The touch trick is the use of InGlass technology that knows what you are using
Two wooden pens are supplied (nice ecological touch) with a thick (4mm for highlighting) and thin (2mm for writing) end. They are best for drawing on the screen, but you can use many other things, e.g. pens (well the plastic pen top), stylus etc. Up to four people can draw at once. Maximum line thickness is 50mm.
Fingers don’t work except as an eraser. Or they will work if you use a glove!
Samsung uses an innovative; some call it disruptive technology called FlatFrog In-Glass optomechanical technology. It is neither capacitive touch nor infrared. Most electronic whiteboards infrared sensors around the edge to facilitate touch. Not very accurate or responsive.
One of the key advantages is ‘perfect clarity’. Although the glass does reduce nits brightness.
Content, e.g. video, still images, web pages, graphics, Office documents etc., can be imported via HDMI, Wi-Fi, screencasting (phone or PC), email, USB or from a network attached storage server (NAS).
It can export finished content to email, printer, USB or the NAS.
The success of Samsung Flip depends on use cases
So, second, my second piece of advice to Samsung is to pitch the flip by ‘use cases’.
For example, GadgetGuy’s parent company GadgetGroup is a significant Australian content creation and marketing agency. We brainstormed its use and came up with
- Client presentations. Load up to 20 pages on a ‘roll’ and speak to the presentation. Along the way to annotate what the client likes, thinks etc. Then email it to them. It is way better than death PowerPoint.
- For a creative think fest using a 55-inch, 4K canvas. For example, we design a lot of brochures, websites, logos, point of sale etc. The designer (artist) can show their wares in living colours to the team and again annotate, cut, paste and move. Nothing is lost! I suspect this is its greatest use.
- As a ‘meet and greet’ with a difference. It is so easy to import a client’s logo or name and use it as a live welcome board.
- To show video content (via HDMI, casting )
- And to have a bit of fun – perfect for noughts and crosses or whimsical
Some tests that may add more to your use cases
Make it a Windows 10 computer
We had an Intel Compute Stick. This is a full Windows PC replete with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI and more. We plugged a Logitech K830 Bluetooth keyboard/trackpad in and the Compute stick into the HDMI port.
Viola. A full Windows 10 PC. When connecting via HDMI, you don’t have touch until you snapshot any web page or content and ‘play’ with it. But you do have full touch if you connect the USB touch cable provided.
Cast from a PC
A Windows 10 PC/laptop has a connect feature (Wi-Fi Display) to cast (or it can connect via an HDMI output). When you cast, there is the full touch that allows the Flip to control the PC’s cursor and vice versa!
But in both cases, I strongly suggest that Logitech Bluetooth/Unifying USB dongle/ keyboard/trackpad as it makes life so much easier.
Cast from a smartphone
We tested with a Samsung Note 8 and its SmartView cast (Mira Cast). It offered full touch facilities both ways (as per PC cast). Similarly, an LG V30+ could cast with Wi-Fi Direct. Casting phones need Android 8 or later.
You can connect a smartphone via NFC if it is on the same Wi-Fi network.
We even cast from an Apple iPhone via Apple TV.