It was a study in extremes – but a reminder, as well, that both simple and very sophisticated display tech can have a role in great projects.
The E Ink Prism product is, essentially, programmable architectural material meant for walls and other surfaces. It looks like a painted surface, but it can be set to switch colors based on programming work.
The company suggests:
Programmable patterns and shapes can be integrated to create designs or function. Doors can indicate if a conference room is occupied, wall designs can respond to noise, temperature, or motion in the room. Whatever the idea, the opportunities are endless and only limited by a designer’s imagination.
This is not digital signage in any traditional sense, but I can definitely see how it could be part of the broad mix of tech that drives a visual canvas in certain settings.
Here’s a gif of how it changes colours …
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.