New projector launched for classrooms

A new projector designed to be used in classrooms in India has been revealed.

The Bright Orange Box is a battery-powered device with a touchscreen that is pre-loaded with an Android operating system.

LumenEd, which is a social venture creating global dialogues between classrooms, has set up a Kickstarter crowdfunding project in a bid to get the device into production.

Prakash Paudel, chief executive of LumenEd, stated that one of the aims of the Bright Orange Box device is to allow American children to communicate with students in India.

He said: "In an increasingly interconnected world, global perspectives are becoming sorely missing from American classrooms. Far too few American students are having the deep cross-cultural experiences necessary to become compassionate, globally competent citizens."

The Bright Orange Box produces images of 500 lumens and has 8W stereo speakers, with a simple app interface allowing teachers to bring up content via USB connectivity.

Thomas Kreek, chief developer of the projector, added: "The Bright Orange Box was designed from the ground-up for the teacher and is able to bring this global dialogue to any school, even if they don't have internet or electricity. Students love having it around, and everybody wants one."

LumenEd is aiming to raise a total of $40,000 (£27,000) over a Kickstarter campaign that will be running for a month.

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