How to Effortlessly Share Your Next Big Idea
JAN 04, 2018 00:00 AM
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How to Effortlessly Share Your Next Big Idea

By Zemina Hasham, Director
 
Instructors, presenters, and creative professionals in meetings across the planet have perennially sought a better way to explain, share and retain their vision or next big idea. Whiteboards have long been used for brainstorming, planning, drawing, explaining and teaching. 
 
But drawbacks remain. Ideas presented on whiteboards are fleeting and can’t be shared with anyone outside the room. Unless a whiteboard’s content is captured on someone’s phone camera, the information is lost and soon forgotten. Technologists seeking a solution came up with today’s LCD whiteboards—essentially an amalgam of sketchbook, memo pad, notebook, and drawing pad. But these too have their drawbacks. Some lack true real-time collaboration. And most are heavy, fatiguing to view, hard to set up, and “power hungry.” Not surprisingly, LCD-based solutions have been around for over 15 years, yet most companies still use the antiquated whiteboard.
 
Imagine what one could do with an easy-to-use, real-time collaborative visual solution, one that allows any far-flung office to interactively share its next big idea or innovation. So how would today’s success-oriented enterprises choose such a device? Simple. 
 
Edge Computing

 

Look for Real-Time Ideation
 
Seek out a real-time ideation solution, one that helps you brainstorm and impart your big ideas and concepts efficiently and creatively to today’s distributed workforce. Your device should upload to the “cloud” and enable remote attendees to participate in brainstorming and planning sessions, even allow multiple users to make changes in “real-time.” It should have a large surface (at least 40 inches diagonally) and allow tiling of devices to expand the presentation, for added flexibility.  
 
With QuirkLogic’s Quilla ™, for instance, users can walk up, grab a pen, and comfortably brainstorm ideas, actions, and plans. Teams are no longer bound to conference rooms that have equipment anchored to a wall and instead can make better use of spaces designed for informal, ad-hoc interaction. 
 
Demand Power Savings and True Portability
 
Most LCD-based devices consume lots of power. Your typical LCD whiteboard eats up an average of 120 Watts/minute. These need to be constantly refreshed and a battery back up is impractical. Add the fact that most LCD whiteboards are heavy, and you have a plug-dependent device that truly lacks portability. Your next device should be a power miser using less than 5 watts/minute, run for hours on batteries to make it truly portable, reduce operating costs, and be far more eco-friendly. 
 
Insist on Paper & Ease of Use
 
Your device should be easy to set up and use. Its technical prowess should not get in the way of its operating ease. You should be able to simply pick up a pen and ideate to create your next breakthrough solution or plan. Your presentation teams should be free to focus on ideas, rather than figuring out how to make the technology work. And unlike LCD devices, it should be non-emissive and easy on the eyes, with a wide viewing angle so multiple users can collaborate. Finally, it should be light enough to be easily moved between meeting spaces, set up with a snap-on wall mount, an easy clamp portable stand, or a simple bracket—much like a picture frame. 
 
Calgary, Canada-based QuirkLogic was founded in 2013. The company’s flagship product, Quilla, is the world’s first digital writing device for real-time ideation. For your next ideation solution, visit https://www.quirklogic.com/.
 
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