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Projectors, whiteboards, more By Denise Harrison

1. Forbes Article: Brighter OLED Screens May Soon Replace Liquid Crystal Displays
We've been following the progress of Philips' new OLED technology and now it's really on the move, actually being used in small screen applications such as mobile devices (i.e. cell phones and displays for digital cameras) and with new prototypes up to 20 inches. It sounds like the only hold-up to using it in larger applications is the development of larger printers (manufacturing OLEDs is as simple as printing dyes on plastic). But some believe it will be ready for primetime, television that is, by 2007.

We'd like to point you to an excellent article (although basic) in the current issue of Forbes that discusses the various applications and the state of the technology.

To read it, go to

2. Dukane Introduces XGA Document Camera
Dukane introduced a high-end XGA (1024 x 768) resolution document camera, the Camera 220, for capturing, saving and displaying images and objects. The incredibly simple gooseneck-designed model includes a DVI out, VGA in through DVI-I, USB, DC out and XGA output for loop-through monitoring. Capabilities include 15x zoom, fluorescent lighting, laser positioning, image capture, and a 16-picture internal memory. The lens is designed for high field depth performance so that it is especially suited for showing the details and depths of 3D objects.

3. New Atlas Varizone Digital Public Address System
At InfoComm, Atlas Sound will show its new 24-bit Atlas Varizone Advanced Matrix Digital System, a digital public address system with flexible audio routing. Atlas Varizone uses an audio matrix for point-to-point audio routing of audio. Zones can be created, subdivided and combined, and an entire building can be rezoned at the touch of a button, says the company.

The Varizone is IP addressable so that an administrator can access the system via a LAN, WAN, or the internet and load audio programs, schedule activities, or monitor system performance as well as adjust volume and set speaker delay times.

At the InfoComm demo, the company will show the system's routing, zoning and control capabilities.

4. Sound-Craft to Show LT3 Lectern
Sound-Craft Systems will show its new LT3 lectern at InfoComm. This lectern, designed small enough to accommodate most sized rooms, has options such as a built-in sound system, wireless microphone system, rack mount, keyboard drawer, custom logo, and a folding document camera shelf.

5. SMART Offers Free Tutorials for Using Interactive Whiteboards
SMART announced new online orientation classes for SMART Board interactive whiteboard owners to learn how to use the features and functions of the systems during half-hour sessions. The classes are led by an instructor who uses audio and video conferencing for hands-on lessons as well as Q&A.

There are two different half-hour classes, one for basic instruction on writing on-screen in digital ink and capturing annotations made on computer applications. The second session is on Notebook whiteboarding software, which teaches users to use the toolbar, how to create objects, how to access clip-art and templates and exporting files to other formats.

SMART says additional classes will be available on topics such as hardware setup and SMART Ideas concept-mapping software, for example. The company will still maintain its library of downloadable online training center.

The half-hour orientation sessions are offered four times a week at different times in order to accommodate customers in various time zones in the United States and Canada.

Sessions are delivered via Bridgit data-conferencing software (a Windows-based web conferencing product from SMART) and conference call; toll free for customers in the United States and Canada.

Customers in other countries may join sessions through a regular international call.

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