I was lucky enough to run into David Thornburg in the exhibitor’s hall on Tuesday afternoon, and he directed me to two pretty interesting products. One was a portable computer called, one2oneMate. It is an AlphaSmart style contraption that is actually a full computer running Linux and a pretty rich set of instructional and productivity applications. The OS is tricked out for speed and memory management, so it is mostly not possible to install your own applications — which I think is a weakness. But what’s there is better than anything else if seen for $399 (Volume discounts available). If you can recommend some other inexpensive portable computers, please do.
Thornburg also pointed me to P3D, a virtual walk through of the human body. It was very slick, when used with an interactive white board. You can grab part of the body, expand, turn, and enter, exploring the visual aspects easily and interactively. You can see some video demos by going to the web site, at http://www.p3d.com.br/. Click your preferred language (the company is in Brazil), then products, then Biology 1, Biology 2, or Geography. They are working on a Physics product.
One of the aspect of the product that I found intriguing was that there is no text utilized, enabling it to be used regardless of language and when appropriate, regardless of age.
At some point in the next few days, I’d like to write about about some of the trends that I saw in this years NECC Exhibit Hall.