Rightfully known for its high-quality projectors, BenQ now has several interactive displays that could fit into your teaching style. The RP family of displays come in 63-, 70-, 75 and 79-inch models that combine either 10- or 20-point input interactivity with superb color balance. They all include DisplayNote software that let the teach leave the computer behind with Android-based systems that have built-media players, Office document viewers and the ability to finger paint or write directly on the screen. Best of all, there're no projector shadows when you address the class in front of the display.
Got a bunch of old big screen displays that aren’t interactive, but you wished they were? Touchjet’s Wave can not only retrofit them for a touch world, but add the ability to run Android apps as well. At $299, the Wave kit can work with any TV or monitor up to 65-inches and lets you use your fingers or the included stylus. The Wave not only has the system’s Light Position Unit that interprets where your fingers are but includes a videoconferencing camera and microphone that extend up and over the front of the screen.
Why fuss with the setup and shadows of a projector when you can use a large panel interactive display, like the Promethean ActivPanel, instead. Available in 55- and 65-inch sizes, the next generation of ActivPanel screens will be 70- and 84-inch models. They’re good for small to large classrooms, have Android computers built in and include ClassFlow and ActivInspire software. The best part is that because the screen is touch sensitive, just like a tablet or phone, and it works just as well with a finger or the included digital pen. See it and touch it at booth 1604.
With Startech’s ARMDUAL30 monitor mounting hardware, you can set up a pair of displays either stacked above and below or side by side. It can handle up to 30-inch monitors side by side or 24-inch ones for stacked set ups, and can accommodate systems with 75- and 100mm VESA mounting screws. The hardware can rotate around the central pipe and can be mounted with a clamp or in a desk grommet. It costs $276.
If you were to walk through your school and look at all the displays, you’re likely to find that most, if not all, are out of whack or poorly adjusted in one way or another. Enter the Asus Display Widget, which puts all the adjustments front and center. It only works with Asus’s Adaptive-Synch gaming monitors at the moment, but the company will widen its use over time. The key is that the Widget sits on the Windows desktop and gives you immediate access to do things like change the color temperature, pick the display mode and even pick what settings to use for different applications.
As its name implies, the UHD MimioDisplay model 8401 pushes resolution beyond mere HD to 3,480 by 2,160 pixels and screen size to 84-inches. That adds up to an interactive display that can work with up to 10 individual finger inputs and measures 77.2- by 45.6-inches and is just 4.5-inches thick. There’s also a smaller 75-inch MimioDisplay as well as HD versions. Unlike other interactive screens, the MimioDisplay comes with the company’s Studio software and works with its Classroom app.
Qomo’s Journey interactive panel sets a new standard for education with a new 84-inch model that can show a stunning 3,840 by 2,160 resolution. By many measures it can outdo most classroom projectors. Based on an Android interface, it’s easy to use so that students and teachers can interact with the display’s infrared technology that allows up to 10 independent touch points. It has a pair of speakers and can work with a variety of video inputs. It costs a cool $25,00, but Qomo has special deals that include document cameras.
StarTech’s Wireless Presentation System (WIFI2HDVGA) can connect any classroom computer with a projector or big screen monitor so that everyone can see the same lesson. It works via WiFi or a wired LAN cable and doubles as a wireless access point. Able to show full HD resolution, the Wireless Presentation System connects with PCs and Macs.
The new generation of ultrawide curved screens have met their match with Acer’s 34-inch Acer B346CK display. It does a lot for $600 with the ability to put an amazing 3,440 by 1,440 resolution image on-screen with 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut. In addition to showing two streams at once, the B346CK has both a USB 3.0 hub and can work with MHL-enabled phones while charging them.
It may have been made with gamers in mind, but BenQ’s Curved XR3501 monitor is about as good as it gets for doing detailed work like image and video editing as well as CAD and digital art at school. At $1,000, the XR3501 joins curved screens from Dell, LG, Samsung and HP, but the BenQ one has a very fast 144-hertz refresh rate as well as a curvature with a radius of a little over six and one half feet. It’s enough so that the 35-inch display feels like an immersive wrap-around display that sucks you into the material. Plus, you can keep four windows open at once without it feeling crowded.
While a curved screen can look great, it can also mean flat sound. LG’s Music Flow HS8 Wireless Curved Sound Bar has a curvature that matches that of LG’s 34UC97 curved display and can radiate audio to a group of students. Inside the semicircular case are five speakers that can fill just about any room with 360 watts of audio. It has WiFi and Bluetooth built-in, works with Google Cast and is compatible with many popular universal remote controls. On the downside, it’s only available at Europe at the moment.