The demand for interactive display devices in teaching/learning environments seems to be stronger than ever with interactive whiteboards becoming very common in classrooms just like a chalkboard. The introduction and growth in popularity of the ultra-short throw style projector over the last 10 years has even further enhanced the users experience by drastically eliminating the shadow on the screen caused by the presenter standing in the light path of a traditional longer throw projector.
To take this one step further manufacturer’s like Epson, whom already have a very strong presence in the education market, have introduced interactive projectors which offer similar functionality to an interactive whiteboard; however they can project onto any standard whiteboard. With this option schools can take advantage of their existing whiteboard surfaces without having to have the added cost of replacing them with installed interactive whiteboards.
Up until now, these interactive projectors have worked by using sensors that would detect signals from an electronic pen that the user would be required to use, however Epson is first to market with a new interactive projector, the BrightLink 595Wi, that no longer requires the use of an electronic pen. This new technology offers users the ability to interact with the board’s surface through finger based touch, enhancing the user experience further for those that don’t favor the use of electronic pen devices.
Partnerships with Promethean, Mimio and Smart now allow Epson customers to purchase licenses of tried and true educational software platforms that many educators are already comfortable with to be used on Epson BrightLink Interactive projectors. Combining ultra-short throw projection with pen or finger based touch built in to the projector, and industry standard software provides a winning combination of features and functionality that will continue to serve this market well.