At InfoComm 2014, collaboration was a key theme among conference exhibitors

Epson’s new BrightLink Pro projectors let up to 16 people collaborate in a virtual whiteboard space from any device with a web browser.

Enhancing collaboration was a key theme at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas last week, as conference exhibitors demonstrated several audio-visual products designed to help students, educators, and other professionals work together on projects and easily share information.

These new AV tools included interactive displays with a growing number of “touch points,” as well as products designed to create ever-larger workspaces—and systems that allow for two-way collaboration between teachers and students using any device.

For instance, Sharp demonstrated the next generation of its Aquos Board interactive displays, which include apps for collaborating on a lesson through smart phones or tablets.

Available in 60-inch and 70-inch models, the Aquos Board 2 touch-screen displays recognize up to ten points of contact from as many as four simultaneous users using either a finger or an interactive pen, and the accompanying apps—available for iOS, Android, and Windows 8 devices—support “one to many” and “many to one” approaches to instruction, Sharp says.

With the free Touch Display Link app, students can receive content from the Aquos Board directly on their mobile devices. They can add their own notes to their presentation and save these notes without affecting the original content.

And with Sharp’s wePresent app, students can wirelessly display their own documents, presentations, photos, and other content on the Aquos Board from any PC, Mac, smart phone, or tablet. Up to four screens can be shown simultaneously.

(Next page: New AV products from Epson, Barco, AMX, FSR, Panasonic, BenQ, and NEC, designed with collaboration in mind)

Dennis Pierce

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