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Tecom Electronics' TechPod Interactive Lectern integrates all A/V equipment required in a lecture hall into a stylish podium. Features include a control panel, highend computer with DVD, VCR, visualizer, laptop connection, a PA audio system with microphone and speakers, and an interactive 17-inch LCD screen with interactive pen and annotation software. Users can annotate directly on the lectern's protected screen, with the image shown through the LCD projector. The annotation process can be saved, e-mailed, and printed in various formats. The MSRP is $16,750. Log on to www.techpod.com.
The struggle with coiling up cable is no more. Kaltman Creations has unveiled a new line of innovative cable coilers and a new cable management system. Originally designed for any production environment, the Cable Coilers series will also work for CAT5 cables, fiber optic cables, lightweight speaker wires, coax cables, video cables, or rope. The first model in the series is the KCC50-5, a handheld motorized cable coiler that will coil up to 50 feet of microphone cable in less than five seconds. Once the cable is coiled onto the coiler spool, the cable simply slides right off for storage. Its retail price is $159. Also available are Cable Slap Ties, which a user, in one motion, can slap on to a cable, eliminating Velcro straps, the tying of rope, taping, or cable knot tying. A pack of ties costs $24.95. Check out www.cablecoiler.com.
One way to calm a college-bound student's nerves is for him or her to meet fellow future classmates. CommunityYou, developed and hosted by Stein Communications, is a social networking service that enables admitted students to meet within a community space created just for them (it's not open to the general public). Community members can search by hometown and interests, for example, and make new connections and friends before they even arrive on campus. The easy-to-use service does not require software installation or maintenance by the school. Each community is custom branded; only a name, a subdomain, and logo graphics and colors are needed. Cost is $20,000 for the first year, then $7,500 for each consecutive year. It includes implementation, hosting, upgrades, training, and support. Visit www.steincommunications.com.
Bretford has many new products. Its Flat Panel Digital Kiosks are VESA 75mm and 100mm compatible for use with any 15- to 19-inch flat panel monitor. They include an expandable tray for various keyboard sizes with an ergonomic wrist rest and mouse pad. The FPDK01 is ideal for information gathering and general navigation. The FPDK02, which includes a CPU holder, is good for critical access to information from a secure data system. They start at $520. Starting at $475, Presentation Technology Carts (TC12, TC15, and TC35 series) store, share, and move technology tools from a single device. An optional flat-panel mount can support up to a 42-inch monitor with a 200mm VESA hole pattern. An aluminum-extruded pole, which extends for distance viewing, is included. Of Bretford's two Flat Panel Flush Wall Mounts, the FPLM-FFP ($169) accommodates 30- to 46- inch flat panel monitors with a maximum weight of 120 pounds, while the FPLM-FFP2 ($279) supports 46- to 61- inch monitors up to 200 pounds. KR Series Training and C o n f e r e n c e Room Tables (rectangle, trapezoid, and halfround) start at $650. Visit www.bretford.com.
Professors who want to give "coursecasting" (enabling students to download lectures onto their iPods) a try need a reliable recording tool. At $59.95, the MicroMemo, from XtremeMac, enables instructors to store as much as 51 hours of lectures on an iPod Nano 2G or 384 hours on a video iPod. The files are saved in CD-quality WAV format, making them easy to upload into iTunes. Even if coursecasting isn't offered at their school, students can still purchase MicroMemo to record notes and lectures themselves. Working in conjunction with this product, the MemoMic, a lapel microphone, is designed for professors who like to move around a large lecture hall while speaking. It sells separately for $29.95. To learn more, visit www.xtrememac.com.
Scantron's Class Climate 3.0 is a course evaluation and survey system that provides fast and accurate processing of both online and paper-based surveys and data analysis for improved decision making. Its SOAP-based Application Programming Interface enables integration with users' existing software applications. It allows basic settings to be customized in online survey templates as well as survey questions to be imported from users' databases for paper-based or online surveys. Participants can view survey results. After results have been reported, comments can be added to the instructor's reports. Expanded capabilities support both system level and department level needs and give subunit administrators the option to change specific parts of the system configuration. The "Faculty License" starter kit starts at $7,000; standard licensing begins at $13,000. Pricing for campus licensing can be tailored to the size of the location. Visit www.scantron.com.
A little insight can go a long way, especially with handling administrative tasks. Unanet Visual Insight, the latest in Unanet Technologies software, aids in improving productivity and profitability. It brings together real-time information on plans, commitments, resource capacity, skills, effort expended, and expenditure in a single system, providing managers with insight on how to optimize workforce performance. An extensive suite of interactive charts and indicators can be tailored to satisfy the information needs of each user. With the hierarchical Work Breakdown Structure, the total scope of a project can be organized into appropriate work packages that focus only on the information that is important. Pricing varies according to installation, features, and licensing. The price for a 200-user system licensed with all functionality is $40,000. Visit www.unanet.com.
Having plans in place for a possible pandemic is the focus of Pandemic 101 Corporate Solutions. This program, created by Pandemic 101 and developed by a team of experts on infectious disease control, provides turnkey operational processes, plans, medical directives, infectious control guidelines, pandemic "tabletop" drills, online training, infection control products, medical directors, and access to antiviral medications. Consulting programs are designed on a project-by-project basis, depending on an institution's needs. Also available are one-, two-, or four-person kits. Each kit contains a preparedness guide, an infectious disease and pandemic flu training DVD, free access to training videos and information, and personal protective products. The kits range from $200 to $599. Visit www.pandemic101.com.
Apple's MacBook Pro line has received some nifty updates: Intel Core 2 Duo processors, up to 4GB memory, and high-speed graphics in a lightweight, aluminum enclosure that is just one inch thick. They also have a built-in iSight video camera and a MagSafe Power Adapter that magnetically connects the power cord and safely disconnects when under strain. Other features include built-in 802.11n wireless networking, Bluetooth 2.0+, and a backlit illuminated keyboard. The 2.2 GHz (priced at $1,999) and 2.4 GHz ($2,499) models, both at 15 inches, feature a mercury-free, power-efficient LED-backlit display, while the 17-inch 2.4 GHz ($2,799) offers an optional 1920x1200 high - re s o l u t ion display. Visit www.apple.com.
Samsung Opto-Electronics America's upgraded SDP-6500DXA Premium Digital Presenter is equipped with a high-quality PS CCD with over 1.5 megapixels for solid image quality and vibrant colors. A 36x (12x optical plus 3x digital) autofocus zoom lens gets the smallest details from documents or 3D objects. Digital Image Rotation can rotate documents up to 270 degrees with a zooming capability. It supports USB 2.0 to save, edit, and print images in a PC or Mac. It reproduces high-quality digital images through a DVI output terminal, and its two VGA output terminals can be connected to a VGA LCD monitor or projector to display multiscreens. A bypass switching function transfers any input from an external source connected to the presenter even if the power is turned off. With the built-in drawing function, users can annotate directly over any image with straight lines, squares, and curved lines in up to six colors. It lists for $4,750. Learn more at www.samsungpresenterusa.com.
Adobe has unveiled Captivate 3, an eLearning authoring tool for creating computer-based simulations, scenario-based training, and interactive quizzes. Enhanced features include multimode recording, rerecording, new Microsoft PowerPoint import capabilities, and support for rich media formats. A rerecording feature captures actions taken in Internet Explorer web applications. Available for Windows XP, 2000, and Vista, it will also run on Intel Macs under Bootcamp or Parallels emulation. It is $699; prior version users can upgrade for $299. Education licensing is available. Also new, Visual Communicator 3 creates professional video presentations to be streamed live over the internet in the FLV (flash video) format. Users can preview up to three cameras at once while recording or presenting live with the mini-switcher feature to create interview-style videos in real time. Available at $399, prior version users can upgrade for $149. Education customers can purchase the software for $169. Visit www.adobe.com.
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