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Thursday, November 3, 2011
Luna Interactive Projection Camera - full featured, multi-function, reasonable price
I usually write about free technology and resources for teachers, but when I find a product I like, I'll write about it even if it isn't free.
I've been using a Luna Interactive Projection Camera, from Learning Resources, for the last week and really like it.
The Luna Interactive Projection Camera is three tools in one. It's listed as for K-12, but I could see Higher Ed and even corporate users using it. It is easy to set up and use and includes a easy-to-use digital projection camera, a web cam, and a photo/video camera. It has a manufacturer's suggested price of $189.99.
It took about 2 min to install the software from the included CD-ROM. You can also download the latest software from the Learning Resources site. Then, you simply connect the Luna camera to your computer via USB port and you are off and running.
It features a 3.0 MP digital image resolution (looks very nice), an adjustable gooseneck, auto focus, 8 LED lights to illuminate your target, an internal microphone for audio recording and a SEN switch jack for special needs students.
It is very easy to use. There are two buttons on the camera itself. One is to turn on the lights, and the other is to take a still photo. The software allows you to adjust other settings, and control the camera, including rotating an image, zoom in or out, and taking video.
You can use it to project live video images, take still photos and videos with audio. This is a great tool for educators, as it allows you to show things to the whole class (like objects or documents), and even record your lessons. It can also be used as a webcam.
I've been using it to project pages from a book, lab equipment while explaining a lab, writing on paper and projecting it (when my back injury acts up), and I video and audio recorded a lesson the other day and posted the video for my students to use as review. And, this was all very easy to do.
There are no batteries required and it is powered through the USB cable from your computer. It is only listed as working on a Windows PC (XP, Vista, Windows7).
It is well designed and built, easy to use, full featured, and reasonably priced.
(Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review)