The screens were designed so that when they are being used, the presenter can interact with the content in a way that is responsive to the live nature of news presentation. Not only does this give the presenter total control over what is being shown on the display at that time, it also allows for them to plan for ahead whilst on the spot if they need to.
Touchscreen technology is becoming increasingly important to Sky, and is widely used on sports productions, however for Sky Sports News the challenge was to have the thinnest possible bezels around the screens.
To achieve a thin bezel, they decided on Pro Display projected capacitive touch technology custom designed for Sky. 32”, 55” and 75” Sky Pads were implemented using commercial grade displays designed to work 18 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Head of Technology at Sky Sports, Mike Ruddell, said: “Because every part of the newsroom is part of the studio, the screens would be seen from 360º, so infrared technology was not going to be the best choice. They are affected by studio lighting, which is fine if the screen is in a fixed position, but we have three Sky Pads (touch screens) in the newsroom, all being twisted around, and it had to work as a screen from any direction.”
Pro Display’s intouch division is set to launch in October which features a complete range of next generation touch screen technology designed primarily for corporate, retail and education applications.
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