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Epson launches new range of ultra-short-throw projectors in ME

New features such as more responsive interactive pens and PC-free connectivity help bring engaging learning to more classrooms.
Asma Group | 29.04.2012
Epson, the world’s leading projector manufacturer[1], has announced the Middle East launch of its second-generation of interactive ultra-short-throw projectors for the education industry, 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.

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.

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 is needed for image, sound and page up-down control and offers a complete multimedia package.

Khalil El-Dalu, General Manager, Epson Middle East, said: “Several educational institutions across the region are increasingly investing in technology to enhance the learning environment, and these new projectors from Epson could prove greatly beneficial given its functionality and performance. 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. Moreover, running costs are kept low with the long lamp and filter life spans, which means they do not have to be replaced very often.”