Picture the scene: bright neon vectors, 2D images flying around in thin air, Tom Cruise waving his hands around in the iconic “gesture interface”. Back then Minority Report was science fiction. However, the idea that any surface can be a screen is becoming reality, or so says, Matt Spall, from Playora.
This tech is developing rapidly – recently at CES 2017 LG showed a 64 inch screen called Wallpaper and now they have one that is just 1mm thick and can be attached to a wall with magnets – perfect for business presentations. Who would have thought we’d go from curved screen TVs to screens that can be rolled up like a piece of paper in such a short time?
We spend our lives surrounded by screens connected to the internet.
It may seem that all the parts we need are there - a screen, or something plugged into it that can display images or video that it gets from somewhere else, a device in your hand, or in your lap, that gives you instant feedback the moment you touch or slide your finger across it, and a wifi network in your office which connects it all together.
Not so fast! There’s a significant one stumbling block holding you back from having your own Minority Report style show, sharing media across all of these screens and devices. TVs, smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches are made by an array of different companies. Some have features which allow for ‘cross-device’ compatibility: send video from your Samsung phone to your Samsung TV, send photos between Apple devices using Airdrop. The crunch issue is ‘cross-manufacturer’ compatibility? We aren’t there yet.
There are hardware solutions like Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV but all these require the app, or an extension to the app, to be compatible with your content. Screen-mirroring is one option, but forget about replying to that text from an important customer, or a notification from Facebook or Twitter, once you’re doing it - screen-mirroring means you’ll have to do it on both screens at once.
There are standards slowly being developed: Samsung’s Tizen system supports various types of DLNA, Miracast and DiAL screen sharing protocols across their range, LG have utilise both WebOS and Netcast, and Sony are producing their own platform, as well as a Google TV variant. On top of that (literally, over-the-top or OTT) you have Google’s Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon’s Fire TV, and a host of other generic TV plug-in stick and boxes. But none of these solutions are independent and put the user at the centre. What’s needed now is something that centres the media experience to the user, around their most familiar computer interface.
Enter the new kid on the block, Playora. The basis of this new technology and app is that it gives the user the ability to touch something on one screen, and have that appear on another screen without fuss, wires or layers of menus. And that screen doesn’t have to be in the same room - or even the same country!
Now imagine this: you have some stunning images to illustrate your concepts to a client, you’re in their offices and they’ve lost the cables to connect you to their system. No problem; swipe, press, swipe, press… the images are instantly on Playora on their tablet.
Or perhaps you’re at a networking meeting and get chatting to your perfect prospect, they are interested but time is limited – it’s now or never, and you didn’t bring your laptop so how can you show them the video that will wow them? Two choices; use your phone and swipe the video across to their Smart TV, or call the guys back at the office and ask them to swipe the video. No emails needed and no cables, you don’t even need to be in the same room!
Who knows where we go next! With Google recently filing a patent to the US Patent & Trademark Office for what they are calling an “intra-ocular device” lens may one day become a tiny, injectable transparent screen that lives in your eye and is connected to your phone by Bluetooth - making it possible to share your photos and videos directly into someone’s eyes, essentially creating a personal 3D cinema and built in virtual reality unit all in one, leaving Minority Report to dust!
Playora is raising £300,000 crowdfunding right now on Crowdcube, check out our pitch and see how you can buy a chunk of equity in the company that’s making science fiction science fact: https://www.crowdcube.com/playora