Timeline Module added to the Holo-Info-Desk for enhanced media access.

The powerful multi touch interactive software powering the Holo-Info-Desk receives further enhancements for April. the Timeline multi touch module allows further flexible on how a user accesses media. Based on the concept of an ageing Timeline creates an innovative way to access via content folders and files by sliding along the time line with a touch interaction.

By presenting your media through a timeline menu , visitors swipe through a menu with your own designated topics.

Omnitapps Time Line

Holo-Info-Desk software


– Create a timeline, Create your folder structure that is displayed in a horizontal menu.

– Create a storyline, Instead of names like 1990, 1991, 1992, use 01History, 02Present, 03Future.

– Show related content, Fill your folders with content, photos, video and PDF.

– Browse through your PDFs, go from page to page by sliding.
Media can contain PDF, images and video.

The media can be scaled and rotated through touch.
Show your milestones, dates, products, etc. in a timeline.
After selecting one of the subjects the associated media will appear.

In the Admin section you create a timeline, create your folder structure that is then displayed in a horizontal menu. This allows you to show related, by loading content into the folders with content, photos, video and PDF. The User then slides through
your content browsing from page to page by sliding along the Timeline.

Personalize your features:
– Application name.
– Media folder location.
– All used text.

– Background content screen.


– Spacing between menu items.
– Menu item text color.
– Time before PDF- and video media closes.
– Maximum scaling.
– Initial media size.
– Menu button image or default button image selection.

This added feature is offered free for all existing licensed purchases.

Holodesk software


The coming generation will be touch centric.

Why is touch going to be so persuasive in the foreseeable future? World-wide parents who have purchased an iPad or Samsung’s Tablet or many of the others in the market, are finding very similar experiences when their children are given a tablet to use. Very quickly children will adapt to their most natural born gesture … touch.

As this generation grows older an interactive surface will seem more natural than a daily printed newspaper. Tablets are predicted to outsell desktop PC and laptops in the very near future and seriously on track to achieve this. When I was this age we gained so much of our appreciation by sight, today it is sight and touch. How will your company adapt to cater for this market that wants to touch your information? Currently 48% of mobile users in the USA are using a smart phone and the numbers are increasing at a substantial rate.

Tablet and Smart Phones will help drive large screen format screens as the market grows, as reported by htpp://www.digitimes.com Report – The touch panel sector was one of the few bright spots in the global tech industry in 2011, with production value growing 88% on year to reach US$12.56 billion. Shipments are expected to increase 25% in 2012 and though growth will slow through 2014, the strong market is driving competition among players in Korea, Japan and Greater China. This Digitimes Special Report examines the role of the different regions and the technologies and manufacturing methods being employed and developed in order to gain a competitive edge in the market.

Holo-Info-Desk assists companies exhibiting at expos to reduce their print requirements.

In today’s environment there is a major drive to reduce wastage and none more so in the area of printed material for expos. Going Green is not just desirable but thanks to the software powering the Holo-Info-Desk is easily achievable.

To understand the background to this is we need to consider the big picture in regards to the use of brochures, catalogues and current trends in the expo environment along with consumer behaviour.

First please do not get us wrong, printed brochures and the like are still valid and very useful in today’s business environment. However we have all been to expos gathered up the brochures and collected a flyer and I would guess in many cases you may not have had a second look at them, they have been lost, still stored on the expo bag in the corner or event thrown out.

Brochure Requestor

The Brochure Requestor could save $1,000's off your print bill

The market is more hungry than ever before for information, the thirst for product and service information will only grow. Freighting large qty of brochures for international expos is rising in costs….and then what do you do with all the material that was never stuffed into an expo bag. Information is becoming redundant and out of date more quickly. Is your carefully produced brochure simply an expo bag stuffer? Have you considered that your expo brochure could be preventing valued discussions with your expo visitors. If they have your brochure why would they need to talk to the sales staff?

So how does a exhibitor large and small cater to these challenges?

– Print more brochures?
– Print more often?
– Print in the city where the expo is?
– Find a way to develop printed material more quickly?
– Leave the printing to Just In Time?
– Reduce the pages printed?
– Use black and white instead of colour?

When sales staff use the Holo-Info-Desk as a sales surface in an expo with a strategy and process in mind, the Brochure Request function will achieve a number of key results. One of which, is that the visitor will have actually been talking with your sales staff about your product and services and they will have naturally captured the visitor name and email address as part of the process which is automatically entered into a excel compatible database.

First keep in mind that the Holo-Info-Desk is not a play toy or designed to entertain the expo sales staff. Its designed to enhance your company engagement with the expo visitor – whether it is in the Competition Mode, Product / Media exploration mode….bottom line it is there to win you business and help the expo visitor understand your company further, your products and services. So how how does this relate to printed brochures?

With the Brochure Request function in the latest version of the software, users simply enter their name/email address select the brochure they are interested in and then choose the delivery mechanism – Email, Auto Save to a USB memory stick or if a printer is connected then it can be Automatically Printed.

Holo-Info-Desk media brochure

Ideal for automotive industry exhibitors and is one off the shelf model already available.

The Holo-Info-Desk systems deliver huge savings for companies wanting to minimise their print bills at seminars, expos and retail applications. In areas like museums or at galleries where often it is not possible to take away printed material, the Holo-Info-Desk adds new benefits.

The obvious advantages when your “print media” is on the Holo-Info-Desk philosophy can be catogorised as follows.

1 – The sales expo staff decide on the spot what will be printed.
Each printed brochure is printed for an exact enquirer based on conversations.
2 – Providing the option of sending to the visitor by email is extremely efficient especially if you have many to send the information to and this function is available on a touch button.
3 – And to really make the customer feel very special, valued and will never throw away your material we offer the USB function. This option provides long term value with numerous options as follows:

Holo-Info-Desk digital media brochure

The Holo-Info-Desk Digital business card can contain all your media, offline web site, custom decals and printing.

1 – Simply insert the branded USB memory card into the computer and the brochure is saved.
2 – Load the material before the expo onto the USB card and only give to qualified prospects
3- We can load all your material at the time of manufacturing your custom and branded memory card. This can feature full colour printing
4 – We can programme the memory card at time of manufacture that the material can not be deleted or over written.
5 – We offer a variety of memory card capacity and in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.

The memory card can hold many kilograms of equivalent paper brochures. I recall leaving one international conference in pre-internet days with about 60kg plus of catalogues and brochures in 4 cartons. The beauty of the Holo-Info-Desk system is that you can also include product videos, company intro video material, demo video that would also be installed on the Holo-Info-Desk for the visitor experience.

Just this morning a manufacturing colleague mentioned that the one thing that you are guaranteed to run out of at the expo is writing pens and sweets….. we love to collect freebies from exhibitors which makes the Holo-Info-Desk custom USB cards even more desirable item for qualified visitors.

If you would like to discuss how you can reduce your printing costs, prevent brochure churn, go digital then please contact us for a free no obligation discussion.

This article can be downloaded from this link in PDF format.

Contact ICE AV, Interactive Division,
Tel +64-9-414 2348, Email sales at holodesk

HoloDesk Interactive Content Management Software able to power the next gen NextWindow DesktopTouch6S screens

The Holo-Info-Desk Interactive software is suitable for the next generation of NextWindow’s DesktopTouch 6S, the companys first six-camera, five-touch screen technology for PCs.

The DesktopTouch 6S is compatible with the Microsoft® Windows® 8 operating system. Windows 8 is designed to provide an enriched experience for users of tablets, laptops and desktop PCs, and features a new Metro-style interface designed for optimal touch-screen input.

iQRite Touch Finger

The DesktopTouch 6S is available in screen sizes ranging from 15″ to 30″ (38to 76 cm), The six cameras are embedded around the screen and are a perfect match for touch responses when using the Holo-Info-Desk multi touch software.

User with tablets and monitors utilising the new NextWindow DesktopTouch65 will discover many uses for the Holo-Info-Desk Interactive Content Management Software and will be suitable for one-on-one content presentation and also as a control surface for providing presentations in seminars.

Even though the Holo-Info-Desk software can allow numerous users interacting with content, typically each user would uses up to two fingers only. Due to the 15″ – 30″ size this makes the new DesktopTouch65 powered displays more suited for only one person rather groups, though the smaller screen does mean it is portable and yet delivering dynamic Holo-Info-Desk powered presentations.

Digital Touch Points Seminars give valuable insight

This past week the ICE AV team with Wellington partner, Shout Group have been sharing with senior executives from various well known Wellington companies on a range of latest generation software and hardware technologies that can help them rise above the communication noise.

The seminar series titles Digital Touch Points described a number of techniques that can enable theatre, engagement, referrals, connection, endorsement, data access, digital interaction. By using software and hardware from the ICE AV Cataloq we are designing unique solutions.


ICE AV Founder shares during Digital Touch Points seminar

By integrating body motion, GPS, mobility, ultra sound, touch sensitive surfaces, integrated software, digital displays, we were able to demonstrate how businesses can engage with their fans and clients in a completely new way combining online, offline, mobility with social media and leading edge audio visual technologies.

We were delighted with some of the feedback that included “that was amazing what you showed, I have never seen that before, definitely be in touch, you have give us so many ideas”. It proved to us that businesses are hungry for genuine and honest non sales pitch information, and to gain insight how to use technologies, converge them as we spread out a table of capabilities.

ICE AV and Shout Group will be planning to conduct further Digital Touch Point seminars in NZ to fire up the imagination of business owners so they can create unique customer Digital Touch Points.

Holo-Info-Desk will get exposure in New Zealand’s capital city

Holodesk interactive

Multi touch surface, Multi touch software - levitating products - daytime projection, touch sensitive glass, virtual presenter, are just a few of the topics to be covered

Technology roll outs, constant developments, new models, new systems, solutions are rampant and everywhere. The ability for most business owners to get their head around this massive change is a task. No sooner have you come to grips with the latest trend thinking you have an edge over your competitors, but then find yourself outwitted by others who have implemented a technology edge that gives them a uniqueness.

Does this sounds like you?

We will cover multi touch surfaces, unique audio applications, social media integrated digital signage, interactive, LED displays, Video walls, Holographic presenters, interactive windows.

frustrated Office worker

Office worker frustrated with technology

HoloDesk creator, Kevin   Andreassend and Steve Laing from Shout Group have created some tech sessions for the non geek on how to implement a range of these exciting new technology and put it into perspective. Steve and Kevin find numerous clients searching with a degree of frustration on how to incorporate some of the amazing technology available today.

Solutions such as a simple a randomised media playback message welcoming customers each time they come in the store, or interactive floors where they can interact as they walk over the image. The latest trend of making shop windows interactive, interactive table top digital catalogs or integrating your Facebook page into your social media digital displays all just leave people dazed, confused or leave it in the to hard basket.

Touch surfaces of all manner are predicted to be a game hanger and already we have seen this in smart phone and table products in the likes of iPhone and iPad. The Holo-Info-Desk developed by Auckland based ICE AV takes that concept into large format screens for commercial use in museums, retail stores, windows, show room tables, reception and libraries. Furthermore the ability to make an in-store cardboard cut out, figures and even standard products for sale on a shelf can all now be made to be touch sensitive.

Clay Shirky describes this changing landscape and how we are all both producers, consumers and users of media on a 1:1 and 1:many basis.

We will show you how you can use interactive and smart surfaces in retail, in-store, real estate and meeting rooms and a range of other very cool technologies.

Please note the sessions are NOT A SALES PITCH, but a collaborative introduction and discussion to some of the world’s leading AV technology that ICE AV works with clients around the world.


BNZ Business Centre
28 March 2012, Wednesday All day
45 Knights Rd, Lower Hutt

Shout Group
30 March 2012, Friday Afternoon
Drop in sessions & 4.30pm Drinks
128 Nelson Street, Petone

To attend a session, meet one on one, or to bring a colleague contact:

Contact Steve Laing
Shout Group
Tel 04-586 6012
Mob 0274 850007

FREE TO ATTEND Register via email or phone Steve for your complimentary attendance.

Multi Touch brochures add a new element to viewing content

Multi touch as an interaction technique is only persuasive if the content is relevant, dynamic and engaging.

One of the most well known digital formats is the Adobe PDF format and often called an ebook. Today the PDF format is found in every digital print domain, applications. When used in the Multi Touch format it becomes extremely useful to present multiple layers of information, whether it be a catalogue, magazine, technical diagrams, photos sequence, then can all fall under the spell of multi touch. When used on the HoloDesk it adds to a media rich interactive environment delivering timely and engaging touch experiences.

A recent addition in the digital format as been visual affects now possible to delivers a new look and feel of how the pages turn. This can be taken advantage of and here we show you a live example below. The left graphic we have created a dynamic PDF as a Flash link that delivers a new look and feel. Click on the photo to go directly to the brochure.

The right hand photo is the Brochure Requestor Application in the Omnitapp software where users can request a PDF brochure can be printed on the spot, saved to a USB memory stick or emailed to your designated address.

Multi touch New Zealand