Latest headlines: André Luis Atique on technology in society, Fred Augsburger on leveraging IoT, plus news from Extron, BenQ, Almo and more
August 21, 2020 | Volume: 12 | Issue: 16
The digital signage vertical, otherwise known (to me) as the movers and shakers of the industry. Every time I turn around, bezels are smaller, and screens are thinner and they will probably keep doing that forever!
An interesting part of this in the industry, however, is how the retail sector is doing. There have been many quick changes that have had to be made in the past few months, and I’m excited to see how they all pan out. Digital signage is actually, I’d argue, in one of the most intriguing positions to make a splash and create innovations that keep us socially distant but still feeling like we’re close together. Think on that.
Anyways, in terms of this newsletter issue, we’ve included two great columns for you to read from a couple of guest columnists. One is taking a general look on technology’s impact on society, and the other is using the IoT to leverage business.
As per usual, we’ve included all the product news you could ever want, including updates from Extron, BenQ, Magewell, Almo and more.
Today, computers that used to be used mainly for studies and work are multitasking platforms with cameras, speakers, digital recognition and high processing capacity. In the same way, cell phones have evolved, bringing even more resources than conventional computers, taking photos, making movies, paying bills, helping to invest in the stock market, organizing appointments, guarding cinema tickets — then adding weather, GPS, e-reader and internet browser capabilities, while holding the ability to make calls. All this hardware power gives people the possibility to make use of technology at its highest level, interacting in all spheres of their lives,
The irony is not lost on most of us. IoT and autonomy are largely transparent but effective elements of our daily lives. We might not appreciate the scripts on our thermostat, notice the doorbell camera feed or pay too much attention to new toothbrush heads in the mail, but we’d quickly realize if they stopped working. As an industry, however, we haven’t gotten behind new IoT-enabled business practices until now: when we need to.