Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of furniture for classroom and work environments, gave the first look at EDU 2.0. The products in the powered modular technology furniture system are designed for interaction and collaboration. The line, which includes tables for interaction, mobile device carts, presentation system furniture, and soft seating with power, is designed so multiple products can be used together to enable technology to be used to its fullest capacity. Learn more at http://bretford.com/learning-is-social.
The ICSLan Device Control Boxes unveiled by AMX control almost any device, including AV, HVAC, lighting and shades, and other devices using IR, RS-232, I/O, or relays. The units feature Power over Ethernet functionality, to simplify installation and function as port expanders, for a master controller requiring only a single category cable connection for control and power. Ideal for conference rooms, classrooms, or auditoriums where a single controller is used to manage multiple devices, the five variations of the ICSLan range in price from $600 to $700. Learn more at www.amx.com.
AmpliVox Sound Systems unveiled a new series of multimedia work station carts designed to enhance convenience and flexibility of use for all kinds of presentations in all educational settings, including auditoriums, lecture halls, and classrooms. The addition of an optional built-in sound system provides amplification to address audiences of up to 1,500 people, in rooms up to 15,000 square feet. Locking doors on most cabinets provide secure storage for connected AV equipment. Visit www.ampli.com.
Panasonic Solutions Company announced the release of the LFT30, LFP30-Series, and LF30-Series of professional LCD displays. The slim and light-weight displays are built to be used indoors and out. The LFP30-Series is IP66-Rated, as well as dustproof and waterproof; the LFT30 offers outdoor durability and an integrated touchscreen, while the LF30-Series features Slot 2.0 compatibility. The units will be available in October and January, and pricing will become available closer to the release dates. Learn more at www.panasonic.com.
LG Electronics unveiled EzSign TV, the first LG digital signage solution to incorporate live TV without additional hardware. With EzSign TV, users can simultaneously show branded content and television broadcasts, attracting attention and delivering specific messages to viewers. Setup doesn’t require being tech savvy; users can access more than 30 templates on any computer, then add their own images and text, and content is easily transferred to the EzSign TV display with a USB drive. Displays range in size from 32 inches to 47 inches and are priced from $643 to $1,299. Visit www.lgsolutions.com.
Sanyo announced the PLC-WU3800 compact, portable Wide XGA projector. Effective even in well-lit offices, conference rooms, and classrooms, the PLC-WU3800 offers an Auto Setup Function for easy set-up. Priced at $1,995, the projector features 3,800 lumens brightness, a 275-watt lamp, and a 16:10 aspect ratio. Weighing 7.9 pounds, the projector measures 13.2 inches wide, 3.1 inches tall, and 10.1 inches deep and is easily transported from venue to venue. Visit http://us.sanyo.com.
Hitachi announced the introduction of its CP-X2514WN 3LCD projector, upgraded from the previous model with the addition of wireless operation and networking capability. Ideal for use in medium-sized classrooms, it delivers 2,700 lumens brightness with XGA resolution and a 3,000:1 contrast ratio. The projector’s optional wireless capability enables a PC to be connected without cables, eliminating the need to place the computer close to the projector. Weighing in at 8.2 pounds, the CP-X2514WN measures 12.5 inches wide, 3.9 inches tall, and 11.3 inches deep. Learn more at http://av.hitachi.com/projector.
Sony showcased its EVI-H100S and EVI-H100V high-definition robotic cameras and standard definition EVI-D80 and EVI-D90 cameras. These latest additions to the EVI series of pan-tilt-zoom video cameras provided added choices for videoconferencing and distance learning. In the HD models, optical zoom capabilities have increased to a full 20x, with an additional 12x digital zoom, compared to existing HD cameras in the series. All the cameras are compact and designed for easy installation and smooth, quiet operation. Camera settings and pan, tilt, and zoom functions can be performed remotely at high speed via the RS-232C interface. Learn more at www.sony.com/videocameras.
Expanding on the Polycom OTX 300, Polycom released the Polycom OTX 100. The OTX 100 solution provides the power of a single-screen immersive telepresence experience in a smaller package, making it well-suited for smaller meeting rooms and offices. The product offers interoperability with Polycom Open Collaboration Network partner UC environments, such as Microsoft Lync, and interoperability with Cisco CTS systems. Visit www.polycom.com.
Sonic Foundry unveiled Mediasite 6, the newest version of its Mediasite webcasting platform. The product offers live streaming and on-demand playing on nearly every mobile device, from iPad and iPhone to Blackberry and Android devices, using HTML5 and H.264. Adaptive streaming via Microsoft Smooth Streaming optimizes Mediasite playback by switching video quality in real time based on available bandwidth and device capabilities, so users never miss a beat. Learn more at www.sonicfoundry.com.
Vaddio launched the Squiggle Video Whiteboard Kit designed for videoconferencing and educational and corporate training facilities. The Squiggle can be installed alongside almost any existing whiteboard, transforming it into a video whiteboard by converting whiteboard notes into an HD or SD video signal. No dedicated PC is required, so the video signal can be connected to any videoconferencing, telepresence, distance education, or video media distribution system. Priced at $2,295, the kit includes the EZTub with Digital Control Panel, Video Whiteboard Quick-Connect Interface, one black marker, one marker sleeve, and one electronic eraser. Visit www.vaddio.com.