More apps compatible with Optoma interactive flat panel displays

Business meetings can be more streamlined and collaborative than ever before with a whole tranche of apps now available as standard on Optoma interactive flat panel displays (IFPDs).

Optoma IFPDs come with a number of pre-installed apps as well as free compatible apps that can be easily downloaded from the marketplace area on the display.

These include an intuitive videoconferencing app (Zoom) and the super quick Screenshare app that allows multiple people in a meeting to simply type in a code and be able to share their laptop or PC screen with the rest of the meeting. You can also use a mobile device with this app to share documents or photos from the device or even to turn the device into a mouse for the display.

All Microsoft Office documents can be opened on the screen with the pre-installed WPS app and Cloud Drive allows users to save documents to the cloud via Google Drive or OneDrive.


Designed for corporate and education environments, Optoma’s multi-touch interactive flat panel displays boast 4K UHD resolution and 20-point touch.  All displays come with wall mount, three interactive pens and WiFi/Bluetooth dongle for BYOD (bring your own device) wireless connectivity as standard.


Pre-installed apps that come as standard on Optoma IFPs

App name



This app allows users to open all Microsoft Office docs

Internet browser

Allows users to access the internet

Cloud drive

Allows you to save documents to Google Drive and OneDrive


File browser allows users to locate saved documents on the display


Can be used to mirror an iphone or ipad screen


Mirrors your pc or laptop.  You can also use a mobile device with this app which allows you to share documents or photos from the device.  It also can turn the mobile device into a mouse for the IFP


Together with a document camera allows users to show 3D objects or passage of text


This is the portal into the marketplace where additional apps can be downloaded onto the display


Whiteboard app promotes collaboration during meetings.  Notes can be saved and then shared after the meeting


Memory optimisation for the display


Free apps on Marketplace

App name



Video conference and collaboration app (requires a webcam for full video conferencing functionality)


App for different mail services including Gmail, Outlook and Hotmail


Dropbox app

BBC news

BBC news

CBC news

CBC news

Multi Calculator

Calculator – includes scientific calculator


App to access TED speeches

Khan Academy

App for teaching

Education game




The free apps on the Marketplace are third party apps that have been tested and are compatible with the IFPs.  As new apps are added they will automatically appear on the Marketplace for you to download.

Other software

The presentation and collaboration software, Oktopus, has been tested and approved compatible, but does not come not pre-installed onto the display or Marketplace.

Optoma IFPDs have certification for low blue light by independent world leaders in product testing, TÜV Rheinland.  This certifies that Optoma IFPDs produce no hazardous UV light and emit minimal blue light (which causes eyestrain and tiredness).  Available in 65", 75" and 86" sizes, they feature anti-glare glass and boast extensive connectivity. 



Optoma interactive flat panel displays run on a customised Android operating system and do not support Google Play Services. The operating system may not be compatible with all third-party Android apps. Third-party Android apps can vary in quality and some even contain malicious codes, which could compromise system security and may invalidate your product warranty. Optoma makes no representations regarding the quality, security or suitability of any third-party apps and their compatibility with the Optoma interactive flat panel. Optoma shall have no responsibility or liability with respect to any damage, faults, loss in functionality or security issues arising as a direct or indirect result of the installation of third-party apps on the interactive flat panel. Optoma support in rectifying any issue which may result from the installation of third-party apps will be chargeable and may be limited.

Why is the sky blue? And what this means for you.

Hint: it’s not the reflection of the water, and it may cause fatigue and sore eyes.

Light is made of Electromagnetic waves (EM waves) that emit energy and it’s this energy which we perceive as light. These waves come in different wave lengths and are the different colours of light we perceive.

Blue light is one of the types of light that form the white light we get from the sun, together with red, orange, yellow, green, violet and indigo – also known as the visible EM spectrum. Past indigo, we have UV light (which can’t be seen by the human eye). The energy of these waves increases as we go towards UV light, making blue light one of the highest intensity types of visible light.

The wavelength of blue light waves is so small they collide with air molecules more than any other colour and get scattered everywhere – that’s what makes the sky blue!

But what has this got to do with me?

Your body uses this blue light from the sun to discern the difference between day and night and regulate your sleep cycle. It also suppresses secretion of melatonin – produced at night to help prepare our bodies for sleep. Because of this, blue light can fool our brains into thinking we should stay awake.

And what has this got to do with Optoma?

Optoma’s interactive flat panel displays reduce eyestrain and tiredness by minimising blue light output.  They are TÜV  Certified as Low Bluelight Content, meaning that TÜV Rheinland* has tested the blue light emitted and found the product emits no hazardous UV light, in addition to the blue light content constituting no more than 20% of the total light spectrum emitted from the screen.

A new study by researchers in Amsterdam stated that people who switched their screens to low blue light reported their sleeping patterns were significantly improved.

In short, the sky is blue because the short-wavelength, high energy blue light scatters more easily than other visible light, and you should turn on blue light filters when available – you might sleep better!

Find out more about Optoma’s multi-touch interactive flat panels here.
*TÜV Rheinland is the independent body and world leader in product testing and certification.


Is it time to join the 4K party?

We often get asked “Should I upgrade my projector to 4K or stick with Full HD? Is there a significant enough improvement in image quality to warrant paying more?”  So, we’ve popped down a few pointers that might help you to choose. 

What is 4K? 

Put simply, 4K provides four times as many pixels on your screen than Full HD 1080p.  And the greater the number of pixels – the better the image quality will be. 

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) defines 4K UHD resolution as 3840 x 2160 or greater than eight million addressable pixels.  Full HD resolution has around two million on-screen pixels. 

With the full 8.3 million on-screen pixels, Optoma’s 4K UHD projectors meet the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) requirements for 4K UHD and CTA High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatible display standards.

Will I notice the difference?

“So, there are over eight million on-screen pixels but will it make a difference to what I can see?” 

The additional pixels from 4K bring increased depth and light and shadow detail to imagery but if you are viewing this on a small screen and depending on how far from the screen you are sitting, this extra detail may not be visible. 

That’s why the large imagery produce by projection is where you can really see the benefits from this added resolution.  Any imagery bigger than 65” will look better with 4K UHD resolution.  4K allows you to sit closer to the screen without individual pixels being visible.  Filling more of your visual field yields greater immersion.

“But is the content there?”

More films, TV and sport are being broadcast in 4K than ever before. Sony and Microsoft both have consoles on the market that can render games in 4K. Most major blockbuster movies are being released on Ultra HD Blu-rays, and streaming companies like Netflix are releasing more 4K content than ever before. 

A 4K projector today will future proof your viewing tomorrow.

The price is right

With the improvement in technology, the price for 4K projectors and TVs has reduced massively over the last couple of years with 4K budget models now available.

So with content more readily available, and its ability to bring content to life with incredible detail, colour and contrast, is it time you joined the 4K party? 

Check out Optoma’s range of 4K UHD projectors here:


Cutting through the confusion of large displays

To achieve a large image, installers have a myriad of options.

Should they go projection?

This is, by far, the most cost effective and simplest way to attain a large display image, especially if high resolution is required. But is there too much ambient light? Would a high brightness laser projector cut through this?

Should they install a Large Format Display (LFD)?

For a large image a single LFD screen is heavy, cumbersome and expensive.  They could create a videowall with multiple LCD screens but this has the downside of bezel frames around each screen slicing through the overall image.

Or they could look at an LED display. 

LED displays are made up of slim LED panels installed flush beside each other to create a seamless display with no bezels disrupting the image. They are expensive compared to projection but large LED displays are becoming far more comparable in cost to similar size LFD videowalls.

But which one is best?  We catch up with Ross Noonan, Technical Product Specialist at Optoma, to try to cut through the confusion. 

Q: So, which solution is best Ross?

A: It depends on the environmental factors.. In a high ambient brightness environment, projection will look washed out but if the ambient light is not too high or light could be controlled, projection may be the best (and certainly the cheapest) option. 

If the ambient light is high and you want large seamless imagery without bezels interrupting the image, you may need to look at installing an LED display. 

Q: That sounds complicated.

A: It doesn’t need to be.  You need to ask more questions perhaps than for a regular projected display but honing down the requirements, by asking a number of key questions, will help you choose the right solution.

Q: What questions do I need to ask when looking at LED displays?

A: Do you need a permanently installed or mobile solution?

Is it for indoor or outdoor use?

How bright is the environment where it will be operating?

What size and aspect ratio do you need?

What content will you be showing?

Where will the audience be in relation to the display?

How accessible will the display be if it needs maintenance?

Q: Can you use LED displays in full sunshine?

A: Yes you can.  Brightness of LED panels is measured in Nits.  A single Nit emits over three times more light than a single lumen.  LED panels can be scheduled to change the brightness at different times of day. 

Q: As the LED display is made of lots of tiles, there must be more flexibility in size and aspect ratio. Right?

A: Size and aspect ratio is a little bit more complex for LED displays than projection.  Due to their modular setup, there is no limit to the overall image size for LED displays. True. But this is where it can be more complicated than projection.  When looking at the size and aspect ratio, you also need to consider your content and desired resolution.

The LED panels that make up an LED display are a certain aspect ratio.  If the same number of LED panels are used horizontally and vertically – it will retain that same aspect ratio.  For example, Optoma LED panels are 16:9 aspect ratio.  A display of 10x10 panels would keep the aspect ratio the same.  But if the customer wanted a specific width and height, the aspect ratio may not be 16:9 and it would alter the resolution – as there would be more or less pixels depending on the size chosen.

Resolution is determined by the size and the pixel pitch of the LED display – that is, the distance between each LED diode/pixel in the panel.  The narrower the pixel pitch, the greater the resolution of this panel. 

Pixel matching the content to the native display resolution is always the best option. But if the content resolution varies or cannot be known up front, Optoma has a range of image scalers which use the exceptional HQView technology to give the best on-screen results.

So, if people want a definite size, they may need to compromise on the resolution and aspect and/or create content at that resolution.  Optoma has simplified this for customers by offering a range of panels at specific sizes and resolutions. 

LED Screen





Screen resolution

FHD 1080P

FHD 1080P



Screen size (dimensions)

4 x 2.2m (180”)

5 x 2.8m (226)”

8 x 4.5m (361”)

10 x 5.6m (452”)

Customers can have custom sizes with different resolutions but they should try to ensure the overall display’s aspect ratio is consistent with its individual panels to ensure the image is not distorted.

Q: Why is it important to know where will the audience be?

A: The closer the audience is to the screen, the narrower the pixel pitch you need for them not to see individual pixels.  As a rule of thumb – for a 2.6 pixel pitch, the minimum viewing distance is 2.6m away, for a 2.0 pixel pitch it is 2m.  But this is not the optimal viewing distance.  We advise that the optimum distance if roughly the width of the display.  So the best place to view a 5m wide display is 5m back.

One more thing.  You also need to think about the viewing angle.  Better quality LEDs have a wider viewing angle. If your audience will be viewing the display far off-centre, you need to make sure the diodes have a wide viewing angle, which ours do.

Q: How accessible will the display be after install?

A: Some LED displays are only accessible from the rear which would need substantial framework, designed and signed-off by structural engineers. 

All of Optoma’s out of the box solutions are designed to be mounted directly onto the wall using wood screws and are front serviceable with no cabling required to connect each tile.  This makes installation and servicing quick and efficient.  They also have 3-axis adjustments to mitigate uneven walls. 

If one panel gets damaged, it can be simply swapped out without having to dismantle the entire display. It is easier and cheaper to change this single panel within an LED display than for a LFD or videowall. 

Every display comes with a custom tool kit with everything needed to install, as well as spare LED panels and components.  This includes a unique suction device for removing individual panels which significantly reduces the potential for damage during installation and servicing.

Q: Does it need much servicing then?

A: No. Optoma LED displays need minimal maintenance.  There are no filters to clean.  Fluctuations in temperature and damp may reduce the lifespan of diodes so we advise to leave the display on standby to keep these warm and dry.  If there is a build-up of dust on the front of the display, you can brush this gently with a soft brush - but other than that, they need very little maintenance.

Q: What are the main pitfalls for installers?

A: One of the common pitfalls is that buyers look for the cheapest option and buy directly from a far East supplier.  This is high risk as these companies request payment up front and, when there are problems, provide no local support.  I would recommend choosing a trusted and established AV brand within Europe with whom they can be assured they would have support during and post install.

We can guarantee a single bin pick for LEDs.  This means that the LED panels all come from the same production run to ensure a consistency in colour performance and brightness across the whole display. 

Q: Anything else?

A: Once the size and resolution is set, this will determine what controller you would need.  All Optoma displays come with a controller and all cabling. 

Each controller has a fixed number of outputs to prevent bandwidth issues.  Optoma MCTRL660 is designed for screens with a maximum resolution of 1080p.  It has four outputs dividing a 1080p screen into four signal runs.  A 4K resolution display would need a controller with 16 outputs – four times that of 1080p – so would use Optoma CTRL4K.  If you need full redundancy, you would need an extra controller and cabling.

The only other thing to consider is the power needed for the display.  This is dependent on size and brightness.  We advise customers on the maximum consumption based on maximum brightness so they can arrange for the electrics to accommodate this. 

Optoma has a range of ultra-thin, 16:9 native aspect ratio LED displays.  These are easy to install, operate and maintain, and engineered for reliability and superior image quality.

Why choose Optoma LED displays

  • Local stock, local support & cost effective
  • High brightness, high-resolution indoor Full HD and UHD 4K LED displays
  • Easy installation and maintenance – surface mount and front access
  • Ultra-thin 56mm panel depth - discreet, space-saving design
  • Best-in-class processing and switching – HQUltra technology
  • Ultimate reliability


With an ultra-thin panel depth of only 56mm, Optoma LED displays are designed to take up less space, blending discreetly into any environment.

Easy installation and maintenance

They can be mounted directly onto a suitable wall using wood or plaster screws without a mounting frame. A simple, lightweight frame option is also available. Front access gives fast, low-cost installation and easy maintenance.

Fully supported

Designed, supplied and supported as a single solution, Optoma LED displays include everything you need – from cables to preconfigured processors for a hassle-free installation.

Scaling and switching

They use industry leading HQUltra 4K image processing technology for best in class picture quality and low latency video processing. Inputs can be switched seamlessly in as little as 0.25 seconds.