The Kno tablet textbook features a reader, notebook, and web browser in a format that simulates the experience of paper textbooks. The Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled tablet provides a pen stylus so students can write directly on their textbooks or take notes. With a built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer battery that lasts up to six hours, the single-screen tablet is 13.8 inches by 9.1 inches and a little over half an inch thick. It weighs in at 2.6 pounds and is priced at $599. The dual-screen tablet (shown) is slightly thicker, weighs 5.6 pounds, and is priced at $899. The product is in limited production for a few months and the small quantity available is reserved for students and educators. Those interested in owning a Kno can complete an online request-for-purchase form to find out if they qualify to pre-order. Visit www.kno.com.
The SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard from SMART Technologies expands the company's existing whiteboard product line to offer opportunities for student collaboration. Using it with SMART Notebook 10.7 software, students and professors can work simultaneously on interactive lesson activities and perform multiple tasks, like writing with digital ink and manipulating digital objects, at the same time anywhere on the whiteboard. Prices for the 800 series range from $1,999 to $4,800. Visit www.smarttech.com.
The major book and music retailer Borders will expand its customer base to include students who rent textbooks online. The company has partnered with online textbook retailer Chegg.com to provide Borders' customers with access to Chegg's inventory of millions of textbook titles. Through the exclusive partnership, Chegg will be the sole provider of textbook rentals through the Borders Textbook Marketplace, which also features new and used textbooks. Visit www.borders.com.
Haivision, a provider of IP video and digital signage solutions, recently developed the CoolSign "Campus Signage Unlimited" program for college and university campuses. The software has the potential to display event information, menus, advertisements, news broadcasts, policy and conduct codes, emergency alerts, and public safety information. For $19,500, institutions can have unlimited access to the CoolSign digital signage server and player technology. Visit www.haivision.com.