New horizons: Displaying connectivity

This article first appeared in Digital Edge, The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on November 28, 2022 - December 04, 2022.
A high-resolution monitor for creative professionals with increased functionality to create efficient workflows (Photo by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd)

A high-resolution monitor for creative professionals with increased functionality to create efficient workflows (Photo by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd)

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Display technology has become increasingly crucial for businesses to engage with their customers. Ranging from digital signage and kiosks to the familiar monitors, it has seen a remarkable shift in its role in the hybrid world.

Among its functions are helping businesses make a lasting impression and transforming the customer experience. For example, display technology can be used to enthral customers as they walk into lobbies and multifunctional spaces.

It is also about efficiency. Kiosks have become a regular sight at fast food outlets and they have helped businesses increase the speed of their service and reduce waiting times for customers, who no longer have to wait in line to place an order.

“It’s no longer about putting up a poster. Rather, it’s to take the opportunity to interact with customers and share the brand’s message to really get them to connect with the brand. From a display point of view, we are trying to become immersive, to bring brands and customers closer to each other,” says Leslie Goh, head of regional display solutions in Southeast Asia and Oceania at Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

“We are focusing on future technologies as well as on the premium segment. Our focus is on improving picture quality and reliability,” adds his colleague Alex Hong, head of Asia sales and marketing group, display solutions.

Goh and Hong spoke to Digital Edge on the sidelines of the Samsung Display Tech Summit 2022 that was held in Bangkok, Thailand, on Sept 13 and 14. The inaugural event was attended by 230 enterprise customers, tech enthusiasts and pro audio-visual partners from across the region.


Goh (left) and Hong at the Samsung Display Tech Summit 2022 in Bangkok

The evolution of displays

Display technology has changed considerably over the years. From mere screens with limited engagement, displays have become increasingly interactive over the years. During the pandemic, displays were seen as the bridge between the virtual and physical worlds as schools and businesses learnt to operate online.

Samsung’s solutions such as the Samsung Flip monitor have the capability to make meetings more productive for their participants. With the Flip, users can interact with the screen to jot down notes or scribble on it. Essentially, it merges the traditional whiteboard experience with the digital realm. The classroom and meeting experience can be elevated further with integrated video call apps, multiple connectivity and wireless screen sharing.


The world’s first 55in 1000R curved gaming monitor, which will elevate gaming experiences

Customers are increasingly demanding more dependable monitors even at home — they are a mainstay in most home offices. Employees and students are expected to be more efficient and meet tight deadlines, while maintaining their family life.

Enter the 32in Samsung Smart Monitor M8, with its ultra-high definition (UHD) resolution and slim fit cam, which fits seamlessly into the hybrid world. Users can use the monitor for both work and play — for example, they can stream shows without having to connect the monitor to a computer or television.

“People are working from home and in offices. How can we work more effectively? Today, you don’t actually have to bring your laptop home from work. All you need to do is take your phone, go to your monitor, tap it and your monitor will be connected to your phone,” says Goh.

“You’ll be able to access all your office files, presentations and excel sheets through the cloud, making your life simpler and more effective. This is all possible through innovation.”

As with any widely used product, there is stigma attached to it. Video games, for instance, are thought to cause violent behaviour and mental illness. Similarly, improper use of display technology can cause fatigue, eye strain, upper limb problems and backaches, states the Health and Safety Executive website.

Goh concurs that it is in the nature of people to engage excessively with a product they are immersed in. Thus, Samsung’s monitors provide reminders to users that it is time to wind down. To reduce eye strain linked with long hours of work, the Samsung ViewFinity S8 comes with intelligent eye care functionality.

With the increasing advocacy of digital inclusion, companies are focusing on improving digital accessibility through their products. In the World Benchmarking Alliance Digital Inclusion Benchmark 2021, Samsung was ranked fourth out of 150 companies worldwide.

According to the Samsung Newsroom, the brand enhances its display technologies to make them more accessible to all users. For example, those with colour vision deficiencies are able to have an improved viewing experience through Samsung’s See Colours app that makes colour adjustments with optimised colours.

Display technology helps small and medium enterprises elevate their businesses and improve the customer experience. In a world where customers and businesses have to transition between the physical and virtual, display technology serves as the bridge. 

Goh says digital signage can alter people’s impression of smaller establishments. “When you walk into an establishment [with display technologies], it looks better and customers are willing to pay more. It helps to level the playing field.”

 

Next-generation micro LED displays

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd launched two new series of its cutting-edge micro LED displays The Wall — namely The Wall All-in-One and The Wall IWB Series — at its inaugural Samsung Display Tech Summit 2022 held in September.

Micro LED displays offer immersive viewing experiences in a high-resolution and large-screen format, creating premium customer engagements for brands.

The Wall All-in-One, also known as the IAB Series, brings the ease of micro LED installation to the next level. The IAB Series requires only two hours for two people to install, as it comes with a pre-adjusted seam and pre-assembled frame kit that includes an embedded media play substitution box. The Wall All-in-One has a display thinness of just 49mm and is available in three models — 4K 146in, 2K 146in and 2K 110in.

The Wall IWB Series, meanwhile, is available in 0.63- and 0.94-pixel pitches with the former being the slimmest pixel pitch in The Wall line-up, delivering Samsung’s most detailed picture and dynamic range expansion with the screen’s 120Hz frame rate, HDR10/10+ and LED HDR. The Wall IWB Series also comes in a variety of screen sizes, with the 110in able to accommodate 4K movies and the 220in showcasing up to 8K resolution visuals.

During the summit, the tech behemoth also unveiled its latest display solutions to cater for new modes of hybrid work, study and play.

The 2022 Samsung Flip Pro — available in 55in, 65in, 75in and 85in models — is suitable for students and professionals, enabling high-quality collaboration with real-world writing and drawing experiences using the pen and brush modes. It also offers integrated video call apps, multiple connectivity and wireless screen sharing.

“Classrooms and meeting spaces in the hybrid world require display solutions that are seamlessly connected, easy to use and immersive while allowing multiple users to collaborate at the same time,” states Samsung. 

For content creators, Samsung rolled out the Samsung ViewFinity S8, a high-resolution monitor — available in 27in and 32in — that lets them create impactful content such as graphic design or detailed financial charts in the office or at home. 

The Odyssey Ark, the world’s first 55in 1000R curved gaming monitor, was also introduced to elevate gaming experiences. “The next-generation 4K gaming display features a 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and a Cockpit mode to create a whole new immersive and personal gaming theatre for competitive and casual gamers alike,” says Samsung.

“This ultimate gaming monitor also comes with the Ark Dial, which is a solar-powered controller built to give the player quick access to screen functions such as Flex Move Screen, Multi View and Quick Settings.”