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Maja Williams
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06 Mar 2021

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HoverCam Solo 8 - The Document Camera Designed for Easy Use with Interactive Whiteboards

 by cdsoft on 23 Jul 2014 |
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The article below is written by Craig Justice, Vice President (Sales) Pathway innovations & Technologies inc.
The Document Camera Designed for Easy Use with Interactive Whiteboards: Introducing Solo 8
At education technology trade shows around the country teachers seeing the HoverCam on display walk up to me and say, "I can't figure out how to connect my document camera to the interactive whiteboard." Sometimes the teacher admits "the document camera just sits in the closet." Traditional document cameras were designed to output video through a VGA port directly to the projector and lacked the connectivity to communicate with interactive whiteboards - IWBs. And, even as traditional document camera manufacturers added USB connectivity to their products, the video streamed over their USB cables is either low-resolution, unacceptably slow, or both.
From its initial conception five years ago, the HoverCam was designed to work with computers and to connect to PCs and Macs with a USB cable, just as an IWB connects to the computer via USB. The HoverCam represents a whole new philosophy in document camera design. The HoverCam is a "computer peripheral." It didn't take long for school principals and district IT directors to learn that the HoverCam being a USB "document camera" is an advantage, because it allows easy connecting and use with IWBs. Moreover, the HoverCam design - which uses a high-resolution sensor instead of bulky, expensive optics - has a clearer image and costs significantly less than traditional document cameras to produce. Not because it's cheap - because it's innovative and incorporates advanced, patented technology.
Not only is the HoverCam hardware ready for use with interactive whiteboards right out of the box, the HoverCam "Flex" software included with each unit is also compatible with IWB software.
There are four ways to import HoverCam images into IWB software.
·         * Drag-and-drop any captured image or photo from HoverCam's software window into the IWB software.
·         * HoverCam's "Slingshot" feature which allows an image being shown by the HoverCam to be captured and inserted into any software program - including IWB software - with just one click without leaving the IWB software.
·         * HoverCam's "Whiteboard Connector," a flash-app that allows the camera's live streaming video to be displayed within the IWB software.
·         * Using the "transparency" feature of the IWB software to display HoverCam's live, full-motion, 30 frame/second 1080p video image inside the IWB without installation of any additional software, app or driver.
It's easy to connect a HoverCam to any computer for use with any IWB, and best of all, the new HoverCam Solo 8 delivers clearer images over USB than any other document camera costing less than 3,000 dollars with its true 8-megapixel resolution and full-motion, 30 frames per second 1080p video over USB.


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