Twenty intriguing school AV products

Belkin Store and Charge Station

Belkin has introduced a mobile device charging station that is ideal for school-based “bring your own device” programs.

The new Store and Charge Station is able to accommodate up 10 devices at once. Its extra-wide storage slots can support a wide variety of mobile devices, in or out of their protective cases—including iPads, Chromebooks, and even notebook computers up to 13 inches. What’s more, its industrial-strength surge protector allows for different types of devices to repower with their own chargers—and Belkin offers a unique $15,000 insurance policy against “fried” devices.

The Belkin Store and Charge Station’s small footprint lets you stack three stations on a standard AV cart, and its open setup supports wireless syncing. It’s available for a suggested retail price of $199.

Belkin Tablet Stage

At $199, the Belkin Tablet Stage is an affordable solution that turns any tablet computer into an interactive whiteboard or document camera.

An adjustable mount holds your tablet securely above a staging area, where the tablet’s camera can focus on a textbook, worksheet, photo, or any other subject for class discussion. By connecting a projector, TV, or monitor to the tablet, you can share images and video with students in real time. The stage is illuminated by an adjustable LED light, and an integrated cable management system keeps cords conveniently out of the way.

The mount can be adjusted up to 11 inches wide, so it can accommodate 7-inch or 10-inch tablets easily. It can be rotated to landscape (podium) mode; titled horizontally so you can use your tablet as a document camera; or rotated to vertical mode so you can record a class lecture. A Tablet Stage app lets you annotate over live video.

Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio

Blackmagic Design’s ATEM Television Studio is a live production switcher that combines a professional-grade switcher with a broadcast-quality H.264 encoder, so schools can perform live video production and real-time broadcast encoding for the internet—all in one product, for just $995.

It’s not a new product, but at InfoComm the company announced that ATEM Television Studio was named Live Design Magazine’s 2012-13 Video Switcher Product of the Year in the “Projection” category.

ATEM Television Studio includes six inputs with both broadcast SDI and consumer HDMI inputs for cameras and computers, as well as two program SDI/HD SDI outputs and one program HDMI output. It includes full audio mixing capability, upstream chroma keyer, auto resync on all inputs, downstream keyers, full transitions, fade to black, Multi View monitoring, USB 2 for capture of H.264 full HD files, and an Ethernet connection—all in a 2.5-inch-thick, one-rack unit size for easy portability.

ATEM Television Studio comes with a software-based control panel for Mac OS X or Windows, and it can be connected to an optional ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel for hardware-based control.

(Next page: an integrated news automation system for schools; a wireless Bluetooth speaker designed for classrooms)

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