Beamer wrote on May 1, 2012, 07:59:
Why is a USB power dongle $1000?
Sounds... wrong. Sounds like one of those things you do when you know your primary customer is the government...
The USB dongle provides both power and allows the board to function as an interactive product. You have a projected image of the desktop on one of these boards and you basically operate your computer from the board along with many other things. By cutting the cable, there is no power and no way to use the board, it just becomes an expensive whiteboard. You could likely just patch the cable but it wasn't our responsibility from that point on and the warranty no longer applied to their products for future free support.
As for the projectors, they're mounted, in most cases, from a boon attached to the top of the board but there are also cases where teachers would just put them on carts.
The design flaw with the projector, eh, it could go either way as the air vents were fairly wide but I can think of at least 15 other third party models which we didn't handle that had the same intake dimensions. On the other hand, it wasn't our responsibility to watch their kids.
Again, giving kids all this tech equipment is a fruitless venture if the staff are not willing to be responsible with it. Some schools dump a huge amount of their grants in to things like this only to have it pissed away...This comment was edited on May 1, 2012, 16:53.