BenQ Ships Amazon Voice-Enabled LCDs

BenQ has enhanced its Premium RP Series of interactive flat panels (IFPs) with voice control powered by AWS. Directly integrating AWS with BenQ’s Saffi voice-assistant technology, the RP Series IFPs use a voice-enabled remote that simplifies instruction tasks and introduces more flexibility in the classroom. The voice capability is available as an Amazon skill and can conveniently access the deep features of the Premium RP Series through simple voice commands. Perfectly suited for active learning classrooms, the voice-activated 4K UHD IFP lineup includes the 65″ RP6501K, 75″ RP7501K and 86″ RP8601K. A quick firmware update is available to integrate Saffi to units already out in the market.

Once the Saffi skill is enabled, you can simply access the flat panel’s extensive menus via voice for operation. In addition, they can play specific content on the screen, change modes and more without having to be next to the panel.

Utilizing the latest cloud collaboration capabilities, the premium IFPs offer tools for safe interactivity. When combined with BenQ’s EZWrite 5.0 platform, the IFPs become a hub for sharing ideas, notes and opinions. Participants can capture images of the screen and make annotations on the screen from their devices, regardless of their location. In addition, files can be downloaded and uploaded to cloud services, such as Google Drive and Dropbox, directly from the screen without the hassle of connecting USB cables and other devices.

The IFPs also come with dual pens that allow two users to write or draw simultaneously with different colors. Within Brush Mode, participants can also use a physical paintbrush to meld technology and art. With the handwriting recognition feature, the IFPs instantly convert written text, numbers, forms and drawings into easily legible digital text without having to switch modes.

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