June 30, 2015

Don’t Let Technology Hold You Back In Sharing Your Ideas and Plans

For all the technology that’s in the world, the best ideas are developed with simple pen, paper and whiteboards

The challenge is getting these ideas, sketches, plans, drawings, etc. from the “drawing boards” into the digital world.

eBeam solves this challenge.

You spend hours of time collaborating, meeting, brainstorming, sweating details, making revisions, practicing presentations, fine tuning ideas, etc. etc.

Most often this work is done on flip charts, pads of paper, whiteboards and whiteboard painted walls. These are the best tools to use. They provide a large space to gather ideas. Lots of people can work on them together, the biggest ideas command the biggest spaces to develop.

Too often these game changing ideas are “locked” onto the paper or board they’re developed on. How many times did you go into the conference room and see

“DO NOT ERASE UNDER THE PAIN OF DEATH”

Written on the board and it’s filled from side to side with details, complex formulas, flow charts, etc. Too often this is the result of a brainstorming session. The ideas are there but to be useful someone has to copy them to a piece of paper or someone has taken a picture with their phone. Either way too much time has been spent on top of the effort spent to develop the ideas to begin with.

So it’s time to implement a better plan and use tools designed to get you from A to Z faster.

Introducing eBeam Edge

A small, compact and completely portable solution. eBeam Edge works with PC’s, MAC and Linux operating systems. Once installed you have options as to how you work with Edge.

First, you can connect your computer to a projector and turn the projected space into a large touch screen surface. With a pickup area that is 60” high by 108” wide you can have the largest touch screen imaginable. The supplied Pen/Stylus acts as your mouse and lets you control your computer from the surface. Run any program on your computer. Get the Wireless Keyboard/Mouse accessory and you have the power of your keyboard in the palm of your hands.

Next, you can connect your computer to a flat screen monitor or tv. Once you’ve set up the receiver you have turned this tv into a touch screen monitor using the Pen/Stylus. Think about the possibilities of using this in house or when traveling and meeting with clients. Touchscreen monitors can run into the thousands of dollars and you have to be delicate with them. eBeam Edge can turn the largest and least expensive tv into a touchscreen for a fraction of the cost.

If Whiteboarding is your thing then get the Capture Accessory and instantly turn your whiteboard, whiteboard painted wall, glass wall, table top, flip chart . . . any hard surface you work with to take notes or collaborate on can now become an electronic surface. Once you start drawing ALL and we mean ALL of the details on the board or surface show up instantly on your computer screen. Once there you can edit them, copy and paste, add to them and then distribute them to all who need them.

No longer do you have to commandeer a room or board to save your efforts. No longer do you need to wait days for someone to transcribe what’ve drawn. No longer do you need to worry about prying eyes seeing things they aren’t supposed to.

See the eBeam Edge Products at www.ebeamrocks.com/collections/ebeam-edge.

 eBeamRocks.com specializes in the eBeam and Equil product lines. They provide product, training and education so you get the most out of your purchase.

May 08, 2015

Put Away Your Camera and Grab Smartmarker

Equil Smartmarker is here.

Now instantly capture EVERYTHING you write on your

  • Whiteboard
  • Whiteboard painted wall
  • Glass board
  • Flip Chart
  • Laminate table tops
  • Anything you write on to express ideas, brainstorm, strategize etc.

Smartmarker is your go to tool to share these ideas.

With the largest capture area in the market you can use it on regular size whiteboards, up to 8' x 5' or the really big ones and capture an area 16'w x 5' high. 

Instantly send the details of your whiteboard to all of your devices, PC, MAC, IOS and Android.

Stream your notes to everyone in attendance and everyone listening in through the streaming function (currently FREE)

Your notes are no longer stuck on the whiteboard or in your camera. They are now alive, changeable, emailable and free to help you change your corner of the world.

March 20, 2015

Announcing Equil Smartmarker

Announcing Equil Smartmarker

For years business has had the frustration of creating GREAT things on whiteboards, whiteboard surfaces and flip charts, and not being able to use them once they are done.

Taking pictures has been a go to strategy but all you end up with is an image of what was done.  I mean, how much detail can you really get of a 4’ x 8’ board with a tiny picture?

Having someone transcribe the details as they are written is another option. Yes you can get all of the details, but you have simply transferred the stuff from the whiteboard to a piece of paper. It’s still a flat one dimensional image of what was there. Although the paper can be scanned and made into a PDF or other format that can be shared.

No, what is really needed is a tool that makes it easy to capture what you write that is

  • easy to set up
  • easy to use
  • captures everything
  • allows you to manipulate or add to your creation
  • can be shared with lots of people
  • can be streamed while you are creating your masterpiece

What is needed is Equil Smartmarker.

Smartmarker is the newest addition to the Equil & eBeam product offering.

With Smartmarker you attached the receiver, insert you marker into the sleeve, choose the color of ink to show on the computer or device and start your work.

Smartmarker picks up everything written inside the capture area, maximum size on each side of the receiver is 8’ x 5’. You can capture on both sides with gives you an area of 16’ x 5’ that can be captured.

Create new pages from the board while you are writing. Change pens colors so even though you use a black marker on the board your stuff on the computer or device can be black, green, red or blue.

Speaking of device. The EquiNote software is a FREE download and available for PC, MAC, IOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod) and Android. So you can send your drawings to any of these devices while you are creating.  What, don’t have your device or computer with you? No problem, Equil Smartmarker has enough memory to capture and save thousands (THOUSANDS) of pages. Next time you have your device or computer it will download the pages which then allows you to work with them.

If you have your device or someone does you can stream your sessions while you are working. Stream to anyone with internet access and the software on their computer or device. They can see and capture what is being developed in real time. Get them on a conference call and now you have some real collaboration going on.

Sounds magical enough right?

Well, once you have your stuff on the device through Smartmarker you can really do things. But, we’ll cover that more in our next post.

Want to see more about Smartmaker? Check out the product at www.EbeamRocks.com by clicking on the Equil tab at the top or go directly to: http://www.ebeamrocks.com/collections/equil-smartpen-smartmarker/products/equil-smartmarker

To your continued improvement in innovation, communication and collaboration.

February 03, 2015

Innovation Tools

In today's business environment tools are an essential part of success companies. With the right tools you can improve the productivity of each person and with that comes a potential geometric increase in the overall productivity.

Now there certainly is a point of diminishing returns with the gains, but if you don't start working with something you won't get any gains.

Since eBeamRocks.com is a product centered website we want to discuss some of the tools that are available in the products category that may help you. 

The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomenon is just getting started and we will see over the coming years more companies embracing employees/associates/team members bringing their own devices to work. This does a couple of things that are positive for the companies.

  1. First it cuts down on the hardware expenditure and replacing all of the worn out computers.
  2. Second it allows the employee to select the device(s) that they are most comfortable with.
  3. Third, and this might be the biggest benefit. . . those employees may end up doing more work outside of the office with their own devices. Since they will most likely have other parts of their lives installed on the computer it will be very easy to jump over to a project that needs some attention when they get a whim, giving you some more of their time on the job.

Of course their are some downsides to this.

  1. IT has to make sure everything is still secure
  2. There is more stress on the employee to make sure their units are secure from loss
  3. IT also has to plan for access by a variety operating systems (Windows, MAC, Android)

So it is also important now that companies make use of cross platform tools. A new tool coming on the market in February is the Equil Smartmarker. Like its brothers Equil Smartpen and Smartpen 2 the Smartmarker allows users to communicate across the platforms with ease.

Smartmarker is the first place and go solution to innovating your whiteboard, glassboard, whiteboard painted wall, flip charts etc. With Smartmarker you place the receiver on the surface and start writing. No calibration required. Simple, easy, intuitive.

Smartmarker allows you to collaborate across the room or across the world by syncing all of your users devices so everyone see the same thing on their device. Simple and intuitive.

With a long battery life and memory capability you can run all of your whiteboard sessions and then download the days work and still not miss a beat.  

Check out the Equil Smartmarker HERE.

November 03, 2014

Who Needs Interactive Solutions?

 

Who needs interactive solutions?  Let’s first review what an interactive solution is.

In our daily lives we have meetings, training sessions, presentations, you may be a teacher, coach, administrator, just about everyone interacts with people during the day.  And during these interactions most of the time ideas are shared, information flows and notes are taken.

It is during the times of note taking and information flow where Interactive Solutions are needed.  Too often these sessions are one dimensional.  A flip chart being used, a whiteboard or whiteboard painted wall, a PowerPoint presentation be displayed or just your desktop is being displayed.  This allows for a presenter and a viewer, but it isn’t interactive.

To be interactive more than one person needs to be able to interact with the information.  This can be done through a file sharing application, web meeting or similar application.  Too often these cost money to set up and maintain, have to be scheduled in advance and as we’ve all see are easy to crash or fail and usually at the worst time possible.

So why do you need an interactive solution?

The interactive solutions provide an easy way to capture and share information.  You spend less time copying and transcribing notes, ideas and sketches and more time implementing the ideas and plans.  Productivity goes up, mistakes and problems go down.

eBeam offers all of this interactivity inside two different applications.  eBeam Edge is a simple, elegant and cost effective way to set up an interactive space.  Whether you are using a projector, tv or monitor, whiteboard, whiteboard painted wall, glass wall or even a table to with an ultra short-throw projector.

eBeam Edge allows you to convert virtually any hard surface to an interactive surface.

eBeam Edge attaches quickly to any metal backed whiteboard or presentation board.  It also comes with brackets that are held in place with 3M Command Strips to you eliminate damage to any walls when removing the tape.  With a special bracket the Edge device can be attached to almost any large screen TV or monitor.

Load the programs (usually in 20 minutes or less) and you have now created a touch screen surface anywhere you can project or show your desktop.  The image can be as large as 60”h x 108”w large enough to make any small detail stand out.

Now that you are set up, if you showing your desktop you have created a touch screen surface.  Interact and run any program that you have loaded on your computer.  From Word to Excel to AutoCAD to PowerPoint anything can be operated from the image. 

When you run the Scrapbook program you have the ultimate electronic whiteboard application.  With unlimited screens and the ability to import, export, take screen shots, record video and audio you have a program that will make all of your sessions more productive.  Once the event is finished you can edit, save and distribute the information in up to 9 different formats. 

Imagine conducting a client presentation or review and then forwarding them a video of the entire event including sound so they have it before they get back to their office.  How cool would that be.  Or conduct on on-line meeting walking through all of the issues and recording it at the same time and sending a link to file within minutes of completing the presentation.  Do you hear the same cash register sounds I do?

So what if you aren’t using your desktop, but instead have a plain old whiteboard or the newest tool a whiteboard painted wall?  No problem.  With the Capture program you quickly and easily turn this space into an electronic copyboard. EVERYTHING that you write on the board or wall is instantly sent to your computer. 

Once on the computer you have the ability to edit, add to, save and distribute the information in a similar way to the Scrapbook program.  You can even conduct on-line meetings where you share the content of your whiteboard and record all of your events showing the details of the whiteboard and voice as it is picked up by the computer.

So you see interactive solutions are a great tool and eBeam is one of the best.  Want to learn more?  Go to www.eBeamRocks.com where you can see all of the eBeam products and other devices to support them.  Check out the videos where you can see how the product works and all of the training tools to help you get up and running quickly.

Check Out The Edge Products Here

October 27, 2014

Interactive Whiteboards That Don't Require IT To Set Up

Interactive Whiteboards are not losing ground to tablets and phones.  Small devices do not take the place of large surfaces where people can interact to discuss, brainstorm, plan and develop ideas.  Technology simply cannot take the place of the concept of ideas on a board for group activities.

The challenge of many interactive solutions is that IT is required to download, install and set up the software.  Once the software is installed the screens or board must be calibrated.  Once all of this is done then you can begin working on them - well after a potentially long training period.  And this is the downside of these expensive solutions.  The more expensive generally the more costly in time and money is the training.

eBeam solves both of these issues by being a cost effective purchase, easy install (often 20 minutes or less) and a very intuitive interface.  Training can take as little as 20 minutes to get up and running on either of the programs that are provided.

Another big downside is the lack of portability with expensive solutions.  When you purchase an expensive board that can run from $2500 to $5000 the last thing the IT or facility people want to do is have this technology rolled down hallways or put on elevators to move between floors.  Movement means wear and tear and this does not bode well for these boards.

eBeam solves this problem by its inherent portability.  From the small foot print of the eBeam Edge Receiver to the wireless connection that can be made to your computer.  Wires are not an issue and moving from room to room can take as little as a few minutes (with Capture) to 10-15 minutes if a projector is being used (with Scrapbook).

Your investment is small - as little as $649.00 for the USB version to $999.00 for the eBeam Edge Wireless with Capture Pack version.  Add a Battery Pack and you have a complete system for just under $1100.  This is a small investment that can be picked up and moved from room to room, taken on the road and set up in minutes.

 

So consider eBeam for your interactive solution.  We Make Any Surface Smart.

July 02, 2014

Whiteboard Meetings and Collaboration

We are hearing it more than ever before. Business owner and managers are getting frustrated with the tools available to work with. We understand the frustration and want to offer some ideas on what you can do to help remove the frustration.

Your typical meeting consists of a bunch of people sitting around a conference table sharing ideas.  Many times these ideas are put onto a whiteboard or glassboard, which is a great way to share and generate ideas.  The facilitator puts an idea on the board and then everyone adds to it, interjects ideas and the process builds.

Sometimes the whiteboard doesn’t exist so you use a paper flipchart instead.  The paper docs then get ripped off and taped to the wall. This happens a lot when you are working in a remote location where, conference center, hotel room or meeting room.

The bottom line is that the ideas are STUCK on either the whiteboard or the paper.  Usually someone is charged with copying everything down while the meeting is occurring (which means they aren’t participating) or transcribing the notes after the meeting is over (which means a delay in getting details to the participants).  Or, and we love this one the most, you take pictures of the stuff on the wall to try to capture it.

This means production is slowed, information flow is minimal, time spent in the meeting does not translate to progress.  Or if  you are taking pictures, details are missed because you can’t tell what was written.

It’s time to stop all of this craziness and get more work done.  Making the results of the meetings turn into productivity can be a HUGE boost to the company.  And, it’s not that hard.

Check out eBeam Edge with Capture Pack.

eBeam Edge is famous for easily converting wall spaces into high powered collaboration environments.  Edge allows you to run your computer from any projected surface or any connected monitor/tv by turning this surface into a touch screen by using the supplied wireless pen/stylus.

But, what you may not be aware of is the Capture Pack accessory.  With Capture Pack you turn your

  • Whiteboard
  • Glass board
  • Paper Flipchart

into an electronic copyboard.  This means that everything you draw onto these spaces is transmitted to the program on your computer.

Using Capture Pack eliminates the need for a dedicated person to copy what is put on the board.  It eliminates the need to have someone transcribe the notes later.  And it eliminates the need to take pictures of the board.

Using Capture Pack allows you to manipulate the pages after you create them.  You can add text, additional drawings, copy pages, duplicate images, change the images drawn.

When you are finished then save the document into up to nine other formats including PDF and JPEG.

And if this isn’t enough . . . record your sessions as they are occurring.  Record all of the images as they are being drawn and record all of the sound that can be picked up by your computers microphone – or add an external mike.

But wait, there’s more.  Capture comes with a meeting function like its big brother Scrapbook.  With the meeting you can have participants located somewhere else in the world watching and participating in your whiteboarding session.  You choose whether they can interact and add to the board, or simply see what is being done.

So, Capture is a very powerful accessory that lets you solve lots of problems in getting the information out to those that need it quickly.

I hope that this was useful for you.  Find out more about Capture at www.eBeamRocks.com.  You will also find helpful videos there also.

April 28, 2014

eBeam Tools

Today we wanted to share with you one of the ways that eBeam can be used which may not be main stream but is innovative.

 

Recently we signed a new client that was looking for a way to improve their trade show demonstrations.  The company Origo Education has a suite of educational programs that are centered around math instruction.  During their trade shows they have a large TV/Monitor connected to their MAC laptop and they walk teachers through the product.

 

 

In previous shows they would rent a touchscreen monitor (at a considerable cost) in their booth.  Their challenge was the cost and logistics.  Either renting or shipping this VERY EXPENSIVE monitor created a problem in getting it from one location to another along with the potential damage and repair or replacement.

 

By using eBeam Edge and the LCD Mounting Bracket they are now able to convert any TV or Monitor into a “touch screen” unit by using the wireless pen/stylus.  The eBeam Edge can be packed neatly in the available carrying case and taken from show to show.  They now only need to have a standard TV/Monitor during the show which allows them to save considerable money over the previous set up.

 

Another idea would be to provide the TV used during the show as a giveaway.  With the availability of very low cost large screen units they could potentially save on shipping and handling costs by purchasing a one at each show location.  And what a great giveaway to the show participants.

 

So, if you are active in trade shows and utilize a TV or large monitor, consider eBeam Edge as a tool to use for showing your program or tools.

 

eBeam Edge converts TVs, Monitors, Whiteboards, Drywall, Glass Walls, table tops into an interactive environment.  Virtually any hard and flat surface that you can project or show your desk top onto can be converted to an interactive space.

 

See the eBeam products at www.eBeamRocks.com

April 23, 2014

Introducing Equil Jot Smartpen

Now use your regular paper and capture all of your notes, drawings, doodles, world domination strategies directly to your:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • MAC computer
  • Windows computer

With a simple Bluetooth interface what you put on the paper shows up immediately on your device.  The device software is free on the iTunes Store and the Windows software is available from a link on our product page.

Once you have the captured notes and drawings then you can

  • Edit, Add, Erase
  • Change colors (Sketch Program Only)
  • Add pictures
  • Save them to PDFs
  • Upload to iCloud and Dropbox
  • Email them to the world.

No longer do you have to only take images of your notes.  No longer do you have to keep your ideas locked away on your paper.  Use any paper you want (up to 9.5" x 13").

This is some seriously cool hardware that will change the way your write and talk.

 

Check out the Equil Jot Smart Pen at www.eBeamRocks.com

April 23, 2014

Educational Tech On A Budget

Technology Is Essential –

This goes kind of without saying.  With the constant innovations being brought to the market it is imperative for teachers to keep up.  The idea that a teacher can continue to use the blackboard, chalk and slides is outdated.
 
Don’t get me wrong, I love teachers and understand the passion that they must have to put up with children, parents and administrators.  It is part coach, counselor, therapist, warden and parent all wrapped up in one package.  That said, it is also just as important for the teacher to keep up on tools, ideas, techniques for their profession as it is for the doctor or lawyer to keep up with diseases and court rulings.  You can’t stay in the past.
 
So, when the budget is tight and money needs to be spent fixing the building or adding on, what do you do?  Here are a few ideas we pulled from a recent post by Dawn Casey-Rowe an Author at Edudemic, an online resource for education and technology.
 

Let Them BYOD

They will know how to use it and they will take care of it better. Imagine if you were sitting at home working, and someone came in, took your phone, your laptop, and tablet, and replaced them with a type you don’t use. It’s disorienting. Students and teachers are more comfortable using the devices they love.
Purchase Carefully
Tech purchasing comes from top-down. It’s important to be on the front lines when choosing technology. Sometimes a school-wide platform is necessary and helpful, as with electronic gradebooks, home-school communication platforms, or learning management systems. But for the rest, ask, “Will students use this? Will they look forward to using this or will it be a burden? Does it fill some need or make life easier?” Ask. The answers are sometimes surprising.
Stream
Amazon Prime and Netflix have tons of documentaries and shows that support curricula. Before these were unblocked, if I wanted to show a documentary to my class, I had to buy it. Now I can rely on my Prime, and show ten minutes or so to underscore my point. In addition to this, I love TEDx speeches. They help me teach public speaking and content simultaneously. Students love them, and they’re free.
Bring Tech To The Students
Computer labs are important, but they often come with challenges. They’re expensive, and research is showing that tech in the class saves time and money, increasing productivity. Teachers don’t have to compete for valuable lab time and expensive machines aren’t sitting unused. We’re used to technology integrating into our lives. It must be the same way in schools. Allowing students to use their own devices or having a group for the class to share is less expensive than wasted labs in the long run.
 

Go Paperless

I was at a large tech company and needed to print a boarding pass. There was no easily accessible printer. I joked, “This reminds me of schools…printers are broken or out of ink.” Then I realized the truth – printing is so 20th century. It’s rarely necessary anymore, if you stop and think about it.  Once tech is fully integrated we won’t need to print much. We’ll google-share, take polls on Socrative, use Learnist instead of books, and crowdsource projects. Killing rainforests will be a thing of the past. These resources on web tools and apps help me think about reducing paper and clutter one piece at a time.
 

Great Ideas!

But there are also tools and programs that can help with the integration of technology in your classroom.
 
eBeam by Luidia –

Yes this is self promoting but you were expecting that right?  eBeam takes advantage of your existing assets (whiteboard, projector, computer) and allows you to bring interactivity to the class at a reasonable cost.  By adding the eBeam receiver to your whiteboard or wall you also don’t have to give up valuable whiteboard space to a static piece of equipment (i.e. Smartboard).


eBeam Connect –

This is perfect for pulling students and teachers together to share, everything.  Based in the cloud Connect allows you to post and share documents, assign documents to groups where they can work on them together using their own device (See BYOD).  Currently this service is free while it’s in Beta phase.  It will move to a subscription based model which will then be available on an annual basis.


You can see all of the great eBeam products at www.ebeamrocks.com.

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