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Crestron Adds the Power of Digital Connectivity to Your Classroom

Today’s instructors have the latest MacBooks, but how do you use their power to add connectivity to your classroom? Crestron has simple solutions for adding digital connectivity to existing analog rooms, whether they are basic, single-projector or MPS/QuickMedia® (QM) systems.

Single-Projector Room.

The Challenge:
You need to add a digital input at the podium and transmit HDMI more than 30 feet to the projector.

The Solution:
Install a Crestron HD-TX1-F transmitter at the podium to add the digital input for the MacBook, and an HD-RX1-F at the projector. Transmitter and receiver are connected with one pre-terminated, multimode fiber strand, such as CresFiber® CLEAR, which is transparent similar to fishing wire. The clear fiber is practically invisible laid along baseboards and moldings, so you don’t have to break walls and to provide a clean, professional installation. This is an easy, inexpensive solution that won’t disrupt classes. Extend HDMI, IR and RS-232 up to 1000 feet and add DVI and DisplayPort multimode connectivity to the room without any programming.

If you need more digital inputs – say you want to add a Blu-ray player too – use the HD-TX3-F/HD-RX3-F pair, which additionally extends analog audio and USB keyboard/mouse. Also, an Ethernet port enables network connectivity to RoomView™ asset management and help desk software.

Add Room Control

An MPC-M5 Media Presentation Controller™ is simple to install in the podium or on the wall. The MPC has an intuitive Composer wizard that sets up the room in minutes, without programming. Simple, labeled button presses on the MPC are all the instructors need to power on the projector, choose the video or computer source and adjust volume.

Optional Audio Enhancement

Instead of relying on low power, built-in projector speakers, add sound reinforcement with the optional MP-AMP30 amplifier and Crestron FS6 speaker pair. Just a couple of check boxes in the MPC Composer wizard and even students at the back of the class will be able to hear clearly.

Existing MPS/QM Room

The Challenge:
You want to add digital connectivity to an existing analog room, but you don’t want to replace currently installed equipment or tear open walls.

The Solution:
A DM-TX-200 (or DM-TX-200-2G) DigitalMedia™ (DM) transmitter paired with a DM-RMC-100 DigitalMedia™ receiver gives you a simple, seamless upgrade path for adding digital sources to your existing systems.

Instead of the analog outputs of the MPS going directly to display device, use the VGA output to transmit all those signals to the DM-TX-200. A recent upgrade to the MPS enables all analog signals to be sent over a single VGA cable. The DM-TX-200 also features HDMI and USB inputs. The USB port accommodates keyboard/mouse control and the HDMI port can also handle DisplayPort from Macs using a standard adapter. All analog and digital signals are transported long distance over a single DM cable to the receiver, which outputs HDMI to the display.

If you need more digital inputs, use a DM-MD6X1 6X1 switcher in place of the TX-200. The 6X1 accommodates (1) digital input, (1) component and (3) DM inputs.

Crestron DigitalMedia accepts and distributes all analog audio and video, high-res computer, HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, Ethernet and USB keyboard / mouse control over a single DM copper wire or fiber.

The Crestron Experience Center: See Control and Automation Systems in Action

Ever since Crestron opened its 8,000 square foot Experience Center in October, 2009, it has averaged five groups of visitors per day from all over the world, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in new business. As Vincent Bruno, Crestron Director of Marketing explains, “There is no better way to understand how effective and accessible our technology is. It’s one thing to read a spec sheet or flip through a catalog; when you can step into real-world environments and experience it firsthand, every other option pales in comparison.”

Representatives of major corporations, universities and consulting firms are finding that a visit to Crestron world headquarters in Rockleigh, NJ inspires a level of trust that simplifies purchasing decisions and closes business faster. For example, one community college placed a $1.8 million order following a Crestron tour.

These exclusive tours are scheduled in advance and tailored to each visitor’s needs and interests, which can include the multimedia presentation room, digital boardroom and Theo Kalomirakis Home Theater. An expansive design lab features more than 500 Crestron products on display; at their leisure, visitors can use, compare and evaluate working, fully programmed entertainment systems, touchpanels and remote controls, lighting and HVAC systems.

The hands-on Crestron Experience Center quickly instills confidence in product availability and performance. The Rockleigh campus is a small city dedicated to innovation, engineering and client support, and provides invaluable insight into what a real technology partner looks like. Many guests are genuinely impressed to discover that Crestron develops, manufactures and warehouses all of its 1500+ products in northern New Jersey, has high-tech technical and customer support departments, and a substantial inventory to ship product quickly.

All of this helps decision makers determine where to find the best solutions and long-term service that today’s projects require. In addition to the Experience Center, tours available on a more limited basis include the 100,000 square foot Research Center, where more than 400 engineers are developing the products and technologies of tomorrow; the 150,000 square foot manufacturing plant; the 50,000 square foot pre-production facility, and the 50,000 square foot worldwide distribution center.

The Crestron Experience Center has a digital infrastructure, wired with Crestron DigitalMedia™ (DM) Cable and DM components installed throughout, giving visitors the chance to experience the only end-to-end digital solution available today. Fully functional, state-of-the-art rooms demonstrate how the latest technology looks, sounds and functions. The reception area alone features a 7.1 in-ceiling surround sound system, Digital Projection HD projector and Stewart Filmscreen StarGlas screen, Hubbell Lighting fixtures, Philips Color Kinetics three-color LED chase lights, Renaissance Lighting LED downlights, a custom made wave-shaped stainless steel counter with a quartz countertop and leather high-back stools. LED lights are installed throughout the center, and are dimmed and controlled from Crestron touchpanels to establish the desired ambiance for various occasions, such as a sales meeting or corporate event. The presentation room is fully furnished with high-tech solutions including a Digital Projection dVision projector and a Stewart Filmscreen 123″ wall screen, and the boardroom is equipped with a Pioneer 50″ HD LCD display and Hunter Douglas motorized shades. Both feature Crestron audio, video and control systems.

The Theo Kalomirakis Home Theater delivers the highest quality HD video and surround sound experience, with Crestron PROCISE™ 7.3 HD surround sound processing, ADMS Intermedia Delivery System™, Digital Projection TITAN three-chip 1080p projector, Stewart Filmscreen 143-inch CineCurve screen, Revel speakers, RPG acoustical room treatments and Acoustic Smart reclining theater seats.

“These aren’t simulated or mock application vignettes. These are actual, installed systems in fully-operational rooms,” Bruno affirms. “Check out our next-gen technology for yourself; seeing truly is believing.”

Contact your local Crestron sales representative to schedule a private Experience Center tour or meeting today – you’ll be pleased with the results.

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NEC Offers Free 19-inch LCDs Plus Cash Rebates with Select Projectors

NEC

Businesses with 200 employees or less enrolled in the NEC’s Business Advantage program will be doubly rewarded for the purchase of select NEC projectors.

Between April 1 and June 30, 2010, eligible members who purchase an NEC NP310, NP410, NP410W, NP510, NP510WS, NP610S or NP610 projector from an authorized NEC Business Advantage reseller will receive a cash rebate and a free 19” widescreen desktop LCD.

Products must be registered on NEC’s Business Advantage page by July 31, 2010.

This offer is only good while supplies last. For complete details, visit  NEC.

Educational institutions are not eligible for this promotion. Visit  NEC’s education center for full details on NEC’s educational program.

New SMART Slate™ Now Available for Mac Users

SMART Technologies announced that the SMART Slate™ WS200 wireless slate is now supports the Mac platform. SMART Slate™ enables teachers and students to interact with digital lessons projected on a screen, interactive whiteboard, interactive display or interactive pen display from anywhere in the classroom. SMART Slate™ WS200 was developed with extensive user feedback, resulting in the addition of several features, such as improved ergonomics and support for additional languages. The WS200 replaces the WS100 (formerly AirLiner™ WS100 wireless slate).

SMART Slate WS200

The SMART Slate™ can be used with or without a SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard, but on its own it functions easily with a computer and projector. To further enhance whole-class and small-group instruction, it works seamlessly with a SMART Board interactive whiteboard. Wireless Bluetooth® enables teachers and students to control on-screen learning applications, write and draw in digital ink, or open and view files. Ergonomic improvements have made the SMART Slate™ smaller, lighter and easier to hold.

The addition of a third programmable button enables customization, and the eraser function on the battery-free, tethered pen makes annotating with digital ink even more intuitive than it was on the WS100. The SMART Slate™ integrates seamlessly with a broad range of SMART products including the SMART Board interactive whiteboard, the SMART Slate™ also integrates with the SMART Podium™ interactive pen display.

If your school uses either PCs, Mac computers or both, now is the perfect time to add the SMART Slate™ to your classroom.

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Discover the Power of DLP Technology 3D-Ready Projectors

Mitsubishi XD600U Projector

3D-ready projectors powered by DLP Technology from Texas Instruments are here. Nothing captures the attention of students like 3D. With a 3D curriculum, you can create a completely immersive environment in which your students can learn more and retain that information for higher test scores.

With compelling 3D content for Biology, Geography, Science, History, Math and more, you’ll bring your curriculum to new levels of “Wow”. 3D-ready projectors operate in standard 2D and 3D modes automatically and are virtually the same price as a standard projector.

DLP technology uses millions of microscopic, digital mirrors that reflect light to create a stunning picture for the best projectors on the market. This imaging technology is so fast, it can actually produce TWO images on the screen at the same time: One for the “left” eye and one for the “right” eye. Then, 3D glasses combine the two images to create an amazing 3D effect. A pair of 3D glasses is needed for each student, as well as 3D visual content.

If you have ever seen a recent 3D movie in the movie theater, chances are the 3D effect was generated by a DLP Cinema projector. That same, basic technology has now been applied to the typical, affordable classroom projector. When you purchase a DLP 3D-ready projector, your classroom will be ready to add 3D content to the learning experience.

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Contact an AVI-SPL Sales Representative today to help you prepare for this exciting trend in teaching