Stockholm, Sweden -- (April 16, 2013) Pathway Innovations and Technologies, Inc. will launch the HoverCam Mini 5, the world’s smallest document camera, in Sweden this week at SETT, Scandinavia’s largest education technology conference.
SETT is an acronym for Scandinavian Educational Technology Transformation. This is the 2nd year for the conference, which attracted 4,500 teachers, ICT (Interactive Communications Technology) instructors and school administrators from 3 countries last year.
The goals for the conference are to introduce new digital technologies to the classroom to increase student achievement. According to HoverCam’s Swedish resellers, the Mini is ideal for teachers who instruct at multiple schools, because it weighs less than 250 grams. The HoverCam Mini allows instructors to scan paper documents, and also to capture images with the camera that can be shown on interactive whiteboards in class.
“Many teachers are using the HoverCam to create instructional videos,” said Anders Wik, Managing Director of Wikona AB, HoverCam’s distributor in Sweden. The HoverCam Mini 5 will be displayed at SETT by the Swedish instructional technology integrators AV Huset and ITM, which will highlight how HoverCam can be used by teachers as an instructional technology tool.
HoverCam’s products will also be showcased by two companies highlighting the HoverCam’s capability to work with OCR (optical character recognition) software, ICAP and Svensk Talteknologi. OCR software allows text from book pages scanned with the HoverCam to be converted from text to speech, which is useful for students with visual impairments. The scan quality of the HoverCam works well with OCR software, according to Mr. Wik.
“The HoverCam is user friendly,” said Mr. Wik. “The software is in Swedish and easy to install since it is embedded in the unit,” he said. He said the HoverCam products appeal to teachers in Sweden, Norway and Denmark because of the good video quality, ergonomic design and multi-functionality. “Each HoverCam is also a scanner and a video recorder,” he said, “And it’s affordable for schools.”
HoverCam products were first introduced to North America in 2010, where 100,000 HoverCam units have been installed in schools according to Craig Justice, VP Sales for Pathway Innovations, maker of The HoverCam. The company, based in San Diego, California, began exporting HoverCams to Sweden in May, 2011.