What is an Interactive Display?
An interactive screen is a computer driven device, allowing users to access and manipulate electronic files by means of a LCD display. The interactive LCD will be connected to a computer with USB, and the computer then connected back to the LCD with a video cable. These screens serve a variety of functions, and is capable of many different things. First and foremost, would be the creation of interactivity with your computer files.
At a very basic level, think of the board as a large computer accessory – it also acts as your computer monitor. If your desktop is being shown on the display, simply double tap an icon and that file will open. If your internet browser is being shown, simply touch the back button, and the browser will go back one page. In this manner, you would be interacting with mouse functionality. However, an interactive LCD can do much more than that.
An interactive LCD/LED screen offers users the ability to customize a system to fit exactly what they need. We have a variety of displays including bare bone touch screen displays all the way up to All-in-one Video Conferencing Interactive Systems. The major brands include InFocus Mondopad & Jtouch, SMART, SHARP, Promethean, Newline and more. Please check out our videos below demonstrating our two most popular systems.
What is Digital Annotation?
Think of the way you would write on a traditional chalkboard. As the piece of chalk makes contact with the board, it forms letters and numbers. With an interactive whiteboard, it does the same exact thing – it just does it electronically.
Think of it as digital ink. You are still “writing on the board”, just in a different way. You can have the board as a blank white surface, and fill it up with notes, just like a chalkboard. Or, you can display a file and annotate over it. An example of annotation would be bringing up a map. You could write over top of the map in a variety of different colors. Then, when you are done, you can save the marked up file as an image. At that point, it is an electronic file that can be emailed, printed, saved for a later date – whatever you wanted to do.
What Advantages do Interactive LED Displays Offer Over Traditional Whiteboards?
- You no longer have to purchase expensive projector lamps and experience unexpected burn outs.
- Shadowing on a projected image is eliminated.
- Projector light shinning in users eyes, eliminated.
- Maintenance to change filters on a projector, eliminated.
- Much cleaner and crisp image than a projector is capable of producing.
- Display will not be washed out by sun or ambient light.
- Less wiring than a traditional interactive system.
- Many units are available with an optional built in PC. This makes a true "All in One" system.
- More durable surface than traditional whiteboards.
What is the difference between a smartboard and interactive LED/LCD?
Need to know the key differences between an Interactive Whiteboard and an Interactive LCD/LED? The above video can help you understand the advantages of both.
What is the difference between all of the different brands?
What features are most important to you? Make sure you are not overpaying for features you will never use. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the right whiteboardL:
Durability: Some boards are incredibly durable and can withstand punctures, permanent marker, water etc...
Dry erase friendly
Direct printing from board
iPad and Android compatible (comes with app)
Resolution: do you need a very high resolution like 1080P or 4K? Most people do not, but some demanding applications require the utmost clarity, and in this case, the interactive LCD or LED screen is the way to go.
Ease of use: some boards are very easy to use and have “toned down” software, while others have much more advanced software with features such as
Dual touch and even multi touch
Multi-user (more than one person can use the board at the same time. We have products such as the Teamboard T4 that can have 4 people using it simultaneously)
Multi force (board senses how hard you are pressing and adjusts the line thickness accordingly)
Hand writing recognition
Can I use an interactive board with my Chromebook?
Please take a look at our video below about using the InFocus JTouch with a Chromebook.
JTouch interactive LCD screens
from InFocus work with Chromebooks so you can have touch control of your Chromebook at a large 57 to 80 inch touch sensitive screen.
Are Smaller Options Available?
We also have smaller, pen driven, models in the 17 to 24 inch range
. These are meant to go on a table or podium and be used by the presenter. The image the presenter is working with is then fed out to a projector or other displays for large venue applications. This type of interactive LCD is commonly used where a very large image is needed, like an auditorium.