All in the Palm of Your Hand
Like something out of Star Trek, handhelds and PDAs have morphed into
multifunctional devices, much like the new Cingular Quad-Band BlackBerry
7100g, manufactured and developed by Research in Motion (RIM), a designer,
manufacturer, and marketer of wireless solutions. The BlackBerry 7100g
has the look and feel of a cell phone, but allows the user to access e-mail,
a browser, and other data capabilities. With a large, high-resolution
color LCD display, users will be impressed by RIM’s SureType keyboard
technology. Available for as low as $249 (with applicable rebates and
a two-year contract). www.blackberry.com
FlipTop Media Center
The new Crestron QM-FTMC-SC provides a stylish, flush-mount
tabletop interface and control solution as the front end for the MediaManager
AV presentation system. Composite and S-Video inputs are provided inside
the FlipTop compartment, along with corresponding stereo audio inputs,
to accept connections from portable AV devices. High-resolution computer
sources may also be connected using the easy pullout RGB/audio cable assembly
(included), which attaches to inputs hidden beneath the table surface
and stows neatly within the FlipTop compartment when not in use. Excess
cable simply drops out of sight below the box, through grommeted holes
provided in the bottom plate. The QM-FTMC-SC retails for $1,425. www.crestron.com.
The Fight Against Spam
The release of Roaring Penguin’s CanIT-Pro 3.0
software will make it even easier for individuals to manage their spam
filtering. With CanIT-Pro 3.0’s new user-friendly interface, users
can now opt in to spam filtering and manage details of their personal
filters. Refined in the 3.0 versions is Greylisting, CanIt-Pro’s
measure against spam. It now eliminates a portion of spam from the mail
stream even before it reaches the mail server, and administrators and
users can identify what mail should and shouldn’t be filtered. CanIT-Pro
3.0 retails for $1,500 to $25,000, based on number of users protected.
Hard Drive Protection
Keep your campus hard drives safe with Centurion Technologies
drive-and-data protection hardware and software, CompuGuard CornerStone, recently
released by the company. With CornerStone installed, users are able to safely
experiment without harming their computers, alleviating time needed to debug.
After a computer is rebooted, it is restored back to its original configuration
settings established during installation. Price is based on quantity. www.centuriontech.com
Speed of Light
The mobility of NEC’s latest LT245 projector
makes it flexible and easy for instructors to display information in the
classroom or in meetings. The high-speed, wireless communication capability
securely transmits information from a computer to the projector, or data
can be broadcast from one computer to several LT245 projectors—a
capability especially convenient for off-site meetings or instruction.
All for $2,495. www.necvisualsystems.com.
The tablet PC provider Motion Computing
has launched M1400TC,
a new tablet client for wireless network and mobile client server-based environments.
The new tablet client allows campuses to provide software applications and updates
to their users while protecting sensitive information stored on secure network
servers. Priced from $1,649. www.motioncomputing.com
Fast-Focusing Digital Camera
Want to take pictures of your faculty and staff? How about campus events?
Konica Minolta has introduced a new ergonomic-like, 5.0-megapixel DiMAGE
Z20 digital camera perfect for first-time digital photographers and those
upgrading from an older digital camera. Best of all, the Rapid AF (autofocus)
boosts the focusing time for both wide-angle and telephoto positions so
that users can capture unexpected shots. Street price: $329. www.kmpi.konicaminolta.us.