SOURCE: Luidia

Luidia

March 19, 2012 08:00 ET

Luidia Previews eBeam Connect

New Beta Program, eBeamLabs.com, Gives Public Early Access to New Products

SAN CARLOS, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 19, 2012) - Luidia, Inc., creator of interactive eBeam® technology, today announced public beta availability of eBeam Connect, a new web-based software that allows teachers and students to interact from web-enabled devices, like iPads and other tablets. eBeam Connect and other upcoming products kick off the company's new beta program, eBeamLabs.com. The program's mission is to give teachers and students early access to new and unreleased products so that they can provide direct feedback to Luidia's product development team.

eBeam Connect: Browser-to-Browser and Browser-to-Whiteboard Collaboration

Available to everyone, without the need for special hardware or software, eBeam Connect provides a browser-to-browser experience, where any number of teachers and students can start or join interactive sessions to create, capture, and share content in real time. On mobile devices like iPads and Android or Windows tablets, teachers and students can utilize touch technology or a stylus to share notes and diagrams, brainstorm, and more. For example, a teacher can assign a math problem set to students, who may be working on iPads or tablet computers individually or in teams. Through eBeam Connect, the teacher can use his or her own computer to view each student's progress in real-time by clicking through each of the user pages. In a "flipped" classroom model, eBeam Connect facilitates in-class and after-class work group sessions, allowing students, teachers, parents, and tutors to collaborate in real time from different locations or individually review notes later.

To provide a browser-to-whiteboard experience, eBeam Connect can also integrate with Luidia's hardware products (eBeam Edge or eBeam Engage), so teachers and students are not limited by traditional communications and can take advantage of new opportunities for mobile learning and collaboration. For example, instead of copying what the teacher is putting up on the physical interactive whiteboard, students can use eBeam Connect to see and manipulate the data directly on their mobile devices or desktop computers, as well as save their work. Additionally, remote students can tap into the classroom for long-distance learning and collaboration over the Cloud.

Users can access the eBeam Connect beta immediately at eBeamLabs.com.

SnapCam: Fast Image Capture for eBeam Connect

SnapCam is a new application for Apple iOS mobile devices that makes it possible to send photos taken or saved to an iPod Touch or iPhone directly to eBeam Connect. Instead of time-consuming processes like e-mail, teachers and students can quickly snap photos of an activity -- for example, a science class dissection -- and then instantly post the image via eBeam Connect for everyone to view and collaborate on, whether in or outside the classroom.

SnapCam is available immediately at eBeamLabs.com and in Apple's AppStore.

"Until recently, a classroom generally had just one computing device, which was usually a single desktop computer for the teacher," said Jody Forehand, VP of Product Planning, Luidia. "As the use of Internet-enabled mobile devices skyrockets, and as teachers and parents recognize the importance of technology for increasing student engagement in this generation of 'digital natives,' we're seeing an explosion of devices in the classroom, including laptops, iPads, and a variety of other Windows and Android tablets. eBeam Connect allows users of all these devices to collaborate in the same virtual space, whether they are in the same physical classroom or connecting from home or the field."

To learn more, please visit www.luidia.com or follow us on Twitter @eBeam.

Luidia Inc. is the creator of interactive eBeam® technology that helps the world capture and share content. The company's products are utilized by organizations of all sizes, with hundreds of thousands of users across multiple industries and geographies. Luidia also partners with industry leaders, such as Chief, HP, NEC and Sony, that apply eBeam® technology in their latest products. For more information on Luidia, please visit Luidia (www.luidia.com) or on Twitter and Facebook.