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From Chromebooks to cameras, ed-tech hardware surges on pandemic

Devices makers say remote working and learning are here to stay

Sales of Google Chromebooks have surged as the coronavirus pandemic forces schools to embrace distance learning. 

TAIPEI -- Royce Hong never imagined that his 13-year old company, IPEVO, would see sales jump more than tenfold within a year. But demand for his previously niche product -- streamlined document cameras used in schools -- has exploded since the coronavirus pandemic spurred a global boom in remote learning and teleworking.

IPEVO's camera, which looks something like a folding desk lamp, connects directly to electronic devices like smartphones and laptops to easily share images of physical objects or documents during video calls.

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