MobiGo’s are the presentation devices that you’ll find in most seminar rooms. They are basically a PC (windows XP corporate desktop) several types of media player equipment connected to a large screen projector which can either be dumb presentation devices or in some cases interactive whiteboards. They also have the facility to connect laptop and switch the presentation to echo out the laptop screen.
There are a few issues with the current setup that adversely affect the users, both students and staff.
- Slow to boot requires an account to log in.
- Out of date OS, the thin client option that has been rolled out to the University is not suitable for this kind of use as there are issues with media streaming and attaching / reading from DVD devices.
- The Mobigo is tethered to the wall by it’s comms cables this limits the delivery styles available to presenters.
The objective is to investigate and suggest possible alternate approaches and technologies that would address the current issues and fit better with the way people work today. You should not assume ANY limitations, other than the requirements stated.
The requirements of an alternative to the MobiGo are:-
- Rapid start and up login.
- Authenticated access to all university provided software
- Authenticated access to university provided storage, network shares etc
- Authenticated or trusted Internet access
- Play out and access to portable meida eg DVD, USB drives etc