Compute With A Gesture: Evoluce Displays
Since 2010, German manufacterer Evoluce has been making waves with their highly advanced displays and computer monitors. Basically, whereas most monitors are passive, and simply display information, Evoluce's 'natural display' monitors are "active". You've got to admit, that's pretty cool.
But why is this so special? What makes Evoluce so unique? It's not like the idea of controlling thingswith a touch is anything new, right? Touch screen technology's been around since the 70s, and widely used since the 90s. Evoluce has gone beyond simple touch-screen technology, though. The 46-inch high definition I-voluce monitor brings something entirely new to the table: gesture control.
Natural Display: The I-Voluce
Gesture control is pretty much exactly what's written on the box. You can control it from a distance of up to four meters with simple physical gestures. Not only that ,the sensors in the monitor are three-dimensional. In other words, you're not going to have to stand directly in front of the screen like an idiot- something which has been a pretty significant problem in the past.
And it's no slouch as far as looks go, either. The I-Voluce displays at a high definition resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, and features scratch-resistant glass and a flat-display mounting interface. Basically, it's an big screen television with a few very neat features added to the mix. That's not all, either. One of the coolest aspects of the I-voluce is the fact that you can actually use it to control your computer.
I'll elaborate: The I-Voluce features a program called WIN&I, which according to Evoluce's website "opens up a new era in PC interaction. Windows 7 and thousands of applications can be controlled with this natural user interface. WIN&I software replaces the computer mouse by tracking simple gestures from users up to several meters from the screen using the power of the integrated depth-sensor." (Evoluce).
Instead of having to move a mouse around on the screen, pointing and clicking, you literally just motion to what you want on the screen.This is something that could work great for business presentations and demonstrations, or in museum/art gallery displays. It seems like it could prove a little bit troublesome for personal computing, though- and it might take a bit of getting used to Then again, depending how it's executed, this really could become the next step in personal computing.
The I-Voluce carries a pretty hefty price tag- going for somewhere around $5,600.00. You can find the product information sheet here.
The Touch Screen Table: Evoluce Two
The Evoluce Two adds even more features to the I-Voluce's repertoire. Not only does it have the same WIN&I software and three dimensional gesture detection, but it can also detect touch input from up to six users, and "more than 60 simultaneous touch events"(Evoluce). The most interesting thing about this product, however,is that...well, it's basically a table. It's touted as a horizontal HD computer display- with "table support". So, basically...it's a table that doubles as an HD TV and computer display.
Again, an excellent product for use in business or education. There's not a lot else to say about the Evoluce Two that hasn't already been said about the I-Voluce. The picture's crisp, it looks good, and carries a price tag at least as high as the I-Voluce- if not higher for its additional features.
The I-Voluce and Evoluce Two can both be purchased from Evoluce's Website.