Figure 1: Newline X7 touch display. Image courtesy of Newline
1. What is it?
A collaborative touch screen, whiteboard, and video
conferencing system with built-in Android operating
system and Microsoft Windows compatible PC
2. How does it work?
The system contains both an Android operating
system and a Microsoft Windows compatible
computer. The Android interface can be used for
whiteboard purposes, including annotation of files
and presentations. Screen shots may be saved to
USB or SD card memory.
By using the Windows PC side, users may conduct
video and audio conferences in a variety of
applications, such as Skype.
3. What are the key features?
During limited testing the Newline X7 proved
reliable and responsive. The user interface is simple
and well laid out.
By default, the system runs an Android-based
interface which offers links to Windows-based
applications through the Collaboration menu and a
Whiteboard through the menu of the same name.
In addition, a limited selection of Android apps may
be downloaded from the manufacturer. Via an onscreen menu, the user may also switch to the builtin Windows PC. The Whiteboard mode may be used
for writing as well as annotation of other screen
content, such as Power Point slides and Word
documents, which can be loaded from an external
drive. Screen shots of annotated slides or
whiteboards may also be taken and saved to a USB
key or SD card for distribution to participants.
The Newline X7 contains two web cameras. The one
at the top of the screen is set up for larger rooms
while the one at the bottom is set up for a setting
such as a small conference table.
The screen accepts various inputs from external
sources and can thus be used to project to from a
laptop or a wireless content streaming solution,
such as a Mersive Solstice Pod which allows users to
wirelessly stream content from their laptops and
mobile devices.
The system is also compatible with various
dedicated types of communications software, such
as SmartPerform.
Figure 2: Whiteboard feature. Image courtesy of Newline
4. What are the potential uses on the ISU
The Newline X7 may be used in classrooms where a
70" screen is big enough for all students to see what
is being displayed. It may also be useful in
conference rooms and collaborative spaces. The
whiteboard features that allows for saving screen
shots could be very valuable in these settings.
5. What are the implications for teaching and
The Newline X7 combines several functions into one
device, namely presentation screen, whiteboard,
and video and audio conference capabilities. The
user interface is fairly intuitive and the device
responds quickly to inputs. Instructors and other
users will likely need some training to confidently
use all embedded features just like the device may
need to be set up in advance to install the needed
Android and Windows collaboration apps for users
to access quickly and easily. As such, the device
does not necessarily add new features to a room,
compared to what could be installed as separate
devices, but it is a more compact solution that may
be more user friendly and easier to install.
2 cameras (top and bottom), 2 Mpixel each,
86 degree lens angle
10 simultaneous touch points in Windows,
5 in internal Android system
Inputs: HDMI, VGA, USB (2.0 and 3.0), 3.5
mm audio
Outputs: 3.5 mm Line Out, SPDIF, HDMI
(video only)
Wi-Fi antenna
1GB Ethernet RJ45 port
Internal system: ARM Cortex A9 1.5GHz w.
2 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM.
PC system: Intel Core i5 or i7 processor,
Intel HD graphics 4600, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB
RS-232 control port
Includes remote control
8. Where can I find out more?
Visit the Newline X7 page at
Figure 3: Sample conference room installation. Image courtesy
of Newline Interactive.
6. What are the downsides?
There are few downsides inherent to this product.
The main issue is that the two embedded cameras
cannot tilt up or down, which means that wall
placement (height, screen tilt angle) is very
important. During testing, it was also observed that
the line that appears on the screen in whiteboard
mode, when a user writes on it, trails somewhat
behind the user's writing speed. This may affect
some users more than others. It was also obvious
during testing that the display screen is glossy and
tends to reflect light sources in the room. This
should be considered when the display is mounted.
A slight downward tilt may help mitigate this issue.
Finally, both cameras cannot be available in
Windows at the same time. Users must switch
between either the top or bottom camera from
inside the internal operating system.
7. What are the key technical specs?
 Display size: 70"
 Resolution: 1920 x 1080
 Microphone array with 4 microphones with
24 foot pickup range, according to the
The Newline Interactive's X-Series Unified
Collaboration System video on YouTube also
explains the capabilities of the X7 in less than two
You may also contact Jacob E. Larsen
( in IT Services to discuss how
the Newline TRUTOUCH X7 can be used in your
classroom or conference room.
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