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Hitachi Software Debuts Starboard FX

Oct 17, 2007 12:00 PM

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Hitachi Software Engineering America has announced its new StarBoard FX Duo interactive whiteboard series with new multi-touch interaction capabilities made possible by a combination of Hitachi Software’s durable whiteboard design and cutting-edge software technology.

Suited for educators and corporate presenters, the StarBoard FX Duo allows control using multitouch hand gestures, as well as use of the presenter’s finger, an electronic pen, or any other object. “The ability to use two hands naturally creates a whole new interface for whiteboards and computers in the classroom,” explains Akira Nagamori, director of business development for Hitachi Software. “A teacher can bring a static diagram of a plant cell to life by zooming into detailed areas—just by spreading his or her two fingers apart, marking it up with vibrant inks, and then linking it to a free Flash simulation on the Internet.”

“Offering the ability to use either your finger or an electronic pen to operate the board, the StarBoard FX Duo expands a presenter’s digital realm,” adds John Glad, product manager, Hitachi America. “There are advantages to using both electronic pens and touch for interactive whiteboards, and our customers wanted the option to use both.”

The FX Duo can be operated by two users at the same time, allowing students to work together in the classroom or copresenters to give even more dynamic presentations.

The 77in. StarBoard FX 77 Duo interactive whiteboard uses a camera image sensor system with all electronics contained in a replaceable component covered under a five-year warranty. This provides an electronic-free surface for more durable use, as the board remains fully operational even with scratches or dents on the surface space. This is an especially useful feature in educational environments where unintentional damage or vandalism can occur.

With 24 customizable function buttons, the FX 77 Duo is highly adaptable to the specific needs of each user. This functional versatility combined with the complete StarBoard Software suite enables fast and simple creation of dynamic lesson plans and presentations. The whiteboard includes a StarBoard Software CD that offers remote learning capability to conference up to 50 StarBoards together, a well as 72 digital ink combinations for a visually stimulating presentation, a customizable toolbar, interactive tools, handwriting recognition, object management, video annotation, and more.

For additional value, teachers can access the Hitachi Software’s Online Open Educators’ Resource Center, downloading state-aligned lesson plans, graphics and templates to aid in the creation of their own lessons.

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