Meet the game-changing digital display technology likely to increase brand and customer engagement in 2018
Digital signs are constantly having to evolve at a fast pace as they battle for the attention of consumers and this year has been no exception. Here’s our round up of the most innovative technologies and techniques you are likely to see the world of digital display marketing embracing next year.
Here come the robotic displays
As trialled to impressive effect in Times Square by Coca Cola, it is now possible to use robotics with co-ordinated displays to make some breath-taking, moving, three-dimensional digital campaigns. While this digital branding exercise featured 1,760 choreographed independently shifting LED screens, spanning a height of six storeys, this technology opens the way for smaller dynamic robotic-movement-using displays to be developed to catch consumers’ eyes.
Caption: LED screens which can independently extend and retract create a real-life moving 3D display
Haptics – all the feels
Haptic technology (as in, convincing your fingers they are touching something different to what they really are) has been promised for years, but now it seems it’s ready to deliver some impressive results. This is great, as touching is believing – this comes from the fact that our sense of touch is not often fooled in the way our vision is, so it offers an exciting new dimension for engagement during digital display interaction.
For example, Tanvas, has produced a prototype technology that lets you simulate the feel of different textures on a digital screen. It works by using electrostatic forces to create friction that fools your fingers into believing they are feeling a bumpy zip, corduroy ridges or sandpaper on a flat screen. The inventors say the tech can be added on to any touchscreen, and so could create wonders for multisensory engagement in advertising with minimum disruption.
We covered another haptic display prototype earlier this year which could mean big things for the future of interactions. Ultrahaptics used ultrasound to enable Star Wars fans to ‘feel the force’. With this display, the ultrasound bouncing off the skin of people approaching the sign created the effect of being able to touch, and move their hands through, an invisible forcefield, which then changed the advert, letting you interact with it as if by magic.
Again, this technology can be bolted on to pretty much any screen, opening up a world of wow-factor possibilities that could be created by your brand using existing display tech.