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Samsung SDP-860 Document Camera – Budget-Friendly, High-Performance

Samsung SDP-860 Document Camera

Samsung has recently introduced the SDP-860; their economical, high performance document camera. The SDP-860 features high quality video output, Samsung’s proprietary ISP chipset, and 2D/3D noise reduction technology. Highlights also include crystal-clear, noise-free graphics, even in dim lighting. Equipped with 32GB of high-resolution storage, the SDP-860 brilliantly focuses on still images and smooth video streaming with sound at up to 640 x 512 at 30 frames per second!

For an enhanced user experience, the SDP-860 is designed with multiple joints. Its black frame and blue LED add a touch of classic to the hardware. The Page Detection menu provides motion detection capabilities, automatically saving book pages in SD memory cards when they are viewed through the document camera.

Bringing a 48X combined zoom with the 6X optical and 8X digital zooms, its optical lens with auto-focus calibration can form images of documents on one screen. It also supports DVI output and a wide screen (16:9) display, enabling the connection to PDP and LCD devices for clearer, livelier viewing.

With the SDP-860, your school will have a high quality document camera at an affordable cost!

Visually Demonstrate Math Concepts with SMART™ Notebook Math Tools

SMART Notebook Math ToolsCreate, explore, evaluate and solve with SMART Notebook Math Tools. As an add-on to the award-winning SMART Notebook software, this exciting program combines all the tools needed to teach math in a single application. Gone are the days of switching between multiple software applications for tools to make math engaging and understandable. The software’s customizable toolbar is built into SMART Notebook software, so it’s quick and easy for you to access and incorporate dynamic resources into your lessons.

With this software, teachers have an easy way to demonstrate math concepts visually, and make their lessons more interactive and easier to comprehend. SMART Notebook Math Tools provides teachers all the tools they need to progress through an entire math concept – from lesson preparation to graphing and solving complex equations.

The large selection of dynamic and intuitive tools includes an advanced equation editor, Texas Instruments™ emulator launcher, custom graph builder, shape divider, advanced measurement tools, and table and graphing tools. Teachers can easily demonstrate changes and relationships in math concepts using these flexible resources. The software also offers handwriting recognition for mathematical equations. Teachers and students can simplify, solve and graph handwritten equations, making SMART Notebook Math Tools ideal for use on a SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard.

SMART Math is now available for order. Call your AVI-SPL sales representative for more details (800) 282-6733 or email us at .

AV Trends in Higher Education

Sophisticated AV technology for classrooms, especially in higher education, is becoming a standard. With so much AV equipment being marketed to schools, it is easy to get confused by the options. ArchiTech recently published a terrific summary of the newest trends and tools for AV in the classroom.

Click here to read the full article on the ArchiTech site. 

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Cisco Acquisition Accepted by TANDBERG Shareholders

In looking back, the news of an impending Cisco-TANDBERG acquisition broke on October 1, immediately shaking up the landscape of the video communications industry. After a little more than two months of negotiations, 91% of TANDBERG shareholders have now accepted Cisco’s offer, exceeding the 90% condition outlined for the deal to go through.

When the initial proposition was made, only 30% of shareholders were in favor of the $3B offer, with percentages jumping to 40% when the figures increased to approximately $3.4B in late November.

As the second largest producer of video conferencing equipment, TANDBERG has reported an increase in momentum since October, introducing new endpoints and infrastructure products. With the acquisition, Cisco will now have the leverage to successfully sell lower-cost products to a wide range of markets.

Among the industry feedback:

  • “Tandberg has very strong sales partners in videoconferencing that Cisco will benefit from.” – Wainhouse Research
  • “The merger of the two companies will likely create an unstoppable force…This acquisition validates that video communications is well on its way to becoming a key enterprise communications application all the way from desktop to telepresence.”  – Frost & Sullivan
  • This development continues to validate that video communications is quickly becoming a critical application for companies, and is a key component of any enterprise’s Unified Communications strategy.  – Michael Brandofino, Executive Vice President of Video Communications and Unified Collaboration, AVI-SPL

What are your thoughts on the acquisition?

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New Split-Screen InFocus Projectors for Classrooms

InFocus announced two new additions to its projector line specifically for the education market. The projectors (IN5534 and IN5504) both have a new split-screen option, which will virtually eliminate the need for multiple projectors in classrooms. Both projectors, specified at WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolution, are network/wireless ready and feature analog and HD video connectivity. The two models are easy to camouflage in nearly any environment thanks to InFocus’ custom case parts available in multiple colors, including white, black, walnut, and ready to paint.

For more information about AVI-SPL’s line of InFocus projectors, click here »