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Create 'Huddle Spaces' with the Sharp BIG PAD PN-40TC1

Designed for meeting spaces of two to six people, the Sharp BIG PAD PN-40TC1 is a new way to create collaboration spaces in your office.

Millions of meetings take place in offices around the world every day. The vast majority of these meetings only involve a few people, and the tools they need to have a successful meeting are fairly basic.

They do not need a huge screen or lots of equipment; they just need to be able to start sharing information quickly. This is why we have developed a 40” BIG PAD interactive display for people to share ideas, host video conferences and work collaboratively on tasks.

Lots of companies are creating informal meeting spaces where staff and employees can meet, discuss ideas and work through projects. These ‘Huddle Spaces’ are typically small conference areas designed with two to six users in mind. They come equipped with audio and visual systems to allow for easy sharing of ideas and conference calls with group members not present in the office.

The Sharp BIG PAD PN-40TC1 has been specifically designed for use in Huddle Spaces. The compact interactive display offers a host of features that make it not only user-friendly but also cost-effective to deploy.

Here we look at the key features of the Sharp BIG PAD PN-40TC1 and why it will make collaboration in your office more effective and powerful:

Sharp BIG PAD PN-40TC1: Screen Size

The Sharp BIG PAD range is well-known for offering a great touch experience on a large interactive display. However, the BIG PAD PN-40TC1 is the smallest and most compact interactive display in the range yet. It is built around a 40-inch widescreen TFT LCD with 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution and an active screen area of 878.1 x 485.3mm, making it ideal for smaller meeting spaces. The overall weight of the device is 17.5 kg, so it can be easily wall-mounted.

Sharp BIG PAD PN-40TC1: Pen-on-Paper Technology

Although smaller than the other BIG PADs, the PN-40TC1 still offers Sharp’s Pen-On-Paper experience. This describes the overall user experience that Sharp is proud of. BIG PAD is a powerful tool, but it must be attractive to use and to be that a presenter must feel comfortable and confident with the technology. Pen-on-Paper describes the effortless and natural writing experience, the advanced annotation software and premium build quality that is built into every BIG PAD. For example, in the PN-40TC1 the smooth glass surface offers best in class tactile comfort, with 10-Point P-CAP Capacitive Touch for confident and intuitive interactivity.

Sharp BIG PAD PN-40TC1: Connectivity

Huddle Spaces offer flexibility in the workplace, which is why we have fitted the BIG PAD PN-40TC1 with the most flexible array of connections possible. On the back you will find computer inputs that include Analogue RGB and Mini D-sub for those with legacy devices, while the two HDMI (HDCP and 1080p compatible, PC/AV signal compatible) ports and DisplayPort (HDCP compatible, PC signal compatible) cover the latest connections.

The LAN port supports 10Base-T/100Base-TX, while the two USB 2.0 ports allow you to easily connect devices to the BIG PAD. There are twin 10W speakers for watching and participating in presentations and conference calls. There is also a 3.5mm mini-stereo jack for a headset.

What’s more, an integrated Mini OPS extension slot has been added to let you add additional functionality. Mini OPS is a newer and smaller version of the popular OPS (Open Pluggable Specifications) format and has been developed by Sharp and Intel. By inserting an optional Wireless Board, for example, mobile devices such as laptops or tablets can then be wirelessly connected to share content and control functions, without the need for any cables.

Sharp BIG PAD PN-40TC1: BYOD Collaboration

The modern office comprises of staff with multiple connected devices and with the Sharp BIG PAD PN-40TC1 users can quickly connect to the interactive display using their favourite device. Using the wireless LAN board inserted into the Mini OPS expansion slot, the Sharp Display Connect software app easily connects and shares information between the BIG PAD and up to 50 tablets, smartphones and other connected devices simultaneously, so you can write, share and collaborate in meetings far more intuitively.

Sharp BIG PAD PN-40TC1: Sharp Pen Software

Collaboration is about sharing ideas and information as quickly and seamlessly as possible, which is why the BIG PAD PN-40TC1 makes the most of Sharp Pen software, which has been specifically optimised to work with the BIG PAD touch controller hardware. Handwritten notes on the screen can quickly be turned into text and saved using the screen's handwriting recognition function, allowing you to use onscreen content to make neat and legible copies of your notes. Documents and slides can be saved either to your own network or linked to a cloud-based server, such as Sharp’s Cloud Portal Office (CPO).

Sharp BIG PAD PN-40TC1: Return on Investment 

One of the key areas of any Huddle Space is making it affordable to implement and maintain. By creating a smaller and more compact screen yet still retaining all the features businesses have come to expect from the BIG PAD range, the Sharp BIG PAD PN-40TC1 offers a more cost-effective but equally efficient solution that offers collaborative workers everything they need.

In summary, the Sharp BIG PAD PN-40TC1 makes meetings and communications in small spaces smoother and more productive.

If you are excited by the prospect of adding a more flexible interactive display solution to your office environment, find out more about the Sharp BIG PAD PN-40TC1 and Get In Touch to discuss a demonstration.


PR Manager CEE