Remember back in grade school those clunky overhead projectors that teachers would scribble lessons or diagrams on? While those are quickly becoming a thing of the past, the need to be able to easily project items is still there. Most people are familiar with the idea of hooking up a projector or television to a computer but what about if you have something on your iPad? Or perhaps you’re working with a team of people and sketching out ideas for a new office layout? Enter the “document camera.”
This works very similar to an overhead projector but instead a light and a special magnifying lens, it comes equipped with a camera. This points at whatever you wish to project which also eliminates the need for that clear plastic paper and messy vis-a-vis markers.
While this new technology is fairly common place in schools, I can definitely see this taking off in business environments. You can hook it up to your conference room project (or television) to share your ideas on the fly without clicking around on a computer. This also allows you to quickly share your ideas with others in a web conference as well. Most are also compatible with Smart Boards (think hi tech white board). Do you see a Document Camera being a new addition to your conference room?