A wide variety of educational technology is supported at the RLC.
The Main display is an 8:3 ratio, dual front projection display that utilizes two 1400x1050 LCD projectors.
The Main display can be partitioned with up to six separate video sources, which can be anything in the facility. This includes two dedicated presentation computers (one for PACS radiology data and one for presentation), two laptops at the podium, the six workgroup computers, and six student laptops in addition to DVD and videoconferencing sources.
The multi-window Processor is a Vista Spyder.
All electronic support equipment is located in the cabinet below the main screen. Heavy acoustically sealed doors prevent fan noise from disturbing students, and warm air is exhausted into the ceiling plenum through ducts in the wall.
Side screen can be raised when not in use and can also display any
source in the facility. In practice the instructors are using it for an
auxiliary display even when the room is set up as case style, facing the
Located behind the side screen is a Polyvision electronic whiteboard.
Podium hosts a variety of features designed to help presenters make the
most of the systems. On the right is the AMX touch panel which allows
control of all systems within the room. On the left is the Apple 30"
cinema display showing the content of the main 8:3 display, and the side
screen at the same time. This display is context sensitive depending on
the status of the projectors. The podium height is electrically
adjustable to allow convenient use for a variety of users.
The user interface is presented in two distinct modes: Simple and Advanced. The Simple mode provides basic functionality and allows both main and side screen to display a single image. Advanced mode adds multi-layout capability for the main screen, videoconference capability, workgroup control, and deeper controls for the overall system. The entire control system interface is available through a browser interface to allow assistants to help the presenter unobtrusively.
|The mouse pad contains a switch to allow the operator to decide which of the two podium computers are currently under control of the mouse and keyboard.|
|Above and to the right of the podium, a Wolfvision VZ-C30 3-chip visualizer is supported by a light box embedded in the end of the credenza.|
|A Sony BRC-300 3-chip CCD camera is located on the wall opposite the podium and is used to feed the Tandberg MX-6000 videoconferencing system.|
|An IR based Student Response system from Hyper-Interactive Teaching Technologies is integrated into the room systems and interfaces with the Podium PC.|
|Two Laptop inputs are available at the podium position in addition to the fixed PC's located in the credenza.|
The RLC has 5 "workgroups" which consist of a 50" plasma display, a dedicated student PC with Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, audio system, and control system.
|The workgroups can be used independently for small group
work, or they can be controlled by the instructor touch screen. The
instructor has the ability to control the image displayed on the plasma,
and to route the signal from the workgroup PC up to the front of the
room onto one of the main display windows.
Two of the workgroups are fixed, in the rear of the room and three are portable.
The portable workgroups can be quickly detached from the system with a single multiple conductor cable. By plugging this cable into a matching connector inside the rear of the workgroup cabinet, the workgroup becomes a standalone unit that can function without the RLC controls.
electronic support equipment is located in the credenza below the
screen. Space constraints in the building dictated this compromise.
Signal Transport Swing Racks were used to enable rear access for all
equipment. A total of four swing racks give a total racking of 48 units.
When closed, the cabinets - built by Robert Carroll Woodworking, offer high sound transmission loss due to the heavy construction and custom acoustical seals.
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