Epson Introduces PowerLitePilot 2 for Centralized AV Switching and Control of Classroom Multimedia Devices
Easy-to-Use AV Control Box Designed Exclusively for Use with Epson Ultra-Short Throw and Short Throw Projectors
LONG BEACH, Calif. â March 12, 2014 â Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today introduced the PowerLiteÂ® Pilotâ¢ 2 Projector Connection and Control Box, a comprehensive, user-friendly solution that consolidates connections and centralizes control of multimedia sources for educators using Epsonâs short throw and ultra-short throw classroom projectors. Wall mounted for added convenience and eliminating the need for a handheld remote control, the PowerLite Pilot 2 easily integrates into todayâs classroom by supporting advanced connectivity, giving teachers more control for connecting and managing a range of devices.
âClassroom technology needs to be as easy-to-use as possible, so teachers can focus on engaging students, and the PowerLite Pilot 2 offers a simplified solution for managing a wide range of multimedia devices with your projector,â said Sara Kim, associate product manager, K-12 Education Marketing, Epson America, Inc. âEquipped with advanced connectivity options and designed to match the interfaces of Epsonâs new ultra-short throw projector models, the PowerLite Pilot 2 is a comprehensive tool that allows educators to easily control their classroom technology.â
Built upon the success of the PowerLite Pilot, the newly redesigned PowerLite Pilot 2 is a wall-mountable box for centralized projector control that integrates seamlessly with Epson short throw and ultra-short throw projectors, including the PowerLite 420/430, new PowerLite 570/580 and BrightLinkÂ® 575Wi/585Wi/595Wi series. It delivers source switching and volume adjustments and also helps consolidate cables for a more organized look and feel, lessening potential hazards. The control box
PMA Research Latest Report on Projector Use/Sales – Press Release
March 8, 2014 - Art Feierman
Survey of U.S. K-12 Educators Shows Strong Interest in Interactive Functionality for Classroom Projectors
PMA Research Report Also Shows Mixed Signals on Outlook for Technology Spending in Schools
San Juan Capistrano, California, USA â March 4, 2014. PMA Research, the worldwide market information experts on front projectors, has published their latest report on current use experiences and purchase intentions for projectors in the K-12 education market. PMAâs survey of U.S. educators covered detailed topics such as the average number of projectors available for use within a school building, the average age of school projectors and how often they are replaced, the number of hours a projector is used during an average day, and the sources of funding for projector purchases. The survey also examined interactivity and 3D usage in the classroom.
âInteractive functionality continues to be extremely important in the K-12 market,â said Rosemary Abowd, Senior Analyst at PMA Research. âInteractive tools help keep students engaged in the learning process and give educators the flexibility to fashion the material around the students rather than the other way around. About 77% of educators felt an interactive display in the classroom was very important or an absolutely must. The survey also explored the relative preferences for how that interactive functionality is delivered to students â whether via a whiteboard, projector with built-in interactivity, accessory module, or interactive flat panel.â
Another key finding from PMAâs report is that only 10% of educators have a negative outlook on technology spending for the next year. However, there were mixed signals from other educators in that some expect improvement in tech spending over last year while others expect tech spending will remain under tight budget constraints. âFor those that expect to see some improvement, this suggests that the post-stimulus, weak funding environment in the education market during the past couple years may have bottomed out in some states and school districts,â said Abowd.Â The survey also explored the relative preferences for tech spending in schools, including the likelihood of purchases for tablets, laptops, wireless equipment, PCs, along with large displays such as projectors, interactive whiteboards, and flat panels.
Acer Introduces New P7505 and P1383W Projector Models – Press Release
March 8, 2014 - Art Feierman
New premium and mainstream projector models designed for commercial customers
High brightness of 5000 and 3100 ANSI lumens
Sharp visuals thanks to Full HD 1080p and WXGA native resolution
High-end Acer P7505 projector boasts 6W stereophonic sound and a lens shift for delivering superb images
Both models support widescreen projection and immersive 3D
New Acer DLP Professional Projectors Bring High-Impact HD and 3D Visuals to the Boardroom
SAN JOSE, Calif., Mar. 6, 2014 â Acer today announced the availability of two new P-Series DLPÂ® projectors for professional customers in the U.S. Â Designed for commercial use, the AcerÂ® P7505 and Acer P1383W DLP projectors boast high brightness, wide screen projection and 3D support for making high-impact presentations to small and large audiences in business, education and government.
The new projectors offer a host of practical features for professional environments. The Acer P7505 delivers outstanding image quality with 1080p resolution and 5000 lumens brightness combined with stereophonic sound for customers wanting to make high-impact presentations in a boardroom or auditorium. The Acer P1383W has WXGA resolution, a 3100 lumens brightness and solid mainstream performance for conducting meetings in conference rooms or lectures in classrooms.
âOur newest projector options for professional environments are designed to deliver high quality visuals in an easy to use and robust platform,â said Edward Chan, Acer America product manager.Â âThe feature-rich Acer P7505 is capable of projecting hard hitting presentations in Full HD and the image and sound quality necessary for immersing a ballroom or theater. The Acer P1383W is a great fit for conference rooms and education where there is no a need to run full HD video and budget is key. Both projectors support widescreen projection and 3D and provide instant pack functionality.âÂ
DVDO UNVEILS AVLAB TPGâ¢, THE FIRST POCKET-SIZED HDMI 2.0 TEST PATTERN GENERATOR SUPPORTING FULL 4K ULTRA HD AT 50/60HZ
Â Editor’s note: Â DVDO is a well known company, we’ve reviewed their processors, and I’m currently reviewing their new wireless HDMI solution. Â Otherwise, this isn’t a typical press release that we would re-publish, but we know that a number of our readers have Â some calibration gear, and that we have fans among the pro projector calibrators. Â With that in mind, of course everyone has been waiting for HDMI 2.0, and for the tools needed. Â
Many have been waiting for HDMI 2.0 tools such as this. Â HDMI 2.0 Â is needed for most 4K, and 4K 3D source material. Now I just have to find out when Mike will be getting his. Â -art
Lab-Quality Custom Test Patterns Available in March for On-Site Display Setup and Calibration
SUNNYVALE, Calif., February 4, 2014 â DVDOÂ®, Inc., an award-winning provider of high-quality video connectivity solutions, today announced the first pocket-sized Test Pattern Generator (TPG), the AVLab TPGâ¢, which allows professional AV installers to generate 4K custom test patterns to ensure proper set-up and calibration for 4K Ultra HD displays on-site.Â The AVLab TPG supports full 4K Ultra HD resolution at 50/60Hz, as outlined in Version 2.0 of the HDMIÂ® Specification, and is designed specifically for use with Color Management System (CMS) software like Spectracalâs CalMANâ¢.Â The calibration process is streamlined by interfacing directly with CMS software to automatically display 4K test patterns.Â The AVLab TPG is available in March for an MSRP of $1,299 through authorized DVDO distributors, dealers and online partners.
âThe AVLab TPG will be an essential tool for ISF calibrators and installers when setting up new 4K displays for optimum viewing quality,â said Joel Silver, president and founder of the Imaging Science Foundation, Inc.Â âWhile 4K displays have incredible resolution, without proper setup and calibration the viewer cannot enjoy the full experience.â
â4K Ultra HD displays are becoming increasingly common; installers and calibrators clearly need to upgrade their equipment to continue to provide the same installation and setup services they have perfected at 1080p. AVLab TPG provides lab-quality 4K test patterns in a pocket-portable, PC powered package allowing installers to match test pattern quality to the full capability of 4K UHD TVs,â said C.H. Chee, general manager of DVDO, Inc.âDVDO AVLab TPG Features:
â¢Â Â Â Full 4K (50/60Hz) test pattern as outlined in Version 2.0 of the HDMI
â¢Â Â Â 85+ built-in patterns (R, G, B, C, M, Y, K, Scale, Sharp, Focus, Bars,
PLUGE, Half, etc.)
â¢Â Â Â Custom ISF black and white PLUGE patterns
Hitachi Raises the Bar with Four New Ultra Short-Throw Projectors
The CP-AX2503, CP-AX3503, CP-AW2503 and CP-AW3003 Offers Two HDMI, New High Dynamic Contrast Range, with Network Connectivity and Other Advanced Features
Chula Vista, California, February 5, 2014 â Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital MediaÂ Division, Business Solutions Group today introduced its CP-AX2503, CP-AX3503, CP-AW2503 and CP-AW3003 Ultra Short Throw projectors – four high-performance models that are ideally suited for delivering large images in limited spaces. The new 3LCD projectors offer improved image quality, flexible connectivity including powered focus, and wireless networking plus a host of useful convenience features.
The CP-AX2503 and CP-AW2503 deliver 2,700 color and white light ouput with XGA and WXGA resolution, respectively, while the CP-AX3503 and CP-AW3003 offer 3,300 and 3,600 color and white light output with XGA and WXGA resolution, respectively. All four projectors include Hitachiâs High Dynamic Contrast Range feature that provides a unique ability to alter contrast when ambient light is present and yet preserve the integrity of the image. Additionally, Hitachiâs exclusive Accentualizer technology enhances sharpness, gloss and shadow detail for more realistic image quality while providing greater depth of field.
All four models can be used in tabletop mode, or wall mounted. All provide a full complement of inputs including two HDMI inputs, two computer HD-15 inputs, three USB inputs for use with a USB memory stick, wireless adapter or mouse plus component,composite video, audio and mic A/V jacks. All the projectors have computer monitor and audio outputs. In addition, all four models have RS-232C and RJ-45 Ethernet ports. An optional wireless adapter lets users connect their computer to the projectors via a wireless network. The projectorsâ PC-less presentation feature enables users to project images directly from a USB thumb drive, eliminating the need to connect a computer.