(From InfoComm 2005)

PolyVision Corp. previewed a new patent-pending technology (code-named "Thunder") that promises to take education and collaboration across distances to a whole new level of interactivity.

Thunder aims to replace one-dimensional tools, such as a traditional flip chart or videoconference, with an environment in which local and remote users can collaborate by sharing, annotating, saving, recalling, displaying, and distributing information live over the internet. Marketing manager Mark Cummings compared Thunder to online conferencing software such as WebEx or NetMeeting--but with the added ability to annotate slides and documents online. "It's like a virtual whiteboard environment," he said.

The technology is...

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