Califone (www.califone.com) launches the Spirit SD Multimedia Player/Recorder. The Spirit SD’s built-in SD card slot and USB port allow the unit to work with the latest digital file formats. The product lets students record responses and projects with a built-in microphone, helping educators monitor their progress and create audio-filled lessons that engage them. Built with shatterproof ABS plastic for durability and safety in high-use environments, the Spirit SD features a teacher-tested CD player, a cassette recorder/player, and an AM-FM radio. This unit is available as a stand-alone multimedia player/recorder or as part of a four- or six-person learning center.
Calypso Systems’ ezRoom-5000 (www.calypsosystems.com) delivers integrated device control, hardware and software user interfaces, remote monitoring, audio amplification, CAT5 wall plates, projector mounting, and every wire, cable, and connector needed to build out classrooms. The addition of Calypso Systems’ Smart Block adds up to four relays and power-management capabilities to the ezRoom- 5000. Developed on an open-architecture platform, the ezRoom-5000 is compatible with all projectors and standard A/V gear.
REALiS SX6 Multimedia LCOS Projectors (www.usa.canon.com) feature crisp SXGA+ (1,400 x 1,050) native resolution display, 3,500 lumens of brightness, a contrast ratio of 1,000:1, and an Adobe RGB color-match system. Further enhancing the display quality of the projector is the Genuine Canon 1.7x Wide Powered Zoom Lens. Featuring the widest zoom range of any of Canon’s projector lenses, the 1.7x Wide Powered Zoom Lens provides a diagonal screen size range from 40 inches (at a very short projection distance of 3.6 feet) to 300 inches.
The Lumens PS660 SXGA desktop visual presenter offers one-touch integrated audio and video recording and has an HDMI interface for transmitting uncompressed digital data. The presenter has a large capture area and includes HD resolution and the ability to store 240 images internally. Since the PS660 integrates with most interactive whiteboards, labeling images and saving lessons are no problem. Because it records to a standard SD memory card, teachers can save prerecorded lessons to play back at a later date. PROS: The presenter is fully integrated with interactive whiteboards and built-in audio and video recording. It records to a standard SD memory card and has a 15X optical zoom with auto focus at end of the zoom. The HDMI output, at 1,080p, allows direct connection to high-definition media sources with one cable. The software has TWAIN/WIA support for both PC and Mac. The large capture area has more than enough lighting. The controls are well labeled and easy to use. Recording (audio and video) is done with the touch of one button (the presenter does not have to record from an attached computer, as do many of its competitors).CONS: None.OVERALL IMPRESSION: The PS660 is a little pricier than some other visual presenters on the market, but its features make it worth the cost. An experienced user would make good use of the extended features, such as the HD output and recording to the SD memory card. Perhaps the PS660’s most impressive feature is its ability to perform both audio and video with one touch.www.mylumens.comPrice: List, $1,995; education, $1,499
(www.technomad.com) provides instant manual playback of up to 99 knobassigned, user-loaded audio files from a frontpanel screen, and allows automatic playback on a user-defined schedule. The audio system adds an internal power-backup option in case power is lost. This option provides a battery for up to 20 minutes of audio and keeps any scheduled playback events on target for approximately 75 minutes.
The Franklin Independent School District (Franklin, TX) recently implemented a new control system solution for multimedia distribution centers, using the CampusSV system from SchoolView Technologies, LLC. (Plano, TX) in conjunction with other devices. The system interfaces nearly all audio and
Epson (www.epsonbrighterfutures.com) announces the introduction of four new projectors for the education market: the PowerLite 84+, 85+, 825+, and 826W+ (shown). This suite of projectors offers advanced features, including USB plug and play connectivity for PCs and Mac computers, improved microphone support, and preset line and graph patterns designed to aid teachers in instruction. In addition, the PowerLite 85+, 825+, and 826W+ can send content over the IP network and offer optional wireless connectivity, virtual remote control functionality, and message broadcasting. These PowerLites allow teachers to fully leverage wide-screen notebooks or tablets as well as wide-screen DVD content. In addition, each of the four projectors features extended lamp life of up to 6,000 hours, a built-in closed captioning decoder, and a powerful internal 10-watt speaker to deliver clear and crisp audio without requiring external speakers.