The Pondering Pixel

A close-up wide angled but abridged look at projectors and other classroom technology, product reviews and releases, tradeshows, debates and conspiracy theories as well as humble observations on schools and screens.

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Epson Announces PowerLite X15 Classroom Projector

It really does sound like quite a bang for the buck in the realm of classroom projectors. Last week, Epson announced the launch of its PowerLite X15 classroom projector with 3000 lumens of brightness and several convenient setup and operation features for the classroom not least of which are HDMI connectivity and "EasySlide" keystone correction technology.more

Win a Free "Lamp Free" Casio Projector

I know from past blog posts that Pondering Pixel readers love news of contests and giveaways. It's no wonder. Classroom technology is expensive. Today, Casio today announced its Lamp Free Projector Sweepstakes and it is certainly worth your time to enter as there is an opportunity to win a Signature XJ-M255 projector.more

Deadline for Samsung's Superhero Video Competition Approaching

Samsung Techwin wants to remind everyone of the March 31, 2012 deadline for its Fall SUPERHERO Competition. This yearlong competition which we announced last February here asks students to portray their favorite historical character on video. The winning student gets $500 and their class receives a SAMCAM 860 document camera--an important piece of classroom technology. The MSRP of the Samsung SAMCAM 860 is $799.more

Will the Concept of Classroom Change Forever?

Microsoft's Research wing houses an infinite number of technology possibilities that will never come to market, primarily because of cost issues. I am fairly sure this one, called Illumishare will be different as its components are tried and true technologies already with us: a camera, projector, computer and Skype. As 21st Century classroom technology in the purest sense it will enable the walls of the traditional classroom to melt away alongside the walls that surround countries, cultures and concepts. The push for 21st Century skills acquisition is inspired by the emergence of technologies such as this that will demand we collaborate as citizens of the world rather than simply members of an office team.

If the InFocus Mondopad Were a Woman, He'd Marry it

One of the highlights of my CES experience last month was a visit to the InFocus suite. There I got a sneak peek at products that reaffirmed my belief in this Northwest pioneer of the industry. Of specific interest on this visit, however, was not a projector but the Mondopad. As my regular readers will attest to, I’ve been ranting about the superfluous nature of pricey interactive whiteboards for a couple of years now—ever since Epson released its first interactive projector. The Mondopad takes that rant to new heights as it puts a lot of other classroom technology tools in the hot seat and positions itself to be the new brain center of any wired classroom replacing white boards, PCs, touch panels, cameras, and video conferencing unitsmore

iProjection-Epson's First Projection App Announced

iProjection is Epson's first projection app that will allow Epson projector users the ability display their photos and documents wirelessly. It was introduced this week at the FETC Conference in Florida and is available for free download in the iTunes App Store.more

NEC Announces New Software for Projector-iPad Use in Classrooms

NEC just announced a new software application designed to work with projectors and intended to capitalize on the trend toward iPads in the classroom as well as corporate environments. The software allows for complete control of a PC or Mac via an iPad which is linked to a projector. Interaction with the iPad would be displayed in large format via the projector thus giving a teacher or businessperson greater flexibility to move about the room and interact with students or colleagues.more

IWB Exit...Stage Left

In an article earlier this week in her blog on tweenteacher.com, writer/teacher Heather Wolport Gawron addresses an issue I raised in my mind and in an earlier post of my own: Why would schools continue to spend money on a high priced interactive whiteboards (SMARTboard,Promethean or otherwise) in light of current trends and technology options?more

Casio Lamp-Free Projector Technology Contest for Schools

It would seem that your school's chances are as good as any as the Casio America Business Projector Division promotes their new short throw projectors via a free contest. Called the Casio Lamp-Free Projector Technology Grant, this is your school's chance to win a Mobile Classroom Package worth $12,500. The package includes a Casio Short Throw Projector, Casio Pen & Software, 30 pairs of Casio 3D active glasses and an AVRover Cart equipped with a 3D computer.The promotion is currently underway and ends October 31, 2011 at 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time.more

Could the Apple Pico Projector Rumors be True?

There is just too much talk out there to ignore that Apple could be moving in the direction of embedding pico projectors in their phones, tablets and possibly as an accessory for their notebooks in order to enable sharing content between users.

Accoding to multiple sources including Cnet, a new patent application filed by Apple describes a system for projecting the contents of a screen onto a neaby surface and combining multiple projectors from any number of devices to create what they’ve named the “shared workspace.” Of note is the now substantiated rumor that Apple is indeed the domain owner of applepico.com.more