Sony has introduced the PCS-XG80, a 1080i high-definition videoconferencing system with a frame rate of 60 fields per second. The system features Sony BrightFace technology (to produce clear images even when used in rooms with less-than-ideal lighting conditions), video annotation capability (allowing users to point out specific parts of an image by writing on a tablet), and RF remote functionality. The PCS-XG80 is also backward-compatible with SD videoconferencing systems. List price: $8,999. Available through Spire Global.
Faculty Salary Planning Tool
BI and performance management vendor Cognos has launched a new performance solution designed to help colleges and universities drive more efficient faculty salary and position planning. The Cognos Salary Planning and Position Control Blueprint offers a performance management framework that delivers enhanced visibility into the ever-changing demographics of higher ed faculties. Using out-of-the-box functionality from Cognos 8 Planning and Cognos 8 Business Intelligence (including dashboards, analytical reports, and a pre-configured data model), the blueprint enables users to track faculty salary sources, plan compensation updates and changes, and determine headcount requirements, to help develop salary and position funding plans that are aligned with current and long-range academic program requirements. Contact vendor for pricing.
Wall Mount for Short-Throw Projectors
AV mounting solution provider Chief Manufacturing has released the WPA Short-Throw Projector Wall Mount. A built-in track design allows the mounted projector to be shifted up to 11 inches, to create the ideal image size. The mount also includes integrated roll adjustments, post-installation extension adjustments, security hardware, and quick projector connect/disconnect without tools. The WPA is compatible with all major short-throw projector models, and can be ordered with a universal or custom interface. Contact manufacturer for pricing.