A recent article in THE Journal reported that global sales of interactive whiteboards are facing a steep decline in the next decade. To date, the education market remains the largest segment of end-users, “driven by low prices of interactive whiteboards and their benefits to students in teaching applications.” However, the availability of advanced new technologies – such as portable projectors, interactive flat panel displays and other interactive screens – with more features and little maintenance costs have led to declining whiteboard sales. Is it possible to find portable smart board capabilities that enable interactivity and collaboration on any surface at an affordable price?
A new portable technology tool that allows users to create their own personalized interactive whiteboard is the Boardshare BC8000 Interactive Whiteboard. By inviting users to draw, annotate or even surf the web, Boardshare can turn any classroom or boardroom into a collaborative workspace. Utilizing a projector with any flat wall/wipe board surface or connecting directly to a flat panel TV, the pocket-sized camera is easy to setup and transport from room to room. Boardshare is compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems and relies on an innovative stylus pen to access an array of tools including virtual pens, erasers, highlighters, and colors. Offering free software updates and no licensing fees, you can’t beat Boardshare’s price of $349.00.
If you’ve already invested in interactive software for your laptop computer but need a convenient, affordable way to present information, then a reliable digital projector may be your best bet. Dukane manufactures the ImagePro 6135WM (3500 lumen) and ImagePro 6136M (3600 lumen) digital projectors which pack a multitude of features while delivering an extremely short throw distance for education and corporate applications. The ImagePro projectors also include a powerful 20W speaker, closed captioning and remote management over a network with dual HDMI, VGA and microphone input to amplify the presenter’s voice. Incredibly, a five (5) year limited warranty and one (1) year Peace of Mind Loaner Program have been included, making the Dukane ImagePro too reliable to pass up.
For a complete interactive projector solution, Dukane offers optional accessories compatible with their ImagePro 6136, 6136M, 6135W, 6135WM, 6233, 6235W projectors. The Dukane NP03WI is an interactive camera module with dual pens that calibrate automatically. The interactive multi-pen module transforms any existing flat surface into an interactive workspace. Delivering genuine benefits, these bundles not only support multiple pens (and gestures) but also are quick and easy to use. With multiple pens, annotation and presentation at the board has never been easier.
If you would like to learn more about these new technology alternatives that offer portability and economical pricing, simply contact us and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.