The UBoard which is marketed in the UK by CIE Group offers the ideal solution for
the travelling trainer/presenter, those who need flexibility of where their interactive
whiteboard is located or an organisation on a tight budget.
UBoard allows you to quickly convert a conventional whiteboard or other suitable
flat light coloured surface into a fully functioning whiteboard. It can create an
interactive area up to a massive 120 inch diagonal size! All you need is a laptop
or MacBook and an ordinary multimedia projector! (we even tested it with the 3M MP180
pocket projector and it worked really well with that too).
At the heart of this product is an electronic pen which emits ultrasound signals
that are picked up by the UBoard station which you stick onto the surface you want
to turn into a whiteboard. The pen is rechargeable from you computer’s USB port.
There are 2 versions of the UBoard, the wired version and a wireless version. In
our detailed video review we test the wireless version. Having been involved in designing
and delivering business presentations for many years this product was really put
through its paces over the last month... and I have to say it didn’t disappoint.
To make the UBoard work accurately it needs to be calibrated properly... fortunately,
it is really easy to recalibrate if you do get it wrong (see our video to see how
it is done). The only minor issue is that if you change presenters and the other
person holds the pen differently to you e.g. if they hold the pen in the other hand
to you, the UBoard may have to be recalibrated.
The UBoard kit can fit in your laptop bag, and allow you to not only deliver a presentation
using an interactive whiteboard, but also capture what you write as a short video
with sound (screen capture) or a set of JPEG images to send to others later or keep
as a record. Having been involved in Knowledge Transfer projects in the past, these
features are ideal to help capture the thoughts of technical experts... so that their
explanations can be played back later to others or incorporated into a PowerPoint
So if you want an interactive whiteboard kit which can be easily moved from one location
to another, and don’t want to break the bank, we’d suggest you give the UBoard portable
interactive whiteboard kit a try.
UBoard portable interactive whiteboard kit review
List price £500 plus VAT (Wired version)
List price £650 plus VAT (wireless version... as tested)
To find out more about the UBoard from CIE group click here