Category : Partner announcements

ThingLink and YetiTablet Announce Collaboration Bringing Multisensory Learning Experiences to Giant Touch Screens

The partnership  focuses on solutions that help patients, elders and students with learning disabilities navigate everyday challenges at home, school, or residential care facility.

Greetings from Dare to Learn Festival, Helsinki! We are happy to share that ThingLink and Kuori, the Finnish manufacturer of giant YetiTablet touch screens, have agreed on a partnership. Our goals is to deliver a new plug-and-play solution to hospitals and medical centers, residential care facilities, and special education classrooms for easily creating and displaying interactive, multisensory content on a large touch screen.

YetiTablet is a large-scale tablet built on an open Android OS. This means it works like a smartphone, and does not require additional software installations or learning a new operating system. Similarly, creating interactive images with ThingLink does not require previous technical knowledge, and is suitable for content creators of any age.

At the core of the collaboration is bringing interactive multimedia experiences to large touch screens.

Example 1: Navigating in the everyday environment

Interactive experiences on large touch screens can help understand the everyday home or learning environment; where things are, what are they called, and what should one do. For example, an interactive image from inside of a fridge can help an autistic person or a patient with a memory disorder to process information and build a sensible path for action. It can also contain notes, audio clues, or videos from caregivers and teachers.

Example 2: Supporting virtual mobility

Virtual tours on large touch screens give patients with restricted physical mobility an opportunity to access the world virtually. Unlike with VR headsets, with large touch screens patients can move and touch interactive images together, discover sounds, narration, or additional photos. This way, virtual tours in rest homes, hospital lounges or waiting rooms can become a stimulating social experience.

 

For more information and contacts, visit YetiTablet.

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ThingLink + Nearpod: New Virtual Reality Experiences for English Learners

We are excited to share that ThingLink and Nearpod have partnered to bring new experiences to language learning! Nearpod’s new lessons “Virtual Reality for English Learners” uses ThingLink’s technology to take students on interactive virtual tours to familiar environments in the community that engage and motivate students to learn. Nearpod’s goal is to “provide the most realistic medium in which language learning becomes meaningful and responsive”.

For example, the “At the Ice Cream Shop” lesson takes students to Lulu’s Ice Cream Shop in Florida. Students can explore the shop from both the customer’s and the shopkeeper’s perspective, and learn the key vocabulary to describe things they see.  Icons created with ThingLink’s 360 photo editor indicate a point of interest that contains a closeup image, a written word, and audio feedback.

The lesson includes opportunities for students to get to know other cultures by exploring ice cream from around the world and share their own knowledge through a combination of formative assessments. Students also get to hear from Luisa, the owner of the ice cream shop and an English Learner herself. “Every lesson includes a story from an English Learner. We want students to see themselves in these success stories and know that the hard work they’re putting in is worth it!”  shares Mari Lasnetski, Director for Nearpod EL.

To celebrate the partnership, ThingLink users can get a 15% discount on Nearpod’s Gold licenses using the promo code NP-THINGLINK. Similarly, Nearpod users can use the code VR4EL to get 15% off ThingLink’s Teacher Premium account!

Download the a free example lesson.

More information about Nearpod EL solution.

Create your own virtual language tours with ThingLink Teacher Premium.

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ThingLink Expands to Building Future Schools with Finnish Education Experts

ThingLink has just announced a new service for educational institutions and governments on international markets.  Leaning on the Finnish education system and school culture, the new service focuses on holistic curriculum and school planning utilizing immersive learning technologies.

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New Deals on ThingLink & Ricoh Theta


We are happy to share that ThingLink users can now purchase Ricoh Theta cameras with a partner discount code that gives 15% off any new purchase on the Ricoh US website. This means $30 off on the Ricoh Theta SC, and $60 off on the new Ricoh Theta V.  

Individual teachers and schools can use ThingLink and Ricoh Theta 360 camera to:

  • Take 360 images with students during field trips
  • Upload 360 images from computer hard drive or tablet directly to ThingLink editor
  • Easily add notes, audio, closeup photos or videos to 360 images
  • Copy and edit thousands of 360 presentations and tours created by other teachers
  • Embed interactive 360 images on any website
  • Directly record narration to 360 images on iPads

Planning for the new school year? ThingLink’s new starter account for schools ($500) lets teachers try 360 photo editing at $1/user. Sign up your school today and get started with immersive storytelling on thinglink.com/edu!

 

 

 

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ThingLink joins Active Learning Alliance to develop future learning environments

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Active Learning Alliance is a group of companies aiming to develop new kinds of holistic learning solutions for educational institutions in change. The members of the alliance work together to create customized services combining physical space, virtual space, as well as supporting technologies and materials in an environment that encourages creative problem solving and collaboration. Founders of Active Learning Alliance include Samsung Electronics, Isku Interior Oy, and Edutukku Oy. Product and service providers include Qroom Oy, Seppo.io, ThingLink, Treston, eOppi, Samsung Service and Beiz.

Key to collaboration is the concept of a “Learning Lab”, a physical space where member companies develop and test new services for active learning. In 2016 Active Learning Alliance is planning to open and operate a Learning Lab in seven cities in Finland: Espoo, Lahti, Tampere, Turku, Jyväskylä, Kuopio and Oulu. Located at the facilities of Isku Interiors, Learning Labs also work as meeting, conference and co-working spaces for the member organisations and their clients.

The same way learners in today’s schools construct knowledge for themselves, and combine different kinds of resources from different sources, developers of learning solutions also need to collaborate and learn from each other. We are inspired to be a member of the Active Learning Alliance and look forward to creating engaging demos about new digital learning environments in 2016!

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More information: education@thinglink.com

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ThingLink Partners with Qzzr for combining quizzes and video

At Thinglink our passion is to make it super easy to create rich interactive media.  Our 70+ rich media tags bring popular applications and media live on images and video content.

Today we are are excited to announce the newest member to our tag family, Qzzr, an awesome way to create online quizzes and questionnaires.  With the QZZR tag you can easily integrate quizzes and other goodies into your media through Thinglink. This is interesting as many studies show that quizzes are an excellent way to engage your users and audience.

Join the Free Webinar!

A Match Made in Interactive Content Heaven – QZZR and ThingLink will host a webinar to show you first hand how exciting – and easy – this can be achieved within your brand, publication or classroom’s media.

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 1:30pm – 2:30pm (ET)

  • If this time does not work for you, sign up anyway and QZZR will send you a video recording of the webinar.

Sign up here!

 

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Easily monetize your media with ThingLink custom apps

Many major brands and publishers are using ThingLink’s intuitive interface to easily monetize their image and video media through quick to add point-of-purchase links. ThingLink custom apps allow you to replace expensive and time consuming interactive builds while at the same time maintains the unique persona of your brand and website.

Manor, an international fashion retailer, sought to link their visual emotional pictures and their online shop. In order to match the look and feel of their brand, Manor collaborated with Takondi to develop a customized retail ThingLink app that empowers viewers to shop and purchase products directly within their visual media. Explore the image above to see the tag in action. 

Lets take a deeper look into this use case and learn how it was accomplished by Manor and Takondi.

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2015 Australian Open combines images, video, audio, and social media in sports photography

The Australian Open Tennis Championship used ThingLink throughout the 2015 tournament to cover various matches with interactive image recaps. Tennis fans were able to interact with and unlock content like never before.

Turning sports images into a media rich experience

What we find especially interesting here, is the creative combination of images, video, audio, and social media in sports photography. In the images below you will find:

1.  audioBoom audio clips featuring commentator match clips and post game interviews

2. YouTube video highlights of the tournament,

3. Social media: Instagram photos and live tweets from during his match. 

Explore more from the Australian Open, ThingLink and audioBoom:

Stan into semis featuring clips from audioBoom, Instagram photos, and live tweets of Stan Wawrinka’s loss to Kei Nishikori.

Sounds of the Women’s Final featuring clips from audioBoom – Serena Williams wins her sixth Australian Open title against Maria Sharapova

Sounds of the Men’s Final featuring clips from audioBoom – Top ranked Novak Djokovic wins his fifth Australian Open title against Andy Murray

SOURCE: 2015 Australian Tennis Open Official Website

3 tips for sports journalists

1. Images are a great communication platforms for journalists and live reporters. If you are reporting about a sports event, give your images and videos a voice with audioBoom or SoundCloud playercard tags.

2. Curate multiple pieces of media content into your images and make the image a window to the whole event and related content.

3. Sports fans love the extras. Use ThingLink to deliver your readers another way to unlock content about their favorite players and teams.

Interested in learning more?  Sign up today at thinglink.com!

 

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Tackk a ThingLink

One of the benefits of building a flexible digital toolkit is the ability to weave tools together to fit your teaching and learning needs. If you’re looking for a simple tool to serve as a container for one or more ThingLinks, try Tackk.

Tackk is a blank canvas that allows anyone to easily publish multimedia web content on a  simple page. Tackk supports live, interactive ThingLink images, which are embedded into Tackk simply by copying and pasting the share url. A big bonus is the text editing feature in Tackk, which  provides users with a handy way  to label a ThingLink..

Explore this example

Cathy Yenca, @MathyCathy, created the ThingLink vocabulary activity pictured below to teach students about functions as part of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge last summer.  I popped the link from Cathy’s amazing ThingLink into Tackk and typed the headline you see below. Then I created a button leading to more resources. Voila!

Click on the image to visit this Tackk and explore this vocabulary activity on Tackk.

 

Tackk ThingLink Vocabulary

 

Tackk + ThingLink partner to showcase interactive images and stories.

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Learn more  and pick up some ThingLink/Tackk lessons  Tackk.

 

 

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ThingLink buys video tagging platform Smartag

We are excited to announce the acquisition of Smartag, the St. Petersburg-based interactive video company founded in 2011. As part of the acquisition, Smartag’s engineering team including founders Alexey Solomatin (CEO) and Andrey Lyuberg (CTO) will join ThingLink.


 

Working with Smartag’s highly-skilled team, we will continue in our mission to provide cutting edge publishing solutions–both image and video based–to our diverse array of content creators.

We would like to warmly welcome the Smartag team and look forward to sharing more exciting news in the coming weeks!

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