Panasonic launches hybrid Windows 8 tablet for the education sector with cool extras
Panasonic has today unveiled a new "3E" hybrid Windows tablet for the education sector. The 10-inch tablet will be priced at $499 and will be offered to poorer school districts at more affordable pricing. What's neat about this product is what Panasonic has chosen to include when it comes to extended functionality, including an attachable magnifying lens to transform the 3E tablet into a microscope.
Accompanying the attachable lens is a temperature sensor, a 1366 x 768 LCD five-point touch display, 1.3-GHz Intel Atom AZ3740D quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, as well as either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. The 3E is powered by Windows 8.1 Pro. There's also a tethered stylus for OneNote drawing and the creation of general notes. It's a rugged unit, much like the FZ-E1.
Panasonic designed the tablet for the day-to-day operation in a classroom. The tablet itself sports not only dust and water resistance, but also the ability to withstand a 70cm drop. Intel has bundled a suite of educational software and lesson plans to facilitate student learning. Overall, it's a neat tablet to learn with. The tech company is also working with Redmond on enterprise hardware.
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Poor schools but it will still be expensive!
The best part about this device is we do not have to retrain teachers on a new platform or application and they can better weave those applications into daily or weekly lessonplans because they know how and when to use the systems/applications we already have! -Plus it should work with a smart board - you have to buy a freaking apple tv and train a teacher how to use mirroring in order to use a freaking iPad....
I'm jealous at today students.. In my day off school, it's only books
Keep it up Panasonic.