Tools & Technologies

By William Anderson

Lasering in on efficient presentations

Giving a presentation can sometimes be a complex process. Far too often, the equipment involved in conveying what you so tirelessly worked on suffers from technical issues, forcing you to waste valuable time trying to rectify these issues or abandon your presentation altogether.Lazertouch can transform any flat surface into a touch screen, creating an interactive whiteboard experience. 

Industrial engineers seek to optimize complex processes, and one tool that can help us do so in the corporate presentation arena is Easitech's Lazertouch.

Lazertouch is a futuristic mini-projector that transforms any flat surface into a touch screen. Weighing only 5 ounces, Lazertouch is portable and operates on the Android mobile operating system. It sports 32 gigabytes of storage, a 13,600 mAh battery, built-in speakers, and has HDMI, USB, micro SD and headphone ports.

The Lazertouch also comes with an IR e-pen stylus, a pointer and a remote control and is capable of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The projector emits a laser beam. By using your fingers or the stylus to interact with the projected image, anything that you could do with a touch-screen device can be done on the surface. The projected image can be as small as a tablet, sized 20 inches, or as large as 150 inches to facilitate presentations to a room of 20 people. Since it runs the Android operating system, several applications can be downloaded to view PDF and PowerPoint files as well as other types of files that you may want to present.

Lazertouch eliminates the need to store your presentation and files on a USB flash drive and plug it into a computer connected to a projector. Once your documents are saved to the device or accessed over the internet using the device, you turn on Lazertouch, project it onto a flat surface and start viewing and editing documents immediately – removing the need for additional devices, VGA or HDMI cables and other wires.

Because Lazertouch operates as a touch-screen device, you can use your finger or the stylus to make annotations, comments and markups – essentially you have the power to create an interactive whiteboard experience. It also supports Miracast and Airplay, so you can use Lazertouch to project content from your smartphone or other portable devices to a larger screen.

This can be useful when a meeting requires several people to share their screens and content. Without you and your colleagues leaving your seats, Lazertouch (coupled with the casting software mentioned earlier) allows multiple people to share their content and reduces the time it takes to change from one device to another.

Whether you are going over data and documents with a few colleagues or a board room filled with executives, Lazertouch reduces the number of devices needed to make a presentation a success and provides an easy way to transform standard presentations into more interactive experiences.

William Anderson is an industrial engineering consultant for West Monroe Partners and serves on the board of directors for the IISE Young Professionals.