Panasonic is leveraging a reference design from chip giant Intel to launch a tablet aimed at K-12 students.
Intel has aggressively been pursuing the education market for mobile devices working with a variety of customers.
The 10-inch Window 8 Panasonic 3E tablet, announced as part of a collaboration with Intel and Microsoft, comes with a detachable keyboard to give users more of a laptop experience when needed. It’s the first tablet to offer Intel’s 2 in 1 reference design for K-12 students.
In addition to a comprehensive bundle of apps designed for K-12, the “semi-rugged” Panasonic 3E ships with a thermometer probe, on-board cameras and an add-on lens that turn science and mathematics into hands-on, highly engaging, STEM-centered learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Panasonic says the 3E device is a core element of its collaborative classroom initiative, which connects school products such as wireless projectors, interactive displays, enhanced classroom audio and security hardware.
To address personnel challenges, Panasonic is also announcing complementary services including a suite of IT consulting services to augment IT administrator teams, as well as professional development programs designed to ensure teachers are able to maximize schools’ technology investments and stay current with emerging technology trends.
Intel also announced that two companies, CTL and M&A Technology plan to ship Chromebook portables based on Intel’s education reference design.