Sharp has been laying stress on its educational business by, for example, developing the "Big Pad," an electronic blackboard equipped with touch sensors, and a tablet computer for educational purposes.
"Our group company participates in the Educational IT Solutions Expo every year," the company said. "But, this time, we exhibited Sharp's products while expanding the area of our booth about four times compared with that in the past year."
At the trade show, Sharp showcased a large electronic blackboard that is 1.5m long and 5.3m wide. Equipped with eight 60-inch displays, it is the industry's largest electronic blackboard, the company said. With the LCD displays, it can display brighter and more vivid images than a projector. In addition, the blackboard has functions to allow handwriting, play video and connect to the Internet.
Sharp demonstrated the electronic blackboard as if it was used at school. In the demonstration, a school nurse appeared on the electronic blackboard and delivered a message to students in video. Also, it is possible to display information about the ingredients used for the school lunch of the day such as producers and nutrients of vegetables.