Exciting new products headed for education

The third and final day of InfoComm 2008 ended with record-breaking attendance of 34,687 and a focus on using technology to give students the best possible educational experience while in the classroom.

A big push this year seemed to be products designed for and around digital visual interface (DVI), which maximizes the quality of digital displays, and high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI), which is an audio/visual connector interface.

HDMI connects digital audio/video sources such as personal computers and video game consoles to compatible digital audio devices and video monitors.

Extron Electronics announced more than 20 new products for integrating DVI and HDMI sources and displays, including DVI and HDMI matrix switcher boards.

Avocent introduced a new line of extenders, which wirelessly distributes high-definition DVI and HDMI content from one source to multiple destinations.  The transmitter has a universal media port so it supports both digital and analog video signals.

Educators will soon be able to take advantage of evolving presentation systems, many of which allow for wireless connectivity and multimedia device compatibility. 

Samsung introduced the new UF-130DX Presentation Station, a high-definition digital presenter with an onboard processor running Windows CE.  The built-in AMD processor with Windows CE lets users upload their presentations directly to the digital presenter, and is compatible with multiple memory devices such as compact flash cards, SD cards, or USB flash drives.

Slated for an August release, AVerVision’s SPB370 document camera features built-in memory, DVI and VGA output, audio input and output, and an SD card slot.  The document camera is IP addressable.

Sony’s Education division promoted a handful of education initiatives designed to give educators classroom benefits wherever possible.

Extra Credit is the company’s frequent purchase program, and educational institutions will receive credit with each purchase of a Sony Broadcast and Professional product.  Schools receive points for their purchases, including 1,000 points just for signing up, and can redeem those points for eligible Sony products.

The company’s Eye on Education program ensures that schools and educators receive competitive pricing on products.

Sony is also a sponsor of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.  The bus is equipped with cutting-edge video and audio products.  Students spend a day writing and recording original music, as well as creating a music video, and learn the basics of the technology that goes along with music production.

In addition to technology skills, the bus helps to emphasize the need for and the importance of school arts and technology programs, many of which are being trimmed from course offerings in districts across the country.

eSchool News Staff

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