Sharp's 60-inch PN-L601B Blackboard, announced today in Japan, ditches the SMART Board's projector in lieu of a 1920×1080 LED-backlit LCD display. It's almost awesome enough to make me want to draw sentence diagrams for Catcher In the Rye.
Teaching once seemed like a potentially noble, probably miserable future profession, before the allure of the high-tech blog world drew me in. But Sharp's new LCD Blackboard, a step beyond the SMART Boards of yesteryear, soups up the classroom enough to make me feel a faint yearning to instruct.
The PN-L601B, which will go on sale in Japan at the end of the month for $US11,700, lets educators or businesspeople or whoever else write on top of scanned images with highly accurate handwriting recognition. All of the work done on the display, which can be erased at any time, is recorded on a PC via USB, so your classroom's painstaking diagramming and doodling will be preserved for posterity. [Crunchgear]