Epson Announces New BrightLink Series with World’s First Touch-Enabled 3LCD Interactive Projector

575wi_epsonEpson has announced the BrightLink 575Wi, 585Wi and 595Wi. Designed for K-12 and higher education markets, the series offers advanced connectivity options, PC-free interactivity capabilities, interactivity over the network, Moderator software for collaboration, and up to 3,300 lumens.

The line also takes interactive capabilities one step further with the BrightLink 595Wi, the world’s first touch-enabled 3LCD interactive projector. The BrightLink 595Wi is the first touch-enabled interactive 3LCD projector, equipped with an external module that mounts directly to a wall or existing whiteboard enabling finger touch control and annotations. The 595Wi supports gestures, up to six fingers for annotations, as well as dual-pen support with redesigned interactive pens which are smaller, more compact and include a programmable mouse button for toggling between frequently used actions.

By using Epson EasyMP® with Moderator software and Epson iProjection™app, the new ultra-short throw series is also easy to network and integrate into classrooms adopting BYOD (bring your own device) initiatives. The three models offer PC-free annotation with a range of devices including document cameras, DVD and Blue-ray players as well as tablets and mobile devices, or no source at all. The series also delivers interactivity over the network and two HDMI ports including one with MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) support for connecting multiple digital devices, including mobile phones, tablets and other portable devices, for enriched high definition viewing capabilities.

The entire BrightLink series comes with built-in Moderator functionality, allowing up to 50 computers, tablets and other handheld devices to be connected via the network. Teachers can wirelessly control which personal devices are displayed, with up to four participant screens shown simultaneously. This family of BrightLink models is also compatible with educational curriculum applications including Promethean ActivInspire and SMART Notebook.

The new Epson BrightLink projectors will be available in mid-April 2014.

Recent findings from PMA Research show that wireless connectivity and interactivity are both features educators are looking for in classroom projectors.