What is an Interactive Whiteboard?
An interactive whiteboard or LCD is a computer driven device, allowing users to access and manipulate electronic files by means of a projector (only for whiteboards) and the board’s surface. The interactive whiteboard or LCD will be connected to a computer, and the computer then connected to a projector. For the system to operate properly, all three items must be present. The board serves a variety of functions, and is capable of many different things. First and foremost, would be the creation of interactivity with your computer files.
An Extension of your Computer
At a very basic level, think of the board as a large computer accessory – it can mirror whatever is displayed on your monitor. If your desktop is being shown on the board, simply double tap an icon and that file will open. If your Internet browser is being shown, simply touch the back button, and the browser will go back one page. In this manner, you would be interacting with a mouse functionality. However, an interactive whiteboard or LCD can do much more than that.
How Big are Interactive Whiteboards?
Interactive Whiteboards come in a variety of sizes but generally range anywhere from 77" through 100".
The Promethean line of Interactive Whiteboards can be purchased as stand-alone 78 inch
and 88 inch
models or as part of a full solution
Promethean SmartBoard Kit
. Have questions? Call, chat, request a quote or even request a demo. We are here to answer all of your questions.
What is Digital Annotation?
Think of the way you would write on a traditional chalkboard. As the piece of chalk makes contact with the board, it forms letters and numbers. With an interactive whiteboard, it does the same exact thing – it just does it electronically.
Think of it as digital ink. You are still writing on the board, just in a different way. You can have the board as a blank white surface, and fill it up with notes, just like a chalkboard. Or, you can display a file and annotate over it. An example of annotation would be bringing up a map. You could write over top of the map in a variety of different colors. Then, when you are done, you can save the marked up file as an image. At that point, it is an electronic file that can be emailed, printed, saved for a later date – whatever you wanted to do.
Can it be Mobile?
An interactive whiteboard or LCD is traditionally wall mounted, however, it is also possible to place it on a mobile stand. Therefore, you gain the ability to take your interactive whiteboard from one room to another. There are several different types of stands available, suiting many different types of applications. It is very important that a stand be compatible with the board, as well as the projector. If you are interested in making your system mobile, please call us at (866) 942-6273 to discuss your application further.
What is the best Interactive Whiteboard Brand?
There is no simple answer to that questions. At Touchboards, we strive to ensure that each customer receives the best solution for their application. Various brands fit better in different applications. In order to best serve our customers we carry every major brand of Interactive Whiteboards including StarBoard
, Newline Interactive
The video above demonstrates the difference between a Smart board
and the Promethean Activboard
including the differing features between both software offerings.