What Can Make a Digital Canvas?


Now that we have 4K resolution projectors, it means we can “tile” sources (sort of like we have been doing in the video wall market for years) on displays in classrooms and meeting rooms. In other words, imagine a wall projected with not just PowerPoint but with PowerPoint, YouTube, Facebook and your Twitter feed at the same time? Sure, you can use a $10,000 video wall processor to do this, anywhere.

But, thanks to the new DVDO TILE, you can do this for only $1,200.

At InfoComm, the company is debuting updates to this system that make it even better. In 2017, I spent most of the year traveling around the world delivering a presentation focused on encouraging integrators to build rooms with a digital canvas – a more flexible digital display system, rather than just a single-source at one time type of display. I suggested a few different ways to do this. For example, you can use Extron’s ShareLink or Barco’s ClickShare to display multiple pieces of content on a screen simultaneously, you can use a video wall processor to do anything anywhere or you can set up a room with multiple screens and use technologies like Nureva’s SPAN. But, the TILE from DVDO is the perfect, dedicated, purpose-built digital canvas box and it’s just gotten better!

DVDO’s TILE is a universal wireless casting and “digital canvas box” that allows users to simultaneously stream any content from almost any wireless device to one or two displays. Like all wireless BYOD boxes, the DVDO TILE allows users to share, collaborate, view and manage content from multiple users and multiple sources. BUT, the DVDO TILE allows up to five different tiled windows or sources to be displayed simultaneously with overlaying capabilities – not just in a 2×2 wall configuration!

Still don’t understand this concept, go watch this.

So, now you get it?

All this takes is DVDO’s TILE App — available for iOS and Android mobile device as well as Mac and Windows PC systems or from the app stores at iTunes and Google Play. A Moderator mode can help approve and queue the casted content before it is shown on screen, a required feature for public or educational environments.

Key features of the DVDO TILE include:

  • Cast five on-screen tiles (windows) from multiple users and multiple sources
  • Cast up to four 1080p video streams simultaneously
  • Moderator Mode – manage and control content
  • Universal Compatibility – iOS, Android, Mac and Windows environments equally and expertly supported
  • Customize the presentation – reposition, resize and relayer tiles with alpha blending

Check this out.

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..