D2L Brings Brightspace LMS to All of K-12

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

T.H.E. Journal reports that our client D2L is releasing a major upgrade for its learning management system that is intended to span all of K-12. “Brightspace for K-12,” will stretch into the elementary grades. Enhanced features will allow young learners to capture evidence of their school activities and simplify the process of teachers communicating with families. According to one educator at a school system that has been testing the software, the new functionality is “going to open up lines of communication” with parents.

“We’ve made a lot of improvements for teachers to communicate what is happening with children, so parents or guardians can effectively be a ‘fly on the wall’ in their child’s classroom,” Ken Chapman, vice president of market research at D2L, told T.H.E. Journal. “Parents want to feel they’re aware of everything that’s happening.”

The release will also sport D2L’s new “Daylight” interface, which will display content resized appropriately on any type of smart device, whether PC, mobile phone or tablet. This feature allows students who lack large-screen devices or WiFi at home also to be able to access their learning content in a usable manner.

To learn more about all the Brightspace upgrade, click here to read the full story.

D2L Fosters Parent-Teacher Engagement

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

 

The relationship between parents and teachers is an important factor in student success. Since face-to-face communication is often not possible, Education World recently did a roundup of the many applications and web technologies that can help foster engagement between parents and teachers. Among the options, learning management systems like our client D2L.

Education World explains that many schools and districts use learning management systems to organize their teacher/student/parent needs. They often have features like parent portals that allow parents to log in to view grades, assignments, and other information the teacher provides about their student. Plus, they usually allow for commenting and direct messaging to the teacher.

D2L’s Brightspace for K-12 students was named as an “innovative platform” in the article because it fosters parent involvement even at the kindergarten level. Education World noted the feature that allows a student’s work to be displayed on the portal explaining, “Kids get excited about having their work featured on the platform, which lets their parents stay in the loop.”

Kopin Reveals “Smallest VR Headset”

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

Road To VR reports that our client Kopin has partnered with GoerTek on a revolutionary new reference VR headset design. The aptly named ‘Elf VR’ headset is the smallest of its kind, integrating the Kopin’s ‘Lightning’ OLED micro display panels sporting a substantial 2k x 2k resolution.

Lighter virtual reality headsets with higher resolution displays are one of the most highly desired advances in virtual reality headsets. Road To VR reporter Paul James said, “Recently we reported on Samsung’s prototype OLED panels sporting a PPI (pixels per inch) figure of 858, nearly twice that of the current generation HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets. Now, micro display specialist Kopin have unveiled a new reference design headset with displays that top even that.”

Each of the “Lightning” OLED micro display panels feature a 2048 x 2048 resolution, providing “binocular 4K image resolution at a 120Hz refresh rate”. Each diminutive display represents what James calls an “impressive 2940 pixels per inch” – five times the number on existing Samsung panels in the Vive and Rift.

To learn more about Kopin’s game-changing technology, read the full story from Road To VR.

Kopin Display Targets Premium VR

In Client News, Uncategorized by Ethan Rasiel

“Augmented reality is still an emerging market, but it felt like one on the verge of arriving with the increasing quantity and quality of exhibitors and attendees at the Augmented World Expo,” wrote the EE Times in a comprehensive recap of the annual event, which hosts both industry giants and basement startups.

The article highlighted 18 new and emerging products in AR and VR to watch for. Among those, our client Kopin’s reference kit for relatively small, light, and high-res VR headsets based on two of its Lightning microdisplays.

EE Times reports that the 2K x 2K pixel displays sport a 120-Hz refresh rate, enabling headsets that are 50% smaller, 33% faster, and pack six times the resolution of today’s VR gear.

To learn more about Kopin’s technology and other innovations from AWE 2017, read the full story in EE Times.

 

AWE USA 2017 Press Conference

In Client News, Lightspeed PR by Ethan Rasiel

Did you miss AWE 2017 – the largest conference for AR+VR in Santa Clara, California May 31- June 2, 2017? Not to worry! Check out this YouTube video of the entire press conference, which includes all the highlights from the show.

The press conference was emceed by Lightspeed’s CEO and Co-Founder Ethan Rasiel. Listen closely for major announcements from big names like Sony, Epson and Meta as well as the hottest startups in AR and VR!

D2L: How To Build The Best Learning Platform

In Client News, Uncategorized by Ethan Rasiel

Kenneth Chapman, the VP of Market Strategy for our client D2L, recently authored a column in EdTech Digest about how D2L has built the best K-12 learning platform.

Chapman says D2L is constantly striving to stay on top of the needs of teachers and their goals in educating students. To do that, D2L talks with teachers for inspiration and guidance. Here are a couple of the key takeaways Chapman shared in his column:

  • Teachers love teaching. They love creating that spark and motivation in their students.
  • Teachers are incredibly resourceful. They find what they need, whether it’s tools, content, or technology, and plenty of it.

In his column, Chapman shared other takeaways and discussed the challenges – and solutions- to removing barriers in technology. Many teachers just don’t have the training, time or tools to deliver the best learning experience for all students.

“It’s our job in edtech to work to remove barriers to technology for everyone, from students to teachers to parents to administrators,” explains Chapman. “That means enabling all of the amazing teachers we’ve talked to, and all of their counterparts all across the technology spectrum, to use the best tools and techniques out there to be the very best educators possible.”

Learn more by reading Chapman’s full EdTech Digest column.

D2L Talks Intellectual Property On Bloomberg

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

Our client D2L’s Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Jeremy Auger recently sat down with Bloomberg TV Canada’s Amanda Lang. Auger told Lang that his education technology firm credits much of its market-leading position to the power of its intellectual property.

Lang and Auger discussed how crucial intellectual property protection is to a company’s success. The average S&P 500 firm has roughly 87 percent of its market value tied to intangible assets such as IP, according to merchant bank Ocean TOMO.

Watch the full segment above or click here to view in on Bloomberg TV Canada.

Top Trends From AWE 2017

In Client News, Lightspeed PR by Ethan Rasiel

We just got back from The Augmented World Expo (AWE), the largest and longest running conference and expo dedicated to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). With a record-breaking 212 exhibitors, 350 speakers, 300 journalists, 5,000 attendees and a mind-blowing 100,000-square-foot space, this was the biggest event in AWE’s 8-year history.

Announcements at AWE included innovations in entertainment, gaming and cinema, smart wearables, sensing toys, robotics and consumer electronics, cloud, enterprise and business technologies, human-computer interaction solutions, automotive, and high-performance APIs.

There were so many gadgets to play with and couldn’t believe how much bigger AWE was this year than last year. The explosion of groundbreaking AR and VR technologies is a sign that it’s becoming more mainstream.

Here are some of our favorite takeaways from AWE 2017:

1) Kopin’s Latest Innovations

For AR and VR to truly become mainstream, display technology must be good enough to blend into the real world. Our client Kopin is pushing the boundaries in improving the resolution of head-mounted displays and showed off its latest innovations in its Elf VR headset, which features two 2,048 x 2,048-resolution panels operating at a refresh rate of 120Hz. Not only was the visual fidelity well beyond current headsets, but everyone marveled over how small the headset is — much smaller than the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

2) Re’Flekt Enterprise Applications

Re’Flekt unveiled the first platform to support simultaneous direct publication and model-based tracking for the Microsoft Hololens. REFLEKT ONE enables any enterprise to create AR and MR scenarios for maintenance, operations and training on their own in a more affordable and scalable way.

3) Resonai Unveils Itself

At their booth, Resonai demonstrated Resonai Search, a shape-based search engine for VR/AR content. Resonai also unveiled their technology called Resonai Dollhouse, which scans a space and turns it into a VR environment that you can interact with in just seconds. The environment can be changed or manipulated in virtual reality. Prior to AWE, Resonai had been in total stealth mode.

To catch-up on all of the trends and news from AWE 2017, follow the expo @ARealityEvent or #AWE2017.

VR Headsets Shrinking In Size

In Client News, Lightspeed PR by Ethan Rasiel

Sunglass-sized virtual reality goggles are closer than we think, according to the latest story in Engadget.

Virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are bulky, front-heavy devices. Fortunately, our client Kopin revealed a new, 4K reference design VR headset at Augmented World Expo 2017 (AWE) that’s half the size of today’s consumer goggles.

Kopin’s prototype is at least a third smaller Google’s Cardboard viewer. How can they do that? It’s built around two tiny, low-power high resolution displays that measure just 1-inch diagonally. Engadget’s Sean Buckley said, “I only wore the rig for a few minutes, but during that time the compact, lightweight headset felt comfortable”.

To learn more about Kopin’s new technology, read the full story from Engadget.

Kopin Is Making AR Gear You Might Actually Wear

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

In the future, our client Kopin tech might help you ditch your smartphone for an AR-enhanced life.

PC Magazine reports that Kopin unveiled its latest innovations, including a new 2,000-by-2,000 OLED VR headset reference design, at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara this week.

The wearables maker is partnering with companies including Google, Raytheon, and Intel. It’s also the largest US manufacturer of microdisplays for the US military.

In addition to these projects, Kopin has spun out a new brand called Solos, which produces AR cycling glasses. PC Magazine tested out a pair and called it “a remarkable experience”.

To learn more about the latest innovations that Kopin unveiled at AWE, read the full story from PC Magazine.