Interactive touch displays in conference rooms

The nature of decision making and the meeting rooms that support corporate productivity are changing rapidly, driven by a corporate push toward enhanced company communications and more effective team collaboration. At the forefront of this evolution, new display technologies—including video walls, 4k displays, and interactive touch displays—are overtaking conventional presentation technology, offering tremendous opportunities for richer, deeper, more immersive communication in group settings.  Today’s offices are more open, more collaborative, and more technology drenched than ever. 

Three emerging trends in conference room displays are causing CIOs, CTOs, and IT groups to rethink the ways in which information is shared and the means by which teams work together are the growing popularity of flat panel displays, the availability of higher display resolutions and large-scale interactive touch displays.

Near universal smartphone use and the popularity of tablets have made touch and gesture a natural and intuitive way to interact with a computing device. Consumers in their living rooms and business people in their offices have been taught to touch displays. The evolution of this trend has reached large-scale proportions with touch now being extended to desktop displays all the way up to tiled video walls. Close-up views look crisp thanks to new Ultra HD and 4K displays, giving presenters and work teams an effective way to use touch even on wall-sized displays. 

Interactive touch screens on high-resolution displays offer these benefits:

  • Presentations can become more interactive and collaborative with real-time markups and annotations from conference participant, often using the same applications and tools that they would use on their desk like the inking capability in Microsoft Office applications or multi-platform tools like Evernote.
  • Increasing numbers of software applications are touch-enabled and can be used real-time in decision making environments.
  • Touch is a natural and intuitive way to communicate with display content, leading to more expressive presentations.

An office conference becomes more vibrant and dynamic when driven by interactive touch and close involvement of meeting participants. Even the finest details remain sharp and clear on high-resolution displays, improving group communication. As the business value of interactive touch displays becomes more evident, these displays are making more frequent appearances in conference rooms, design studios, presentation halls, and engineering suites. 

Globally, according to analysts at IHS, the worldwide shipment of touch-screen panels is set to double from 2012 to 2016, reaching 3 billion units as a wide range of products incorporate this technology. Growth in touch devices is spilling over into an increasing demand for touch capabilities on large-format displays. Projections from IHS, Display Search, and Planar show annual increases of 30 percent in large-format interactive touch displays in the near term.

For more information about these trends and the relevant technologies used in conference room design, download the Conference Room Trends eBook.