In the T+L² exhibit hall, hundreds of educational technology companies were on hand to demonstrate the latest products and services for use in schools. Here’s a look at some of the innovations on display in the hardware category this year:

Fourier Systems introduced the Nova5000, a new one-to-one computing device that attempts to “bridge the gap between the cost-prohibitive laptop and the less functional handheld device.” Weighing 2.2 pounds, Nova5000 is a Windows CE 5.0 tablet computing device that aims to meet students’ everyday computing needs, including internet access, word processing, spreadsheets, and eMail. The total cost of ownership for each Nova5000 device is estimated by its manufacturer to be $225 per year, including maintenance and local support. Fourier claims its Nova5000 provides the highest learning output per dollar spent on computing, opening a new window of opportunity for schools to harness the power of one-to-one programs. Adding to the versatility of the Nova5000 is the incorporation of a data logger with built-in scientific probeware capabilities. These features equip students with multimedia tools to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of science and math just as No Child Left Behind science mandates approach, the company said. Pricing for the Nova5000 begins at $419.
http://www.fourier-sys.com

Palm Inc. debuted a new handheld computer, the Palm TX, that features both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless capabilities and a large, high-resolution color screen. Priced at $299, the device reportedly allows users to download, view, and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files; browse the web; read electronic books; check eMail; and synchronize eMail messages and calendars on the handheld with those on a desktop computer, among other features. Palm also announced that more than 7,000 students in eight Oregon school systems are using Palm handheld computers in their classrooms this school year.
http://www.palm.com

For a comprehensive look at education products and services debuted at major technology conferences throughout the year, visit “Product News Update” at eSchool News Online.

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For a comprehensive look at education products and services debuted at major technology conferences throughout the year, visit “Product News Update” at eSchool News Online.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/productnews/

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