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What are Comfort Monitors?

Comfort Monitors are visual displays that are used to assist presenters during their presentation.

These come in a few forms:

Timer Monitors

When a conference or presentation needs to run to a specific schedule it is worthwhile to give presenters the ability to see both how long they have been speaking for, as well as how long they have left for their speech. A time monitor shows both of these in a simple bold format. SXS have proprietary software that allows for specific timing data to be shown.  We can also show other data on the screen as required by the event.

Timer comfort monitors for conference and awards event production

Presentation Comfort Monitors

A presentation comfort monitor is a screen that allows the presenter to see what is being shown on the main screen without moving away from the audience. This is typically done with a plasma screen or LCD monitor either in front of the stage, at the back of the room, or flown overhead. It is best that this monitor is not far from the audience so as to allow the presenter to generally keep their attention toward the audience.

Presentation comfort monitors for awards shows and conferences


Teleprompters are also known as Autocue - they refer to the same thing and the phrases are used depending on context, industry and region. These work by having a thin sheet of glass standing at eye level and on a 45 degree angle. A monitor is then placed on the ground so that the reflection can be shown in the glass. When used correctly these devices are invisible to the audience.

Autocue teleprompter comfort monitors for conference and awards events production

Johnny Palmer is the Founder and MD of SXS Events. You can read more of his articles on event production here.   Most of these articles are also available on Google+ via Johnny Palmer's Google + Profile


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