The KeyScan KS810-P Imaging Keyboard ($99) contains a color sheet-fed scanner for scanning documents without having to leave your desk. The PC-compatible keyboard can scan health insurance cards, IDs, and driver licenses along with documents in various paper sizes. Its auto-scan software lets frequent scanning tasks be carried out without having to select a menu or touch a button. The TWAIN-compliant keyboard, with a built-in USB2 port, can be connected to most office management solutions. The keyboard can be purchased through major retailers. Learn more at www.keyscan.com.
Livescribe's Echo smartpen can capture each word or comment a user may hear through audio and by writing down directly on its accompanying dot paper. Files can be saved on a server or a desktop with the smartpen's fellow software. Deploying password protection, users can name or rename their smartpen. Its ergonomic design incorporates a rubber grip and an anti-roll surface. There is also a micro-USB port and a 3.5-millimeter audio jack. Echo comes in four gigabyte ($169.95) or eight gigabyte ($199.95) models, recording either 400 or 800 hours respectively. Both can also store Livescribe applications such as reference tools. Two upcoming software releases will enable Echo users to collaborate in real time and share their notes and pencasts with others. Visit www.livescribe.com.
The HP ProBook 4520s from Hewlett-Packard (starting at $719) has some nifty applications for securing personal data and for conducting tasks faster. The 15.6-inch notebook with HDMI output has HP ProtectTools Security Manager, which offers a choice of preferences for managing system access: fingerprint scanning, facial recognition or password. Drive encryption safeguards data if the netbook is stolen. HP Power Assistant provides control over the netbook's power consumption. HP SpareKey helps to recall forgotten passwords. HP QuickLook 3 provides a snapshot of Microsoft Outlook without the need to boot up your computer while HP QuickWeb can connect to the internet without having to wait for the system to boot up. The netbook offers multimedia controls and different battery options. It also has a spill-resistant keyboard and an LED-backlit HD anti-glare screen. Learn more at www.hp.com.
The EchoSystem 2.6 by Echo360, the latest version of the lecture capture platform, has new features for better efficiency and improved scalability. New user interface elements are included as well as improvements to system performance. EchoSystem 2.6 supports external LDAP authentication for faculty and staff so that lecture capture could be done in venues outside of the classroom. There is a single sign-on support for learning management systems including Blackboard Learn and Moodle. The Scheduler user role allows technical staff to delegate and monitor tasks. Support for software-based capture on Windows 7 PCs is also offered. The new platform is available in venue-based and site license pricing models for as low as $1,500 per year, based on volume. Visit www.echo360.com.
Plustek's EZ BookScan Center provides an all-around system for scanning large-sized books, bound materials, and documents for preservation, content digitization, and sharing. The USB 2.0 scanning device is capable of scanning a large format A3-size page within about 2.5 seconds. A touchscreen display guide directs users through each process. SEE Technology (Shadow Elimination Element) delivers a cleaner-looking scan, from a book's spine to its edge, without distortion. There are also multiple output options such as portable USB drives and network-shared folders. The EZ BookScan Center costs $4,999.?Visit www.plustek.com/usa.
The P10 Digital Document Camera ($1,990) from ELMO USA contains a 1.49 megapixel CMOS chip with a high quality zoom lens that produces crystal-clear imaging with accurate and bright colors. Greater image clarity can also occur with features such as 30 frames per second full-motion video, 16x optical and 8x digital zoom, XGA/SXGA/WXGA resolutions, and a DVI-D interface. For easier setup, the P10 has a progressive scan camera head and a free-angle camera arm and LED lamp. Its user interface and ergonomic remote control make for friendlier use and for avoiding disruptions. It comes with an SD memory card port and a slide adapter. Image Mate Software can connect it with a PC for capturing images and video. Learn more at www.elmousa.com.
mySchools by Hobsons is incorporating Facebook into the admissions process. This free application can help connect Facebook members with more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. and the UK. Prospective students can create a mySchools list to engage with the schools of their choice and share their list with their friends online. They can rank schools by preferences and comment on their own schools of choice and their friends' choices, as well. mySchools provides information on colleges such as enrollment size and tuition. Online chats, interactive Q&A sessions, and personalized content from an institution to a Facebook user are also available. Visit www.hobsons.com.
The latest version of Parature for Education has new features for managing student services campus-wide without needing extra staff or software. The solution can now support just about any method of communication, from traditional phone and e-mail, to live chat, Facebook and Twitter, for better student-administrative interaction. Students are provided self-access to a "knowledgebase," an online source that can provide answers to common questions. Web portals also can be tailored to the specific needs of each administrative department's office. IT staff can fine-tune the solution and provide service resources for reaching out to at-risk students. Pricing is at $1,500 per user per year. Learn more at www.parature.com.