Intercultural Exchange – Travel With Your Students Without Leaving the Classroom

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, Staff Picks, Web Conferencing) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-06-25

Arlene Tucker, an art teacher based in Finland and the creator of the Dear You international art exchange program, recently shared her experiences as an IPEVO product user.

“You set up a camera, and that’s it,” said Arlene, with respect to starting a foreign exchange class under the Dear You program she created. “It could not be easier.” Arlene explained that it’s been beneficial for her students to exchange so many ideas, homework and pieces of art with students in foreign countries.

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“The cultural exchange has opened the minds of my little students,” said Arlene. “Through simple questions, they begin to understand things many children their age know nothing about, like time zones, different languages, and traditions for specific holidays around the world. My students may be small, but their minds are anything but, if you know what I mean!”

As for Arlene’s pioneering program, Dear You is an art exchange project that includes schools from different countries, including Finland, the Czech Republic, Taiwan, United States, and now Vietnam. Skype connects users in different countries through a simple video call, but Arlene discovered two items that really enhance the basic Skype experience for her Dear You community: the Point 2 View USB Document Camera and the X1-N6 Internet Conference Station.

“It all started through letters and the exchange of pieces of art,” explained Arlene. “Eventually, the project developed so fast and with so many more schools involved that we needed to add online meetings.”

The Point 2 View doc cam, Arlene indicated, has been very helpful for this purpose. Cameras which attach to monitors have no mobility, a situation which just won’t cut it when it comes to sharing artwork on the table for the other party. By contrast, the Point 2 View camera mounts on the monitor but can be taken off just as easily. In seconds, Arlene and her students are able to transition from face-to-face video conferencing to sharing sketches, drawings and other art objects.

Another feature the Dear You community found useful was the one-touch snapshot feature of the camera. Whenever they need a permanent record of the artwork under the camera, they can take a snapshot. From there, Arlene or her students can immediately upload the picture to the Dear You Facebook page.

So, Dear You had the video covered, but what about the sound? Sometimes it’s hard to understand with only two people conversing, but imagine the computer’s built-in microphone trying to capture 6 or 7 rambunctious kids speaking at the same time. That’s a headache! But the X1-N6 Internet Conference Station solved that problem.

Arlene talked about the X1-N6’s ability to capture sound in 360 degrees, or to restrict the sound capture to a narrower section of the room. “I can limit the sound capture to specific spots, all while eliminating background noise. I mean, they are kids, after all. They get very excited when the camera is on, and so it’s completely normal for them to get a little rowdy when they have the spotlight. The X1-N6 filters out the chatter and makes our sessions clear and understandable.”

Today’s technology has helped Arlene teach her art class in a way she never could have dreamed of before. “The classes are more interactive,” she said. “The kids get to see, listen and talk to students their age from different places all over the world. It’s like we have the chance to take an international trip twice every month without leaving the classroom. Maybe that’s why the students are more committed to the class now. Their curiosity to see what is happening on the other side of the world has only increased their focus and their excitement.”

Arlene summarized Dear You’s experience in this way: “We are like a huge family, and the kids love to learn this way. The classes are very enriching and I am really proud of the development of my students through our positive use of technology.”

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Nurturing Knowledge – Share a Garden with the Point 2 View Doc Cam

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, Staff Picks, Web Conferencing) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-06-23

Want to maximize your use of an IPEVO doc cam? Take a page from art class teacher Arlene Tucker and share a classroom garden with the world.

A Field Trip
Spring is a great time to start a garden if you’re an educator looking for a special activity that will get students interacting and out of their chairs. Arlene shared her class’ own garden in Helsinki, Finland with students in different countries using the Point 2 View USB Document Camera, Skype and Facebook. Along the way, Arlene’s students learned about plant species and growing techniques. Plus, they got the chance to see many different plants in other parts of the world. This was particularly true when interacting with classrooms in the United States, given the country’s diverse ecosystems.

How’d She Do It?
Arlene heads Dear You, a foreign exchange initiative which helps students share art projects online. She gathered all the members of Dear You together and explained her new idea: each participating class would plant seeds inside of a box. From there, students would be put in charge of taking care of the garden and sharing it with other classrooms.

Recording Progress
Every couple of weeks, Arlene and the schools involved would call each other through Skype to share their progress. The Point 2 View was used as Skype’s camera, and students moved the camera around the garden to capture plants from any height and angle. Whether it’s flowers in full bloom or the tiniest sprouts, the Point 2 View has the resolution and image quality to capture it all.

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Everyone Participates, Everyone Shares
Whenever a milestone was reached or another important event occurred, teams across the Dear You community could see it as it happened. The Point 2 View on its multi-jointed stand could be moved around and positioned to capture all the newest developments. Plus, students used the snapshot button on the camera to snap pictures just like a camera or cell phone. Snapped pictures are saved to a computer’s hard drive, and from there can be shared on Facebook, in emails, or on something like a Picasa album.

Pair the X1-N6 Internet Conference Station with the P2V USB Document Camera for remote teaching.

The Learning Continues to Grow
Arlene reports that the garden experiment was a success, and that the knowledge acquired was impressive. The students were not only introduced to plant species from different countries, but they also got to grow their own! Dear You students continue to use Skype and the Point 2 View camera to document and share their progress as the gardens continue to flourish. And remember: gardens aren’t the only things you can share. Consider bacteria cultures, the development of fruits, or even an ant farm, to name a few examples. Teachers everywhere are enriching their classrooms through technology. Do you have an idea like Arlene’s? Share it with your fellow educators!

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How to Set Up Your Own Online Classroom in 3 Easy Steps

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT, Staff Picks) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-06-03

What is an online Classroom? At its heart, it’s a cooperation between teachers, schools and students. Online classrooms help educators and their classrooms connect with one another in a way that enriches learning for everyone – despite geographical distances, and despite traditional learning boundaries.

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In three steps, you can set up your own online classroom quickly and easily.

What you’ll need:

1. Connect your Doc Cam to the computer
This includes the Point 2 View or Ziggi-HD USB Document Cameras. Both cameras are adept at capturing fine details (like text) and capturing people like a web camera. It’s simply plug-and-play; you won’t need a device driver.

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2. Connect your X1-N6 Conference Station to the computer
This provides high-quality audio to get both sides talking and listening. The X1-N6 receives and transmits clear audio in 360 degrees, meaning teachers and students can be anywhere around the Station (up to 5 meters away) and still be heard. Like the doc cam, it’s plug-and-play and you won’t need a driver.

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3. Tell Skype to Use Your Devices
Start up Skype and log in. You’ll first need to tell Skype to use your IPEVO devices for audio and video.

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FOR MAC: Click on “Skype” in the top menu, and select “Preferences.” In the window that pops up, choose “Audio/Video.” For both Microphone and Speakers, make sure to select X1-N6 from the drop-down options. Near the bottom of the same page, make sure to choose the name of your IPEVO doc camera under “Camera.” You’ll see the real-time video capture from your camera

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FOR PC: Click on “Tools” in the top menu, and select “Options.” In the window that pops up, choose “Audio Settings.” For both Microphone and Speakers, make sure to select X1-N6 from the drop-down options. Next, choose “Video Settings.” If you have a webcam connected, you may need to select your IPEVO doc camera by name. Otherwise, Skype often identifies and starts using your doc cam automatically. When correctly selected, you’ll see the real-time video capture from your camera.
Finally, hit Save to save your changes.

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That’s it! Connect with teachers and students by placing a call to their Skype username. You’ll transmit high-res video and high-quality audio in real time. Whether it’s delivering a webinar, conducting a cross-cultural exchange between classrooms in different countries, or holding a meeting between colleagues, you have the tools (and may we say, the talent) to host your own online classroom with Skype. Class is in session!

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Get Even Closer with the Point 2 View’s New Magnifying Lens

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2012-06-04

If you’re an educator who has used the Point 2 View USB Document Camera, you know about the camera’s crystal-clear images, thanks to a 2-Megapixel CMOS sensor. And you might have taken advantage of the camera’s macro mode for capturing fine details and text from as close as 2 inches (5 cm) away. Now with the Magnifying Lens — P2V’s newest accessory — you can bring your teaching materials even closer to your students.

The Magnifying Lens is designed to fit snugly right over the front of the Point 2 View camera body — no clips or bolts or anything like that — and taking the lens off is just as easy. All you need to do after that is flip a switch to turn on the Lens’ built-in LED light to illuminate your subject. Then, lay the P2V and Magnifying Lens directly onto your subject. The Lens provides 2x magnification to make tiny details large and clear for projection and for sharing with the whole class. If you thought the Point 2 View alone could capture some stunning images, wait until you use the Magnifying Lens.

What type of things can the Magnifying Lens be used for in the classroom? Science stuff like leaves, wood grain, fabric, metals or electronic parts. Math stuff like diagrams and measuring instruments. Fine details from reproduced or original artwork. Money. Maps. A chart or timeline from the history textbook. And that’s just scratching the surface. As with all of our products, I’m sure we’ll get new ideas from customers about other great uses for the Magnifying Lens (send us a message at cs@ipevo.com if you have an idea to share!).

Please visit the Magnifying Lens page if you’d like more information and more pictures. And consider purchasing the Magnifying Lens for your classroom or school. We’re sure it will prove its value by offering new and better perspectives for your students.

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A World of Difference for Students – The Point 2 View in Art Class

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, IPEVO, Staff Picks) by ipevoblog on 2012-03-19

Recently we had the pleasure of checking in with Tricia Fuglestad, a K-5 Visual Art Teacher in Arlington Heights, IL. She’s the current recipient of the NAEA 2012 Illinois Art Teacher of the Year. And she had plenty to teach us about using IPEVO’s Point 2 View USB Document Camera in her art class.

Tricia originally became interested in the Point 2 View after attending an education tech conference in her area. Many educators were praising the Point 2 View for its high quality and low price, and she decided to try it out.

Thus far, Tricia has developed 6 ways to use the Point 2 View in art class. We’ll let Tricia tell you more in her own words:

  1. Animation: “The Point 2 View was a perfect tool for explaining and demonstrating the stop motion animation process to my students. Just move an object, click the snapshot button to take a still image, and move the object again.”
  2. Augmented Reality: “We printed out an Augmented Reality marker in order to view a 3-D model of the Parthenon on the projection screen during our study of Greek art. Students could hold the marker at a comfortable level to view the model from all angles.”Augmented Reality
  3. iPads and iPods: “I connect the Point 2 View to the computer and project these devices for demos. This use is perfect for the Point 2 View.”
  4. Photo Booth: “Apple’s Photo Booth allows the Point 2 View to record video. I can aim the Point 2 View at my students who are too small to reach the desktop camera or who can’t position themselves because of a disability. We recorded students’ lips for artwork we created.” (At the top of the page is their amazing video presentation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax using this method!)
  5. Sharing sketches: “The Point 2 View gives my students a way to share their sketches or writings with the class quickly. It’s perfect for playing guessing games or sharing with the class to see if artwork has communicated ideas clearly.”
  6. Fine Art Techniques: “The Point 2 View is great for demonstrating small detailed techniques. Instead of calling all the students out of their seats to stand over me as I demonstrate, I use the camera to make art along with them.” (See picture below for the setup Tricia used to demonstrate in real time how to create the illusion of a curved 3D apple.)P2V Apple Setup

Tricia sums up the Point 2 View this way: “The Point 2 View has amazing clarity and great weight balance, and I like that it uses USB as opposed to other document cameras that use VGA, which requires more fiddling with the projector. $69 is a very affordable price for a teaching tool that can make a world of difference for students.”

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and your images, Tricia, we really appreciate it. Please check out Tricia’s school website for even more great artwork. And for any readers interested in learning more, head on over to our Point 2 View page for more info and ideas.

Meet IPEVO — EdTech and GaETC 2011 are Coming Up!

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications) by ipevoblog on 2011-10-11

Meet Us Here

IPEVO is taking our show on the road at the end of October and beginning of November. We’re going to be setting up booths to showcase the latest and greatest in IPEVO educational tech at two conferences.

First up is EdTech 2011, which takes place from October 26th through the 28th in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Look for us; we’re Booth #511!) The theme of this year’s event is “Unplugged, Unwired.” EdTech is a great gathering of educators, IT administrators, business professionals, librarians and more, all collaborating to discover the very best ways to incorporate technology into education.

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Less than a week later, we’ll be greeting visitors at Booth #213 for GaETC 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Georgia Educational Technology Conference takes place from November 2nd through the 4th. From workshops to student-run showcases, GaETC will have a lot to offer educators looking to make an impact on learning in the classroom.

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Starting with everybody’s favorite easy-to-use, easy-to-transport, easy-to-get-your-students-inspired image maker, the Point 2 View USB Document Camera, we feel we have a lot to offer educators. So much is possible in your classroom with today’s technology, and we’re proud to be on the cutting edge of educational tech.

If you’ll be in the southeastern United States, please consider stopping by and saying hello at one or both conferences. We’d love to meet you!

Click here to download IPEVO product brochure (4.4MB).

The Lamb Cam – North Country School and Camp Treetops

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, IPEVO, P2V Educators, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2011-04-21

We know the Point 2 View USB Document Camera is versatile, but some stories from our customers still make us say, “Wow!” This is the case with Joel, the technology director at North Country School and Camp Treetops in Lake Placid, New York.

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The school (grades 4-9 boarding and day) and overnight summer camp (ages 7-14) have shared 200 beautiful acres, complete with working farm, since 1938. Students learn a traditional curriculum with hands-on projects and live in family-style housing. Children all year long participate in daily work jobs, a plethora of wilderness activities and extensive arts offerings. In springtime, lambs are born on site-yes, this really is a working farm! Joel had the idea to share this amazing event with alumni, parents, and the world through live image streaming on UStream. He conducted a thorough search, even buying a couple of $300 doc cams, before finally choosing IPEVO’s Point 2 View Camera, which became the school’s official “Lamb Cam” (love the name).

Joel shared his experience with other doc cams and his first impressions of the Point 2 View: “We started off with doc cams five or six times the price of the Point 2 View. These doc cams could work without a computer, but they were bulky and had nowhere near the versatility of the Point 2 View. IPEVO’s camera is much smaller and lighter than a conventional doc cam, so it was perfect to mount in the barn. Plus, it works effortlessly with Macs, which we use almost exclusively. At the price, I could give one to every one of our teachers and not put a dent in the budget.”

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Joel and Mike, the farm manager, mounted the camera vertically for maximum maneuverability, drilling through the Point 2 View’s base and attaching it to a beam in the barn. Our customers’ ingenuity never ceases to amaze us. Joel described how the Point 2 View passed a tough test with flying colors:

“We asked a lot from the Point 2 View: mounted in only a semi-heated area, capturing lambs from 30 feet away, and sending its signal through three six-foot USB extension cables. It performed great, and the image quality through the live stream is quite good. Other document cams wouldn’t have the depth of field capability of the Point 2 View, and web cams wouldn’t be able to achieve the kind of image quality we needed. I’ve used the Point 2 View for documents, 3D objects, and now as a Lamb Cam, and it’s just an easy, quality device to use.”

Joel added one more thing to emphasize that the Point 2 View can perform a variety of functions: “The farm manager lives in a building not far from the barn, and he has used the Point 2 View as a surveillance camera to help keep an eye on the farm animals.”

Whew, that’s one busy camera! Many thanks to Joel and North Country School and Camp Treetops for sharing their story. Visit their web site, and also consider checking out the Lamb Cam.

* Prices are subject to change, please visit www.ipevo.com for the latest price infomation.
* Find more tips and stories about P2V at www.ipevo.com/p2v.

Creating a Colorful World with the Point 2 View USB Camera

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2011-02-04

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Can visual art help inspire young minds and develop important skills our children need? Wendy Halperin answers with a definite “Yes!” Wendy is a long-time children’s book illustrator who started an initiative called Drawing Children Into Reading. The program has grown to include an amazing 5,000 schoolchildren in her home state of Michigan.

Drawing Children Into Reading is designed to teach fine motor skills to young children through drawing and coloring in a group setting. The title of the program hints at the fact that Wendy believes—and studies prove—that the kind of motor skills children learn with drawing result in better handwriting and even better reading skills. Plus, if there’s one thing kids love, it’s drawing, and the program has developed longer attention spans—sometimes 70 minutes per session—which have amazed teachers.

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“Drawing is a great tool for communicating and remembering things,” Wendy told us. “We have a serious problem in this country where kids don’t know how to hold pencils and where cursive handwriting is becoming obsolete. Anyone can learn how to draw, and anyone can pick up these essential skills. The best way to learn drawing is to draw with someone—the visual language does not translate well into words—and that’s what Drawing Children Into Reading is all about.”

Initially, Wendy visited school assemblies and worked on an easel in front of large groups. The awkwardness of working with the easel for presentations, along with the fact that students sometimes couldn’t see the canvas very well, prompted Wendy to look for an alternative way to present her drawing lessons. She found the Point 2 View USB Document Camera, and has been hooked ever since.

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Copyright 2011 Drawing Children Into Reading

The Point 2 View is phenomenal,” Wendy said, “and it’s perfect for the crucial thing we need to capture—the hand drawing on a sheet of paper. When I got the camera, I was amazed how small it was, especially considering the big, clunky pieces of equipment I’m used to working with. It also has great resolution and great color reproduction, which are vital for our purposes. In all, I’d compare the Point 2 View to a lightning bolt. It’s really sent a tremendous charge into my program.”

Wendy also has a message for teachers who might feel a document camera is out of their budget:

“Other document cameras can be expensive, $500 and up. With the Point 2 View, there’s no excuse not to get one. This affordable camera is a whole new way to deliver fine motor skills to your students.”

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Copyright 2011 Drawing Children Into Reading

Thanks very much to Wendy for sharing her story, and we encourage you to visit her website. And remember, the Point 2 View USB Document Camera is only $69 through the IPEVO Store, with free shipping included.

* Prices are subject to change, please visit www.ipevo.com for the latest price infomation.
* Find more tips and stories about P2V at www.ipevo.com/p2v.

Point 2 View Super Tips: Prepping for Projection

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, P2V, P2V Tips) by ipevoblog on 2011-01-24

This Super Tips entry is designed as a general guide to help you get the image from your Point 2 View USB Document Camera onto the projection screen. Unfortunately, given the huge amount of projector models, not to mention possible audiovisual configurations in your classroom or conference room, we’ll have to stay on a general level. Hopefully this guide will give you a good feel for what’s involved, and if you can’t quite get it working, you may need to tap your IT department or resident techie person for additional advice.

At its most basic, projecting onto a large screen takes three devices: computer or laptop (PC or Mac), the Point 2 View camera, and a projector. You can see the setup in the diagram below. The Point 2 View plugs into your computer via USB, and the computer plugs into your projector. There are a variety of hookups possible between the projector and the computer – VGA, HDMI, DVI, USB – so if you’re supplying your own laptop into this equation, check with your IT department to make sure you have a compatible connection.

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There may be a permanently installed computer or control console in your space that controls the room’s AV devices, like the ceiling-mounted projector, DVD player, etc. Or, you may be the one supplying the laptop to act as the interface between the projector and Point 2 View.

In any case, you’ll need to install the Point 2 View software onto the computer prior to projection. Just slip the CD into the drive and follow the directions. After a successful installation, plug the Point 2 View Camera into the computer via USB, and start up the software. Once you’ve got a real-time image on your computer screen, it’s time to tackle getting it to the projector.

Setting the video output to the projector is probably the trickiest part of your journey. If you’re using a dedicated computer console, it may be as easy as selecting “Projector” or “Auxiliary” on the AV interface of the console. But if you brought your own laptop, the steps to output to external video are largely dependent on operating system as well as model of laptop. These settings are similar to what you would need to output to a separate monitor. There could be a special function key on your keyboard that toggles the video output, or you may need to go through a few menus. Let’s quickly step through the basic operations needed for each major operating system:

Mac OS – setting up simultaneous displays is called mirroring. Plug in the external monitor, and open “System Preferences.” Then click “Display.” Set both displays to the same resolution. You can then click the “Arrangement” tab to click mirroring mode on or off. On MacBooks and some other Macs, mirroring mode can be toggled simply with the F7 key.

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Windows XP – many laptops and computers with Windows XP support multiple monitors with a feature called Dualview. Right-click the desktop, and click “Properties.” In the dialog box, click the “Settings” tab. Click the “Display” list, and you should see the Projector model listed as an alternate display option. Select the projector, then click the option to “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor.” Your desktop should now appear on the projector screen.

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Windows Vista – Windows Vista will often automatically detect the projector and default into mirroring mode, which mirrors the desktop. But if Windows can’t identify the monitor, you can use Windows Mobility Center (available on mobile PCs) to connect the display. Click the “Start” button, click “Control Panel,” click “Mobile PC,” and then click “Windows Mobility Center.” On the “External Display” tile, you can click “Connect display.” There will be a “New Display Detected” dialog box. Since the default is mirroring mode, which you want, simply press “OK” to connect the display.

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Windows 7 – Windows 7 makes things a little easier than its predecessors, generally speaking. Windows 7 will pop up a display dialog box when you plug in the projector, with the title “Change the appearance of your displays.” The second set of options from the bottom is called “Multiple displays,” and you can select “Duplicate these displays” to make the projector show your desktop.

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NOTE: For many PCs with Windows operating systems, the FN+F5 keyboard shortcut is the way to toggle display modes. However, it can vary by manufacturer, and you may need to consult your user manual or manufacturer’s website for more information.

Once you’ve a) got the Point 2 View up and running and capturing an image, and b) the computer outputting to the projector (which is, in turn, projecting onto the screen), you’re almost there. You want to do two final things. First, set the optimal resolution of the Point 2 View. Generally, you’ll want to set it as high as the projector can handle; the Point 2 View’s highest resolution is 1600 x 1200. If you don’t know the maximum resolution your projector can handle, do some trial and error to see what looks best, which is easy enough. In the upper right-hand corner of the Point 2 View interface, you can change resolution through a simple pull-down menu.

The last step is to make your image full-screen, so your image is nice and large on the projection screen. This is easy, too, using the Point 2 View interface. On the left-hand side of the interface, there are three tabs that stick out. The bottom one reads “full screen.” Hit that tab to fill up the entire screen with the captured video. You can hit escape to exit full screen mode when you need to.

You’ve done it! You can now share your Point 2 View’s subject with the entire room on the big screen.

For your convenience, we’re going to repeat these steps in list form. The first list is for rooms that have their own dedicated console. The second list is for when you’re bringing a separate computer or laptop to the room.

Dedicated Console

  1. Power on the projector
  2. Power on the computer/control console
  3. Install the Point 2 View software from the included CD
  4. Plug in the Point 2 View via an available USB port
  5. Start the Point 2 View software. You should be getting the real-time capture on your computer screen
  6. Set the console to output to the projector, if it’s not already
  7. Set the optimal resolution of the Point 2 View. Resolution is located in the upper right-hand corner of the Point 2 View interface
  8. Go to full screen mode by clicking the bottom tab on the left-hand side of the Point 2 View interface

Separate Laptop

  1. Power on the projector
  2. Turn on your laptop
  3. Install the Point 2 View software from the included CD
  4. Plug in the Point 2 View via an available USB port
  5. Start the Point 2 View software. You should be getting the real-time capture on your computer screen
  6. Plug the projector cable into your laptop. This could be VGA, HDMI, or USB, depending on the projector and your laptop. Your IT department should be supplying this connection to the ceiling-mounted projector
  7. Configure your laptop to output to the external video source (that is to say, the projector). Consult your user’s manual
  8. Set the optimal resolution of the Point 2 View. Resolution is located in the upper right-hand corner of the Point 2 View interface
  9. Go to full screen mode by clicking the bottom tab on the left-hand side of the Point 2 View interface

* Prices are subject to change, please visit www.ipevo.com for the latest price infomation.
* Find more tips and stories about P2V at www.ipevo.com/p2v.

Where No Doc Cam Has Gone Before – The Point 2 View and Lutherie

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, APPLICATION, All Applications, IPEVO, P2V Others, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2011-01-14

Where No Doc Cam Has Gone Before

What’s a luthier? I didn’t know until we chatted with luthier (and satisfied IPEVO customer) Wesley Brandt! A luthier is a maker or repairer of stringed instruments, such as guitars. Wesley uses hand tools, traditional techniques, and fine woods to craft guitars, viols, and mandolins. Please check out his website, brandtguitars.com, for a window into this very interesting world.

Anyhow, Wesley has been using the Point 2 View USB Document Camera in a truly creative way we never could have expected. Often, the nature of Wesley’s repair work requires him to do intricate work inside the instrument itself. Luthiers usually employ mirrors—much like the mirror wand a dentist uses—to see their work inside the instrument. However, sometimes Wesley has to put his entire hand (if not arm!) inside the sound-hole of the guitar, and the mirror is just not able to be used. In these cases, the Point 2 View has been hired for the job.

Wesley explained how he is able to utilize the Point 2 View to help in these extremely tight spaces: “To position the camera, I use the laptop clip and mount a rare earth disc magnet on it, and then slip it inside the sound-hole. I then use another magnet outside the guitar (both protected with adhesive felt so they don’t damage the guitar). This setup holds the camera securely while also allowing me to aim it.”

Wesley supplied a picture of his handiwork taken with the Point 2 View, below. This picture shows the bottom inside of a guitar. As you can see, Wesley had to glue a piece of cloth over a damaged area he repaired in order to reinforce it. The slim, compact camera body was a perfect size to insert into the sound-hole to allow Wesley to view the area while working. And the included universal laptop clip also came in handy, which Wesley further innovated with strong magnets.

Taken by Wesley Brandt with Point 2 View

Taken by Wesley Brandt with Point 2 View

There is even more that Wesley has planned for the Point 2 View. He intends to mount a small mirror on the camera body so that he can view angles of up to 90 degrees.

“I never could have done as clean of work as I did without the Point 2 View camera,” added Wesley. “The Point 2 View’s macro mode allowed me to focus on extremely fine details within the guitar body. I think this method will be of great interest to my fellow luthiers.”

Thanks very much, Wesley. This is another great idea for the Point 2 View that was developed by one of our enterprising customers.

* Prices are subject to change, please visit www.ipevo.com for the latest price infomation.
* Find more tips and stories about P2V at www.ipevo.com/p2v.