ICT Direct, who sell refurbished business-standard computers to schools at a fraction of their original cost, will be demonstrating an innovative and exciting project on its stand at the BETT Show, called “Project Touch”.
“Project Touch” is a multi-touch table that ICT Direct are developing in-house using all their own equipment. At its most basic, it is a PC projected onto a screen within a table, which is then operated by touch. It is very much like an oversized tablet.
ICT Direct will demonstrate how their refurbished PCs are powerful and robust enough to run this complex system, which will be running on the new Windows 8 operating system. People visiting the stand at the BETT show will be able to have full hands-on experience of this equipment, looking at imagery, videos and many other things.
The team on the stand will explain how “Project Touch” was built and more importantly encourage Design Technology departments in schools to undertake this innovative and very interesting project for themselves, by providing detailed instructions on the building of it, a full parts list and video demonstrations.
John Graham, Director at ICT Direct commented, “Teachers will be able to see just how simple it really is to build one of these systems. We believe by using all our own equipment we will be able to build this system for less than £400. Compared to other similar systems on the market which retail at around £6,000, this really is a remarkable achievement.”
ICT Direct will also reveal the challenges they faced in researching, designing and building “Project Touch”. Details on the applications which can be used on “Project Touch” will also be given during the show. In the lead up to the BETT show, ICT Direct will be posting tweets at @ict_direct and sending out tasters of what to expect via their own website and newsletters as well as through the Edugeek.net forums.
John concluded, “We are determined to build some real momentum as we get closer to the show, so visitors are keen to become a part of this stimulating project. We think it will be a great way for schools to engage with their pupils and motivate them to become involved in building something that holds real interest for their pupils as well as has a real benefit for the school.”
For further details about ICT Direct or “Project Touch” please visit the website at www.ict-direct.co.uk or call 01254 820980. Make sure you visit ICT Direct on Stand C324 at the BETT Show, from 30th January – 2nd February 2013 at Excel, London.
This article has been sponsored by ICT Direct.