80% of tablet users in the UK have watched TV while using their device (Nielsen). Many of us multitask on our tablet or smartphone, so how could this dual-screen (double vision) interaction start seeping into the workplace over the next few years and influence employee communications?
How people consume video is changing, as well as where they consume, and now what they are doing at the same time.
It is not really surprising, as popular TV shows like The X Factor and Million Pound Drop actively encourage people to use their tablet or smartphone to play heavily branded (and advertised) games while they’re watching the show – all in the comfort of their own home.
Brightcove (a video streaming platform) has launched an app which lets users watch an Apple TV while looking at additional content on their iPad. Microsoft has announced SmartGlass which links your Xbox to your tablet with additional content. Nintendo has Wii U, which has an additional screen for playing two player games, and it looks Sony’s Playstation 4 has dual-screen capabilities.
Thinking about dual-screen technology, there is plenty of scope to use it for business applications on a day-to-day basis. Here are just a few ideas:
Presenting in PowerPoint or Keynote while the audience follow along on their mobile or tablet devices with additional content, ask questions via device input or bookmark parts of the live presentation.
Pre-recorded videos where the user can watch the video on a screen while using their device to get additional content, comments, engage themselves and get downloads. Additional content could be synced to update on your device as you listen/watch.
Live streaming of events – e.g. Report and Accounts
Get additional information or downloads pushed to your mobile device. This could be great for mobile workers, especially when using 4G.
Receive an email and automatically download additional content to your mobile device for future consumption.
Portable data at a lower cost
You can sit working at your desktop computer, sync your tablet or mobile and take the content with you. Using your second screen can also have efficiency implications. As the price of portable devices are lowered, giving an employee a desktop and a tablet could well be a lot cheaper than a more costly, single laptop.
We could soon find ourselves needing another pair of eyes. But that’s where and a wearable second screen could come in?