August 30, 2016

Elementary Students Get Digital

With the advances in technology over the last twenty years, it was only a matter of time until technology became a larger part of children's education.  One goal of elementary schools is to provide a laptop or tablet for every student.  Projectors will be a thing of the past (just like the old tv carts are now a long-lost memory!).  The hope is that teachers will still facilitate the learning of a topic, but instead of the projector, students will be able to interact with their tablets to communicate information back to the teacher wirelessly.

Cloud-based memory will be used instead of needing discs and thumb-drives.  This will allow for everybody to access the same programs without the software that was once necessary. 

The challenge is to bring every teacher, student and classroom up to the standards put in place by the new technology.  A plan needs to be implemented to make sure that learning is maximized with these tools rather than hindered by a lack of using a traditional teaching method.

July 5, 2016

University Activities & Lessons With Digital Signage

Universities are well-known for being distributing massive amounts of information to students, faculty and prospective students.  Campuses are filled with cork boards with job and housing information.  Advancements in technology are providing many benefits to universities that can result in saving money and have a bigger impact on students.

Up to 70 percent of colleges are now using digital signage systems to distribute information!

Here are five ways universities are using digital signage:

1. Spread information.     Students can easily learn about upcoming events.

2. Reinforce learning. Classroom lessons can be enhanced with projects and digital projections.

3. Enhance community. Digital signs can recognize student accomplishments and interdepartmental activities.

4. Emergency announcements. Digital content can be updated quickly with the latest announcements and distributed quickly throughout the campus.

5. Wayfinding. Digital boards can help students and visitors to navigate the campus.  Check out a BLR digital directory. 

Digital Signage has allowed campuses to efficiently distribute information to students on campus.  Want more information? Check out the full article on



June 14, 2016

How Do You Get Around?

Once static placards were the only means of navigating a building or amusement park, but technology is now allowing us to step up the game!  Interactive wayfinders allow people to navigate various floors and directions.  It's the way of the future.  Will you be left in the past or step your building up to the new era?

Contact BLR.

May 17, 2016

How Technology Effects Restaurants

Once upon a time, customer's either knew about a restaurant through word-of-mouth or stumbled upon it based on their proximity to that particular restaurant.  But technology has changed how customer's decide on their restaurant of choice.  Sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor help people decide where to go and can even book a table before arriving at the location. 

Here's some stats found by a study conducted at SignStix: 

"70% of all adults use smartphones or tablets, and 57% of consumers will use them to read online reviews before visiting a restaurant."


70% of consumers say that technology speeds up service

88% of consumers use restaurant technology to look up restaurant locations, directions and hours of operation

43% use technology to make a reservation


With the increase in technology-usage, customers' are looking towards restaurants to provide as much information (before and during the meal) as well as an improved experience through the use of technology.  This could include facts about where the customer's food/drink came from, an interactive menu or recommendations from an interactive digital display.

How can your restaurant improve customer experience and provide through a digital display?  Contact BLR to engage more with your customers.

May 11, 2016

How Store's Capture Millenials

The term "Millennials", typically refers to people who were born between 1980 and 2000.  This is the first generation to have been imersed in the digital age.  With this group hitting the marketplace and decision-making age, technology plays a huge role in their decisions.  Millenials are looking for an easy experience when shopping and for their experience with the store to be consistent between online, mobile and in-store.

Here's what it means for your business:


Millenials are 77% more likely to be influenced by in-store kiosks when making brand decisions.  So, break out the graphics and get to building great content.  Make sure to include video and music into the kiosk and integrate social media feeds.  This will increase millenials user-experience and get them more engaged with your brand.  The more your brand engages with them, the more loyal they will become to you.


March 21, 2016

Coca-Cola Gets Engaged With Tokyo!

Coca-Cola got engaged with Tokyo with a touch screen vending machine that allows customers to play games! Check out the video: