CYBERNETYX Interaktiv is a privately held, fast growing technology corporation with its key innovation, research and development operations in Stadthagen, Germany and global offices in Victoria, Australia and National Capital Region (NCR) of New Delhi, India. In conversation with Aroon Saxena, VP-Sales and Marketing, Pragya Gupta finds out more about their innovative products and solutions
What is EyeRIS Interactive Solution and what does EyeRIS stand for?
Cybernetyx develops and markets one of the most advanced multi-touch interactive products in the world. EyeRIS stands for Eye-like Rapid Imaging System and EyeRIS is a superior multi-touch gesture based Interactive Whiteboard solution for converting a boring classroom into an active digital learning environment.
What are the benefits of your Interactive solution to the schools and higher education?
The most important thing for a teacher is the ease of use and user friendly tools. This is where Cybernetyx solutions stands tall as compared to other competitive solutions. The key focus while developing our products has always been on the user experience and the objective remains ‘to make life easier for the educator in the classroom.’ Infact, with our ‘Profiling’ feature, now teachers who carry their laptop to the classroom don’t have to do the calibration time and again in every classroom they enter. Expecting the teachers and professors to do the whole calibration activity on their own in every classroom is too much of a load and this of course reduces the usage of IWB in classrooms. Our ‘Profiling’ feature is first of its kind in the industry and we expect industry to follow us on such unique features.
How will EyeRIS improve the achievement and learning in school students?
With multi-touch and NUI (Natural User Interface), the attention span of students increases since today’s children are aware of the latest technology trends like iPhones and iPads. With our solutions, we have brought the same user friendly tools from the reach of an individual to the classroom for a larger audience. EyeRIS is a Multi-touch and Multi-user Interactive Whiteboard system unlike other Interactive Whiteboards, where only 1 or 2 people can interact with data on the Board. EyeRIS supports up to 255 simultaneous touch points.
What are the distinctive benefits to schools and colleges?
EyeRIS works on the principle of Teamwork, Collaboration and Competitiveness. With Multi -touch and Multi-user capability, now the user experience increases enormously and with multiple students interacting simultaneously on the same board. The feeling of Teamwork and Competitiveness gains the momentum & the whole classroom experience is more engaging. These things are really missing in today’s classroom since most of the solutions available only promote Single user environment.
What is unique about the technology behind Cybernetyx Products?
EyeRIS works on 3D Stereoscopic optical technology. Cybernetyx’s Visual Touch is the world’s most advanced technology across Interactive Whiteboard Industry, which enables EyeRIS to convert a projection on any surface (wall, projection screen etc.) or any output device with a VGA input (LCD, Plasma, Monitors etc.) into Touch-enabled Interactive surface.
How can teachers use IntelliSpace software which comes with EyeRIS to personalise learning for students?
IntelliSpace has tools which help teachers in creating their own content for circulating it with students and even for later reference and gets stored in the Resource library directly. So, customised self developed content is created in the most effective manner by IntelliSpace software. Students can refer to the lessons later, either in Audio/video or PDF/Picture format as per the choice. Apart from this, multiple lesson plans can be created for which several tools are provided in the software.
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What is the proposed growth in the Indian market for Cybernetyx?
Cybernetyx is growing at a three digit growth rate in the Indian subcontinent. We have close to 3,000+ classrooms deployment in 2011 and we intend to increase this to around 5,000+ classrooms in this financial year. EyeRIS solution in conjunction with NEC Projectors build an amazing Interactive Projector Solution. Infact, this Interactive Projector Solution got the Award for “One of the Most Innovative Products” at the recently concluded Bhubaneswar IT Expo in December 2011.
What is your outlook on the future of education based on interactive learning based digital classroom?
Well, the future demands all of us to move towards technology based lifestyle and learning, not just in the classrooms but also in our personal life as well. The understanding of the concepts and the subjects is much deeper with visual and practical learning from the Interactive Whiteboard and Visualiser combination. For example, a topic relating to the brain can be best explained with a 360 degree view point if the diagram from the text-book is shown using a Visualizer, with content (in video and picture format) taken from the cloud access and some relevant definition/data shown with our inbuilt Browser inside the IntelliSpace teaching software. Never before has this kind of learning been possible in a classroom scenario and the students going through with such understanding of subjects will grow as a much better and intelligent individual.
What are the other existing and upcoming solutions from Cybernetyx for Indian market?
We have recently launched our EyeSIGHT solution, which is an intelligent Visualizer and it is integrated within IntelliSpace, our IWB teaching software. The next solution in line is the IntelliDesk, which is table-top computing solution for classrooms.