Epson and Mimio, a provider of interactive teaching technologies, recently announced a partnership to sell MimioStudio™ classroom software with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors. The goal of the partnership is to give schools more options for bringing advanced collaboration and interactivity into the classroom.
The Epson BrightLink line of short-throw and ultra short-throw interactive projectors, including the new BrightLink 575Wi , 585Wi and 595Wi , offers advanced connectivity options to project onto any existing whiteboard, wall or other smooth, light-colored, hard surface. BrightLink interactive projectors offer dual pen support and built-in annotation technology that allows teachers and students to interact directly with a projected image from a variety of sources.
MimioStudio software is designed to be used with interactive projectors, with support for pens, single touch, multi-touch, and gestures. The MimioStudio software allows teachers to create collaborative and interactive lessons. The software also includes the Collaborate feature, which allows students to work interactively in small groups using multiple mobile devices at the same time, including both Apple and Android tablets and smartphones that are enabled with the MimioMobile™ application.
Under this agreement, Epson will sell MimioStudio software licenses with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors through its reseller network. The software may also be purchased separately by existing BrightLink customers. Both Epson and Mimio will provide customer support for their respective products.
Findings from PMA Research have shown that the use of interactive projectors – in both education and business – is on the rise. This move by Epson and Mimio is a smart strategic alliance for both companies.