(www.classpacpro.com) announced the introduction of CLASSPAC, a configuration/design tool intended to bring together top technologies for classroom audio, video, and IP control integration. As part of CLASSPAC control, Aurora Multimedia includes the WACI (Web Accessible Control Interface) control system and touch-screen or button interfaces. Among the selections, CLASSPAC base systems include CAT5 wall input plates, wireless microphones, audio amplifiers, speakers, cables, and display mounts. Additional CLASSPAC partner products include lighting controls, thermostats, audio and video playback systems, projectors, projection screens, and more.
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.
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.
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
TechSmith Corp., a Michigan-based provider of screen capture and screen recording solutions, today announced that 339 Michigan schools will receive more than $2.3 million in multimedia software through the TechSmith Michigan K-12 Software Grant Program.
The Toshiba TDP-F10U LED Projector (explore.toshiba.com) is a palm-sized mobile projector weighing in at just 1.4 pounds. The TDP-F10U LED projector is built with an energy-efficient, lamp-free LED light source and delivers 100 lumens of brightness. The projector’s native SVGA 856 x 600 resolution and contrast ratio of 1,000:1 displays clear images and easy-to-read text anytime, anywhere. Connect options include one computer input, composite video, one SD card slot, and a USB port. Other features are an auto adjustment of the input signal from a PC, digital zoom, keystone correction, whisper-quiet operation, and a remote control.