Smart boards may soon give way to smart pens. Electronics company Interphase today ,is launching something that could potentially jolt that tired market.

Interphase has developed Penveu : an interactive pen that offers an alternative to the expensive whiteboard systems that have become commonplace in classrooms. Though it may seem like not that long ago that electronic whiteboards replaced traditional dry erase boards, Interphase aims to push the technology even further with this product.

Dubbed Penveu, the handheld device can turn any flat surface into an interactive display-letting organizations use existing projector and large display setups without shelling out for expensive new setups.Penveu works on a screen, wall, projection screen or any other sort of surface. The wireless pen allows users to either “write” directly on the surface or write by motioning from up to 40 feet away. The pen has storage capacity of either 8 or 32GB, allows users to choose from a variety of colors and line widths, and contains a “locate pen” function for when it goes missing.

There is no other hardware required and it doesn’t require any drivers or software installation and works on any platform. You can also use it to store screenshots on it’s internal memory.

t seems like it’s a combination of a presentation remote control and interactive white board pen. Ti’s wireless and interacts with the image on a flatscreen or a projection on a wall. You can draw directly on the screen or surface, just like on a tablet or IWB, and even gesture in the air to control things and add notes and annotations.

There is a table top box that doubles as the connection and a storage area. It connects to the screen or projector using a VGA connection

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Two versions, one for education and one for business, will hit the market later this year and cost $499 and $699, respectively. As schools around the country face budget cuts, Penveu may be able to keep innovation in the classroom.

The seek penveu device is shaped like a teardrop and was designed by an employee out of the noted design firm Frog.It uses a combination of Embedded Computer Vision, internal sensing, and sensor fusion technology to work its magic, the company tells Penveu look like a big flat pen.Hidden inside the pen are 12 accelerometers, 3 gyroscopes and an optical system. Invisible target are embedded on the screen- hidden to the viewer.All this each means it never needs to be recalibrated.

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Penveu is compactable with any large screen display or projection device.

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The Penveu consists of four buttons, a scroll bar, and a toggle that switches the device between pen and mouse modes. The pen is sold with a “black box” peripheral that accepts a VGA cable from the display and a VGA cable to the PC.The pen is itself is wireless.

The company boats that Penveu has incredible accuracy from up to 40 feet away from screen. It will retail for 66 percent less than current interactive whiteboards.The pen can be used as a either a pen to draw, write, or mouse. You can highlight and erase.

The teacher can use it from anywhere in the classroom, or hand it over to the child in the back row.

Penveu could be an attractive option for both business and schools. It is an interactive pen that offers an alternative to the expensive whiteboard system that have become commonplace in classrooms. Though it may seem like not that long ago that electronic whiteboards replaced traditional dry erase boards, Interphase aims to push the technology even further with this product. The Penveu interactive display system brings affordability and flexibility to the classroom and the enterprise. This delivers on interphase’s corporate mission to innovate, simplify, and evolve, and in doing so delivers the key buildin blocks for interactively and better learning in the classroom, and a collaborative atmosphere in the conference room.

Penveu works on a screen, wall, projection screen or any other sort of surface. The wireless pen allows users to either “write” directly on the surface or write by motioning from up to 40 feet away. The pen has storage capacity of either 8 or 32GB, allows users to choose from a variety of colours and line widths, and contains a “locate pen” function for when it goes missing.

Two versions, one for Education and one for business, will hit the market later this year and cost $499 and $699, respectively. The Penveu enters a very competitve market with a high demand for interactive presentation solutions. As schools around the country face budget cuts, Penveu may to able to keep innovation in the classroom.

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Penveu has additional functinality, such as the ability to act like a mouse. This further frees a presenter to walk around the room while still interacting with the content on screen.

Interphase says Penveu doesn’t require any driver or software installation and is completely platform agnostic. It can also store screenhots on internal memory .

Penveu is what the company calls an “interactive whiteboard in a box.” At $500 (for the education market), and $700 for businesses, the device is a small, handheld tool that comes with the functionality of a mouse, and which can write (digitally) on any surface, from almost any distance. It can write in different colors, erase, and highlight anything in a presentation. Based in part on technology previously used for satellites, cruise missiles, and smart bomb navigation, Interphase calls the device “rocket science in the palm of your hand.”

Each Penveu contains a high-speed camera, 12 accelerometers, three gyroscopes, and three magnetometers, all so that it knows where it’s pointing. The image shown on the screen or TV, or on the wall (from a projector) has more than 200 targets embedded on it, and the camera in the device can see them, honing in on specific pixels, allowing the user to write or draw right where they want, from anywhere in a room.

Interphase is hoping it can sell significant numbers of the Penveu to schools, and it pegged its educational price to the level above which schools must go through complex hoops to get approval. And for business, the company hopes that the low price, and the modern design — the Penveu was crafted by frogdesign — will attract large numbers of corporate buyers.

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