Ultra-short-throw projectors help enhance class presentations

Ultra-short-throw projectors help enhance class presentations

11 January2012 –Having introduced interactive ultra-short-throw projectors to the education industry at BETT UK 2011, Epson, the world’s leading projector manufacturer[1], returns this year with its second-generation models, as well as four new ultra-short-throw models. Based on industry feedback, Epson has developed new features, such as more responsive interactive pens and PC-free connectivity, to help bring engaging learning to more classrooms.

Ultra-short-throw interactive projectors

The interactive EB-485Wi and EB-475Wi projectors feature two interactive pens. They allow teachers and students to write on the screen at the same time, making collaborative work easier. These lightweight pens are very responsive and easy to use, thanks to the new ‘hover’ function that accurately detects when they are not in contact with the projection surface.

In addition to working with popular computer software, these projectors have a PC-free functionality and ‘instant annotation’ tool. Teachers can make any flat surface interactive without being connected to a PC and can even annotate moving images and photos when linked up to a DVD player. The projectors can be mounted in four positions, including under glass-top tables, to offer greater interactive options for engaging group work.

Ultra-short-throw projectors

Like the interactive projectors, the non-interactive versions, the EB-485W, EB475W, EB-480 and EB-470, can project large images from a very short distance, ensuring shadows are minimised. All projectors are easy to install, as everything needed to do so is included in the box. Horizontal keystone correction enables straightforward picture alignment, while the plug and play USB functionality, plus a built-in 16W speaker, means one cable is all that’s needed for image, sound and page up-down control and offers a complete multimedia package.

Raphael Payre, product manager at Epson Europe, says: “These new projectors are the perfect tool for modern-day schools looking to capture young minds and help develop more engaging learning environments. Thanks to our 3LCD technology, teachers and students can experience high-quality images with vivid, natural colours and deep blacks, even in daylight, and with the addition of HDMI inputs, high-definition content can be shown with maximum clarity.”

Raphael adds, “We realise the economic climate is tough for many schools and authorities, so we’ve developed six different models to suit a variety of budgets and help keep running costs low. One way we’ve managed this is with the long lamp and filter lifespans, which means they don’t have to be replaced as often.”

The EB-485Wi, EB-475Wi, EB-485W, EB-475W, EB-480 and EB-470 are available from February and are announced at BETT UK 2012.

Key features:

Key featuresEB-485WiEB-475WiEB-485WEB-475WEB-480EB-470
Ultra-short-throw widescreen presenting●GA●GA
Make any presenting surface interactive----
Complete interactive package: projector, two digital pens, built-in software, wall-mount----
Built-in interactive functionality for annotating presentations without connecting a PC----
Dual digital pens can be used simultaneously----
Highly responsive digital pens with 'hover' detection----
Improved offset and four different mounting positions: wall, ceiling, side of desk and under desk----
No image calibration or drivers needed----
3,100 lumens White and Colour Light Output2,6002,6003,0002,600
Large projected image size of up to 100 inches/254cm
Fast set-up with quick-start and instant-off, plus direct power on/off
Easy picture alignment with horizontal and vertical keystone correction
One cable for sound, picture and page up/down with 3-in-1 USB display
Built-in 16W speaker
Compatible with Epson ELP-DC06 USB Visualiser and Epson ELPCB01 Control and Connection Box
Low TCO with 4,000-hour or 4-year2 lamp life, in eco mode, and 5,000-hour filter life
3LCD technology for deep blacks and natural colours, even in daylight
HDMI input for high-definition content

[1] Source: Futuresource Consulting Limited, www.futuresource-consulting.com

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