• Christmas & BETT Must Be Coming

    It must be that time of year as manufactures start to release various new products in time for both the Christmas and BETT 2011. Both Asus & Smart Technologies have new releases.

    SMART Technologies has introduced the SMART Board 800 interactive whiteboard series according to Smart ‘a next-generation series that will provide the most natural and intuitive user experience yet’.

    The 800 series supports multiuser writing and common multitouch gestures currently recognised in Microsoft® Windows® 7 and Mac Snow Leopard®. SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software will support certain features, such as freestyle interactions, touch gestures and full object awareness upon the release of SMART Notebook 10.7 software (expected by March 2011). Which will allow SMART Board 800 series users to take full advantage of gestures within SMART Notebook lesson activities

    Using SMART Notebook 10.7 software will enable freestyle interaction, where two students can work together on the same interactive lesson activity and perform different tasks simultaneously – such as writing with digital ink and manipulating digital objects – anywhere on the interactive whiteboard surface

    The European debut of the 800 series will be at the BETT Show in January. The 800 series – which includes the models 880 and 880i, and the widescreen 885, 885i and 885ix models – will begin shipping in North America on November 29, 2010 and globally on January 30, 2011.

    Elswhere Asus have released the 10.1” Eee PC 1015PEM and 1018P includes some impressive specifications boasting up to 11.5 hours of battery life and according to ASUS the first in the market to contain the Intel’s latest N550 Dual Core Atom processor. USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 3.0 and a webcam

    The Eee PC 1018P is ultra-slim (only 18-21mm thick) with a brushed-aluminium casing. The Eee PC 1015PEM is available in four colours: red, blue, white and black.

    Priced from £279 inc Vat for the 1015PEM and £349 inc VAT for the 1018P, these new Eee PC models will be available from PC World (www.pcworld.co.uk), Comet (www.comet.co.uk), www.ebuyer.com, www.amazon.co.uk and www.play.com from this week.

    Russell Dyas is an Educational Technologist & IT Professional from the UK and has written for a number of publications such as Computer World UK and the USA publication Tech & Learning Magazine.