Anoto’s penPresenter Shocks All at InfoComm

This was one of the coolest education-market products we saw at the show.  Dubbed the penPresenter, little-known Anoto allows you to annotate over PowerPoint slides WITHOUT anything but printed-out notes from your slides and a clipboard in your hand.  It’s almost impossible to describe, so go watch this video. Amazing, huh?  The penPresenter is available […]

Anoto’s penPresenter Shocks All at InfoComm

Gyration Debuts Multi-Mouse Mouse

If you like the Nintendo Wii controller, you’ll love having this mouse in your classroom.  Doubling as a desktop mouse for a PC, you can lift the Gyration Go Pro Air Mouse all over the place to add functionality beyond just changing slides in a presentation including annotation, bulleting slides and activating presentation special effects. […]

Gyration Debuts Multi-Mouse Mouse

Extron Launches Touch Panels for MediaLink Line Aimed at Education

With the launch of their new TouchLink line of touch panels at InfoComm, Extron is truly a full-fledged control system company. TouchLink is being promoted as the first fully configuration-based touch panel control system with the power to handle the control needs of single classrooms rooms, dual-display rooms, divisible meeting rooms, multi-image systems, and even […]

Extron Launches Touch Panels for MediaLink Line Aimed at Education

Chief Ships In-Wall Power Extension System

 Aimed squarely at simple wall-mount flat-panel mount applications, Chief Manufacturing has announced the release of the new PB1 In-Wall Power Extension System, shipping this month! The PB1 is a sleek solution for getting power where you need it, while managing cables and keeping them out of sight. For a clean installation, simply route cables in […]

Chief Ships In-Wall Power Extension System

SANYO Debuts Quartet of Wired and Wireless Projectors for the Classroom

SANYO announced today the introduction of four new ultraportable LCD projectors, designed for education and business presentation: the PLC-XU355, PLC-XU350, PLC-XU305, and the PLC-XU300. The PLC-XU355 and PLC-XU305 feature what SANYO says is the industry’s first “simple wireless setting,” which means you can insert the supplied USB memory stick into any PC or MAC and […]

SANYO Debuts Quartet of Wired and Wireless Projectors for the Classroom

SDK Available for SMART Table

Could the SMART Table become the iPhone of the ProAV market?  SMART hopes so, with the release of their own SDK (software development kit) for the new SMART Table multi-touch table design.  The SMART Table is definitely a groundbreaking interactive display table designed specifically for pre-K-3 students (ages 4-8). And to encourage the rapid development […]

SDK Available for SMART Table

Hitachi Releases New LCD Projector Designed for Education

Hitachi announced at the end of last month a new native XGA 3LCD projector aimed specifically at the education market – the CP-X2010. The company says the projector offers a new 4,000-hour hybrid filter, which lowers the total cost of ownership. The projector features a brightness of 2,200 lumens, 500:1 contrast ratio, and 16 Watts […]

Hitachi Releases New LCD Projector Designed for Education

EPSON Launches “Budget-Conscious” Document Camera Aimed at K-12

I am continually amazed that document cameras are still in use in schools in departments other than science, but they are.  Here’s a new one that’s not a budget-breaker.  Last week, EPSON announced a new easy-to-use and affordable DC-06 document camera called the DC-06, featuring XGA (1024×768) resolution.  Because of its small footprint (and it […]

EPSON Launches “Budget-Conscious” Document Camera Aimed at K-12

The Future of Classroom Projection Could be Pico Projectors

As quality continues to improve, we at rAVe think that ultimately every teacher will carry around a projector so they have it whenever they need it.  And, it could be in a phone one day (remember we said that – think iPhone or iPod Touch with embedded projector).  In the mean time here’s one with […]

The Future of Classroom Projection Could be Pico Projectors

Training More Important Than Ever in Bad Economy

By Scott Tiner, CTS A few weeks ago I was talking with a colleague about this year’s InfoComm show in Orlando.  He was disappointed that he could not attend.  His institution, he told me, had “canceled all unnecessary travel.”  As he was not the person who made this decision, I did not try to convince […]

Training More Important Than Ever in Bad Economy

What’s Old is New Again

By Greg Bronson, CTS-D Whether you are a technology manager, or vendor, for the education AV market, much of what we do is incremental improvements to an organization’s broader AV communications infrastructure.  This work is planned in the context of the latest and greatest technology and within a — perhaps, lately, not so great — […]

What’s Old is New Again

Premier Mounts’ GearBox Provides Security for Flat-Panel Mounts in Schools

In response to the increasing, yet seemingly incompatible, demands for protecting A/V investments and expanding placement options, Premier Mounts has introduced the GearBox line of enclosures for A/V equipment and flat-panel displays. The new product line provides the flexibility and protection required by a wide spectrum of customers – from educational institutions to high traffic […]

Vivitek Enters School Projector Market

Little known Vivitek has entered the school projector market with a product they are actually calling a crossover projector that can be used at school during the day and then taken home at night! Vivitek, calling themselves the “environmentally responsible manufacture of today’s most innovative visual display and presentation products,” launched its new D735VX projector […]

Premier Mounts Introduces Short-Throw Projector Arm

Premier Mounts recently introduced a new projector arm designed specifically for short-throw projectors. The UNI-STA has a low profile and holds up to 75 pounds. It is adjustable from 7″ to 27″, and 37″ to 67″ when used with an optional extender, and can mount to single or dual studs (and doesn’t require a stud […]

DVIGear Launches HDMI Extender – Distances to 100 Meters

DVIGear and Gennum Corporation have teamed up to launch a line of high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) coaxial extenders based on Gennum’s ActiveConnect technology (yes, using COAX cable).  Fully compatible with the latest HDMI v1.3 standard, DVIGear’s new DVI-7510a Coax Extender supports HDMI v1.3 data rates of up to 10.2 Gbps at distances up to 100 […]

EPSON and PolyVision Team Up to Donate to Florida’s DEP

Epson and PolyVision last month donated 10 new Epson PowerLite W6 multimedia projectors and 10 PolyVision no interactive whiteboards to the Florida Digital Educator Program’s Master Digital Educators. The Master Digital Educators will use the Epson PowerLite W6 multimedia projectors and PolyVision no interactive whiteboards “to showcase the importance of integrating interactive learning technologies to […]

SANYO Launches the Ultimate Bright & Wireless Projector for Schools

f you need a bright projector, SANYO’s got the perfect one – a balance of brightness and cost.  The all-new PDG-DHT11JL is a 6500 ANSI lumen, native 1920 x 1080 HD DLP-based projector that’s powered by two 330-watt UHP lamps.  If you’re renovating an auditorium, large classroom, theater or other large venue on campus, this […]

Get It Under Control

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with AV controls.  We love the power (think Tim the Toolman, grunting sound) of having room and AV automation at our beck and call.  But, we hate the frustration with not-so-easy planning and programming to make “easy to use” interfaces. For the most part, though, the end justifies […]

Bretford Announced Mini-Laptop Cart for AV Integrators

Aimed at K-12, Bretford Manufacturing last week launched its first cart for mini laptops. The NETBOOK32 Microcomputer Laptop Cart, which previewed at education trade shows earlier this year, gives teachers and facilities managers in school environments the ability to store, secure, charge and transport up to 32 microcomputers and peripherals.  Thanks for the tip, rAVe […]

EPSON Launches G5000 – A Projector Aimed at K-12

Last week, Epson launched the new PowerLite G5000, the latest in Epson’s line of installation projectors designed to provide flexibility and performance for educational institutions. Offering XGA resolution and 4,000 lumens white light output (not ANSI) and 4,000 lumens color light output, the network-ready PowerLite G5000 utilizes 3LCD technology while offering vertical/horizontal lens shift, a […]

Pantel’s New Waterproof Outdoor Monitors Are Perfect for ED Applications of Digital Signage

Pantel, known as a leader in outdoor weatherproof TV and monitor solutions, this month announced a new line of weatherproof LCDs aimed at the digital signage-market ? perfect for on-campus high-tech wayfinding and emergency alert systems as well as football stadium box seats where the monitors are exposed to the elements. The new 42- and […]

Sharp Launches Two DLPs: One 16:9 and One 4:3

Sharp’s new DLP BrilliantColor PG-D4010X and PG-D3750W projectors are certainly among the highest brightness single-lamp DLP projectors currently on the market.  At 4000 and 3700 ANSI Lumens respectively, and specified 2200:1 contrast ratio, these projectors are high-end alternatives to the sub-$1000 projectors that many universities and K-12 institutions use – and shouldn’t.  These sub-$1000 projectors […]

Fix This!

By Greg Bronson OK, so I’m really into AV stuff. And, along the same line, use of IT tools has long intrigued me. Whether AV or IT, new technology often gets my wheels turning on what’s possible. And, while it’s one thing to kick the tires to learn about (new) features, it’s a homerun when […]

InFocus Launches Large Venue Projector

InFocus Corporation recently announced the availability of the IN5108 — a projector they are aiming at the Large Venue projection category.  The LCD-based IN5108 is native SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution projector that claims to have 4000 ANSI lumens, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, weighs about 25 pounds and has less than 32db in fan noise. […]

Sharp Launches Two DLPs: One 16:9 and One 4:3

Sharp’s new DLP BrilliantColor PG-D4010X and PG-D3750W projectors are certainly among the highest brightness single-lamp DLP projectors currently on the market.  At 4000 and 3700 ANSI Lumens respectively, and specified 2200:1 contrast ratio, these projectors are high-end alternatives to the sub-$1000 projectors that many universities and K-12 institutions use – and shouldn’t.  These sub-$1000 projectors […]

Atlas Sound Offering Campus Messaging Technology

Atlas Sound announced ControlKom, an IP-based paging system incorporating control with SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) compatibility. The company says this compatibility allows it to be integrated with most existing phone systems, and users can simultaneously send an audio stream and/or text message to IP loudspeakers, computer screens, and overhead paging systems, all with speed, confidence, […]

UPDATE: Hitachi Brings Short-Lens Projector to InfoComm

Readers comment about this story, which ran in last month’s rAVe Ed [Education] From rAVe Ed, July 2008 While it’s not a new projector, the new short-lens CP-A100/ED-A100/ED-A110 from Hitachi was new to InfoComm… Last month, I commented that Higher Education has much infrastructure already built into rooms around typical standard throw projectors. As such […]

Why Didn’t You Tell Me? [AV Club]

By Greg Bronson, CTS-D One of my Jr./Sr. High School math class teachers was also one of our school football coaches. At that time, his teams were very successful and, I suspect, learned a lot about football. I wish I could say the same about math class. I do have to say, though; prior to […]