Hardware, furniture, and AV systems

Epson's new PowerLite X9 offers 2,500 lumens of brightness and XGA resolution for $599.

Washable headphones, a turnkey solution for delivering 3D video, and an iPad storage cart that can synch up to 30 devices to iTunes from a single USB connection were among the latest products from makers of school computer hardware, furniture, and AV systems to be displayed at recent ed-tech conferences.

3M demonstrated its PocketProjector MP180, a touch-screen handheld projection device that lets educators quickly access, update, download, and project files. It features 32 lumens of brightness, Wi-Fi access, Bluetooth capability, 4GB standard memory, two .75-watt speakers, and two hours of battery life.

AVRover demonstrated its turnkey solution for delivering stereoscopic 3D video from a single system. The solution combines a 3D projector and cart, active shutter glasses, and 3D math and science content from providers such as DesignMate, Cyberanatomy, and Amazing Interactive. AVRover also sells its own 3D glasses that operate on rechargeable batteries and cost $59 per pair, much less than those from other manufacturers. An added benefit of the company’s glasses is that they fold up for easy storage and contain an on/off button to save on battery life.

Bretford showcased its new PowerSync Cart for Apple iPad devices, which can store, charge, and synchronize up to 30 iPads with iTunes over one USB connection, allowing you to move selected apps, books, videos, music, and Podcasts to each iPad according to your specifications.

Califone unveiled what it called the industry’s only fully washable headphones, which it demonstrated by submerging the headphones under water. The devices also are the first to limit the maximum volume output to 85 decibels, which is the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s recommended maximum volume for safe listening, Califone says. In addition, Califone introduced a Wireless Tablet Interface, a lightweight device that, once installed and calibrated with a Windows operating system, enables users to control computer desktop and presentation functions remotely. The tablet’s wireless functionality allows for use up to 50 feet from the computer when connected to a USB receiver, Califone says.

CDI announced during the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference that it has grown by 130 percent throughout the state of Texas and has worked with more than 330 schools in the state. The company offers refurbished, certified computers as a cost-friendly alternative to purchasing new equipment.

CDW-G and the Austin Independent School District (AISD) announced the installation of 2,000 “Innovation Stations” throughout the district’s 120 schools to give teachers and students technology-enabled lessons. AISD’s ed-tech staff, with help from CDW-G, designed the Innovation Station—a central podium with a touch-screen pad that enables teachers to control instructional technologies, including a mounted projector, screen, document camera, and classroom audio system with microphones, amplifiers, and speakers. The technology is supported with ongoing professional development for faculty.

Chief Manufacturing announced a partnership with Luidia, in which Luidia’s eBeam technology will be integrated into Chief’s Short Throw Projector Mount Line. Any short-throw projector now can be upgraded easily to perform a variety of digital functions, simply by installing the interactive wall mount, Chief said. Luidia’s eBeam technology makes it easy for users to annotate and interact with projected content, as well as capture, save, and share the content.

Conen displayed its height-adjustable system for interactive whiteboards, which is available as a wall mount or a mobile stand mount solution. The system is compatible with most boards and projectors.

Dell announced a new line of mobile options, including laptops, tablets, desktops, and workstations. The Streak 7 tablet gives students and educators anytime, anywhere access to Adobe Flash and non-Flash-based digital content, including lessons and coursework, in a multi-touch, lightweight, and interactive form factor. It features eReader capabilities and a front-facing webcam and rear-facing camera that shoots video. The Latitude series of notebook computers, part of Dell Education’s cornerstone Connected Classroom solution, continues to enable students to create, share, and consume content. The Latitude 2120 has evolved to include a long lifecycle battery and wireless mobile broadband or WiMax connectivity. The new S300wi Short-Throw Wireless Interactive projector lets teachers share slides and interact with students from any flat surface in a new and dynamic way, with the need for a standard interactive whiteboard, Dell said.

The MimioTeach system, from DYMO/Mimio, allows for any flat surface to be turned into an interactive whiteboard. It also can be used in conjunction with the MimioVote, an instant response system, and the MimioView, a document camera.

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