Sony has been an instrumental player in the development of 4K visual technology and to this day the company remains an industry leader.
We’ve explored the brand’s history to discover why this famous manufacturer remains one of the most reputable and trusted providers of ultra-high definition (UHD) 4K displays.
Sony has been at the forefront of 4K development since the technology’s conception. In fact, the international giant was the first brand to launch a commercially available 4K digital cinema projector.
Even before the technology was fully tested, Sony had signed agreements to roll it out to a huge number of major cinema chains around the world, delivering over 6,000 units by the end of 2010.
In the UK and Ireland alone, Sony installed 657 of their 4K projectors across 68 Vue cinema sites; the largest single-brand deployment of the technology in Europe.
The company’s successes in the early days have only continued. Proving the technology is as up-to-date and highly-regarded as ever, Sony’s 4K digital projectors are currently operating in over 15,000 cinema screens.
Not only that, but the firm has also pioneered the development of some of the best 4K cameras in the industry. Furthermore, while they may have been bought out by Deluxe Entertainment, Sony Pictures’ Colorworks still operates as one of the film industry’s most advanced
Effective use of technology is rapidly becoming a crucial factor in determining just how successful and productive business teams can be. The right tools provide a multitude of benefits for the internal workings of a company. But they’re also a sign of forward-thinking and innovation on show to any clients, prospective partners and investors. And it’s this additional factor, the potential to impress, that has swung many companies round to really seeing the value of 4K in the business environment.
We’ve taken a look at some of the main reasons why the new kid on the technology block has become the be all-and-end-all in among creative teams and the board.
Britons spend around eight hours a day looking at their tech devices, according to a 2014 Ofcom survey. So it’s vital that any workplace equipment does all it can to support creativity and productivity for those already saturated by technology.
There’s a sense of mental fatigue when it comes to staring at screens for significant periods of time, but it can also take a physical strain on our eyes if we’re squinting to see a piece of work. Higher resolution screens can help to minimise the negative impact on our eyes that inevitably comes with so much screen time, simply by improving the clarity of the work on display.
While 1080p resolution can deliver crisp and clear images, there are some situations in which 4K is fast becoming the new standard. In the boardroom, for example, installing the latest 4K screens can really wow visiting clients, potential business partners and employees with next generation results.
Taking the resolution up a notch also helps to encourage more collaborative and creative meetings. We’re often using hi-resolution devices to pr
Everyone wants the best for their business. But what does best mean when it comes to choosing a large meeting room display for your company?
Here at DisplayPoint our experts have rounded up the best of the bunch based on a number of factors. So whether you’re looking for the best budget display or the best touchscreen on the market, we’ve got the pick of the pick of the big bunch here.
At 65 inches, the Sony FWL-65W855C is a large display that works well in a large meeting or conference room.
While not enormous, it’s a good sized screen that comes with some impressive functionality and boasts full HD resolution. In fact, even if the input source for your content is low resolution, Sony's powerful X-Reality PRO engine will clean, refine and upscale the content for perfectly crisp detail in full HD.
The FWL-65W855C is a particularly smart option for companies looking for a display screen to showcase content on a digital signage display with an integrated media player meaning users can playback content from a USB flash drive.
For us, connectivity is essential whether we’re talking budget or top of the range, so our choices for the best budget displays had to have decent levels of connectivity. The Sony FWL-65W855C is fully internet ready – get online using the Ethernet connector or use the handy built-in Wi-Fi to connect wirelessly.
Overall, a great big-brand display screen that offers plenty of flexibility without breaking the bank.
There’s a lot to consider when investing in a new display screen for a meeting room, but there’s one factor that’s going to apply in almost any purchase: budget. Fortunately, there are some excellent display screens on the market today that won’t take up your entire annual IT budget.
If you’re looking to keep costs low, read on for a selection of the best budget display screens as chosen by the DisplayPoint experts
Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) is one of the biggest events on our calendar; product launches, innovations, the big trends … it’s got it all.
The industry show took place in February, so now the excitement has settled down a bit, we’re looking back at the takeaways from 2017’s ISE.
Read on for the lowdown.
Touchscreens are in demand. Businesses and education establishments around the world are realising their potential and technology companies are delivering with consistently evolving better products. ISE 2017 saw many new touchscreens announced, here’s our pick of the bunch.
NEC’s latest addition to its range is the NEC InfinityBoard – an all-in-one solution to bring any boardroom bang up to date.
Available in 65 or 84 inches, this multifunctional monitor is designed for conferencing, presenting and collaborating; it’s the ultimate interactive whiteboard.
The ‘pixel-free’ ultra-high definition 4K screen offers real clarity and NEC’s MultiPresenter systems means users can connect with up to 12 different input devices – from any operating system – to enable collaboration.
Transfer data securely, install apps to suit your needs, and enjoy one of the best touchscreens on the market.
NEC claimed that at ISE that the InfinityBoard would transform workstyle and productivity … and we reckon it just might.
The big news from InFocus was the debut of the Mondopad Ultra and it was well worth the wait. This touch-enabled screen offers 85 inches of 4K ultra-high definition clarity. With an on-board PC, this is a video and audio conferencing system, interactive whiteboard and UHD display screen all in one.
Share and collaborate from multiple locations, edit documents and draw directly onto the screen, then save to the Mondopad itself or on your network. You can even email it to the team from the screen.
InFocus claim the Mondo
Have you ever considered that the design of your meeting room and the technology you install could be limiting productivity?
In many businesses, that’s exactly what’s happening.
For instance, research from Herman Miller revealed that small groups of workers are only using the appropriate smaller conference rooms for their meetings 10 per cent of the time, opting instead to take up larger meeting spaces. Their reason? The limited technology available in the smaller meeting spaces.
By contrast, rooms that are well equipped with technology are used five times more often that their poorly equipped counterparts. In other words, a poorly designed meeting room is limiting collaborative efforts in your business and taking up space.
The meeting room should be a place where people and great ideas come together. It’s a hub of creative activity and productivity. However, when it’s badly designed and poorly catered for with technology, the opposite is true. In this article, we’re looking at the impact of this and what can be done to turn things around.
Research from Barco has shown that two-thirds of staff who have had to put meetings on hold in order to sort out technical issues have the same issues on a regular basis. The wider effects of this are that a quarter of workers have missed important deadlines, while 12 per cent state that it has led to the company losing business. It’s a real issue that’s affecting companies on a daily basis. So just what are companies doing wrong?
One of the most common mistakes organisations make when designing their meeting room is to install a screen size that doesn’t fit the room; it’s either too big and dominates the space, or too small
Meetings are on the increase. According to a Harvard Business Review study, employees are meeting over 50 per cent more often than they did 20 years ago. But is the leading to an increase in productivity? Or is all this collaboration just making us lose focus on the task at hand?
It’s frustrating - not to mention costly - when these meetings fail to result in any forward motion within the company. Unfortunately, in many cases, this lack of productivity in teams is becoming the norm and in fact another survey revealed that professionals lose 31 hours a month due to unproductive meetings.
But where is all the time spent in meetings going? Well, the answer in some cases may lay in what happens after the meeting rather than during it.
It’s a common scenario: you walk away from a meeting feeling that you’ve got everything under control. You’ve addressed multiple issues, discussed the important stuff and everybody’s left the room with a firm idea of what to do next.
But at the end of the day, is this just a ‘feeling’? Where’s the written evidence of the discussion or the next steps and the deadlines by which you need to have them ticked off? Even if someone was appointed to take notes, did they really manage to get everything down or have some of the all-important details been lost to time?
In the days and weeks that follow, the action points relevant to you somehow fall by the wayside and even when you do finally get round to tackling your work from the meeting, you find you’re missing the notes and information you were relying on to get the job done.
Soon enough the next meeting’s being scheduled and the agenda looks familiar – it’s all the things that should have been sorted out at the last one.
Screen sharing and collaboration technologies have transformed the way in which teams work together. Developments in meeting room technology mean it’s now commonplace for two, three or even four people to contribute their content on the main meeting room display screen at the same time.
This has noticeably changed the dynamic in meeting rooms across the country; meetings dominated by a single contributor are fast becoming a thing of the past and creativity and productivity are rising as more and more team members have the ability to share their own content and feel confident in doing so.
But all this can be brought to a grinding halt if the meeting room display screen wasn’t purchased with screen sharing in mind. The problem is that splitting the screen between multiple contributors affects the resolution. We’ll explore why this is the case and what can be done to avoid the problem.
If you’ve ever attended a collaborative meeting in the past where two documents, or more, have been shared on the main display and you’ve found yourself squinting at the content, then the chances are that the meeting room didn’t have a 4K UHD screen installed.
4K resolution isn’t just desirable for displaying the best quality high impact visuals, it’s essential for collaboration and ensuring that image quality doesn’t degrade past the point of clarity when there is more than one input device sharing content on the screen.
We’ve looked in another article at this example of how the image quality of two 16:9 spreadsheets can be compromised in a split-screen
Selecting a screen to form the focal point of your meeting room takes careful consideration. The size of your meeting room, the functionality of the space, who will be using the display and how and when … all these points and more will influence your purchase decision.
We have compiled an overview of some of the key questions you need to ask yourself and your team in order to assess your requirements and outlined some helpful information and solutions to help you to make your choice from the huge variety of options available on the display screen market.
When specifying a display, we like to take a 3-part approach to determining the right solution. This is Content, Context and Connectivity.
The type of content on display is what matters here so you need to ascertain whether teams are viewing visuals, slideshows, detailed product specifications, spreadsheets, copy or all of the above and more. If the screen will be used for multiple types of content, then cater to the most detailed, for example spreadsheet analysis, but document them all. This is where we consider, how important is resolution? This comes down to the type of information on display and whether or not the screen will be split for shared collaboration between more than one person at once.
How big is the meeting room in question? How far away are the participants in the meeting?
It isn’t practical to dominate a small huddle room with a huge screen, just as it won’t work to expect a full size meeting room for 20 or more people to function around a sin
Brits spend around eight hours a day – longer than is spent sleeping – looking at a tech device, according to a 2014 Ofcom survey. In the US, this rises to more than ten hours of daily screentime. With so much time spent staring at pixels, it’s paramount that workplaces, schools and universities equip their meeting rooms, classrooms and presentation areas with the right displays or else pay the price with a drop in engagement and productivity.
But what is the right display? It comes down to screen size - which you can read more about here - and screen resolution - which is our focus in this guide.
Let’s get back to basics for a minute: Screen resolution is used to describe the clarity of text and images on screen. Measured in pixels, resolution is a term often applied to the quality of an image onscreen. With a higher density of pixels, the quality of the image appears sharper, however images and text often appear smaller to fit more information on screen. Conversely, at lower resolutions of 800 x 600 for example, items seem larger but less information appears on screen.
Laptops and LCD screens, or large flat-panel displays like those you’d install in a meeting room, tend to operate on higher resolutions, and it is usually the case that the larger the screen, the higher the potential resolution.
All this matters because employees and students expect clear and crisp displays in the meeting room, whether they’re working on the PowerPoint outline of a new project, an Excel sp