VUKUNET web platform by NEC Display Solutions of America can turn a digital signage display into a source for vendor advertising—and revenue for an institution—in public spaces with much foot traffic. Campus officials can register their institution's network and include demographics about the location and how much ad time is available, and then use the web platform for approving offers from agencies for ad placements. The web platform enables ad content to be uploaded and displayed as needed on the network. It's designed to be compatible with common content management systems and digital monitors. There is no charge for membership. An optional CMS is available if needed. Learn more about VUKUNET at www.vukunet.com.
Toshiba has a number of new Satellite Pro laptops. The Satellite Pro U500 Touch (shown here at $999) has a 13.3-inch multi-touch screen display that lets users tap, drag-and-drop, and scroll through files or zoom in and out of a window with a two-finger pinch. Touch-ready software can organize unrelated files by dragging and dropping items in one place and can help find files based on when they were last opened. Also new, Satellite Pro L550 and the Satellite Pro L450 both contain an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a built-in webcam, 802.11a/g/n, and ample hard drives. They differ on some features and Windows operating systems. The Satellite Pro L550 has a 17.3-inch high-definition widescreen TruBrite display that lets more than one window be open at once. Pricing starts at $999. The Satellite Pro L450 has a 15.6-inch widescreen display and a media card reader. Pricing starts at $529. Visit http://laptops.toshiba.com/laptops.
Bradford Networks has unveiled Network Sentry Family, a hardware and software platform for adaptive network security solutions. The platform can automatically identify and profile all users and devices on a network for better access control and visibility. Network Sentry 4.1, its foundation appliance, has more management features. The solutions can help users manage a network via a single web-based administrative interface that recognizes and protects it from unauthorized behavior and at-risk devices. Supervising guest access is also made easier. Solutions built on the platform can be customized to suit an institution's network environment and business needs. List pricing starts at $11,490. Visit www.bradfordnetworks.com.
ViewSonic's two new projectors have more lumens to enhance brightness levels. They are suited for specific venues. The PJD6251 DLP projector ($949) was made for conference rooms and classrooms. The 120Hz/3D-ready PJD6251 has 3,700 lumens and a 2,800:1 contrast ratio for venues that range from dimly to heavily lit. Connected to a centralized network, RJ45 network management scheduling software allows for remote configuring and control. The projector is equipped with various input and output ports and can work on a tabletop or be ceiling mounted. Also, the PJL9371 LCD projector (shown here at $1,749) is for larger facilities. With 4,000 lumens and a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, the PJL9371 offers energy-saving features such as an eco mode, a hybrid filter design, and 5,000-hour lamp life. Integrated 16W speakers enhance audio. Check the projectors out at www.ViewSonic.com.
SmartDraw 2010 has been designed to make it easier for users to create top-notch graphics for presentations even if they have little or no design experience. Visual effects can be incorporated in projects such as training programs and charts to enhance viewer interest and participation. The software can automate tedious layout tasks to save time and reduce poor design mistakes. It can also create mind maps for better managing office workflow and can integrate with Microsoft Project and Microsoft PowerPoint. A Microsoft Visio import filter helps improve team collaboration between tech and non-tech savvy colleagues. SmartDraw 2010 costs $197. Volume discounts are available. Learn more at www.smartdraw.com.
The Student Aid Estimator by StudentAid.com is an online net cost calculator that differs from the federally required template. This tool has more form questions to produce a more reliable cost estimate based on a student's financial and academic circumstances. The tool uses “skip logic” so students can answer only questions essential to their situation. Students can submit responses not just for common financial aid questions but also for questions on academic merit, including GPA, class rank, and standardized test scores. Institutions can customize the tool to display their brand as well as include their own financial aid questions. A five-year service contract includes $5,000 for setup and $12,000 for annual licensing. Visit www.studentaid.com/colleges.
SuperAPP from ConnectEDU has streamlined the task of processing student applications by electronically delivering a full application package (including official transcripts, essays, and letters of recommendation) to a secure, integrated data feed. Students are enabled to submit, view, and edit applications, as well as track their progress. Admissions officers are able to verify that an application has been received and can manage these materials in one location?making these efforts paperless. The solution is free for high school students and counselors. Institutions are charged a $2 fee per each application they receive. Visit www.connectedu.net.
CBT/SMARTdesks has released Collab Learning Studio Pods, interactive conference tables created for supporting collaborative learning. The triangular-shaped desks are equipped with six flipIT laptop safes that stow and lock permanently installed laptops out of sight when not in use and keep them connected and charging at all times. For students who want to use their laptops, a pop-up data/power port in the table's center features four RJ45 and four 110-V outlets. All power and network connections are housed in an 18-inch steel column, which supports the pod tables and provides access to wiring via an access hatch. The desks can be customized to meet classroom needs. Depending on finish levels and other technology options, suggested pricing could range from $6,000 to $25,000. Visit www.SMARTdesks.com.
The AVerVision 355AF portable interactive document camera from AVerMedia offers one-touch video and audio recording directly to a USB flash drive or SD card. Users can record through the on-board microphone for creating podcasts or other web materials. The camera's mechanical arm display device touts a 1080p high-definition output and five megapixel camera head for sharp images. An expanded 11-by-14-inch viewing area and an 80x total zoom better displays large documents and objects. The AVerVision 355AF can capture true five megapixel images and a number of presentation features. AVer+ software, available for Macintosh and PC systems, has new features such as advanced annotation, screen capture, and network sharing for sending demonstrations to multiple LAN locations. The document camera costs $799.99. Visit www.avermedia-usa.com/presentation.
TG has enhanced List Assist to prepare a preferred lender list for students seeking information on private or alternative loans as well as lenders participating in FFELP. The online survey tool enables administrators to now review data from both loan sources. Users can identify what type of loan survey to distribute. They can access copies of responses (which can be captured and reviewed up to 60 days after the end of the survey period) and a library of survey questions specific to certain loan types. They can also print reports and create questions to add to a survey. List Assist is free for institutions. Learn more at www.tgslc.org.
Panasonic has released three new Elite Panaboard interactive electric whiteboards that combine a stereo sound system and text and graphic features with display panels made to be tough enough to deter potential damage. The shock-resistant panels have a fine-enamel hard surface with an anti-reflective screen to avoid scratching. The UB-T781W model (priced at $3,195) has a panel size of 83 inches, the UB-T781 ($2,695), 77 inches, and the UB-T761 ($1,995), 64 inches. They can integrate with Windows or Macintosh and are compatible with common video files for streaming media playback. A screen capture feature records every action performed. They also have tools such as an electronic highlighter and an electronic pen. Also new, the Panaboard UB-T780BP ($1,995) is a presentation whiteboard that can annotate PowerPoint presentations without needing AC power. Visit www.panasonic.com.
Designed for use in large venues, Epson's PowerLite Pro Z8000WUNL multimedia projector is made to produce sharp and bright images. The high-definition WUXGA projector provides 6,000 lumens in both color and white light outputs and 3-chip 3LCD technology. It also has a dual-lamp and centered lens design, a 5,000:1 contrast ratio, a liquid cooling system, a closed-captioning decoder, LAN connectivity, and durable optical panels. A choice of six optional lenses can suit various mid-to-large venue installations. Features such as better accessibility to lamps and filters and a recommended 10,000-hour filter cleaning schedule helps to make maintenance easier. The projector costs $20,499. Visit www.epson.com.