LIVESCRIBE introduces the Pulse Smartpen, a technological twist on a pen-and-paper
solution aimed at helping students receive, review, and retain classroom lessons. The pen
is equipped with built-in audio and video capture technology that records and syncs audio
with anything users write on Livescribe Dot Paper. Users can then tap directly
on words or drawings with the pen for on-demand replay of the
audio that coincides with the notes. Included with the purchase of
a Pulse Smartpen are software and web services that allow users to
post, store, and share notes and lectures, as well as customize and
manage the pen and its applications. Price: $149.95 (1 GB of storage)
or $199.95 (2 GB).
Elite UB-T781 Panaboard
PANASONIC's Elite UB-T781 Panaboard is part of the company's next generation
of electronic whiteboards that display the contents of a computer screen and allow
users to operate a number of different software applications. New features include
an integrated stereo sound system, advanced text and graphics capabilities, and an
automatic screen-capture utility that includes audio commentary. The UB-T781 has
a 77-inch, anti-reflective screen with a hard surface that's resistant to scratch and
shock. The device also comes with an electronic pen that has been ergonomically
optimized for comfort and smooth, mouse-like operation on the board. Price:
LUMENS has released the DC265, a visual presenter designed for use in
K-12 schools. The portable presenter has all the power of a desktop model,
with 6x optical zoom and UXGA resolution for clear images and crisp text.
Highlights include one-touch video and audio recording with a built-in
microphone for easy capture of lessons and demonstrations, and
one-button slide show capabilities without the need for an external PC.
In addition, the DC265 boasts internal storage of up to 240 images,
as well as external storage via an SDHC slot; a 512 MB SD card is
included with the device. Price: $999.
This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2009 issue of THE Journal.