It would be nice to use that TV or projection screen one already owns to make interactive presentations without running out to spend money on a whiteboard.
GoTouch is a small, portable device that instantly turns any TV or projector into an interactive whiteboard using an infrared tracking pointer. The device connects to smartphones, tablets or PCs via Bluetooth. If using an iPhone or iPad, it can be connected wirelessly using Apple TV’s AirPlay, or via a Lightning to HDMI cable. If using an Android device, GoTouch can be connected via a Micro-USB to HDMI cable or by using Chromecast or similar screencasting devices.
PC connections can be done via HDMI, VGA or DVI cable, depending on the user’s graphics card and inputs on the TV. GoTouch is Internet-connected, so business colleagues and a teacher’s students can all join in, using their phones or tablets, no matter where in the world they are.
GoTouch ships in the U.S. in February at future pricing of about $106. But Kickstarter backers have been able to order one for a pledge starting at $69 for early birds. Its makers are out to raise $30,000 by Oct. 27.
There have been similar devices that do much the same thing, including Touchjet Wave, although that earlier device was targeted mainly at Android users. One potential negative about GoTouch for some consumers is that it can’t be connected to a standard whiteboard. Because GoTouch must “see” the accompanying infrared pen and screen to work properly, GoTouch works best if placed at a 45-degree angle to the screen, so the user doesn’t inadvertently step in front of the camera and block the view.