The Value of Interactive Displays


The second generation of interactivity.

We are in the midst of seeing a massive shift towards interactive displays in both the classroom and the workplace. In the past, interactive technology has earned a reputation for being costly, unintuitive, and challenging to use. Not to mention the recurring software maintenance fees – the pricey applications required for interactivity were built on a pricing model that drove users away.

In the recent past, if you had an interactive whiteboard or display, you needed a Windows-based PC with proprietary software connected to your display. You also had very little choice in your device type – there was limited or no support for Apple products or mobile devices. This was limiting and frustrating for users who were used to working with different devices or platforms.

With advancement in technology, what are we seeing now? The second wave of interactive technology that addresses all of those concerns. It’s now far less expensive (a small premium over non-touch devices) and the image quality is much better (we’re talking large format 4K displays). These products now have solutions for wireless connectivity, cleaning up your mess of cables and getting rid of the need for a pile of adapters. And possibly the most important feature – a nod to convenience, these are displays that now work effortlessly with any type of device and software.

All that being said, we wanted to break down the value of interactive displays for you:

Sizing options. Today, there are a wide range of sizes available – from small to large. This means these displays can accommodate anything from small breakout rooms to expansive boardrooms or public spaces.

Flexibility. From the classroom to the workplace. No matter where you place it, these displays are a perfect fit.

Onboard OS and PCs. Many displays feature built-in operating systems. There are also options for slot-load PCs that mount directly in the displays. This means – no cabling, no additional power, no fuss.

WiFi connectivity. These displays can be managed remotely, receive firmware and security updates, and have built-in web browsers. Everything you need, now in one place.

Bring your own device. Today’s interactive displays support any and all device types - Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chromebooks.

Two-way interactivity. Wireless connectivity that supports audio, video, and interactivity- meaning you can control your laptop wirelessly from the display.

Warranty. These are commercial displays that are built for resiliency - which is why they are offered with up to five-year warranties.

Great value. The initial cost is only slightly higher than a non-interactive display. Gone are the days when interactivity demanded a premium of 3x the price.

Goodbye software subscription. Displays now include a number of valuable software programs with no recurring maintenance costs.

Portability. Thanks to wifi and wireless connection options, these displays require just a single power cord. A huge number of options for portable carts and stands means that they can easily move between rooms.

We offer a wide range of interactive solutions from a number of manufacturers, including the Canadian company LOFT. Get in touch with our team today to learn more, or visit LOFT directly for product pricing and information.

Nicole Irene Dyck