Penveu: Make Any Display Interactive
April 20, 2012

Penveu: Make Any Display Interactive

Derek Walter for

While an interactive whiteboard is one of the most popular tools in education, its cost can make it prohibitive for certain school districts or organizations.  Penveu seeks to change that.

The gadget is an oversized pen that performs as if it were connected to an interactive whiteboard. Users can mark up images on the screen with virtual ink. Or instead of being trapped behind a computer during a presentation, interact with the content.

The Penveu has additional functionality, such as the ability to act like a mouse. This further frees a presenter to walk around the room while still interacting with the content on screen.

Penveu could be an attractive option for both businesses and schools. While interactive whiteboards are all the rage in the education marketplace, they are quite expensive — ranging anywhere from $1,000 to $8,000. They also require considerable upkeep. If it works as promises, the Penveu could offer very similar functionality at a lower cost.

“The Penveu interactive display system brings affordability and flexibility to the classroom and the enterprise,” said Yoram Solomon, Ph.D., vice president and general manager of Penveu in a statement. “This delivers on Interphase´s corporate mission to innovate, simplify, and evolve, and in doing so delivers the key building blocks for interactivity and better learning in the classroom, and a collaborative atmosphere in the conference room.”

The Penveu enters a very competitive market with a high demand for interactive presentation solutions. According to FutureSource Consulting, the IWB market is expected to grow to $1.8 billion in 2012 from $1.1 billion in 2009.

The team behind Penveu demoed the product at the DEMO Spring 2012 event in Santa Clara this week.  Along with its flexibility, its advocated also praised its platform agnosticism — it could work on Mac, Windows, or other operating systems. Also, there is internal storage for saving screenshots on the device itself, which could then be transferred to another device or used on any upcoming presentations. A video on the Penveu home page demonstrates that screenshots can be obtained with a quick button press.

The Penveu is scheduled to be available in July of this year. The “education model,” which has 8 GB of storage, is to cost $499. Two other enterprise models are priced at $699 and $799. It will be available for purchase on the Penveu site as well as other retailers.

The Penveu feature set includes:

- No calibration required

- Portable — fits in a briefcase or pocket

- Compatible with any computer connected to a projector, large screen display, or TV using a VGA connector, regardless of operating system: PC, MAC, iPad, Android, or Linux

- Accurate - points, writes, and interacts with any computer, tablet, or laptop from a distance of up to 40 feet

- Has the ability to fully interact with any screen or display, including: fabric surfaces, walls, HDTVs, whiteboards, monitors, etc.

- Natural and intuitive user interface that includes a pen tip with multiple color choices, mouse+ controls, visual, audible, and tactile feedback, and pressure-controlled line width, among other features

- Screen Capture, 8GB to 32GB external storage

- No software or driver installation needed