Interactive glass display can take many forms, but the most commonly used features are generally the following:
- Ability to “capture” notes or drawings from the surface onto a computer or printout
- Capability to project screen from a computer to the interactive glass surface
- Control of a computer from the interactive glass surface using proprietary software
These capabilities of interactive touch screen display are implemented in many different ways:
- Infra-red touch
- Resistive touch
- Electromagnetic pen
- Other: Wii-mote, IR/EM pen, etc
These types of touch screen boards lend themselves to education and can be found widely in classrooms and learning centers across the world. In addition to the ability to find use in a regular classroom there are many uses in the retail industry such as product display ideas. With the capability of the teacher or presenter to move a “mouse” which can be seen by students viewing remotely, an entire course can be presented where the teacher’s voice is broadcast while the student’s computer screen shows what is actively happening on the interactive display.
Additional capabilities of interactive glass displays are:
- Create video files for use at a later time or online
- Easier presentation of inherently graphical subjects (geography, 3D imaging, 3D+ mathematics)
- Group games
- Google Earth
- View and navigate the internet from the surface of the glass
- Watch movies
- Group editing of documents
- Newer boards support multi device input (resistive display gass)
With the large number of capabilities and amount of technology used in these interactive glass there is a larger price to pay when compared to traditional glass such as melamine, glass, or painted boards. Typical prices range in the $1000 to $3000 (U.S. dollar) range. There are also occasionally addition costs when purchasing an interactive whiteboard – a computer to run the software, a projector if not included to project the display of the computer onto the whiteboard surface, and various input devices.
Purchasing the right interactive glass displays is very important
Making the correct choice when purchasing an interactive glass displays is very important due to this increased cost. Before making your decision you need to answer several questions:
- Do I want to use my hands or a pen for input?
- Will I be projecting onto this surface from a remote projector or do I want one incorporated into the board?
- Will I be broadcasting online, and if so, do I need special software?
- What is my spending limit for the display glass and accessories combined?
Seek out professional touch screen manufacturer company like Metroclick to help you.