Considerable innovation in the document camera industry became evident this year at the ISTE 2017 educational conference. (With over 15,000 educators in attendance, ISTE is considered the largest ed-tech conference in the U.S.)
Some delightful sparks flew out from a new exhibitor, Eloam. Eloam offered a mouth-watering slate of highly capable visualization products at an attention-getting price point for our constantly strained U.S. education budgets. Their products ranged from extremely low-cost 5 megapixel portable visualizers to low-cost powerhouse 15 megapixel offerings. Demonstrating considerable product flexibility, Eloam showcased portable, wireless, and even new wall-mounted units, all of which earnestly captured my interest.
Coupled with some outstanding and easily navigable software, these Eloam products offer me most of what I am looking for in a visualizer for the K-20 classroom. Beyond outstanding HD image display, flexible input options, fast scanning, zooming, timed scanning and video recording (also known as doc-casting), Eloam demonstrates some new or significantly improved capabilities for the classroom, including:
- image editing
- multiple pictures on screen display
- OCR capabilities
- PDF conversion
It is my sense that Eloam seriously raises the bar with inventiveness and true ROI for schools. The truth is that most document cameras in schools are now aging rapidly. Eloam has smartly positioned itself as perhaps the best possible option for replacing aging legacy equipment at a low cost, yet offering even better capabilities and visual quality.