Friday, 10 March 2017

Our technology and product are looking for a new home

It is publically known that EXO U is not in situation to bring Ormiboard to market (press release), and the related technology, to market.

Given that certain parties have communicated an interest in possibly acquiring the assets of EXO U Inc., the Company applied to the Court and obtained an extension of the delay to file a proposal to its creditors until April 21, 2017. This will enable all potential interested parties to clearly define their intentions.

As previously stated, Richter Advisory Group Inc. was appointed Trustee in the proceedings initiated under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. In addition, the Board of Directors of EXO U Inc. has asked the Trustee to assist them in seeking a purchaser for the assets.

The assets in question are mainly composed of:
·       A universal application for teachers and student’s needs (class, lessons, quizzes, assignments, homework). V1 completed, V2 in beta.
Video demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqgQ8T0ZHjo
More information (this blog): http://exopclab.blogspot.ca/2017/03/ormiboard-v2.html
·       Building blocks (server and client sides) including:
o  Generic containers for iOS, Android, Windows, MacOS to package web based universal app for distribution via the app stores
o  VR asset for Unity3D enabling classroom collective VR experiences
o  DB-less, communication engine ready for scalability, enabling direct communication between browsers, server and apps instances. (demo of an use case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqUt37td76Q )
o  Universal UI Layer extremely efficient on any touch or mouse based devices (several years of R&D, demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yyc0sBfQrjk
o   Mac, Windows and Android client app running Ormiboard Server (with the libraries) and enabling communication in the classroom without Internet access (offline classroom)

·       The source codes to the software and building blocks developed by the Company
·       EXO U CTO, main architect and developer for the product and the building blocks, is open to continue the development based on new goals to ensure continuity in the development.
·       All other related intellectual property such as patents and trademarks and tradenames (www.exou.com)
·       Tax loss in the approximate amount of CAD $20 million

We will be pleased to supply all interested parties with all relevant information they may require to determine their interest or perform a one-to-one demonstration to any interested party. We further refer you to our internet site under insolvency cases for further information on the Company as well as the official insolvency documentation. (http://www.richter.ca/Folder/Insolvency-Cases/E/EXO-U-Inc).

Given the short delays, all interested parties must submit their offers before 3 pm (e.s.t.) on Wednesday April 5, 2017. The offers should be sent directly to the Trustee, either by mail or by email. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Richter Advisory Group Inc.
Trustee
Gilles Robillard, CPA, CA, CIRP, LIT
1981 Mc Gill College
Suite 1200
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 0G6

For more information, you can visit:
- Our youtube channel with several technology showcases (500,000 views)
- Our main website
- Ormiboard V2 demo and information


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Ormiboard V2 covers teacher needs for BYOD classroom

Ormiboard V2 brings all the tools requested by teachers to run a classroom and drive students to success, without being unfocused by the technology.

Ormiboard is ideal for any classroom with a least a whiteboard. A classroom without a whiteboard but with devices for every student is also a good candidate. 

Here is a video presentation of the main features:


The web app demo built with this.


Classes, groups, students

  • Start a Live Class with one click - students can join with a PIN (first time) then a click.
  • Push lessons to a class, a group or a student.
  • Assign lessons to a class or a group.
  • View live student’s activity.
  • View student’s attendance, progress and results.
  • Follow mode, to replicate teacher navigation on student’s devices
  • Eyes-up, to help students to focus on the teacher when Ormiboard is not being used.


Lessons Editor

As teachers don’t have time to invest on new software, the lesson editor is focused on a minimum learning curve and a maximum efficiency.

  • Library with clipart, images, sounds, videos and articles, with capability to connect more sources.
  • Hand draw, text, shapes, images with multiple attributes.
  • Group to move or align elements
  • Animate elements
  • Add actions to elements: web link, play audio, zoom an image, go to a slide, etc.
  • Quiz and response system: any element can be flagged as a possible response and the response can be tracked by the teacher.


Here is a presentation of the editor:





Ormiboard V2 can run on almost any device equiped with a modern browser:

  • Whiteboard, TV, touch panel, projector (including WebOS and Tizen)
  • Touch table (special UI for that purpose)
  • Desktop and laptops (Chrome, Windows, Mac, Linux)
  • Tablets (iOS, Android, Windows)
  • Phones (iOS, Android)

You can test Ormiboard V1 here:
https://ormiboard.com

Ormiboard V2 BETA cam be tested here:
https://board.ormi.cloud




Monday, 13 February 2017

Perpetual Gallery - 1500 years of painting - Masterpieces in 4K for the classroom - Or how to inspire students

For more information: Perpetual Gallery

With an HD interactive panel or whiteboard, paintings looks nice. With a 4K interactive panel, students can view all the details of the artwork, including the movements of the brush on the canvas.

We built a slideshow of paintings - a classroom friendly selection of inspinring masterpieces. Definitively more inspiring than a black screen!

Two formats are available:

- The web slideshow offers a premium experience and is expected to work on any OS and browser, and supports full 4K: https://perpetual.gallery

- The video format also offers a full 4K resolution and will run on even more devices:


Twitter account for the slideshow

Friday, 25 September 2015

Experimenting virtual reality in the classroom with Oculus Rift DK2 and Classroom Browser


Context

Virtual reality for the classroom

Working on solutions for the classroom, we were curious to evaluate the educational value of virtual reality.
We had the following questions:
  • What can we learn within 5 minutes or less with VR?
  • What can we understand within 5 minutes or less with VR?
Based on the feedback from a few teachers using our educational experiences, we created several short scenarios with a focus on the relationship between the students and the teacher during the VR experiment.
Some of our educational VR experiences are available on Oculus Share: Cartoon or Dinosaurs.

Pedagogical aspects

The goal of the experiment is to evaluate if VR has a pedagogical value in the classroom.

For the experiment, the teacher and students stand up and hold a mobile device allowing them to move in the virtual world. The students can see the teacher but not the other students.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Classroom Browser: A safe and seamless, teacher driven browsing experience

This free web browser is dedicated to the classroom to enable a safe and seamless, teacher driven browsing session. For more information: Classroom Browser official site.



Sunday, 2 March 2014

How to create a custom interface for a multi-display workstation: Twitter, Google Map, and remote control



The goal of this project is to create a custom interface for a workstation connected to 6 displays, plus a touch panel from where the user can control what is displayed on the other screens.



Monday, 24 February 2014

EXO UI enables BYOD for corporate use


EXO UI enables BYOD for corporate use by providing:

  • A secure productivity and collaborative area for all the users,

  • A create once deploy to many platform for developers,

  • Management tools for the IT, whatever the device EXO UI is running.


User Experience

What people notice at first use is the responsiveness and how easy it is to interact with the apps, even if it is on a watch.


Saturday, 22 February 2014

BYOD in the classroom

BYOD in the classroom - Realistically

A teacher in a classroom with 35 students using different devices and operating systems.

When teacher support a student unable to download an app, as an IT would do, what will do the 34 other students with full access to apps and Internet on their own devices?

To solve this, EXO UI is a space each student can install on his own device, to be all-together in an area dedicated to assist the teaching and the learning processes, whatever is the curriculum, the methodology, and the technology involved.



Home pages

Students and teacher can customize their home pages and choose the apps they want from the dedicated store.