Global innovation company Epson has announced six new 3LCD projectors across two new series introducing maiden innovations in the business projection.
Epson recently celebrated fifty years since the company brought miniaturized printing to the world for the first time at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics where the printing timer became the first electronic recording system in the Olympics, changing the course to history.
Twenty-five years later, Epson’s 3LCD technology revolutionized the projector market, delivering vibrant and clear images to the most demanding audiences, and turning Epson into the world’s leader in projection, a position it has held since 2001.
Today, Epson’s technology has gone a notch higher with the four models in the EB-1985WU series – including Epson’s first WUXGA (Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array – 1920×1200 resolution) projector under 5kg, and the first with Miracast – bring high resolution and high brightness to get the best out of business presentations.
The two-strong EB-1430Wi series contains two ultra-short-throw interactive meeting room systems – including one with finger-touch, Epson’s latest innovation in interactive projection. Ultra-short-throw projectors can be mounted just centimetres away from the wall and eliminate glare and shadows since it eliminates people walking across the beam.
Since Epson’s introduction of finger-touch technology earlier this year, teachers and students have been able to collaborate using either their fingers or the interactive pens to underline or write onto any image, slide, graph and even video. Finger-touch is great for collaboration and brain-storming sessions. Also, boardrooms and meeting rooms have it in an ultra-short throw projector.
Epson prides itself in being a global technology innovator. This has been recognized in the shape of the many awards the company has received. Epson was acknowledged at the Thomson Reuters 2013 Top 100 Global Innovator Awards in Japan.
Other awards include the IEEE Corporate Innovation Recognition Award, numerous EISA and TIPA awards for imaging products, and the BLI Pick of the Year 2014 for the WorkForce DS-860. In Japan, Epson holds more patents than anyone else in the categories for printers, inkjet technology, projectors, OLED and E-Paper.
The success explains the new technology projectors built around Epson’s own 3LCD technology which ensures equally high white and colour light output for bright images and wind colours. The EB-1985WU series (EB-1985WU, EB-1980WU, EB-1975W and EB-1970W) are well-connected business projectors that reach WUXGA resolution and 4,800 lumens, creating more detailed and brighter presentations, even in daylight. As well as two HDMI ports, Wi-Fi and wired LAN, and built-in 16W speakers, all models are compatible with Epson’s iProjection app and also include Miracast and WiDi for wirelessly streaming content from a tablet or smart phone.
Available starting this month is the EB-1985WU series with a guidance price of about Ksh. 230,000 exclusive of value added tax. The EB-1430Wi series (EB-1430Wi and EB-1420Wi) bring ultra-short throw projection to meeting rooms, as well as dual pen interactivity.
The series also adds finger-touch interactivity.Finger-touch is all about instant interactivity using natural gestures, and it’s perfect for quickly emphasizing a point. A precise technology that’s simple to set-up and easy to use, finger-touch complements the use of interactive pens. It works by using a laser curtain over the projected image that detects interruption by one or more fingers.
The new whiteboard sharing mode allows meeting participants to view and annotate whiteboard content from a range of smart devices, without the need for any special application. Multi-location image annotation makes it even easier to collaborate during meetings between different offices.