InFocus introduced the Learn Big IN24+EP, the newest projector to join the company’s lineup of education-specific digital projectors. Designed with educators and school districts in mind, the Learn Big line of projectors offers several key characteristics for the classroom, including ease of use, reliability, and visual performance, InFocus says. The Learn Big IN24+EP, with SVGA resolution (800 by 600 pixels), and the IN26+EP and IN34EP, equipped with XGA resolution (1,024 by 768 pixels), are built on Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology from Texas Instruments.

Interwrite Learning, formerly known as GTCO CalComp, announced updates to its Interwrite Pad, a Bluetooth wireless device that lets teachers create an interactive whiteboard on any surface. Teachers can thus move among their students while interacting with lesson material displayed by a standard digital projector at the front of the room. Students can use the pad to engage the projected material from their seats. They also can use a clicker device to register confidential responses that the system captures and sends to the board. Related software, recently upgraded, contains interactive content and resources in various subjects, including language arts, science, and math.

Ken-a-Vision, a provider of visual and presentation equipment, showcased two recently released microscopes in its line of specialized technology for schools. One new product, the ESH101, is a portable, compact, and battery-powered monocular microscope with “above-stage lighting” that students can use both in the classroom and in the field. The other item is a stereo microscope that Ken-a-Vision describes as “the world’s first inclined binocular stereo microscope.” The scope’s 45-degree angle and large focusing knobs allow students to remain seated while using it.

Lumens Integration, a provider of visual presentation solutions for education, announced a sales growth of 250 percent from 2005 to 2006 owing to its portable document camera, the DC160. Released last year, the DC160 reportedly was the industry’s first portable, SXGA-resolution document camera with 3X optical zoom. With improved image details, easy-to-use optical zoom, split-screen capability, and a price of $1,295, the camera is an ideal fit for classrooms and conference rooms, Lumens says. The company also credits its sales boost to a growth in the adoption and use of digital visualizer technology in the classroom. Andy Chang, president of Lumens Integration, said, “We expect to see increased activity in our industry with the introduction of more technologically advanced products at affordable price points.”

SMART Technologies has partnered with Hewlett-Packard Co. to help advance the SMART Learning Marketplace. With HP as an authorized reseller, SMART hopes to meet individual customers’ needs by providing increased product knowledge and advice and easier purchasing. SMART’s solutions include SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems, height-adjustable wall mounts, one-on-one classroom training, and multimedia and software titles approved under the SMART Software Accreditation Program.