OK, the first of the cool interactive toys I work with is the eBeam portable interactive whiteboard solution
It's an interactive workspace, capture board and shared meeting server all in one.
When you use it with a digital projector, any flat, solid surface you project onto becomes an interactive surface. Neat, huh?
Walls, frosted glass windows, whiteboards, flip charts - you name it.
Using an pen stylus, you calibrate the interactive workspace (the same way you would with a fixed interactive whiteboard) using your projected image, and you're away.
Use it without a projector, on a regular whiteboard, panoboard, glass window, even butcher's paper on the boardroom table, and have all your pen strokes captured directly to your laptop. Save your annotations either as a screenshot image, or a video file, with real-time record and playback functionality.
You can also share brainstorming, planning and training sessions with external and remote sites through the use of eBeam's remote meeting server. This means that all attendees, over multiple sites, can add their ideas and notes directly into the presentation on the meeting host's computer.Downer EDI Engineering
use the eBeam solution in their boardrooms to create an interactive work surface on their frosted glass walls. They use their Bluetooth eBeams with in-built shared meeting server, and hold online meetings with their interstate offices, where all sites can view presentations, but also annotate and collaborate directly onto the documents etc using their interactive workspace.
They also use it for its Capture functionality, where whiteboard notes are captured directly to laptop, allowing their engineers to create plans, write notes, fill a whiteboard and erase their notes over and over, without losing any of their notations. They also use the real-time record function to capture thought processes as they happen, rather than just a "screen grab" of the end result.
There are some great online tutorial videos to be found at the eBeam manufacturer's web site
that show you all the functionality of eBeam.
They show you everything from changing the batteries in your stylus right through to hosting a shared online meeting with multiple eBeams, and they're a great way to see exactly how the system can be used by businesses every day.
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