February 5th, 2013 admin
Mitsubishi WD390U-EST "cloud" projector
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Here’s a new Mitsubishi projector geared for classroom or boardroom. 3000 lumens bright this projector claims as one of its main ways of differentiating itself, that it can present from “the cloud”.
The WD390EST “Cloud” projector is a very short throw projector, which means it will typically be mounted above a screen or whiteboard. it doesn’t need a computer, no thumbdrive, no DVD or Blu-ray player, just a way to reach a network (wired or wireless). Mind you it can interface with all those usual sources.
What we’re talking about here, is presenting from remote servers – no local computer needed, and therefore no local applications needed. Whether presenting/teaching for a server that is a local network (for a school, as an example), or if it is a true shared 3rd party remote server in “the cloud” as described by Apple, Google, Rackspace, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc., doesn’t really matter. Mitsubishi is simply making a projector that supports but doesn’t need local assets beyond a network connection, to be a viable display for presenting and educating.
Will this change the face of using projectors in the classroom? For some perhaps. Is this totally unique? I really don’t think so, as many projectors can talk wired, or wirelessly to networks. Fewer though can present from those networks – that is have the presentation materials on that network, not local.
Certainly this is a good feature. While for most classroom or boardroom type presentations, having the “cloud” option is a nice touch. Where real benefit can be seen, though is an easy way to tap into large databases of material for presentations and support, without having to download them and reorganize them first. I can see a teacher downloading a geography presentation from a school districts database of existing Geography presentations.
Mitsubishi Electric Can Display the Cloud with WD390U-EST Extreme Short Throw Projector Shown at FETC Education Conference in Orlando
No Computer Needed – Simple, Easy Connectivity Transforms Education and Presentation Market While Saving Customers Time and Money
ORLANDO, Fla., January 28, 2013 —As one of the world’s leading display manufacturers, Mitsubishi Electric is the first to take projection to the next level with its WD390U-EST projector: now content can be presented with no computer attached. Shown for the first time at the Florida Educational Technology Conference in Orlando, January 29-31, 2013 in Booth #1113, the Mitsubishi WD390U-EST cloud projector is poised to change the way users select a projector for their classrooms.
Called a “cloud projector,” the Mitsubishi WD390U-EST uses its built-in, thin client function to serve as a dynamic display device. And because a computer isn’t needed for new builds or technology upgrades, school districts and businesses adapting this new kind of projector can save money in these tough economic times.
Projector industry experts recognize the exceptional benefits this new technology offers: “By making it easy to get a document from your networked computer, server, smart phone, or other mobile device to the projection screen, the WD390U-EST provides PC-free projection that is both comprehensive and easy to use,” said Bill Livolsi, Associate Editor, Projector Central.
Users simply log onto their network and begin displaying content in seconds, whether from a local server, the internet or the cloud, giving Read the rest of this entry »
February 5th, 2013 admin
Mitsubishi NW31U-EST projector
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Mitsubishi is about to start shipping 3 new projectors – all sporting Mitsubishi’s new Laser light source. They are claiming a better way of creating a laser light engine, and that’s always good. We’ll let you know as we review at least one of the three.
The first to ship will ship in April. That’s the base NW31U with an very short throw lens, WXGA (1280×800) resolution, and 2500 lumens. Shipping closer to summer are two additional models, one very similar but 3000 lumens, and the last, again similar, 3000 lumens, but full 1080p resolution..
In going over the press release, it’s not the laser light engine that is most interesting, rather the expansion of sources to include “the cloud”.
Of course the “cloud” in its own right is sort of hard to pin down. Technically any accessible shared remote server can be defined as being part of the cloud. So let’s stick to the basics. Here are three new projectors that can run programs (such as Powerpoint) from a network server – no local computer needed. That’s not unique, but less common than you might think.
And if your remote server is arguably “in the cloud”, then well, it can present from the cloud.
That’s all there is to it. If it’s your server, then it’s your “private cloud” if you are presenting a presentation that you stored on Googles, or Apple’s or someone else’s “cloud” then, bingo, That you can also control the presentation with wifi connected devices such as iPhones and iPads, Androids… adds some additional flexibility and convenience.
We are hoping to include the NW31U in this year’s education projector comparison report. It depends if Mitsubishi can get us a unit before April 1 (before their official ship date). These sure sound interesting, so I am hoping we will receive it in time, so that our education projector buyers are aware, before their purchase cycle shifts from “choosing the projectors” to ordering them.
Mitsubishi Electric Introduces LaserVue Projectors that Let You Wave “Goodbye” to Lamp Replacements
Orlando, Fla., January 29, 2013 — Mitsubishi Electric’s new LaserVue® family of lamp-free, environmentally-conscious portable projectors create brilliant images with accurate colors using a technologically advanced light engine unlike any other hybrid projector on the market today. Eco-conscious teachers and presenters will see Mitsubishi’s first new hybrid projector at FETC (Florida Education Technology Conference) at the Orlando Convention Center this week in Booth #1113.
As a leading supplier of the world’s laser light engines for display devices, Mitsubishi draws on its expertise to design and build this new line of lamp-free projectors. To produce the red-green-blue lighting elements required to form all display colors, Mitsubishi LaserVue projectors use one pure red LED and up to 34 pure blue laser diodes of varying strengths and wavelengths, and a solid-colored phosphor wheel that emits green light.
Unlike other light engine designs in the market today, some of the blue laser diodes are diverted to excite phosphors on this single-segment wheel. This creates a clean, clear green, eliminating color breaking or rainbow effects that are sometimes observed in similar projectors. Those that use dual or multi-segment color phosphor wheels often attempt to boost brightness at the expense of color accuracy. Mitsubishi’s new design creates bright, truer blues and purer greens—rich and accurate colors—using a single-segment wheel. Read the rest of this entry »