In the right setting – particularly corporate – the idea of screens doubling as picture frames for great works of art seems pretty appealing. A Danish company, ArtPlayer, has a subscription digital sign feed that enables users to run fine art images in HD on their screens.
The company has famous works from all the great art movements, including Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Expressionism, Realism, Abstract Art & Cubism. That means you can have virtual works by Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Gauguin, Cezanne and Modigliani in your lobby, and change them out as much as you want.
The feed also comes with background music and there is some sort of capability to add messages (which I am not at all sure I would do). There is a free service that coms watermarked or ArtPlayer Pro, which has a license fee.
ArtPlayer has had its feed integrated with several software companies in this space, including Scala and Signagelive.
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast.