Students using CTL® 2go® PCs to power their robots
in the FIRST Robotics Competition.
Celebrating Our 6th year of Sponsoring
the FIRST Robotics Competition
Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, was recently awarded the prestigious James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award, joining previous honorees such as Bill Gates and Gordon Moore (Intel co-founder and creator of Moore’s Law). Not only has Kamen patented 500 inventions including a portable dialysis machine, an insulin pump for diabetics, a vascular stent, a motorized wheelchair that climbs stairs and a prosthetic arm for soldiers, he also founded a non-profit that awards millions of dollars in scholarships to hundreds of high school students across the globe.
And what does CTL® have to do with Dean Kamen? Since 2009, CTL® and our 2go® PC brand have proudly been sponsors of Kamen’s non-profit, FIRST (For Inspiration of Science and Technology). FIRST is an international, mentor-based program that builds science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, skills through a fun, team-building competition. Saturday, January 4 marked the kickoff to the 2014 season, where high school students across the globe design and build robots to compete against a field of competitors.
“FIRST is a real chance to be a cultural change agent that will prevent this country from sliding from its leadership position held for 200 years… [That won’t continue] unless kids get into science and tech in a meaningful way and have as much passion for that as they have for sports and entertainment,” said Kamen in a recent interview with Business Insider.
Five years ago, CTL® worked with FIRST to equip FRC teams with 2go® Classmate PCs that students used to program and remotely control their robots. Since then, we have been a resource to many teams for their 2go® PCs, and will again be supplying CTL® 2go® PC E12 netbooks for the 2014 season. In this program for high school students, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” and use their teamwork skills to design and program a robot that will perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Professional mentors volunteer their time and talents to guide each team.
This year’s challenge, titled “Aerial Assist,” will be played by two competing Alliances of three robots each on a flat 25’ x 54’ field, straddled by a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor. The objective is to score as many balls in goals as possible during a two minute and 30-second match. The more Alliances score their ball in their goals, and the more they work together to do it, the more points their Alliance receives.
Nearly 70,000 high-school students on more than 2,700 teams in 92 cities around the globe are signed up to participate in this year’s competition. Fifty eight Regional competitions in the U.S., Canada, and Israel, plus 17 District competitions, one State Championship, and one Regional Championship will culminate at the 2014 FIRST Championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri on April 23-26.
CTL® is proud to have our 2go® PC E12 powering some of the student-designed robots competing in this year’s FIRST challenge. Good luck to all the teams and watch this blog for more updates as the season progresses!
Now it’s easy to try before you buy with CTL®’s Demo Program for Educational Institutions. We’ve selected several of our top laptops and desktops for educational use and made them available for a 30-day evaluation period at no charge to you.
CTL®’s Demo Program for schools is a hassle-free way to try out laptops and/or desktops. Instead of talking about the reliability, durability and value of our educational PCs, we’d rather you see for yourself. We understand that making computer purchases for an entire institution is a big decision and we think after testing our products for 30 days, you’ll feel confident about choosing CTL® as your technology provider.
Simply contact your sales rep or call 1-800-642-3087 to arrange for your demo units today. A sales representative will bring your demo units, an informational binder and complimentary USB drive containing the product information so you can keep it on hand.
Good news for healthcare professionals – CTL® has two new 2go® PC products that can help you access records when you need them, save time typing notes and communicate on the go. Streamline your computing tasks so that you have more time to focus on your patients and provide them with the best care possible. Read more about our new 2go® Convertible Classmate PC NL4 and CTL® 2go® C22L Windows 8 Tablet.
Many medical professionals are already familiar with CTL®’s line of 2go® Convertible Classmate PCs. These handy devices have been around for several years and have been improving with each new model. The 2go® Convertible Classmate PC is a lightweight, ultra-mobile ruggedized tablet/netbook combo. The screen can lie flat to function as a tablet, or rotate up to reveal a keyboard and turn into a small laptop. Originally designed for student use in the classroom, the 2go® Convertible Classmate PCs were quickly discovered by doctors, nurses, EMT crews and other healthcare professionals who needed sturdy mobile devices.
We’ve recently introduced our latest 2go® Convertible Classmate PC – the NL4. This latest model has all the features that users loved about its predecessor, the NL3, and offers additional improvements. Popular features of the NL3 that are still available in the NL4 include:
• Timesaving handwriting recognition software converts your notes into typewritten documents
• Ruggedized design including a scratch- and water-resistant screen, spill resistant keyboard and touchpad, reinforced corners, rubberized protective case with retractable handle and built-in hard drive protection (a sensor shuts it down in case of a drop)
• Built-in video webcam helps to facilitate remote consultations.
• Internet capabilities allow x-rays, charts, or other patient information to be annotated and shared with others immediately, improving communication among caregivers.
Plus, the NL4 has several enhancements to make it more powerful and easier to use:
• Processor has been upgraded to an Intel® Celeron Processor 847 Dual Core
• Still runs Windows 7, but now has capability to run Windows 8.1
• Screen upgraded to a 10.1″ LED 5-point capacitive touch, Windows 8 certified touch solutions
• Display resolution increased to1366×768
The CTL 2go Convertible Classmate PC NL4 can be configured to best fit your needs. Healthcare workers may especially be interested in the NL4 with NTrig Duosense® Screen. This advanced touchscreen technology is popular with healthcare professionals because of it’s accuracy and fast response time:
• Touch and pen accuracy of 0.4mm, which helps reduce errors.
• Tracks both pen and multi-touch input on a single digitizer to run more efficiently.
• Differentiates between intentional and inadvertent contact, and allows the user to switch easily and seamlessly between pen and multi-touch – great for using in transit.
• Superior pen performance and reliability – eliminates accidental drops or skips and features sub-pixel touch accuracy. Helps ensure accuracy when working quickly.
• Fast response time and consistent performance for writing, drag-and-drop, scrolling and selecting – without degrading stylus input. Your tablet screen can keep up with your demands!
If you are looking for a tablet that can function alone or snap into an optional keyboard, then the new CTL® 2go® C22L Windows 8 Tablet may be just the device for you! This tablet has an 11.6’’ screen and is built to be powerful enough for your day-to-day tasks. If mobility and weight are important factors for your mobile computing, this 2-pound tablet could be what you’ve been looking for.
This tablet boasts the robust Intel 3rd Generation Celeron 1007u processor and comes with 4GB RAM and a 64GB hard drive. Intel HD 4000 graphics plus a 10-point multi-touch capacitive screen make this well suited for running the latest Windows 8.1 OS (click here to read more about how Windows 8.1 can benefit healthcare professionals). Another nifty feature is the rear kickstand that allows it to stand alone on a flat surface so you can take full advantage of the front and rear facing cameras. This makes it great for teleconferencing and remote consultations. An optional keyboard easily snaps in to turn this into a mini laptop when needed.
For more information on either of these innovative mobile solutions for healthcare workers, call your CTL® sales rep today or visit ctl.net.
Our best-selling convertible tablet, the NL4 is now able to run Windows 7 or Windows 8. This is good news for users who are not ready to upgrade their OS, but want the latest in convertible tablet technology. The NL4 has all the features that users love about its predecessor, the NL3, such as ruggedized design, built-in swiveling webcam, and 2GB upgradeable memory. But now it’s more powerful than ever with a dual core Celeron processor and 6-cell lithium ion battery that gets up to 7 hours of battery life.
If you opt for Windows 8, you’ll especially appreciate that the touch screen has been improved to a resolution of 1366 x 768 with capacitive 5-point touch. The LCD screen easily senses input from contact with a finger or the stylus/pen, making Windows 8 navigation easier. And the CTL® 2go Convertible Classmate NL4 is easy to upgrade. You can choose from a variety of hard drives, Including SSD drives and get up to 700GB of space. You can also opt to have Microsoft Office 2013 installed as well as wide range of educational software such as Classroom Manager, Microsoft Songsmith, Penzu and dozens of other popular titles. Other options and accessories include a Samsung 8X Slim DVD drive, Tripplite PowerVerter, Norton Anti-Virus and extended warranty.
What’s really nice for our customers is that the NL4 allows them to upgrade at their own pace. If you purchase it now with Windows 7, you can rest assured that you’ll have no problem down the line when you are ready to upgrade to Windows 8 or 8.1. It’s no wonder this lightweight and powerful convertible tablet is one of our best selling items on ctl.net. Call your sales rep at 800-642-3087 or visit our website or 2goPC.com today to learn more about the NL4!
Did you know CTL® offers Lenovo products that are durable enough for police, firefighters, EMT and other emergency response crews? We’re proud to be a Lenovo reseller and offer our Public Sector customers the line of ThinkPad mobile computers that are ideal for fast paced professions. CTL® understands that justice and public safety workers depend on rugged, high-performance mobile PCs that can get the job done when every second counts.
Baked, battered, blistered and blown with sand, Lenovo put their lineup of ThinkPad laptops through the gauntlet to pass a significant number of specifications for military grade computing. The ThinkPad laptops passed tests for:
- Low Pressure – Tests operation at 15,000 feet
- Humidity – Cycles 95 percent humidity through the environment
- Vibration (operational and non-operational) – Jostles and jolts the laptops to make sure they can withstand shocks
- High Temperature – Simulates high heat conditions by baking the laptop up to 140°F
- Low Temperature – Tests operation at -4°F
- Temperature Shock – Fluctuates between -4 and up to 140°F to test operation
- Dust – Blows dust for an extended amount of time
The tests confirm the durability and reliability that many customers already rely on to battle the elements.
The Lenovo ThinkPads have plenty of features that are designed to keep your ThinkPad running day in and day out. Features like an airbag-like protection system, roll cage construction, shock-mounted hard drives and spill-resistant keyboards keep them running in most environments, and other additions like an available 680-nit high-brightness display.
Not only are the Lenovo ThinkPads tough, but you can count on their security. For Public Sector workers dealing with highly sensitive medical and criminal records, it’s crucial to know your data is secure. With ThinkPads, you can rest assured with self-encrypting hard drives, fingerprint readers and secure networking. If your PC is lost or stolen, you’ll be able to track it, deactivate it and even delete data remotely.
Still wondering if these Lenovo ThinkPads can hold up during field work? Watch this Lenovo ThinkPad survive a drop test among other torture tests.
Find a wide selection of Lenovo ThinkPads on CTL’s Lenovo webstore here and call your sales rep or 1-800-642-3087 for more information.
We’re excited to be rolling out our latest 2go® PC this month – the NL4 convertible tablet! For users who are familiar with the NL3, you won’t have to give up any of the great features you loved. This latest model is still just as rugged and mobile as ever. But, now you can get even more power and run Windows 7, Windows 8 SST or Windows 8 Professional, thanks to the upgraded Celeron processor.
Another significant improvement is that the NL4’s 1366×768 resolution screen features capacitive 5-point touch. This means it can sense input from contact with a finger or the stylus/pen, making it easy to navigate using Windows 8 — and it’s more fun for kids! Although the line of 2goPC® netbooks and convertible tablets were originally designed for classroom use, adults often find these lightweight and versatile mobile devices handy for travel or fieldwork.
With features like a carrying handle, an easy to hold surface and reinforced corners for added protection, the NL4 can stand up to fieldwork by professionals such as doctors, nurses, EMT crews, law enforcement and military personnel. The scratch-resistant and shock mounted LCD screen and spill resistant keyboard and touchpad make the NL4 a practical choice for faced-paced professionals.
The CTL® 2go® Convertible Classmate NL4 is easy to upgrade. You can choose from a variety of hard drives, Including SSD drives and get up to 700GB of space. You can also opt to have Microsoft Office 2013 installed as well as wide range of educational software such as Classroom Manager, Microsoft Songsmith, Penzu and dozens of other popular titles. Other options and accessories include a Samsung 8X Slim DVD drive, Tripplite PowerVerter, Norton Anti-Virus and extended warranty.
Other specs include:
- Dual-core Intel Celeron 847 NM70 Chipset
- 2GB upgradeable memory
- Built-in Swiveling Webcam
- 6-cell lithium ion battery up to 7 hours of battery life (based on manufacturing specs and subject to change based on operating conditions.)
- One-year parts and labor warranty
For more information on the NL4, click here, or contact your CTL sales rep today!