Califone www.califone.com has released its

7-Port USB Hub, which lets users connect up to five devices on the front ports and up to two devices on the rear ports. The USB Hub can be used to download digital content from a computer (Windows or Mac) to up to seven devices, such as an MP3 player, at the same time. This hub is ideal for transferring content, audio recordings, and other data to any device with a USB port, including the Califone MP3 Player.
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Califone has announced the Hearing Safe line of specially designed hearing-protection gear. Ideal for school industrial-art classes, such as metals and wood-shop courses, all products are designed to block out potentially damaging noises. The line comprises two product categories, providing educators, students, and professionals with a safety tool for managing listening habits.

Califone Releases USB Microphone

Califone International, Inc. announces the launch of the USB Microphone, which connects to a USB port to provide high quality voice amplification through a computer’s built-in or connected external speakers. The new handheld microphone delivers crisp, clear audio, and enables voice amplification in classrooms, churches, meeting rooms and a variety of presentation settings. Students can use the microphone for call-and-response activities, while educators can incorporate the device into everyday classroom instruction. Creating call-and-response activities is an effective way to involve students in exercises to model vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and reinforces the English Language Arts speaking and listening portions of the Common Core State Standards.

AbleNet www.ablenetinc.com has released the improved

Impulse Bluetooth technology access product. New features include software updates and translated instructions for international distribution. The enhanced Impulse now offers a 24-hour battery life, nearly double that of the previous, 13-hour battery. The new design of the product features the same 1.9-inch size but includes a curvaceous shape and a repositioned charge jack to accommodate the new battery.

Parallels www.parallels.com has expanded its relationship

with HP to include an offering that combines the HP Z800 Workstation (www.hp.com) with Parallels’ Workstation 4.0 Extreme and select NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS Quadro FX graphics cards. Parallels’ Workstation 4.0 Extreme is a high-end workstation-virtualization solution that offers users near-native performance in resource-intensive applications. The product leverages key virtualization technologies from Intel, including VT-x for accelerated virtual CPU performance, VT-d for direct high-performance NVIDIA FX graphics card and NIC assignment, and Extended Page Tables (EPT) for improved performance in memory management.

Optoma www.optomausa.com has introduced

its new universal ceiling mount, which was developed by Peerless Industries. The Optoma Universal Mount provides two adjustment mechanisms to control precision gears that enable front/back pitch and side-toside tilt adjustments for delivering pinpoint image alignment, and the mount’s cable-management system permits clean, streamlined installation. A quick-release mechanism enables easy removal for service, while security hardware is included to help prevent theft.

Califone International, Inc.

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.

Califone New April

Califone (www.califone.com) announces the extension of its popular Listening First (left) line of headphones and Deluxe Multimedia Stereo (right) line of headsets. Both product lines are now available as classroom packs. The Listening First Headphones line has been extended to include a 12-pack of blue headphones and a 12-pack of animal-themed (four each of bear, panda, and tiger) headphones. The Deluxe Multimedia Stereo headset line includes a 10-pack that also has a foamlined, heavy-duty storage case.

EDUCAST USB DUPLICATOR

The EduCast USB Duplicator System with MP3 Players from Hamilton Electronics serves three main functions without the need for a PC: it copies audio lessons or class assignments from a single flash drive to 15 units instantly (this can be expanded to 30 by daisy-chaining two drives), collects assignments and information from 15 drives and consolidates them into one for a teacher’s review of student projects, and provides a reusable and low-energy solution for storing and distributing classroom material. For example, a choir teacher can distribute songs to his students by inserting the USB into an MP3 player and copying all the songs in minutes. The teacher can copy all the files to up to 15 USB drives. At the end of a grading period, the teacher can collect all the assignments from a class to one USB drive, also in minutes. PROS: The product is simple plug-and-play. Just insert the source drive in the slot marked “source,” insert the target drives in one or more of the target slots, and press a button. CONS: It’s debatable whether the EduCast USB Duplicator’s cost is justified by the use it would get in a school. Educators would also have to be mindful of copyright infringement. OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is a really good idea, especially since more teachers have sample files they want to distribute to students. For example, in our school we have to download large-print books for visually impaired students, and this type of device would be fantastic for getting these files to them. www.hamiltonelectronics.com Retail price: $1,399 with 16 MP3 USB drives