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Volanti Displays Interview

Thursday, November 12, 2015

"Innovative multi touch products and cutting-edge technology combined with design and final assembly in the USA"

Innovative multi touch products and cutting-edge technology combined with design and final assembly in the USA

We recently spoke with the Marketing / Creative Director of Volanti Displays, Billy Barnes, about Multi-Touch Technology. Volanti Displays is based in Northern California and focuses on application specific large display systems for the commercial market.

nuiSense: Can you give us an brief introduction to Volanti multi touch displays
Volanti Displays: Here at Volanti Displays we provide our clients with a variety of multi-touch technologies that fit almost any AV solution. From IR Sensor based technology for video wall solutions to InGlass technology that supports displays ranging from 23" all the way up to 98". Our most recent multi-touch display rollout features FlatFrog InGlass technology that introduces users to a highly accurate tablet like multi-touch experience.

nuiSense: What are the best use cases of your multi touch screens?
Volanti Displays:Currently we are seeing a huge push for more user engagement in both retail and corporate type environments. In the world of brick-and-mortar retail we are seeing more and more touch displays embedded as a way to enhance the shopper's experience. From wayfinding apps to online accessible touch based catalogues that allow guests to comfortably browse current product lines. In corporate type settings we are seeing touch displays being utilized as a powerful tool for both the sales team and the potential clients. Both as a collaboration tool and as a way to showcase various products.

nuiSense: How the multi touch software nuiSense business works on your products?
Volanti Displays: The nuiSense touch platform was not only very easy to install but also very user friendly when it came to navigating. The overall user experience for nuiSense was very intuitive. From creating new projects to importing video / photo files to real-time collaborating, nuiSense helped streamline the overall experience. The nuiSense digital white board was also packed with a variety of user-friendly features that allowed for multi-color options and font sizes. The nuiSense touch software streamlines any multi-user collaborative effort.

nuiSense: What did you like most of nuiSense business? And what you think we can develop to make the software better?
Volanti Displays: We loved nuiSense's easy to navigate user experience as well as its multi-user collaborative capabilities. Another feature we found very useful was the ability to add / save multiple projects and how easily accessible they were. As far as ways to better the software, we feel that giving users more options for user interface customization is always a plus.

nuiSense: How do you see the Touch Technology over the next 2/3 years?
Volanti Displays: As touch technology hardware advances (latency, durability, clarity) so too does the software, which means better performing displays with more immersive user experiences. We believe that retail and education in particular will benefit greatly from advancements in usability. Imagine classrooms where students are engaged in hands-on 3D lessons while shoppers can navigate through an entire retail center using touch wayfinding apps on large displays. The future is truly bright when it comes to touch-displays.

nuiSense: Have you other products you want to share with us?
Volanti Displays: Feel free to browse our line of large format displays, video walls, and of course the Cube.

TAG: Volanti Displays, Multi-Touch Screen, Touch VideoWall, FlatFrog InGlass, nuiSense business Touch Platform

Samsung SUR40 No Longer? No Problem

Friday, November 06, 2015

"The Samsung SUR40 multitouch table was retired on December 2013, but many customers ask for it"

The Samsung SUR40 multitouch table was retired on December 2013, but many customers ask for it

Samsung SUR40 is a multitouch table of 40 inches with full HD resolution can recognize up to 50 simultaneous touches. The cost at launch was around 10,000$. The product was very appreciated and it was considered very innovative.
The touch sensor was based on a cameras system, at that time very sophisticated. This technology is very sensitive to light, just expose the touch table to a source of direct light that the touch stops working. I saw many installations completely blocked in fairs and events due to sunlight or artificial lighting too bright. Fortunately with modern touch tables based on capacitive technology that does not happen anymore.
With the SDK Microsoft PixelSense was possible to create engaging interactive experiences. All multi touch software were built around PixelSense and today almost all commercial software use these libraries.
From experience I can say that the most appreciated feature was the recognition of physical objects which, appropriately "tagged", allow the application to intercept the while when a user put the object on the table.
Especially when Windows 8 comes many customers have asked to migrate to a more modern touch technology, mainly to resolve issues related to light. They were born many manufacturers of screens and multi-touch tables, I quote for example among the many 3M, HumeLab, Ideum and Displax that we uses in our projects. Speaking about touch response, these manufacturers have reached on their displays from 46" to 100" the same performance as an iPad. We realized that to catch the full potential of multi-touch capacitive displays we move far from the old Microsoft PixelSense SDK. The challenge was great, exciting and very rewarding. Indeed, we have made the software using the native APIs of the operating system and DirectX for rendering and for some effects. The pleasant surprise was the smoothness of the software and the accuracy of touch recognition.
This was very much appreciated by customers, but there was a new challenge: implement the recognition of physical objects on a capacitive touch table. The recognition of physical objects with SUR40 happened thanks to the recognition by the cameras of a colorful tags (Microsoft Tags). Obviously, not having more than cameras, with capacitive technology this is no longer possible. Our solution works through a proximity sensor based on the standard NFC (Near Field Technology). Thanks to NFC tags placed on the physical object we are able to capture the moment when a user approaches to the NFC reader.
Finally, I feel that the capacitive technology is absolutely mature and so clients that aim to greatly strengthen the brand to create more engaging digital experiences, with costs even lower than a few years ago.

TAG: Samsung SUR40, Microsoft PixelSense SDK, Multi Touch Table, Samsung SUR40 Migration, Ideum, 3M, HumeLab

The Windows 10 incrase its market share in October

Friday, November 06, 2015

"According to the latest figures from NetApplications Windows 10 grabs 8% market share"

According to the latest figures from NetApplications Windows 10 grabs 8% market share

The new operating system of Microsoft grabs at the end of October 7,94% (6,63% in September) of desktop PC. It gains share from Windows XP and Windows 7. Windows 10 is the only operating system that shows an increase of + 1.31% over the previous month. Microsoft is sure to continue to gain market share thanks to the activation of a new update process that will allow users to download the upgrade to Windows 10 immediately after it booked.

TAG: Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 10 Market Share

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