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The last two weeks have really been a bit of a whirlwind for me, but they've also been pretty educational. I got the chance to go to Boston for Inbound, the annual marketing conference held by HubSpot, and when I returned, our international marketing team (Nikki from South Africa, Marjorie from Rotterdam) had come to Dallas in order to collectively chart our course in 2017. When it was all said and done, I had a fairly life-shattering revelation: we should really all just agree that email is a pretty bad way to communicate inside our own organizations.
Oh, how quickly the world moves. It seems like just yesterday we were all exploring iOS 9 and MacOS Yosemite or El Capitan, but as always, a new keynote speech has brought new wonders into the Apple world. iOS 10 released on September 23rd, just 3 days after MacOS Sierra was give to the world, and as always, wePresent is on top of all the changes made to Apple's AirPlay protocol.
Here at wePresent, we've had a lot of reasons to celebrate this year: 8 awards on the American and European trade show circuits, the addition of two new products (the education-focused WiPG-1600, and the multipurpose SharePod), and the upcoming expansion of our European office, to name a few. Now we're adding yet another one: a partnership with Croma Digital to distribute wePresent solutions in Mexico.
Sometimes it isn't enough to have a presentation displayed up on the screen. Your screen might be too small, some in your audience could suffer from poor eyesight, or you might just be in a classroom where you need to engage mobile devices in order to keep the attention of your students. Recognizing all of these, plus the fact that it's just handy for your audience to have the ability to view your slides at their leisure, wePresent features a function we call WebSlides. Simply put, WebSlides is the ability to access and view the presentation from any device's browser at your own pace. It's very easy to use, so let's talk about how it works.
We talk a lot about the wePresent's ability to connect up to 64 users together for collaborative efforts, but what does it actually mean to work with that? Moderator control allows a teacher or meeting leader to choose which devices are displayed - up to 4 at a time - from a handy web control panel, meaning you'll be able to work together with your audience, rather than just talking to them. Learning how to use the moderator control panel is easy, and only takes a few minutes to master. Let's take a look.
Due to the easily affordable prices of flat panel displays, it has become increasingly popular to have several of those displays in a conference room, training room, or conference center.
Sometimes they are spread out across the room so no matter where you sit, you have a clear line if sight to the presentation. You can have a fancy (and pricey) matrix switcher with all of your devices plugged into it so you can shoot them to many displays, or you can use the WiPG-2000’s 1-to-Many feature. With the matrix switcher, you're limited by what is hardwired into the switcher, while with wePresent, you can break off any of your connected wePresent units displays use it to display other devices, allowing you to maintain dynamic control of the classroom or meeting area.
Whether it's meeting rooms in the business world, or classrooms in the education world, there will come a time when you need a guest to be able to easily present to an audience. Here at wePresent, we pride ourselves on how easy-to-use our product is, but with every new piece of hardware, there's a learning curve. When technology becomes part of your day-to-day life, it's easy to take for granted how it might look to new users, especially those who might only need it temporarily, or for a short time.
However, there are a multitude of ways to makes guest comfortable presenting with the wePresent hardware, be it the feature-rich WiPG-2000, or the education-focused WiPG-1600. Here's a few tips for preparing new or temporary presenters for their time with our hardware.
Meetings are a reality of the business world. From the largest company-wide seminar, on down to 15-minute scrums with the people who work on a project you're leading, there's a wide range of ways to exchange ideas with your team. But there are a few things you should know about business mettings that may change the way you conduct them.
We're back on the trade show circuit for 2016, and wow, did it start with a wonderful trip. Integrated Systems Europe 2016 (ISE) was our first major stop of the new year, and it was huge. Nine halls of stuff to see, and thousands of people to talk to, and all in the gorgeous city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. We always enjoy European hospitality, and getting to spend time with our counterparts at wePresent Europe is always a pleasure.
Imagine walking into the office tomorrow, and knowing that in order to make that sales presentation this morning, you won't have to call the IT guy to get the ancient Vista rustbucket in the meeting room working.
Imagine striding past the desk as you remember you left your laptop at home, but then realizing everything is fine, because your phone is still in your pocket, so you won't have to reschedule to go get your slides.
Imagine Opening up an AV cabinet where snacks and beverages have replaced the birds nest of wires connecting all the equipment together, popping a USB into a wePresent, and getting started.
Imagine never having to sit through a PowerPoint slideshow again, and instead, picking up your iPad and adding your own input to what's being discussed.