Promethean makes the classroom mobile

25 May 2010

Whiteboard technology player Promethean has introduced a new mobility solution that enables teachers to bring the lesson to the student, wherever and whenever needed.

Its new ActivBoard 387 Pro interactive whiteboard mobile system is the first in a new line of modular, upgradable stands designed for the education market to be introduced towards the end of 2010.

The system incorporates an EST (extreme short throw) projector which features a 6,000-hour expected lamp life – an industry first.

The EST projector is positioned about 41.8cm from the board, which significantly reduces shadow and improves a class’ view of the board. And, at only 28dB, it is also the quietest available on the market today.

Other future-proof technology features include 3D projection, Creston-enabled Roomview Management and HDMI connection options to provide the highest quality signal for audio and video in a single cable.

“By making our newest ActivBoard range mobile we’re carving a new path for learning,” chief marketing officer Iwan Streichenberger explained.

“We’ve brought together the best of our industry-leading technology in an all-in-one solution to give educators the flexibility to teach the way they want to.

“This new system offers a unique combination of feature-rich educational functionality, including our award-winning ActivInspire software, clearly setting it, and the ActivClassroom, apart from anything else on the market today,” Streichenberger said.

The heavy-duty lockable wheeled ActivBoard Mobile System is easy to move and can be electronically raised or lowered.

The new system also comes with a range of optional accessories to facilitate lockable storage of a laptop and school equipment.

Following requests from the Promethean Planet community, which has more than 600,000 members, the design team has also incorporated a double-sided dry-erase whiteboard offering extra writing and display space.

By John Kennedy

Photo: Promethean’s ActivBoard 387 Pro interactive whiteboard mobile system

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years