Bretford has launched its first cart for mini laptops: the NETBOOK32 Microcomputer Laptop Cart. This cart stores, secures, charges, and transports up to 32 microcomputers and peripherals. The NETBOOK32 cart incorporates two shelves each of which has eight compartments that can hold 16 mini computers, for a total of 32 laptops. The cart has two main sources of power: an automatic timer-charger with two 16-outlet electrical units and an auxiliary fouroutlet power strip that is mounted inside the cart to accommodate accessory equipment, such as projectors and document cameras.
has announced a USB-connected virtualdesktop client and the release of its fifthgeneration vSpace desktop-virtualization software. The U170 plugs into a computer’s USB 2.0 port and, with vSpace, enables additional users to share that computer. Each U170 delivers a high-definition multimedia experience and has connections for the user’s own monitor, speakers, microphone, keyboard, mouse, and other USB peripherals. The U170 draws only two watts of electricity and is powered through the USB cable, so it does not require a separate power adapter. Several U170s can be connected to a computer either directly or through a USB hub.www.ncomputing.com
it’s learning inc. has expanded its individualized learning platform with new features to enable better collaboration among teachers and students, safer communication online, and faster support of attendance and behavior tracking. it’s learning integrates with each school’s existing student information system (SIS). In addition, the company now supplies Gmail from Google. The latest release also updated it’s learning’s software development kit (SDK) to include support for third party plug-ins, in addition to traditional application integration. Price: $10-$15 per user per year Category: administrative tool
Califone International, Inc. (www.califone.com) has upgraded and expanded its line of monaural and stereo listening centers. Designed for use with computers, the learning centers are now available with six positions in addition to the existing four-position listening center, which includes six or eight stereo headphones (2924AVPS). Each center can expand to accommodate additional students with the 10-position jack box with volume control (1210AVPS). Monaural listening centers are available with six positions, which include six or eight stereo headphones (2924AVP) and an eight-position jack box with volume control (1218AVPY). The 1218AVPY is now standard on all monaural centers and replaces the 1208AVPY, which did not feature individual volume controls.
The Epson PowerLite Presenter portable projector and DVD player combo includes two 10-watt speakers with virtual surround sound, microphone support, and built-in closed-captioning capabilities. WXGA resolution displays content from wide-screen notebooks, and the unit supports a host of input devices, such as a camcorder, a digital camera, and an iPod.PROS: The USB plug-and-play connectivity makes for easy setup and eliminates toggling between projector and display. The controls are easy to use and well defined. The PowerLite Presenter projects in native 16:10 (WXGA) aspect ratio as well as 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios and offers USB connectivity for viewing JPG images without a computer. The built-in microphone is a nice feature.CONS: Cannot be mounted on a stationary mount. The 10-watt speakers may not be powerful enough for all locations.OVERALL EVALUATION: The variety of inputs and the clarity of the controls make this projector an excellent choice for anyone looking for a mobile projector in the mid-price range. The HD projection at an aspect ratio of 16:10 makes wide-screen viewing a real pleasure. Every school needs a couple of mobile projectors, and this one is designed for mobility.www.epsonbrighterfutures.comPrice: $808 through the Brighter Futures program