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SANYO’s widescreen WXGA PLC-WXU700 LCD projector has IEEE802.11n wireless LAN capability, allowing it to increase transmission speeds and perform seamless video playback with advanced video streaming. Video stored on a computer’s hard drive can start to be played back even as the file is being streamed or downloaded to the projector. The device can also be used as a network projector on any computer running Windows Vista. Content on any PC monitor from a LAN connection can be transmitted to the projector wirelessly without the need for a special setup. Images and video can be saved on a USB memory drive and be instantly read and projected without a computer. The projector has 3,800 lumens and a widescreen native aspect ratio (1280x800). The suggested price is $2,995. Visit www.sanyoprojectors.com.
The yield enhancement service offered by Maguire Associates can determine what factors lead admitted students to choose to enroll at a particular college or university, helping to minimize the chance of them rescinding their decision. First, a customized survey is developed to determine what perceptions students may have about an institution. A comprehensive analysis from this research is turned into specific recommendations that can be put into action. Pricing ranges from $18,000 to $22,000, depending on the size of an institution’s enrollment and complexity of requested services. Learn more at www.maguireassoc.com.
The three models in ViewSonic’s VG27 widescreen LCD monitor series have ergonomic features such as a slim bezel design with a 360-degree swivel base that provides more height and tilt adjustments for better positioning and comfortable viewing. When set in eco mode, the Energy Star-certified monitors can consume up to 40 percent less energy than in regular mode. They also have built-in stereo speakers and a two-port USB hub and offer 1080p HD resolution. The line includes the 24-inch VG2427wm (priced at $499), the 22-inch VG2227wm ($399), and the 20-inch VG2027wm ($319). Visit www.viewsonic.com.
World Education Services has launched the WES iPGA Calculator, an online tool to help administrators become quicker and better at determining if an international student’s grades meet enrollment standards. The calculator converts grades from more than 135 countries into U.S.-equivalent grades and calculates cumulative GPAs on a standard American 4.0 scale. An annual subscription for unlimited use of the tool starts at $595 and is based on full-time enrollment. Check the calculator out at www.wes.org/igpa.
NComputing’s X350 desktop virtualization kit is designed to turn one slim-line PC into four virtual desktops, each with the capability of delivering full-screen video and rich multimedia presentation. The addition of a second virtualization kit allows up to seven users to share a single PC. The kit’s list price is $249, and it comes with a PCI card and three XD2 devices. Visit www.ncomputing.com.
The Intelliworks Social Marketing application leverages Facebook with an admissions department’s constituent relationship management (CRM) system to provide a forum for reaching out to and building connections with prospective students. Used with a college or university’s Facebook fan page, the application allows users and their collegiate prospects to exchange responses, even private messaging, and compile all correspondence in one place. Users also can keep better track of managing fan pages and chats with followers and obtain reports on page activity. Pricing starts at $2,500. Check it out at www.intelliworks.com.
AMGAlerts Flexible Alerting System from AMG Teleran Corporation offers recipients the flexibility to choose whichever method they prefer to receive notification alerts: text message, e-mail, or voicemail. Recipients can opt to use one or all delivery methods. The web-based system enables administrators to launch alerts, categorize and filter subscriber lists, and send reminders to subscribers to update their contact information when needed. A fee based on the number of subscribers can be billed quarterly or annually, starting at $500. Learn more at www.amgalerts.com.
The 3M SCP716 (Super Close Projection System) provides short-throw projection with the capability of projecting an image from three and a half feet away that is the same size as one a conventional device can project from 10 feet. This DLP projector has 2,400 lumens, a 5,000-hour lamp life in eco mode, and XGA native resolution. A number of modular options are available for turning a whiteboard into an interactive digital tool. The system can work with media devices ranging from computers to DVD players to document cameras. It can be used alone on a tabletop or mounted on a ceiling. Pricing varies depending on what features are added, but it starts at $1,365. Go to http://3m.com.
The three applications in Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0 are enhanced with new capabilities. Wimba Classroom 6.0 now has MP4 functionality for easier and more accessible content distribution. Wimba Pronto 3.0 contains a state-of-the-art whiteboard that includes the Wimba Instructional Gallery, a collection of templates and learning objects such as calendars and maps. Wimba Voice 6.0 comes with an integrated gradebook that automatically adds voice board assessment to a CMS gradebook. Starting at about $10,000, the suite is sold as an annual license on a full-time enrollment basis. Visit www.wimba.com/solutions/higher-education.
Elluminate VCS, a multipoint videoconferencing solution, was created to overcome the challenges videoconferencing can have, such as limited scalability, dependency on IT support, and hardware requirements. The software system includes chat, whiteboard, application, and desktop sharing, along with file transfer and document presentation. It supports desktop PCs and offers a Web 2.0 portal for scheduling sessions and system management. Elluminate VCS includes hardware and operating system, multipoint server licenses, basic installation, and training services. Pricing starts at $75,000. Learn more at www.elluminate.com.
Blackbaud NetCommunity Grow for Higher Ed offers a method for connecting with and marketing to alumni online. This web-based marketing solution can integrate with social networking sites such as Facebook so administrators can pull their contacts to build a network of supporters or kick off marketing campaigns. They can also use it to build a private community for alumni and supporters. The solution includes sample campaigns and a content management system and shows how to create and launch interactive features, e-mail campaigns, and newsletters. A three-year contract is required. Pricing begins at $21,520 for the first year. Visit www.blackbaud.com/growhighered.
Premier Mounts has released UNI-STA, made for securing short-throw projectors onto wall surfaces. The universal mount can be placed directly on concrete, both single and dual studs, or steel studs. It is capable of extending a projector from 7 inches up 27 inches, or up to 67 inches with an extension adapter. A lockable GearBox equipment storage box can secure a small PC or other AV control device. The mount can support up to 50 pounds. A prepackaged version with an extension model is also available. Pricing starts at $370. Check it out at www.premiermounts.com.