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BETT 2014: Epson unveils first finger-touch interactive projector

The EB-5 Series introduces great new features alongside Epson’s renowned brightness and reliability.

BETT 2014 opened today at London’s ExCel Centre, with projector manufacturer Epson unveiling its newest model in EB-5 Series ultra-short-throw education projectors.

The EB-595Wi enables users to interact with screen content using their fingers by providing six points of finger or pen touch. Users can annotate onto the projected images to write notes, draw diagrams or illustrate over videos. The company says the system offers easy-to-use on-screen controls to change slides, choose inputs, or even save an illustration. The ultra-short-throw design also minimises shadows and glare.

The new model arrives as part of the EB-5 ultra-short-throw projector range, which features: both interactive and non-interactive models; WXGA and XGA resolutions; and an improved light output of up to 3,300 lumens compared to the previous series. All incorporate Epson’s 3LCD technology, eliminating lamp usage.

“Finger-touch is all about instant interactivity using natural gestures, and with no learning curve,” commented Paul Wilson, product manager, Epson UK. “Teachers will find finger-touch incredibly useful for quickly emphasising a point or providing additional notes during class, crucially without having to find an interactive pen first, and students can head straight to the projected image to contribute. However, the beauty of this product is that you can still use the two interactive pens if you would prefer to do so.”

The two new interactive pens supplied with the EB-595Wi have enhanced response and new lightweight design. In addition, the system offers driverless installation and auto calibration. A PC-free annotation whiteboard mode also means that teachers don’t even need to power up their computers.

All of the EB-5 series projectors have optional wireless capability, making them easy to share content from a range of smart devices using the iProjection App[3]. A moderator function allows teachers and students to share their content simultaneously.

The new EB-595Wi begins shipping this May.