New Hi-Tech Collaboration Table in Geisel East Learning Commons

The Hi-Tech Collaboration Table is designed for team learning and collaboration – it is flexible enough to accommodate a variety of media and working styles.  It allows physical movement around the table in addition to having multiple configurations for users sitting in different places.

The touchscreen embedded in the tabletop enables up to four users to simultaneously connect and interact individually or collectively, and the touch-based web browser includes a virtual keyboard so all users can simultaneously access the internet. There is also a vertically-mounted Media Screen for displaying content to the group–if you want to share what you’re doing in your own section of the table-embedded screen, just grab that section with your fingertip and swipe it onto the Media Screen.  Anything can be shared, and the Collaboration Table is designed to handle mixed media (e.g., PPT, Video, Images, PDF, Web). You can also share from your laptop via VGA, Thunderbolt, or HDMI cables.  You can even share files stored on your USB drives by plugging in to the table.  Users can annotate content with several tools, including colored lines, circles, squares, or text.

The table’s digital whiteboard mode allows users to sketch freehand with a finger or stylus to draw lines or shapes or enter text. Annotated slides can be saved to a USB flash drive or emailed directly from the table. This means fewer distractions and a more seamless group working experience – one that’s designed to optimize collaboration, rather than confound it.

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