More than 200 ed-tech companies exhibited at this year’s T+L² Conference. Here’s a sampling of news from the exhibitors offering projectors and presentations systems:

InFocus Corp., a leading provider of high-end projectors for the education field, was touting two SVGA presentation solutions priced under $1,000. The X1a and X2 both weigh just 6.8 pounds and have a 2,000-to-1 contrast ratio and up to 4,000 hours of lamp life. They enable educators to get multiuse performance with a low total cost of ownership.

“We’ve been able to do some great things with the lamp life,” said InFocus’ Marlene Jowell, director of the company’s Public Sector division. “With 4,000 hours of lamp life, you’re talking about seven years of usage and a huge savings for schools.”

New to the InFocus line is the TD 61 ultra-thin large format display. Jowell said schools are taken by the screen’s ability to provide portable digital signage. It has a 16 x 9 aspect ratio and weighs 62 pounds.

Another one of company’s popular products is the LP 600, a 2000-lumen XGA projector that does not require a computer and runs off data from a small USB thumb drive. This feature-rich projector comes in a slightly more expensive wireless variety, the LP640, which is also network-ready but requires a computer to be hooked up.

Users can operate all InFocus projectors with the same remote control device, Jowell said.

Samsung introduced its new Samsung Digital Presenter UF-80. The presenter features a 42X zoom and is capable of native XGA-quality live images with real-time motion and a split screen and image shift.

Educators who use digital whiteboards and other presentation products from SMART Technologies Inc. now can find more than 7,500 classroom-ready digital resources for helping them integrate these products into their instruction on the company’s EDCompass web site. Here, teachers will find 1,600 teacher-created lesson activities; 900 teacher-evaluated interactive resources and classroom-friendly web sites; more than 5,000 curriculum-related clip-art images; and 400 background templates organized by topic. Teachers can edit each lesson activity and search for them by subtopic, key word, subject area, and grade level. “SMART is committed to helping educators make effective use of our products to improve student learning and outcomes,” said Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s president and co-CEO.

Tandberg USA demonstrated its latest videoconferencing systems, including the Tandberg 1500 MXP, an all-in-one conference and presentation system, and the Tandberg 150, for high-quality desktop videoconferencing. The 1500 MXP features a 17-inch, wide-screen LCD display that can double as a PC monitor to save valuable workspace. It offers wireless capability, embedded security, true CD-quality audio, superior video quality incorporating the H.264 standard, and advanced presentation capabilities. The 150 is a portable desktop system that can be used to place voice and video calls. It contains an integrated, 8.4-inch LCD screen; ergonomically correct camera and screen position; an integrated keypad for both voice and video calls; and optional IM and webconferencing capabilities.

Exhibitor information compiled and written by Online Editor Dan David, Managing Editor Dennis Pierce, Associate Editor Cara Branigan, Assistant Editor Corey Murray, and Contributing Editor Laura Ascione.

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