Step 1: Unlock the Podium

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To control the podium using the touchscreen, first, you must log in to the Mac and open the fleXlab unlocker from the Applications folder.

<aside> 💡 [future feature] Pro tip: to quickly open applications, use the cmd + space keyboard shortcut and search for your desired app.

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<aside> ⏰ Note: once you activate the unlock command, the podium drawer with the microphone and clicker will unlock for 2 minutes. To unlock the podium drawer again, just press unlock from the fleXlab app on the Mac.

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<aside> ⚠️ If the drawer doesn’t release immediately, DO NOT PULL (this will damage the lock and cause the drawer to get stuck). Gently press it in and then gently pull it out.

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Step 2: Select a projector source

After you power on the podium, it goes through an automatic startup sequence (to save you time and pressing buttons). On startup, it will switch to the built-in Mac and present that image on the screen. You can override this and select Apple TV (for students to wirelessly share their screens), your laptop (you must use the USB C cable provided), or ‘lecture mode’.

<aside> 💡 Pro tip: lecture mode retracts the screen and mutes the projector for 60 minutes after you have selected it. If you require more time, simply press lecture mode again to extend your time. After 60 minutes the podium turns itself off.

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Step 3: Set up your microphone/s

All fleXlabs are equipped with one (1) presenter and one (1) audience microphone for you to use as you see fit. Depending on the lab, it will either be a Catchbox or a Rode microphone set up. Please ensure that you follow the correct setup instructions for your hardware.

Rode Wireless Go II mics

Rode Wireless Go II mics

Catchbox ‘throwable’ mic

Catchbox ‘throwable’ mic

Catchbox presenter mic

Catchbox presenter mic

To capture presenter audio for your remote audience:

Step 3a: Set up your mic hardware

Presenter Microphone (Catchbox lavaliere version):

Disconnect the lavaliere microphone from the podium drawer. Turn it on by holding down the ⏻ button (on the side of the device) for two (2) seconds. Watch the lights turn on and remain steady.