TCEA 2013: New school AV and presentation tools

Mimio also unveiled a new version of its Mimio Studio software, which adds support for multiple users, as well as touch and gesture inputs (such as zooming, rotating, and swiping)—and the company said its software is now platform agnostic, meaning schools can use it with interactive whiteboards from any manufacturer.

What’s more, Mimio introduced the next generation of its Mimio Pad interactive slate, featuring a pen that doesn’t require batteries, as well as a free iPad app called Mimio Mobile, which gives iPad users the same functionality as users of the Mimio Pad. The company’s goal is to give schools an easy way to create dynamic, interactive classrooms—no matter what ed-tech devices or infrastructure they might have, Mimio said. The Mimio Mobile app will be available for downloading from Apple’s App Store on Feb. 28.

Mitsubishi announced a new line of lamp-free portable projectors that can save schools time and money over the life of the machines. Mitsubishi’s LaserVue projectors create brilliant images with accurate colors using a technologically advanced light engine that’s unlike any other lamp-free projectors on the market, the company says.

To produce the red-green-blue lighting elements required to form all display colors, Mitsubishi LaserVue projectors use one pure red LED and up to 34 pure blue laser diodes of varying strengths and wavelengths, and a solid-colored phosphor wheel that emits green light. This produces rich and accurate colors with a light source that lasts up to 20,000 hours in standard mode, Mitsubishi says.

Mitsubishi’s new line of LaserVue projectors consists of three portable models: the NW31U-EST WXGA (1,280 x 800 resolution) extreme short-throw model will be the first to become available in April, followed shortly by two standard-throw models: the NW30U WXGA and the NF32U full high-definition, 1080p resolution projector. They feature 2,500 lumens, 3,000 lumens, and 3,000 lumens, respectively.

Promethean announced a new partnership with Microsoft, in which the two companies will develop Windows 8 and Windows RT applications for real-time assessment and collaboration in the classroom.

For instance, Promethean and Microsoft are developing apps for collaborative, multi-touch use of Promethean’s ActivTable, such as an app already under development that sets up a real-time marketplace where students run a business and learn basic principles of economics, business development, sales, and marketing. The application uses the Windows 8 platform, Promethean’s interactive delivery devices (ActivBoard and ActivTable), Microsoft Surface, and other tablets. Students manage their businesses on any device, learning how the decisions they make affect costs and profits in real time.

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