Have you ever attended a meeting, conference, or event where a nicely dressed individual stands in front of the audience and tries to show something on a large display? How often would you say the person was successful before calling for technical support? Chances are, they struggled to connect and have difficulty sharing.  Sound familiar?

Regardless of the size of the audience, public speaking can be one of the most stressful things in life.  According to a [1] study by Dr. Jeremy Jamieson, “…People preferred to administer small but uncomfortable shocks to themselves rather than give a 5-min speech.” If you consider the additional stress put on people using unfamiliar technology, that desire goes down dramatically. No matter how well you’ve prepared, a technical failure can destroy your confidence, your presentation, and your credibility.

Presenters today are faced with an overwhelming number of ways to connect and share from PCs, tablets, and smartphones. The more devices you use, the more ways to connect.

Most organizations are stuck in the 90’s which means sharing content with many cables stretched across the table.  Some companies have adopted software apps, pucks, and many have given up and installed consumer-grade devices. These approaches result in confusion, failed presentations, low-quality and non-secure solutions.

The AV industry is littered with countless vendors, all trying to solve the presentation problem, mostly through proprietary approaches. As with any good standard, there’s always a fight, and the fight today is primarily between Airplay® and Miracast®. Believing in broad interoperability, Polycom has an approach that will relieve the stress of connecting, allow users to wirelessly share and compare their work with a secure and enterprise-class solution.

Polycom® Pano™ is the easiest way to share content at work. Now, anyone in the room can wirelessly connect from any device without the hassle of plugging in pucks, cables, or adapters. Pano enables these effortless connections through native support for AirPlay and Miracast, part of the Windows and Apple operating systems. But not every company is on the latest versions of software – so for those companies migrating from older operating systems, the Polycom® Pano™ app will fill the gap. The Pano app can be ‘imaged’ on PCs with standard IT practices for Microsoft® and Apple® to wirelessly connect and share individual apps or the entire screen.

Polycom Pano not only connects quickly, but shares up to four simultaneous streams of content in high-fidelity up to 4k60 fps for ultimate clarity. Users can easily share their ideas side-by-side such as documents, video, pictures, live camera feeds and more. Imagine you are bringing a product to market and are able to compare work from key stakeholders all in one large display. Consider the power of being able to view detailed product illustrations, logo concepts, sales projections, and a video playback of your announcement video all at the same time. Pano is not only designed for end user simplicity, but also with business in mind. Organizations of any size need to be able to leverage existing investments at any opportunity.

Pano installs quickly and easily with any non-touch display, turning a regular meeting room into a truly collaborative space. When users need to share content over a distance, Polycom Pano seamlessly integrates into video conferencing systems. The intelligent architecture allows one-touch sharing in the room or around the world as part of a video call.  This means that anyone can view the multi-stream content, even on competitive systems.

Touch displays are moving from our pockets to the big screen. How many times have you instinctively reached out to touch your PC screen or a monitor on a hotel wall? Sometimes the display responds and sometimes it does not. But two things are for sure, the technology acceptance and the cost are driving touch-capable monitors into mainstream use. Touch displays are becoming more attainable with costs dropping, and can be connected by a simple USB cable turning multi-party content into a fully interactive experience for all users in the room. Pano supports multi-touch of any content stream to arrange windows, pan, and zoom to your needs. Users can annotate over content or utilize the magic highlighter for driving their point home without making permanent marks.

I mentioned at the beginning that public speaking is less favored than getting an electroshock. Why can’t we make meetings fun and easy, and avoid the shock? Today, with the introduction of Pano, we’ve taken an enormous step toward that reality.

 “A quick connection and ease-of-use are top priorities for our users. We’re also looking for solutions that avoid app downloads or training – we’re getting away from wires, adaptors, and dongles whenever possible.” – Phillip Lyle, Director, Chapman University

[1] Dr. Jeremy P. Jamison Ph.D. The Many Sides of Stress. Posted 6/15/13