy build, the new TL Series displays are an economic option over many consumer models.

TL240C and TL32IC displays are easy to set up. They feature HDMI, DVI-D, VGA and USB inputs. Built-in 4W speakers. Including landscape and portrait mode display support, the units are easy to customize to fit a variety of applications.

The integrated USB display feature allows for cable- and PC-free content setup. Users can load the content onto a USB flash drive and plug it into the USB port. Content appears on the dynamic display in seconds and the most popular media formats are supported, including MP4 and JPEG, for content creation and upload.

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IKEA Furnishes Steam with VR App Solution

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IKEA VR EXperience

IKEA launches a pilot virtual reality app, the IKEA VR Experience, that helps to re-create a kitchen shopping and refurbishing experience. It is the first time the giant Swedish furniture retailer (previously they experimented with AR app) introduces a VR solution to its customers.

The IKEA Group has 332 stores in 28 countries. There are also more than 40 stores run by franchisees outside the IKEA Group. The IKEA Group had 771 million visitors during FY15 and 1.9 billion people visited IKEA.com.

“Virtual reality is developing quickly and in five to ten years it will be an integrated part of people’s lives. We see that virtual reality will play a major role in the future of our customers. For instance, someday, it could be used to enable customers to try out a variety of home furnishing solutions before buying them,” says Jesper Brodin, MD at IKEA Sweden and Range & Supply Manager at IKEA Group.

The app is for HTC Vive and is found on Steam, a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation offering digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer gaming and social networking services. This app was developed in collaboration with French company Allegorithmic (they make 3D software used in VR, film and even architecture visualization) and with Epic Games (Unreal Engine 4).

Using an HTC Vive headset to bring the user to a virtual real-size IKEA kitchen, consumers can explore one of three differently-styled kitchen room settings. The user can change the color of cabinets and drawers as well as material finishes with a click, walk around freely, open drawers-- and even remove stuff by placing in the waste-sorting station.

Another feature is the ability to view the kitchen from different perspectives. You can shrink or stretch yourself to move around the kitchen at the size of a 3.3 foot-tall child or a 6.4 foot-tall adult.

“This could be useful for the user, since walking around the room in someone else’s shoes enables you to discover hidden dangers or possible design solutions,” explains the company.

Using the link below, you can find an email address to give feedback on how to improve the IKEA VR Experience. The IKEA VR Experience will be continuously updated until August when this particular pilot test ends.

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Holonyne’s WallSite Makes Its Debut

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RPV Digital Zipper WallSite

A design, production and programming management firm specializing in large-scale digital environments for entertainment, commercial, and exhibition industries, Holonyne Corporation debuts WallSite.

Both NEC Display Solutions of America and RPV commissioned full-length, digitally immersive WallSites for their respective exhibition stands at InfoComm 2016.

Developed by Holonyne founder Jon 9, WallSite showcases the company’s wide-range of visual display and communication options for the advertising, corporate and entertainment industries, needing immersive digital branding experiences.

Jon 9, based in Los Angeles, is a creative technologist who uses advanced production techniques on massive display systems to connect people with stories and ideas.

“As the demand for large-scale complex interactive multi-screen video wall environments continues to grow, so does the need for new and compelling ways for brands to tell their stories and showcase their products,” states Holonyne’s Jon9.

NEC commissioned a 16 screen,15:00 minute WallSite that draws on imagery from fashion photography, gaming, travel, nature, framed with a new videowall artwork, all created by Jon9. “THE NONAGON” features a 9-chambered virtual reality interface that the viewers travel through to experience different segments of the content. Jon9 has included relevant graphical comments and quotations throughout and integrated NEC’s current marketing themes. It showcases the intersection of art and technology, and how they are merging in the commercial communications space.

The video art piece, RUNNING THE HUMAN RACE IN THE 9th DIMENSION, is built from short clips of 999 video files samples from the internet, assembled on the NEC videowall in a hyper-sampled multi-layered montage that speaks to how our human identities are increasingly being defined by our online personas. THE NONAGON WallSite also includes stunning portrait photography of Dita Von Teese by award-winning photographer Scott Nathan, ultra-high resolution videography from the slopes of MacchuPicchu in Peru, and work by other photographers and media makers. Content was assembled and curated by Warren Noronha, Creative Director at Holonyne. THE NONAGON project is powered by Aviary Par4Keet servers from Green-Hippo.

The RPV WallSite (photo above and entitled the “Digital Zipper”) features 5 different technologies all displaying the same panoramic image. Shown in the photo above, the RPV WallSite, designed and produced by JON 9, includes imagery from RPV projects, panoramic beauty shots and informative graphics assembled into an 8:00 minute montage.

Jon 9 worked closely with RPV in development of the content formatting to make sure that the pixels on each display surface are perfectly in line with the optimized content to create a single image using five different resolutions and aspect ratios. The servers to drive the Digital Zipper are Coolux Compact Players programmed from Christie Digital.

Jon 9 / Holonyne currently serves under contract to global outdoor advertising firm JCDecaux as the Director of Production & Programming for the IEMS – the world’s largest immersive digital signage system at LAX International Terminal, managing all post-production and programming for luxury clients.

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Daktronics Digital Signage Solutions at InfoComm

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Daktronics  and ADFLOW Networks stand

If you are in Vegas for InfoComm, Daktronics won’t have to go far to show you recent installations. Daktronics has several new high-profile local video installations: the T-Mobile Arena selected Daktronics to design, manufacture and install 25 LED video displays in and around the new venue which opened last month. It includes the first see-through display in the city--and one of the largest in the United States.

In addition, GGP’s Fashion Show, the most prominent shopping center along Las Vegas Boulevard, enlisted Daktronics to help revamp their plaza’s outdoor digital signage. All told, it includes more than 929 sq. m (10,000 sq. ft.) of Daktronics-manufactured LED video.

Daktronics stand

Inside the Las Vegas Convention Center, Daktronics will show a 1.9 mm high resolution display and talk about ADFLOW Networks-- recently acquired by Daktronics for its delivery of digital media solutions to retailers, convenience stores and other businesses. Daktronics will show how they can now impact a diverse group of digital signage applications.

In addition to showcasing ultra-HD LED video, Daktronics will also display its wide range of differing pixel pitch technologies on a module wall consisting of 1.9, 2.6, 4, 6, 8, 10, 15 and 16 millimeter line spacing as well as Daktronics proprietary 13HD and 15HD pixel layouts.

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