14 Nov 2014

How data-happy do you feel today?

In 1971, Alvin Toffler wrote the best-seller ‘Future Shock’. One of the main claims he made, was that people will become more depressed when they need to process a bigger pile of data and information in their daily lives. At the moment, we are at a stage that we are producing 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. 90% of the data in the world has been created in the past two years. This data comes from everywhere: sensors used to gather climate information, posts to social media sites, digital pictures and videos, purchase transaction records, and cell phone GPS signals to name a few. And indeed, it’s not making us very happy…
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13 Oct 2014

Pixel pixel on the wall, who is the brightest of them all?

T8 LED display
Mirror Man: My cube, you have defied technology of its fairest root. But on this day there is one brighter than you.

Rear projection cube: Who is it?

Mirror Man: LED tiles.

I love to be part of a company that designs solutions with different technologies. And even more, are keeping the finger on the pulse with new emerging technologies, however exotic they may seem for a specific application. Take LED tiles for example: do they have a future in control rooms?
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24 Sep 2014

Curved screens: the right way to go?

In the past, new and ground-breaking products were first introduced in professional markets and then slowly found their way into the consumer market. Just think about personal computers, projectors, copiers, and even large-screen TVs. Nowadays, however, we see the opposite movement. Smartphones, tablets, Facebook, Twitter, … are all typically consumer electronics and social networks that are now being adopted in professional and B2B settings. This year’s trend is large curved screen TVs. Is there also a future for these products in a professional setting?
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04 Sep 2014

How relevant is social media in a control room?

social media
Social media have become a common way of communication, and are being adopted by organizations worldwide, in sectors ranging from marketing to education to healthcare. Businesses use social networking sites – like Facebook and Twitter – to make their brands more visible, improve service, and gain new insights in their customers’ wishes and behaviors. The numerous business benefits of social media include: connecting people, recommending resources, identifying expertise, and distributing content.
But are social media also relevant in a control room environment?
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21 Aug 2014

4K in control rooms: how many pixels can you handle?

4K logo

4K is a resolution standard that literally almost has 4000 pixel lines or 8.8 million pixels (to be correct, 4096 x 2160). This is four times the resolution you have at the moment on your HD television set. By adding pixels, you are adding different perceived image quality features like sharpness, color depth, etc., but most importantly you create more information space.

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13 Feb 2014

Google Glasses: the next frontier in the control room?

Google Glasses
Here they come: Google Glasses! Google is developing this wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (codenamed 'Google Glass') as a way to freely access data without needing to look at a handheld device.
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10 Feb 2014

What's new in screen technologies? (Hint: it's all about contrast)

futureview - screen technologies - cave
Today's applications - and those of the future - can be quite sophisticated. Consider a 'cave' setup, where the user steps into a virtual environment (an operating room, for example), with images rear-projected from above, below, and all around. If the contrast parameters of the various screens are not optimized, light bounces all over the cave as glare and poor image quality. So, contrast is truly key.
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05 Feb 2014

The corporate pixel estate: how to optimize the usage of omnipresent displays?

futureview - pixel estate - H&M store in Barcelona
From desktop monitors, to iPads and tablets, to dashboards in cars … as LCD screens become cheaper, digital displays are popping up everywhere. And they’re being deployed as information boards, to post signage, to broadcast educational content – all kinds of uses that fall into the ‘information push’ category.
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03 Feb 2014

The linked control room: a new way of collaboration

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Big Data and smart infrastructures are changing control room visualization needs.

The massive amounts of data being generated today need to be managed, analyzed and acted upon to safeguard the continuous delivery of energy and communications services and to ensure quick and effective response to security or emergency incidents.
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30 Jan 2014

The seamless canvas: a large video wall with no interrupting bezels

futureview blog - multiscreen monitor
Traditionally, when you build a video wall, you arrange modules like cubes or LCD panels to form a configuration that allows designers and users to create a pixel area that lets them display much more information than they could on a single video unit.
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