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Students, Teachers Interact and Share With Samsung Smart School Solution

At last week’s InfoComm 2012 event in Las Vegas, Samsung exhibited its Smart School solution.  A 65″ eBoard  works with both Windows-based PCs and Android operating systems, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, allowing teachers to move freely around the room while giving interactive lessons. Teachers can also share specific student screens as well as interactive content like quizzes and polls. Watch the InfoComm presentation at the link above, and look at this demonstration of the Samsung Smart School solution in the classroom:


Samsung Video Wall at FIU School of International and Public Affairs


Video wall at FIU School of International and Public AffairsIn front of the auditorium entrance at Florida International University’s School of International and Public Affairs, AVI-SPL integrated the largest video wall on campus.  Sixteen Samsung commercial-grade 52-inch LCD’s rest in a  4-by-4 formation, delivering signals from any video or audio source being used inside the auditorium. A single image can be stretched across all 16 of those LCD’s, or multiple images can be displayed. Read more about this solution for FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs.

As VGA Comes to an End, HDMI and DisplayPort Bring On the Advantages

Recently, several major manufacturers announced the end of VGA (video graphics array) technology within their product line up. By 2015, VGA and low-voltage differential signaling, or LVDS, is expected to disappear from the PC industry landscape altogether. This includes product changes from AMD, Dell, Intel Corporation, Lenovo, Samsung Electronics LCD Business and LG Display, to name a few.

What Does This Mean For You, and Just What is VGA Anyway?

So just what does that mean for you, the end user? Let’s do a brief breakdown of the VGA technology and terminology, before venturing into what you can expect with these latest changes.

VGA connector technology is represented as a 15-pin device that’s typically been used for PCs and video cards, while laptops use a smaller, “mini” version to deliver analog RGBHV (red, green, blue, horizontal sync, vertical sync) video signals. In addition, VGAs have been used to carry Display Data Channel (DDC) protocols between a computer display and a graphics adapter. This allows for the adjustment of monitor conditions such as brightness and contrast.

The Beginning of the End

Just why is VGA becoming obsolete? Because as the “analog sunset” has arrived, digital solutions such as DisplayPort and High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) offer the advantages of more scalable solutions with lower power consumption required.

As nicely summarized in this Intel press release:

HDMI has increasingly been included in new PCs for easy connection to consumer electronics devices. DisplayPort is expected to become the single PC digital display output for embedded flat panels, PC monitors and projectors.

DisplayPort and HDMI allow for slimmer laptop designs, and support higher resolutions with deeper color than VGA — a technology that is more than 20 years old. Additionally, as laptops get smaller and their embedded flat panel resolutions increase for more immersive experiences, the power advantages, bi-directional communications and design efficiency benefits of DisplayPort make it a superior choice over LVDS, the previous standard for LCD panel inputs.

What’s Your Take?

How will these changes ultimately effect the AV industry? One senior design engineer and industry veteran notes: “This change has become the path for all new work interfacing computers and related equipment. It will mainly impact service and maintenance work.  As the technology changes, it may be more difficult to get components that will work with/in existing AV systems.” 

Tell us, what’s your take on the end of VGA?

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!