The Shipping Department (Gregg) has a little product review for you!
We recently got the Belkin Portable Stage to try out for all the teaching we do. It is a versatile but simple stand that holds your tablet in position while you use it as an interactive presentation tool. It might be something to consider if you must have the latest high tech for your guild meetings. The Belkin Portable Stage is very well made and sturdy.
- It has a solid base with two solid metal arms supporting the tablet tray.
- The arms lock in position and have a button release to close.
- The tablet tray is large enough for the large tablets and has non-slip coating on the top surface and the folding ledge to securely support your tablet.
- It stands almost 10 inches tall. We found it works best from table top if you are standing.
- The unit folds flat into a small portable carry-along package about the size of a few layer cakes. It is much heavier than two or three layer cakes, but if it was any lighter it wouldn't be nearly as sturdy.
We think the stage might be good for guild presentations if you use your iPad and want to project your meeting slides to a screen via your projector. You will need to make sure you have a way to transmit your presentation material to the projector (usually via a wifi EZcast or similar device which will accept the mirrored output from your tablet to the HDMI input on the projector).
This is a job for the tech savvy member of the guild. You may be able to direct wire it on some tablets but but not ours. Also, if you are doing a close-up demo such as a stitching technique, you can position the camera on your tablet to view through the tray to your work and then project it up to the screen for all to see. The tray is adjustable so you can position it just right to see your work.
The Belkin Stage Whiteboard and Camera app is available for android and ipad and it works well with the Stage. It has chalkboard and camera features that you can use with your presentation to highlight items.
Overall, at $99 it is a bit pricey for a guild. It is heavy duty and definetly could withstand the trip back and forth to meetings. If you are the super organized guild president or teacher and have everything on your tablet it may be the setup for you. However the neatest thing we see about it is the ability to do the close-up demos.
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