The SMART Document Camera™ 450 enables educators to create exciting multimedia content by turning everyday objects into captivating digital visuals making lessons more engaging, collaborative and student-centered. It features updated specifications including a new 5MP camera; 1080p video resolution; 80x zoom and offers web camera functionality when used with conferencing software such as SMART Bridgit. The new document camera supports mixed reality which allows for the interaction and manipulation of 3D content. With one-button access in SMART Notebook software, the SMART Document Camera 450 effortlessly integrates with existing education solutions.
The new SMART Table® 442i collaborative learning center excites young learners and helps them grow together – both socially and academically. It combines learning and play to inspire center-based learning and active collaboration.
The SMART Table 442i offers an engaging multitouch surface with a brilliant 42″ high-definition LCD display that enables up to eight students to interact simultaneously. Made for active classrooms, the all new durable design is supported by a pedestal base that makes it easy for all students, including those in wheelchairs, to engage in small group collaboration. Teachers can directly access over 1,500 ready-made activity packs from the SMART Exchange™ website, or create lesson content using the SMART Table Toolkit.
Epson’s Minoru Usui gives the IFA 2012 opening keynote
Epson’s President Minoru Usui opened the 2012 edition of IFA, the world’s largest consumer electronics trade fair, by outlining his vision for growth.
Following headlines dominated by news of major copyright settlements and challenges for the technology sector, Usui accepted in his keynote speech, that technology manufacturers were experiencing unprecedented change in their competitive environment, as well as their markets, and the economy at large.
Cautioning against short-term solutions, he advocated a return to core values as the answer not only to financial success, but finding innovative and differentiated solutions to society’s needs. In addition to exhibiting new compact, high precision and energy saving printer (nearly 40% smaller than last year’s models) and projector ranges, Usui discussed Epson’s new wearable products, focused on entertainment, sports, medicine and healthcare.
Usui said, “Innovation in engineering has been driven by high cost competition in printer, PC and smart phone consumer markets. Epson has identified wearable technology as an area of future growth which it is uniquely capable to address. Combined with our R&D in this field, competition in our core markets is also driving rapid innovation in our proprietary technologies that we can leverage for these new products.”
When Usui took charge of Epson in 2008, he chose to emphasise Epson’s core values of Takumi (craftsmanship) and Monozukuri (the art and science of manufacturing), as well as instructing his engineers to leverage Epson’s unique and proprietary technologies to new ends.
These choices have translated into a specialised engineering school to teach all Epson’s engineers the necessity to build-in volume manufacturing requirements into their innovative designs. And also, Epson’s continued ownership and oversight of all of its global manufacturing sites.
Visitors to Epson’s IFA booth try out the Moverio
BT100 see-through mobile viewer
Usui credited these early decisions with the development of this year’s product offering, saying, “We are confident that nobody else could make these products.” Epson’s investment in its core engineering, manufacturing values and core technology has resulted in the launch of innovative inkjet printers and cutting edge home entertainment products this year. It has also helped Epson to maintain its position a leader in global projector, large format printer and retail printer sales. Wearable technologies that interact with the cloud will be the way forward for Epson.
The Epson booth focused on home entertainment, especially gaming
The SMART Notebook app for iPad is a light version of SMART Notebook collaborative learning software. Using this app, you can create basic multimedia files and complete SMART Notebook lesson activities. You can use the app for individual and collaborative learning with an iPad, and you can use SMART Notebook software with a SMART Board interactive whiteboard for small group and class learning.