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New Epson Projector Makes Any Surface an Interactive Whiteboard

The company says it eliminates the need for separate interactive whiteboards, using digital infrared "pens."

Epson says it’s “changing the interactive whiteboard game” with its new BrightLink 450Wi, a projector turns any whiteboard or smooth wall into an interactive area, using a couple of digital infrared pens.

The company says it eliminates the need for separate interactive whiteboards.

“The Epson BrightLink 450Wi looks to be an exceptional educational enhancement, allowing us to use virtually any smooth wall in the school as an interactive whiteboard to create an environment of creativity and collaboration in the classroom,” said Ted Lai, director, Technology and Media Services at the Fullerton (Calif.) School District. “The savings we can realize from the BrightLink solution will allow us to free up dollars for additional education technology and expand interactivity into more classrooms.”

The 3LCD projector features 2,500 lumens white light output and 2,500 lumens color light output and provides networkability, wireless features and advanced connectivity. It delivers WXGA resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) and can project images from 55-inches diagonal to up to 96-inches diagonal (WXGA) and up to 102-inches diagonal (XGA).

Educators can deliver presentations over a school’s wired (using RJ-45 connectivity) network, the 450Wi provides open compatibility with virtually any interactive software program. For districts not already standardized or using a software curriculum package, BrightLink is available with RM Easiteach Software, a next-generation software solution.

Other features include an ultra-short throw distance (it can project a 60-inch diagonal image with the lens only 18-inches away); a built-in closed captioning decoder; simplified network monitoring and control, and EasyMP Monitor software, allowing projector to be used as a broadcast system to show customized images and alerts over the network.

“Creating a better learning environment and staying within budgetary constraints are the key goals educators have when considering the purchase of any classroom technology,” said Rajeev Mishra, director of Epson Projection at Epson America. “The BrightLink 450Wi brings an affordable interactive solution to the classroom that used to require two components – a projector and an interactive whiteboard. The benefits of this versatile solution will revolutionize the classroom and will no doubt carry over into conference rooms and boardrooms across the country.”

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