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King of collaboration: Samsung’s Interactive Display is for teams near and far

Research has long demonstrated that people are visual learners, so it makes sense for businesses driven by collaboration to embrace a tool that offers a vast, highly visual and adaptive display canvas for working meetings.

Samsung is once again changing how collaboration takes place everywhere from the boardroom to the classroom with its Interactive Display. The new 85-inch device can be wall-mounted and viewed at a scale that makes it a meeting room’s focal point. It’s an ideal tool for enabling collaboration and adapting to changing workplace styles and dynamics. Since 90 percent of the information transmitted to the brain is visual — and that’s the information people are most wired to absorb and retain — a big display for showing and sharing can help an organization get the most out of its teams whether they gather in person or remotely.

Respecting busy people

The intent behind collaborative technologies reflect heavy research by Samsung into how people meet, learn and share. Three years of interviews and behavioral studies involving approximately 700 people working in different industries revealed how people were keen to use collaboration tools, but they wanted simple, familiar tools that required little or no training.

They also said they wanted to be able to bring and use their own devices in meetings, share and use files on larger screens, and capture, distribute and archive the outcomes and recaps from productive sessions.

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The 85-inch Samsung Interactive Display provides the sort of large-scale display canvas that enables idea sharing, document reviewing and presenting to much larger teams. There’s no need to huddle around a monitor if the project fills much of the meeting room’s wall.

Product highlights

The 85-inch version carries forward all of the great, intuitive features of other interactive whiteboards and adds some new capabilities. Here are the highlights:

  • Touch for 20: Highly responsive, intuitive touch has always been fundamental to digital whiteboards, but the big working canvas of the 85-inch version allows for as many as 20 concurrent points of touch.
  • Device-friendly: There are multiple options for connecting and interacting, from standard display connectors like HDMI and DisplayPort to a new Open Pluggable Slot (OPS) that can load a compatible external PC. Screens can also be mirrored.
  • Synchronized screen viewing: A “touch-out” function tethers and syncs on-screen views between an external device and the big screen, which means a presenter or note-taker can work away from the device, with the views replicated and synced between the big and small screens.
  • Creative license: A stylus allows easy note taking and flexible drawing options, while a painting mode allows color mixing and lets creatives use a responsive paintbrush to develop visuals in oil paint or watercolor modes.
  • Easy edits: Users can easily select, move, crop, capture and edit images right off the screen, and the 85-inch Interactive Display not only opens its own files but also has document viewers for common office applications, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF
  • Web-ready: Browser support means web pages can be accessed, displayed and annotated directly from the Samsung Interactive Display, without needing an external PC or other device.
  • Remote work-friendly: Wi-Fi and streaming capabilities enable collaboration for teams in separate company offices or staffers working from home. Directly from a Samsung Interactive Display, users can email files, save them to a network storage drive or USB, or print them.

Always on the job

Not every meeting needs an interactive session or a digital presentation, but that doesn’t mean the Samsung Interactive Display sits idle. It supports screensaver mode and has a library of templates that operators can use to turn the screen into a digital sign when it is not in active use. Users can post important company messages, calendars, staff birthdays or news about big company deals and product breakthroughs.

The device’s underlying technology ensures that all work developed, files produced and items accessed are secure. IT and operations can easily safeguard sensitive content, lock the display or remove critical content from view. They can also configure the display to delete files regularly.

Samsung’s Remote Management solution does this for dispersed working environments. IT support at a main office can power the display on and off, change pin codes, lock the network or USB port and adjust proxy server settings. They can also update firmware over the wide area network without the time loss and costs of doing on-site updates and servicing.

Collaboration is key for many businesses, and the Samsung Interactive Display is a powerhouse tool for generating ideas, sharing insights and reviewing plans.

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Dave Haynes

Dave Haynes is a well-known veteran in the digital signage industry. He consults to some of the world’s largest brands on their digital signage strategy and technical needs, but also spends time mentoring start-ups. A former daily newspaper journalist, Haynes has for the past decade written a highly-respected blog about digital signage, Sixteen:Nine. Follow Dave on twitter @sixteennine

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