February 12, 2009
Below (via Engadget) is some of the details of the SMART Table – the first multi-touch table of its kind available for education. While its obviously not a mobile technology, it does herald a further move towards natural digital interfaces pioneered by interactive whiteboards, the Nintendo Wii, and iPhone that are part of what we can expect from near-future ubiquitous technology.
My question to Education 2.0 practitioners is this – what’s this for? Of course I think I know, but the danger with every new tech is that it will be used simply to do ‘old things in new ways’, rather than new things. Cost is probably prohibitive for most schools at this stage, but don’t let that stop you thinking of ideas now! I remember when a laptop cost $3000+ …
We heard that the SMART Table would be ready for playtime in Spring of 2009, and here she is, a few months early. The kid-friendly multitouch table is now available for purchase in North America and the United Kingdom, and as expected, it’s being marketed towards educational institutions looking for new and exciting ways to help kids learn. The 230i (the only model currently offered) weighs in at 150 pounds and features an XGA DLP projector, integrated speakers, an inbuilt digital camera to track touches and multitouch capabilities courtesy of DViT (Digital Vision Touch) technology. We’re still not told just how much resellers will be charging, but we’ll stick to the “at least seven or eight grand” figure we heard when toying with one last October. Demo vid is after the break.
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