Traditional whiteboards were created in the 1950s and were popular in classrooms and offices in the late 1970s, when dry erase markers became available. A boon to collaboration, the major drawbacks were that information had to be erased to use the board again, only people in the room could see it, and of course, markers got dry.
Interactive digital whiteboards have taken its usefulness to a new level, and eliminated the negatives. In addition, it more fully engages the audience, reaches more viewers, and is an efficient tool for sharing of resulting meeting annotations.
HOW IT WORKS
The interactive whiteboard is a touchscreen LCD display that is connected to a computer or other device, such as Apple TV. The computer is loaded with pen software that enables many features of a “whiteboard,” as well as software that allows participants to remotely view and control the whiteboard with their mobile devices.
Any type of content that’s on the computer can then be marked up or manipulated on the whiteboard — drawn or typed on, resized or rotated, and scrolled through by use of a touchscreen pen or just the hands. This eliminates the need for a mouse, wireless clicker, or laser pointer.
Our whiteboards come in sizes from 40” to 80”, with the option of connecting larger whiteboards into one wider visual area.
Businesses can improve the value of their meetings with these benefits:
EASE OF USE
- The touchscreen technologies used in interactive whiteboards were designed to mimic the software used on mobile devices, minimizing the learning curve.
- Incorporate all types of multimedia, pulled live from the Internet, or from the computer or other repository.
- Write or draw directly over the presentation — highlight or take notes, enlarge, reduce and rotate areas, and scroll through pages.
- From a multifunction printer, you can import scanned documents directly to the whiteboard, and send them from the whiteboard directly to the printer.
- Your annotated presentations can be saved and emailed or printed quickly after the meeting, with no need for transcribing.
- Large screen sizes ensure everyone can see the presentation.
ENHANCED COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION
- Connected via a video conferencing provider, remote employees/guests can view the whiteboard screen with its annotations.
- iOS and Android users can present, view and also edit the presentations, by use of screen sharing.
- Multiple users can use the board simultaneously, for group problem-solving.
- All edits are shown in real time.
- Preloaded templates for calendars, action plans, graph paper and to-do lists can be called up at any time.
- The meetings can be video recorded for repeat use — great for training purposes.
- Interactive whiteboards can also be used for digital signage.
- Remote employees have to travel less to participate in meetings.
- The LED screens of interactive whiteboards use low power consumption.
- Emailing the final meeting notes rather than printing saves paper, print costs, and mailing expenses.