ViewSonic* Displays for the Smart Classroom

Published: 12/18/2019  

Last Updated: 12/18/2019

Summary

ViewSonic* is working with Intel to implement AI and deep learning solutions as part of the myViewBoard* software ecosystem. Geared specifically for educators, myViewBoard is integrating with the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit to add facial-expression recognition and mood indexing to better respond to learners’ needs based on non-verbal cues. This new innovation means that educators will be able to better collect feedback and adjust to learners’ needs both individually and as a group.

Challenges

As technology evolves, education evolves with it. While the education sector may not be able to always keep pace with the most recent advances, the purpose of education is to prepare learners of all ages for the future. It is essential that the smart classroom leverage the latest technologies to meet modern students’ needs.

Educators face a number of challenges that can be addressed through the correct application of EdTech:

  • Creating engaging learning materials
  • Presenting lessons in a way that grabs and holds learners’ attention
  • Encouraging learners’ participation in lessons
  • Improving retention, understanding, and functional knowledge
  • Managing learning environments for optimal performance
  • Responding to learners’ needs on an individual level

The correct implementation of technology is a challenge unto itself, however. Learning is still a very human process, so even technological solutions need a personal touch. Ideally, technology should engage with its users on a personal level - even an emotional level. And continuing advances in artificial intelligence, deep learning, and educational technology is on the verge of providing a very technical solution to very human challenges.

Solutions

ViewSonic is rising to the challenges faced by modern educators and developing a seamlessly integrated hardware and software solution with the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit , giving ViewSonic’s technological solutions a unique human touch.

The Hardware Solution: ViewBoard*

ViewSonic’s front-of-class interactive display ViewBoard* provides teachers and students with an advanced multi-touch interactive whiteboard that can integrate with existing technology or provide a stand-alone solution.

Educators can engage with learners with media-rich content on crystal-clear displays that work in any environment. The VESA-compatible design allows the ViewBoard to be installed on either a wall mount or portable trolley. The ViewBoard has an Android* 7.0 operating system built-in, however with the powered slot-in PC option from Intel, the device becomes a much more powerful an all-in-one teaching and engaging platform.

Features at a Glance:

  • Ultra-fine touch technology with enhanced latency reduction
  • 20-point touch with hand or stylus inputs
  • Dual-tip pen support
  • Immersive stereo via 10W stereo speakers and 15W subwoofer
  • ViewBoard Cast content sharing software
  • Smartport USB* for continuous access to front-facing USB ports
  • 4K Ultra HD models
  • Built-in Android 7.0 operating system
  • ENERGY STAR* certification
  • Dedicated camera port
  • Multiple HDMI* and USB ports

For more information on usecases for the ViewBoard digital whiteboard, please click here

The Software Solution: myViewBoard*

myViewBoard by ViewSonic is an agnostic software ecosystem that allows educators to prepare engaging learning materials, present lessons with embedded media and annotation, and facilitate learner participation on practically any device. Learn more about myViewBoard at: myviewboard.com

Benefits to Educators and Learners:

  • Prepare lessons ahead of time and save to your preferred cloud storage service.
  • Drag and drop media into learning materials even during presentation.
  • Throw and cast media to and from any connected device.
  • Annotate or alter lessons and media live on the super-smooth touch interface.
  • Record and save lessons to existing cloud storage for easy sharing and review.
  • Recognize and adapt to students’ emotional states with the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit integration

The Human Solution: Emotion Recognition Using the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ Toolkit

Integration between the myViewBoard ecosystem and the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit results in a unique, real-time feedback system. The comprehensive toolkit makes it possible for myViewBoard to assess and display the emotional states of learners as immediate feedback for educators.

Privacy is maintained on all data transmitted to the cloud for analysis thanks to anonymous encryption. Mood recognition happen without ever being linked to a person’s identity, eliminating one of the major barriers to widespread adoption.

Based on Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit allows applications and solutions to emulate human vision at both the sensory and processing levels. Specifically, the toolkit supports facial-expression recognition and deep learning functions that make it possible for the software to recognize and index the mood of faces in its line of sight.

This new level of technological engagement means that teachers can better gauge the mood, interest, and understanding of their students at a glance. Fewer students will be left confused, frustrated, or bored as educators respond to their live, non-verbal communications.

About the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit as a Solution

Partnering with Intel, ViewSonic is incorporating deep-learning and inferencing capabilities of the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit in myViewBoard application and deploy a solution on ‎Intel® Core™ processor based systems to improve performance and maintain accuracy.

In this solution, the WPF C# application imports the C++ OpenVINO dll for the inference. The C# application sends the raw data of the frames to C++ OpenVINO dll and then it infers the frames and sends the results of the facial-expression and emotion detection back to the C# application. The application is executed on different devices’ CPU and GPU for better performance results.

Solution Components

  • Intel® Core™ i7 processor
    • Gives the compute power required for doing AI at the Edge, to run powerful Video Analytics algorithms, based on Deep Learning in real-time.
  • Windows® 10 Pro
  • Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit
    • Enables Deep Learning on the Edge
  • Topology/Algorithm → Intel® Pre-trained Models
    • face-detection-retail model
    • emotions-recognition-retail model

About ViewSonic*

Founded in California, ViewSonic is a leading global provider of visual solutions with a presence in over 100 cities around the world. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic is committed to providing comprehensive hardware and software solutions that include monitors, projectors, digital signage, ViewBoard interactive displays, and myViewBoard software ecosystem. With over 30 years of expertise in visual displays, ViewSonic has established a strong position for delivering innovative and reliable solutions for education, enterprise, consumer, and professional markets and helping customers “See the Difference”. To find out more about ViewSonic, please visit at www.viewsonic.com.

Product and Performance Information

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