Twenty intriguing school AV products

Interphase penveu

Interphase Corp. debuted the penveu at ISTE, an interactive device that makes installed projectors and large-screen displays interactive, either by touching the display or from up to 40 feet away.

Highly portable and very easy to use, the penveu requires no special software or driver installation, and it doesn’t need calibration, Interphase says. It’s ready to use right out of the box, for what the company says is “a fraction of the cost of current market alternatives.”

Lightspeed FLEXCAT

Lightspeed Technologies unveiled a portable audio system, called FLEXCAT, that can facilitate instruction in small group settings. The system consists of a teacher headset with microphone, and tabletop speakers for student groups placed throughout the classroom.

The system allows the instructor to transmit her voice to all speakers, or only to specific ones—so she can direct her comments to certain students without disturbing the whole class. A listening component enables the instructor to hear what students are saying during their group work, so she can facilitate discussion or assess the students’ interaction from anywhere in the room.

Panasonic Interactive Displays

Panasonic has introduced a new family of Panasonic Interactive Displays, which combine whiteboard-style collaborative functions with Panasonic’s high-definition displays to enhance group learning.

Available in 50-inch, 65-inch, 85-inch, and 103-inch models, the displays include integrated pen-touch capabilities via an Electronic Pen System, and up to four pens can be used simultaneously for actions such as written annotation, drawing, and moving items independently around the screen. What’s more, the system has a remote pointer function that allows users to point, draw, and annotate from up to 16 feet away.

Because the technology is based on fixed location pixels, the device requires no calibration; in addition, the pen can be used as a mouse without extra software or driver.

(Next page: a powerful media management system adds support for mobile devices; an affordable high-definition AV mixer)

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