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Crestron QuickPacks™ Offer Low Cost, All-in-One Presentation Solution

Crestron QuickPacks™ are complete classroom presentation systems that are simple to install and easy to use. QuickPacks come with all you need to get a presentation system in any classroom up and running; no programming or training required.

Crestron QuickPacks Crestron QuickPacks feature basic system control with AV switching, audio amplifier, speakers, wall plates, mounting hardware and cables. Simply add your choice of video projector, screen and AV sources; the software wizard guides you through setup in just minutes. With simple, labeled button presses, instructors can power on the projector, choose the video or computer source and adjust the volume.

RoomView Connected™ projectors make setup even easier, with Crestron plug-and-play support built right in. RoomView Connected projectors are interchangeable without any programming or re-wiring. Just plug-in and walk away.

Network communication between QuickPacks and Crestron RoomView® software is safe and secure. With RoomView, teachers can request live AV help desk support, and AV managers can remotely troubleshoot and take control of projectors and other classroom devices.

Crestron QuickPacks

Key Features:

  • Complete AV control system with audio amplification – just add sources and projector
  • Affordable, reliable and easy to use
  • Simple to install – no programming
  • Network connectivity for real-time remote help desk tech support
  • Broadcast messaging for daily announcements or emergencies
  • Automatic projector shut-off to extend lamp life and save power
  • An upgrade path to larger systems

Available Crestron QuickPacks

  • QP-200 Classroom AV System Package with 2 Source Inputs
    – Provides connectivity for a laptop and a video source, such as a DVD player.
  • QP-300 Classroom AV System Package with 3 Source Inputs
    – Provides connectivity for two computer sources, such as room PC and laptop, and a video source.
  • QP-400 Classroom AV System Package with 4 Source Inputs
    – Provides connectivity for two computer sources, such as room PC and laptop, and two video sources, such as a DVD player and document camera.

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Prysm’s LPD Technology Shakes Up Display Market

From plasma technology to LCDs, OLEDs and DLPs, display technology is constantly evolving to showcase bigger and better options. Striving towards further progress, Prysm has introduced a groundbreaking new display solution, powered by the manufacturer’s proprietary Laser Phosphor Display (LPD) technology. The announcement was made last week during InfoComm.

A 25″ diagonal (4:3) tile serves as the cornerstone of this innovative advancement. With nearly 180 degrees worth of viewing angles in both horizontal and vertical positions, LPD’s are geared to:

• Increase audience impact with scalable, high resolution images
• Provide greater visibility for content delivery and messaging
• Deliver scability, multiview and touchscreen capabilities
• Consume up to 75% less power than other display technologies on the market

Commercial customers with digital signage needs — including retail stores, stadiums and arenas, and hospitality venues — could stand to receive the greatest benefits, with the promise of brilliant picture quality and longer lasting technology.

With this in mind, do any of these factors raise your interest in LPD technology? What issues have the greatest effect when it comes to your buying decision?

Want to catch a glimpse of LPD in action? Click here for a video overview of this technology, as featured on Gary Kayye’s rAVe site.

VGo Teleconferencing Robot Steals the Show at InfoComm

Our AVI-SPL booth was a hot destination last week at InfoComm. Tons of people stopped by to learn more about our products and services, but some got a little sidetracked on the way to our booth.

The VGo teleconferencing robot steals the show at InfoComm 2010

We blame VGo.

VGo is a four-foot tall teleconferencing breakthrough on wheels. We featured the robot at our booth and it simply stole the show.

The VGo offers two-way video and audio. The user can also control the robot’s movements remotely. Imagine not only being able to see and communicate with others in a teleconference, but also freely moving about the room. With VGo, it’s like you’re actually there.

We expect VGo will revolutionize teleconferencing for small and large business, as well as health care. Just picture a doctor checking on patients remotely, or a manager walking the factory line from the airport.

With VGo, you can truly be two places at once.

Call (866) 559-8197 for more information.

Optoma PK102 Lights Up Western Africa

It was March and the temperatures in Senegal hovered around 120 degrees. Dr. Mitch Hamilton, Pastor of the Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church in Aurora, CO., braved the heat along with his team. They were in Senegal’s Ferlo region, researching the culture and the people.

West Africans are known for their hospitality. It was not long before a shepherd invited the pastor’s group to his “windy” (temporary village) a few kilometers out in the bush.

Villagers in Western Africa

The village was primitive, no water, electricity or permanent structures. Many of the children had never seen a “toubob” (Westerner). The village elder told Pastor Hamilton that those who had seen “toubobs” before were often afraid because the tourists took so many pictures.

“I shared that American culture was a visual culture,” Pastor Hamilton said. “We learn through pictures, videos, television, etc. The elder shared that in his culture, they learn through oral stories.”

As they continued to talk, the elder started to understand why “toubobs” took so many pictures. Dr. Hamilton explained that photographs are a way of communicating special experiences, like a trip to Africa.

To demonstrate the way Westerners communicate with images, Dr. Hamilton asked if the elder and his village would like to see a video documenting a previous group’s visit to the region. The elder agreed and invited Pastor Hamilton to return that evening after dusk.

But how do you show a film to a West African village with no electricity?

Laptops can’t withstand the desert’s heat and dust. Small DVD players could only be watched by a few at a time.

Villagers watch a video on the Optoma PK102

Fortunately, Dr. Hamilton had discovered the Optoma PK102 Pico Pocket Projector a few months before visiting the Ferlo. He asked Ron Schall, AVI-SPL Denver for help finding one to bring along.

“I was intrigued and immediately thought of our upcoming trip to West Africa. The size and apparent durability of the projector seemed to be a perfect match,” Pastor Hamilton said.

That night, Pastor Hamilton and his crew returned to the village after sunset. They draped a sheet over the door of a grass hut, powered up the Optoma PK102 and showed the video to the villagers. External speakers provided the sound.

“It was a big deal and the entire village turned out,” Pastor Hamilton recalled. “Everything worked great and the folks were fascinated. I don’t think that they were shocked by the technology, but it was certainly new to them.”

At 11 lumens, the PK102 easily overpowered the fire in the center of the village’s compound, the only ambient light.

“This kind of technology is absolutely revolutionary to our efforts around the world,” Pastor Hamilton said. “If these things can handle the beating they will take in deserts and jungles of third world countries, they will become invaluable to those in the field.”

Pastor Hamilton is working to get more Pico Projectors for his teams working throughout Africa and Central America.

How to Take Advantage Varitronics Total Access Shapes CD!

Total Access Shapes ExampleWith over 4,400 shapes in the library, there are so many cutouts you could use to enhance learning, decorate the halls and use to recognize teacher, student and volunteer’s achievements. Here are some ideas to help you take advantage of the plethora of shapes you’ve got at your fingertips!

Enhance Learning

Use the alphabet cards to help students practice the alphabet. The images below the letter help them practice the sounds and the cutout letters are great ways for them to practice writing the letters. They can trace the letter. You can also use the letter cards to spell out the student’s names. Ask them to see how many other words they can create with the letters in their name.

The circle fraction pieces in the math category can help illustrate the use of fractions. Suggest a pizza reference. For example, ask the students if “Big Billy ate half of the pizza for dinner and half of what was left over for lunch, how much pizza was left”. Using the fraction pieces, they can have a manipulative to help them figure out the solution.

Use the cutout puppets, animal and people shapes to help students with storytelling abilities. They can use these to help them tell a story to their classmates. The students can practice using pitch and volume to help animate the story.

Decorate the Halls and Walls

Use the border shapes to help create fun borders for your classroom and hallway bulletin boards. With all the fun shapes, you can have a different border for every class unit, season and holiday! Laminate the cutout borders so you can reuse them year after year.

Have the students write essays in the shaped books so you have a great end product to post in the hallways so parents and staff can see the great work and learning going on in your classrooms.

Create a character education bulletin board and use the great cutout banners etched with character education words. Post the banner and then use cutout stars or circles to write different ideas on how to exemplify that characteristic.

Recognize Achievements

Acknowledge your volunteer’s outstanding efforts with a card. There are some great cards in the Cutout Maker library you can use to write your kind words on. Some even give you a place to add a name to cutout.

On your Character Education bulletin board, cut frames to put around pictures of students who epitomize the character education word of the month.

Write on the trophy cutouts the names of the students of the month and proudly display these in the hallway.

Create coupons using the dollar cutout to give to students as they achieve milestones. Allow them to turn these coupons in for treats.

Need Training on Total Access Shapes CD’s?

You or any of your staff can join our trainer for live online training seminars. Each session is one hour long and focuses on a single VariQuest™ learning tool.

Email Victoria Cobb at to find out the schedule.