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REVOLUTIONARY SOFTBOARD DISPLAYS, SAVES & PRINTS WHITEBOARD SESSIONS IN COLOR USING PCs & MACs; ELECTRONIC WHITEBOARD OFFERS REMOTE CONFERENCING

 PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Microfield Graphics Inc. today introduced SoftBoard(TM), a revolutionary new peripheral device that combines the functionality of the commonplace whiteboard with the capabilities of desktop computers. Any information written on the SoftBoard surface, using the special SoftBoard colored markers, is simultaneously displayed on a PC or Macintosh computer. This data can then be saved, printed, used in other applications or shared with other users in real time -- even those in multiple locations.
 Attractively priced at $2,995, SoftBoard's data communications capability provides an easy-to-use, low-cost solution for audio-graphic teleconferencing, distance learning and multi-site collaboration applications.
 Using SoftBoard, participants in collaborative discussions and brainstorming sessions can share information, create new ideas and keep records without tedious transcribing. Team members in different buildings and cities can simultaneously participate in whiteboard sessions. Anywhere there is a PC or Macintosh, SoftBoard can be used to provide immediate, graphical, interactive communications over ordinary telephone lines.
 "The need to record the ideas, concepts and solutions created by the collaboration of individuals has always been important. Until now, the recording and dissemination of this newly created information has been cumbersome at best. SoftBoard, quite simply, solves this problem," said John B. Conroy, Microfield Graphics president and chief executive officer.
 The technological principle behind SoftBoard, developed by the company's founder, Samuel W. Mallicoat, is simple, unique and elegant. Two invisible laser beams continuously scan the entire area of the whiteboard, about a quarter inch above the surface. When a user writes on the board using uniquely configured dry-erase markers, the lasers locate, identify and track the position of the markers in real time and translate that data onto the computer display.
 The SoftBoard dry-erase markers are specially designed with encoded sleeves which reflect information back to a digital signal processor. This information includes the marker's position and color. A special eraser functions in the same way: information erased from SoftBoard using the encoded eraser is also erased from the computer display.
 SoftBoard is designed to be easy to install and operate. Users simply connect it to a PC or Mac using a standard serial cable, load the SoftBoard software, and the unit automatically and transparently configures itself. A special program called SB Remote can be loaded to assist in setting up a multi-site session using a modem and standard telephone lines.
 SoftBoard is available for November 1993 delivery in a model measuring 54 inches by 60 inches, priced at $2,995. Additional sizes and models are in development. To obtain additional information or to order SoftBoards, call Microfield Graphics at 800-334-4922. Private label/OEM inquiries are welcome.
 Microfield Graphics Inc. is a privately held U.S. corporation. Founded in 1984, and headquartered in Beaverton (Portland), Microfield Graphics is a leader in advanced products designed for graphic-intensive computer applications. These products include high-resolution, high- performance graphics controllers and high-frequency frame grabbers for personal computers and workstations sold through OEM, system integrator and corporate account channels. Microfield Graphics Inc. is located at 9825 SW Sunshine Ct., Beaverton, OR 97005. Telephone: 503-626-9393. Fax: 503-641-9333.
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 /CONTACT: Ryan Wilson of KVO Public Relations, 503-221-2395, for Microfield Graphics; or Peter F. Zinsli, vice president, of Microfield Graphics Inc., 503-626-9393/


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