PowerPoint as Information Screen
You are on the right track already when you display real-time data on a television or computer screen with Microsoft PowerPoint. Like a message board or information screen in your company, school or factory.
DataPoint technology can be used to link your slides to data sources like files and databases. DataPoint updates the information in real-time on your information screen.
Problem: the attention drops
Whenever your visitors or personnel is looking at the screen, they will see live data updates as they occur in the data source. But, their attention might drop when you are staring at the screen for a longer time. Better would be to run a notification sound whenever the data on the screen gets updated.
There is a new feature in DataPoint for text boxes where you can play an audio signal when the data has changed.
With DataPoint, first set up a connection to your data source and link a given cell of information, in real-time to a normal PowerPoint text box. Your raw data could look like this.
This is a great update to the textbox options.. Id love to see ia option That Reads the text box outloud also (text To Speech) That would be a amazing headturner as we use Datapoint as live Dashboards for our Manufacturing Processes and want people to not only visually see the updates but be able to hear them as well when they cant look up at dashboard. Thank you for a great product. !!! just a suggestion on our part.
Hi Chris. Thanks for your appreciation on our work!
I have to admit; you are the first one requesting text to speech in DataPoint, but I will pass on this request to development. Who knows!!!
It only occured to me that when we have machines that are running in different states, it would be great to hear : “RUNNING” “OFFLINE” “ONLINE” ETC as datapoint already does the same type of thing when it changes pictures
of course in this instance we could go and make custom sound files for the events but Datapoint would not know to change to the “other” sound file when that particular state was on. Hence why it would be Greatly easier to just have it read aloud the textbox contents. .. Still DATAPOINT Crushes the competition for ease of use and deployability.
We use Intel Compute Sticks connected to 55 Inch Screens in different modes and flavors.. its AMAZING to see how creative we can get when Creating new Digital Signage.. and the DYNAMIC ability to do so much ..Impresses all who see it.. ( Funniest thing i hear from IT Pros .. WAIT what?? thats powerpoint??” HOW??? I just Laugh. Keep up the Great Work!
I’m touched. Thanks for the very nice words, Chris!
das ist mal eine sinnvolle Erweiterung für die TextBox!
Thanks Mat. And wait till you see the next update: dynamic text to speech! Coming soon.