When to Choose a Projector or Flat Panel

Maybe not an age-old question, but one that people who need to put on effective presentations need to answer “When should I choose projection or flat panel displays?” Both display technologies have their uses, but there are several important considerations — purpose, audience size and positions, image size, visibility, affordability, portability, and convenient setup and removal — that compel presenters and professional installers to decide which display technology serves them best.

First off, what is the purpose of the presentation? Is the material highly detailed? Are images critical to the presentation? Since projectors ensure large displays of images and text, presenters are assured their audiences receive the presentation as clearly and legibly as possible. Flat panels can be a great option in interactive environments, like classrooms, think tanks and other shared spaces.

Audience size
Whether you’re presenting to an audience in a classroom or an auditorium, the audience size and how they’ll be viewing the presentation influences the type of display a presenter should choose. Projectors allow for more flexible placement than those of flat panels as well as a variable screen size so an audience of one to one hundred can easily be accommodated by the same projector. Flat panels provide interactive collaboration for smaller audience sizes and are ideal for classrooms and conference rooms.

Image size
Another consideration for determining the visual solution needed is image size. If images require a 40- to 90-inch diagonal, then a flat panel will suffice. However, if the image needs to be on a 100-inch diagonal screen or appear on curved surfaces, projection is preferable.
You may have noticed this kind of use in retail environments as projected images are perfect for eye-grabbing digital signage. For example, a retailer wanting to stretch an image 125 feet along an extensive back wall can install a projector in the ceiling that projects the image downward upon the wall. A comparable flat panel setup would require an extensive setup – and a higher budget.

Flat panels’ glass creates glare absent in projected images, unless equipped with an anti-glare coating, like our Optoma Creative Touch IFP line up. Another advantage projectors provide are an enhanced fill factor, resulting in smoother images. The better visibility inherent in projected images captures and holds audience members’ attention and ensures memorability.

Collaborative work or education environments that require writing, drawing, annotations or other interactive capabilities can opt for either projector or flat panel. Optoma Creative Touch IFPs provide interactivity in 65-inch, 75-inch and 86-inch display sizes. Projectors can provide interactivity, too. The Optoma Creative Touch PCT-101 projected capacitive touch screen provides 101 inches of 30-point multi-touch capabilities when paired with an ultra short throw projector, like the Optoma ZH420UST.

Money still does not grow on trees – therefore whether an option is affordable is always a consideration for any application. On an inch-by-inch comparison, projectors can give you more image per dollar, especially with their flexibility to project onto screens of more than 100 inches.

Easy setup and portability
A system’s portability factors in, too. Despite the advent of thinner flat panel displays in the last few years, shipping and logistics are more complicated for flat panel displays. Transporting large flat panel displays and their associated stands and mounts, whether to in-house, in-town or out-of-town venues, is challenging and expensive. Oppositely, presenters need only carry a projector to present stunning images to audiences at any site.

The advantages projectors provide for presenters are numerous—better outcomes for purposes, more flexibility surrounding audience sizes and positions, larger and more detailed images, superior visibility, greater affordability and durability, easier portability and more convenient setup and removal.

Flat Panels
Interactivity, collaboration and smaller screen sizes are where flat panels have advantages. All-in-one solutions, like the Optoma Creative Touch interactive flat panels provide a single unit with built-in Android OS, annotation, collaboration and mobile sharing features without additional hardware.



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Epson Releases Five Split-Screen Projectors

Epson has launched a new line of five business projectors with split-screen capability.

The projectors each feature a screen size of up to 320”; split screen; long-lasting lamps which give up to 17,000 hours of life in Eco Mode; and increased brightness for both colours and whites up to 4200 lumens.

Additionally, the EB-FH52 and EB-992F models include resolutions of up to 1080p, as well as wireless screen mirroring through Miracast.

Epson is trumpeting the projectors’ split-screen capability, which will allow inputs from two separate devices to be displayed side by side on the same screen.

“With different layout options, users can easily display video and presentation materials and run professional-looking video on both screens. This function allows the projector to perform a dual role, eliminating the need for a second screen and making it ideal for meeting rooms with limited spaces,” the company said.

The new projectors – the Epson EB-W52 (RRP $799), EB-FH52 (RRP $1,149), EB-972 (RRP $999), EB-982W (RRP $1,099) and EB-992F (RRP $1,299) – are available now online and through Epson partners and resellers.

Source: https://www.channelnews.com.au/epson-releases-five-split-screen-projectors/

Impact of COVID-19 on Ultra Short Throw Projector Market

Ultra Short Throw Projector Market 2020-2025:

This is the latest report, covering the current COVID-19 impact on the market. The pandemic of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected every aspect of life globally. This has brought along several changes in market conditions. The rapidly changing market scenario and initial and future assessment of the impact are covered in the report.

Reports Monitor introduces a new report titles Global Ultra Short Throw Projector Market that studies all the vital factors related to the Global Ultra Short Throw Projector market that are crucial for the growth and development of businesses in the given market parameters. The report highlights the important elements related to the market such as the market share, company profiles, profitability, barriers and restraints, opportunities and threats, advertising, technological advancements, key market players, regional segmentation, and many more important elements related to the Global Ultra Short Throw Projector Market.

The Major Players Covered in this Report:
Epson, BenQ, Optoma, Hitachi, ViewSonic, Sony, Christie, Acer, LG, Infocus, Ricoh, Casio, Vivitek, Dell, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, Canon, Philips, Honghe Tech, NEC, COSTAR & More.

In 2019, the global Ultra Short Throw Projector market size was million US$ and it is expected to reach a million US$ by the end of 2025, with a CAGR between 2020 and 2025.

Key Types

Key Types

The report specifically highlights the market share, company profiles, regional outlook, product portfolio, a record of the recent developments, strategic analysis, key players in the market, sales, distribution chain, manufacturing, production, new market entrants as well as existing market players, advertising, brand value, popular products, demand and supply, and other important factors related to the market to help the new entrants understand the market scenario better.

Regional Analysis For Ultra Short Throw Projector Market:

North America (United States, Canada, and Mexico)
Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia, and Italy)
Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India, and Southeast Asia)
South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, etc.)
Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria, and South Africa)

In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of the Ultra Short Throw Projector are as follows:

History Year: 2014-2019
Base Year: 2019
Estimated Year: 2020
Forecast Year 2020 to 2025

The market research report on the Global Ultra Short Throw Projector market has been carefully curated after studying and observing various factors that determine the growth such as environmental, economic, social, technological and political status of the regions mentioned. A thorough analysis of the data regarding revenue, production, and manufacturers gives out a clear picture of the global scenario of the Ultra Short Throw Projector market. The data will also help key players and new entrants understand the potential of investments in the Global Ultra Short Throw Projector Market.

Key features of this report are:

1. It provides valuable insights into the Global Ultra Short Throw Projector Market.
2. Provides information for the years 2020-2025. Important factors related to the market are mentioned.
3. Technological advancements, government regulations, and recent developments are highlighted.
4. Advertising and marketing strategies, market trends, and analysis are studied in this report.
5.Growth analysis and predictions until the year 2025.
6. Statistical analysis of the key players in the market is highlighted.

To conclude, the Ultra Short Throw Projector Industry report mentions the key geographies, market landscapes alongside the product price, revenue, volume, production, supply, demand, market growth rate, and forecast, etc. This report also provides SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.

Source: https://deutchnews.de/uncategorized/158022/impact-of-covid-19-on-ultra-short-throw-projector-market-epson-ricoh-casio-vivitek-dell-panasonic-mitsubishi-canon-philips-honghe-tech-nec-costar-and-more/


Epson EF-100 Mini-Laser Streaming Projector With Android TV

The Epson EF-100—available in either black or white and rated at 2,000 lumens—is impressively different from most home projectors, but not in the way Epson suggests. The company refers to it in full as a “Mini-Laser Streaming Projector With Android TV,” and focuses on the streaming part. But you can plug a streaming dongle into any projector. The bigger difference is the “mini-laser” bit, with equal emphasis on “mini” and “laser.” It’s also what makes the EF-100 worth its high price—officially $999.99 on Epson’s website, reduced to $699.99 from some sellers at this writing—despite its modest 1,280-by-800-pixel native resolution and lack of optical zoom or support for 3D, HDR, or input resolutions above 1080p. What the EF-100 offers instead: all the advantages of a laser light source in what is, at anywhere near its brightness, the least expensive, smallest, and lightest home laser projector to date.

This Is Why You Want a Laser

The only key advantage lasers don’t have over traditional lamps as a projection source is price. To begin with, they’re meant to last the life of the projector, so you don’t have to shell out money for replacements or go through the bother of replacing a lamp. And, unlike lamps, they lose brightness gradually throughout their lives, rather than dropping by a lot early on and then decaying gradually after that.


Epson rates the EF-100’s light source at 12,000 hours at full power—long enough to run for five hours a day, every day, for more than six years. At lowest power mode, the life jumps to 20,000 hours. As a point of reference, the lamp life for the 720p Epson Home Cinema 760 is just half as long in both full-power and eco modes. Another advantage, as with most laser projectors, is that the EF-100 has a range of power settings, adding nine intermediate steps between full-power and eco modes. Adjusting the power to give you just the brightness you need can both extend the life of the laser and save on electricity.

Lasers also make it easier to design projectors to work in almost any orientation. For a home projector like the EF-100, that translates to possibilities like pointing straight up to watch movies or TV on the ceiling.


The longer life for a laser can also help make up for a higher initial cost. A case in point: Using Epson’s official full prices, the Home Cinema 760 is about $450 less than the EF-100 at this writing, but to make them more comparable in features, you’d have to add an HDMI streaming device to the 760, which brings the difference to about $390. If you also have to buy just one lamp over the projector’s lifetime, the difference drops to $330, not counting the abovementioned $300 discount.

As a result, by the time you’re ready for a new model, the total cost for a laser projector may not be much more than for a lamp-based alternative. And in this case, you still wouldn’t have all of the EF-100’s features, including a better-quality speaker, an audio-out port, and Bluetooth speaker support.

Android TV or Not TV

What turns the EF-100 into an Android TV is the Epson-branded HDMI Android TV dongle it comes with. To set it up, you snap off the projector’s back panel, plug the dongle into the sole HDMI port, and connect the supplied USB cable between the dongle and the projector’s USB Type-A port for power. The HDMI port sits at the end of a captured cable, so the dongle can rest in a recessed area designed to hold it.


Replacing the back cover hides the cables and dongle, leaving an uncluttered back of the projector that will fit nicely in any decor. The dongle also supplies the Wi-Fi connection to your network, so it can connect to Chromecast-enabled apps on computers and mobile devices, and to the Internet to stream from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and elsewhere, all of which turns the EF-100 into, in essence, a cord-cutting TV.

If you prefer, you can ignore the supplied dongle and use another one instead, or you can connect to any video source or PC using an HDMI cable. The back panel even includes a track and a small opening for a cable on one side. However, with only one HDMI port, you can’t connect both a dongle and another video source, like a Blu-ray player, at the same time. Aside from a service port for upgrading firmware, the only other connectors are the power connector on the right side, near the back, and a 3.5mm audio port just above it.

Most laser projectors are notably bigger and heavier than comparable lamp-based projectors. The EF-100 isn’t, which is why the “mini” part of the mini-laser description matters. Barely larger than a school lunchbox, at 3.6 by 8.3 by 9.1 inches (HWD) including feet, it weighs just 6 pounds, making it easy to carry from room to room and small enough to leave sitting on a coffee table or store unobtrusively on a bookshelf when you’re not using it.


To set the projector up, you simply connect an HDMI cable or let it connect to your Wi-Fi network. After that, you would move the projector to adjust image size and position, and use the manual horizontal and the auto or manual vertical keystone adjustments to square off the image. Focus is done manually. There’s also a digital zoom for adjusting image size, but it’s best avoided, since anything smaller than the full size will lower brightness and can introduce artifacts.

Testing the EF-100: Bright Picture, Accurate Color, Weak on Contrast

A minor complication for the EF-100’s brightness is that its rating of 2,000 lumens applies to the native 16:10 aspect ratio. However, most streaming sites, Blu-ray discs, and TV shows today use a 16:9 aspect ratio, which means 10 percent of the pixels are set to black, blocking 10 percent of the light. The good news is that even 1,800 lumens translates to a usefully high brightness, especially since the 3LCD design (meaning it uses three LCD chips) means color images are fully as bright as you would expect from the white brightness, which isn’t always true of single-chip designs.

Based on Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) recommendations, 1,800 lumens is bright enough in a dark room for a 190-inch diagonal 16:9 image, assuming a 1.0-gain screen. For moderately bright ambient light, the size drops to 110 inches. In my formal tests in a dark room, even the lowest-brightness picture mode produced a suitably bright image on a 90-inch screen. In more informal tests using an 80-inch screen in a family room, the low-brightness Cinema mode delivered a bright image with lights on at night, while the brightest predefined mode (Dynamic) stood up to daylight streaming through the windows.


Image quality is easily good enough for the kind of casual viewing the EF-100 is meant for. Sharpness and level of detail was appropriate for the projector’s resolution, and most people will consider the color accuracy more than acceptable even in the brightest mode—something best avoided with most projectors.

Contrast gets slightly lower marks. The color mode with the best contrast, Cinema, showed most but not all of the shadow detail in the darkest scenes in our test suite, and it lacked the sense of three-dimensionality that comes from dark blacks and top-tier contrast. However, it held up well in ambient light, which tends to wash out contrast regardless of how good it looks in a dark room. Another plus is that the 3LCD design means that it can’t show rainbow artifacts—the red-green-blue flashes that single-chip projectors can show.

Under the category of useful conveniences, the remote includes two buttons specifically for streaming—one to call up YouTube, and one to launch the Apps screen.


Also important is that the EF-100’s built-in 5-watt speaker delivers easily enough volume to fill a family room, along with good enough sound quality to be useful. For higher volume or better quality, you can connect to an external sound system or speakers using Bluetooth or the 3.5mm audio-out port. Note, too, that I measured the EF-100’s lag time at 39 milliseconds, which is easily good enough for casual gaming.

Bright, Compact, and Well Worth Looking At

Whether you want a projector that’s designed as part of an Android TV bundle, or don’t much care about the included dongle, the Epson EF-100 is well worth considering. But keep in mind that you can add a streaming dongle to any projector with an HDMI port.


you’d rather keep initial costs down and you don’t need higher resolution than 720p, you will probably prefer a lamp-based model like the Epson Home Cinema 760. Alternatively, if you want higher resolution while still staying at an under-$1,000 price, take a look at lamp-based 1080p models like the BenQ HT2150ST, the Optoma HD39HDR, or the ViewSonic PX701HD. But if you want the advantages of a laser light source, the Epson EF-100 offers a unique combination at this writing: a low price for a laser projector, a compact size, excellent room-to-room portability, and a level of image quality and brightness that will stand up well in ambient light.

Epson EF-100 Mini-Laser Streaming Projector With Android TV Specs
Engine Type LCD
Rated Brightness 2000 ANSI lumens
Native Resolution 1280 by 800
Maximum Resolution 1280 by 800
Inputs and Interfaces HDMI, USB
Dimensions (HWD) 3.6 by 8.3 by 9.1 inches
Weight 6 lbs
Warranty 2 years

Source: https://sea.pcmag.com/projector-screens/39157/epson-ef-100-mini-laser-streaming-projector-with-android-tv

BenQ Launches Latest Smart Projectors For Classrooms

BenQ, launches their latest smart projectors for classrooms, EX800ST and EW800ST– the first ever android based education projectors to feature cloud account integration, smart app capability, internet and wireless connectivity. They have been designed to promote diversified teaching and blended learning in K-12 classrooms. Providing long-lasting uninterrupted instruction with Dust Guard technology, the short-throw projectors offer futureproof PC-less academic solutions for student interaction, collaboration, and next-generation teaching styles.

“Education is now moving towards becoming more student-centric where the focus is not on the teacher and students are encouraged to collaborate and arrive at solutions on their own. EX800ST is an excellent tool for educators as it enables them to foster a progressive school climate. It empowers them with flexible and innovative teaching methods that significantly enhance student interaction and collaboration.” said Manish Bakshi, MD, BenQ ME.

The EX800ST brings with it a whole new way of classroom teaching as by offering personal account control and cloud services integration via BenQ Account Management System (AMS), which allows teachers individualized access to lesson plans and educational materials in cloud storage. Exclusive to BenQ, the AMS software lets teachers manage their materials for both online and face-to-face classes in one place. This considerably simplifies their workflow and saves precious time that they can invest more productively.

The E800ST also comes with a centralized messaging and display scheduling system, X-Sign Broadcast. The BenQ exclusive X-Sign Broadcast is the wireless system that gets essential announcements and messages across the school, floor, or even individual classrooms without disrupting class. The school administration and staff can pre-schedule messages as well as send immediate announcements if required.

BenQ’s latest ed-tech projector, EX800ST’s user interface is optimized for education and interaction and provides intuitive content navigation in addition to the traditional projector remote control. Featuring intuitive human interface device (HID) support, EX800ST lets students and teachers navigate educational content with a mouse or keyboard, even allowing projector control and operation from a smartphone via BenQ Smart Control app.

With the, EX800ST users can download a variety of smart apps, including web browsers for self-contained Internet connectivity through its onboard BenQ Suggest app store, BenQ’s smart interactive classroom projectors support wireless projection from multiple sources. This enables students to share their ideas without requiring them to plug in or unplug their devices. Focus increases significantly when there’s an uninterrupted flow of teachings and curiosities in the classroom. Wireless projection empowers students to share their ideas quickly and conveniently, making collaboration quite seamless. Making hassle-free wireless projection from mobile, PC, and laptop devices possible even when there is no Wi-Fi infrastructure, the EX800ST’s smart features help educators in transforming classrooms and building immersive learning spaces without boundaries.

With new Infographic and Video modes, EX800ST’s engaging and expansive visual quality helps accentuate the learning opportunities presented by modern educational materials that use a mixture of graphics, data, charts, motion video, and text. BenQ’s smart interactive classroom projectors allow teachers to perform instant internet searches and interactions via Firefox and TeamViewer. This comes in super handy for teachers as they do not have to rely on other devices during class to get the information they need, and they can easily collaborate with their students without any disruption of flow.

These projectors are equipped with BenQ’s exclusive DMS Local and MDA systems that let schools centralize projector control via a local network. This enables the school IT administrators to manage all the projectors of a school from one central location. This completely eliminates the need for IT personnel to go from one classroom to another in order to manage projectors and their problems individually. Saving time and delivering faster solutions to classrooms minimizes the disruption of a class. Moreover, these systems considerably reduce labour and other expenses usually associated with projectors.

Available in XGA (EX800ST) and WXGA (EW800ST) resolutions, both the new smart interactive classroom projectors are equipped with BenQ Dust Guard technology for durability. The projectors come with a Lamp Save Mode that powers up to 15,000 hours of long-lasting clarity before the lamp requires any maintenance. With centralized LAN-based projector control and maintenance as well as over-the-air firmware updates, EX800ST can further minimize ownership costs for institutions. In Dubai, the XGA model, EX800ST is priced at AED 3499 whereas the WXGA model, EW800ST is priced at AED 3599, both prices exclusive of VAT.



BenQ launches latest smart projectors for classrooms

Classroom Projector

Epson Announces Availability of Classroom and Meeting Room Projectors

Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide,1 today announced availability of eight new projectors designed for K-12 classrooms and small to medium-sized conference rooms. The PowerLite® E20, X49, W49, 118, 119W, 982W, 992F, and 1288 range from budget-friendly, network-ready classroom projectors to wireless, portable meeting room solutions. The new lineup offers premium audio, enhanced connectivity, and widescreen options with most models for enriched presentations and increased engagement in today’s virtual sessions and more spread out classes and conference rooms. Combining high-quality visuals with flexible display capabilities, the projectors support versatile and captivating projection in a variety of environments without the commitment to one location, unlike permanent flat panel options.

“As educators look for new ways to enhance virtual lessons and companies explore how to provide better visibility in more spread out conference rooms, Epson focuses on designing accessible technologies that adapt to current display needs and help drive productivity and engagement,” said Veronika Knight, product manager, Epson America, Inc. “Compatible with a wide range of devices and widely-used software, the new models deliver big, bright, easy-to-read presentations and offer simple projection tools for easy integration into today’s corporate and education environments.”

Leveraging Epson’s 3LCD technology and up to 4,200 lumens of equal color and white brightness,2 the new models project up to 350 inches of dynamic content with split screen capabilities for side-by-side viewing. Designed with convenience and durability in mind, the projectors include advanced network connectivity options for remote management and multi-device integration and deliver up to 17,000 hours of lamp life3 for less maintenance.

Select models feature the Epson iProjection™ app4 with a built-in moderator5 function that allows up to 50 users to connect and simultaneously display content from up to four devices.4 With Miracast® technology and built-in wireless with enterprise-level security, the PowerLite 992F and 1288 models can easily connect with a laptop, tablet or smartphone and mirror Full HD content for convenient and flexible on-the-go projection.

Availability and Product Details

The PowerLite E20, X49, W49, 118, 119W, and 982W are available now. The PowerLite 1288 will be available in late September and the PowerLite 992F will be available in October. All models can be purchased through national resellers, pro audio/visual dealers, mail order, distribution, Epson.com, and the Brighter Futures® program.

As a leader in innovation and partnership, Epson’s Brighter Futures program is a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for a total of three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and associated accessories.


September 3rd, 2020

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Stewart Filmscreen Announces Balón Edge UST Worldwide

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Global projection screen maker debuts premier UST solution for home and business

Torrance, CA: February 10, 2020. Stewart Filmscreen, the premiere projection screen manufacturer and a minority woman-owned technology company, announced today that they are releasing an UST (Ultra Short Throw) screen worthy of the Stewart name. Balón Edge UST is immediately available worldwide.

“We have listened to the market, and we are now offering a truly premium UST projection screen,” said Mary Stewart, CEO and Owner of Stewart Filmscreen. “I am excited to tell the channel that we have expanded the wildly successful Balón series, now with a stunning ambient light rejecting UST solution! Our UST screen material is extremely high performing and meets all of our comprehensive quality specs. Our framing systems are tried and true, and they are the best built frames in the industry.” Stewart continued, “We utilize Stewart’s S-hooks and shock cord attachment to the frame, lending a product that is flat and wrinkle free — a strong preference for many installers. Our sweet spot has always been custom projection screen manufacturing, and now we are able to deliver a stunning UST solution to complement our many projection screen solutions.”

Stewart’s Balón Edge UST is competitively priced and is available effective 2/10/2020 in the United States and worldwide. Balón Edge UST is a semi-flexible, optically engineered, high contrast ALR screen system for use with ultra short throw (UST) focal length projectors. Compactly packaged and low cost to ship, Balón Edge UST is available in diagonals up to 120 inches and offered with a light deadening, Velux frame which is super secure and easy to mount to any wall. For about 50% less, Balón Edge UST exceeds the size and performance of a typical flat screen monitor or LED-backlit LCD screen.

For more information, visit Stewart Filmscreen or contact your local dealer here.

About Stewart Filmscreen

Since 1947, Stewart Filmscreen, an ISO 9001:2015 registered and woman-owned technology company, is the world’s premier professional projection screen manufacturer. Handmade in the USA in Torrance, CA, Stewart ignited the theater screen experience with exclusive home cinemas, large-venue commercial applications, and post-production film studios around the world. As the preferred exclusive creator of professional and home-based projection screens such as Director’s Choice, CineCurve, VistaScope, Balón Edge, WallScreen Deluxe and Luxus, Stewart Filmscreen stands alone in exceeding the most challenging requirements — from demanding aerospace customers as well as from all commercial and home environments. With customers in over 150 countries throughout the Americas, EMEA and APAC, including the biggest names in Hollywood, Stewart is the reference standard for stunning, visual immersion. For more information about Stewart’s award-winning projection screens, visit www.StewartFilmscreen.com and follow us on Twitter StewartFilmscrn, FaceBook StewartFilmscreen, LinkedIn Stewart Filmscreen and Instagram Stewart.Filmscreen.

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Why Display Size Matters in Today’s New Classroom

As an educator, your main goal is to provide an excellent learning experience for your students. Social distancing regulations have forced you to reinvent classroom spaces so kids can safely return. As you design new classrooms, consider these important facts.
The Old Classroom
Average class size in U.S.


students for primary grades

$13 billion estimate of how much U.S. schools spend on educational tech tools each year


students for secondary grades

85% of that spending is wasted on products that are a poor fit or implemented incorrectly for schools
50% of class time is spent viewing displays for educational purposes
Choosing the right technology is critical for students as well as district budgets.
Social Distancing and The Right Tool
No state has sufficient classroom size for the current average class size
In a standard classroom, 58% of students cannot read what was on 70-inch display
CDC guidelines suggest
Turning desks to face in the same direction
Spacing seating at least 6 feet apart when feasible

classroom size

Select the right display for K-12 classrooms with two criteria:
The size of the display
The distance from which students will view it

social distancing

The 4/6/8 Rule
This rule demonstrates how the size of the display in relation to the student’s location impacts engagement, learning and comprehension.
analytical viewing 4 For analytical viewing, students should sit a maximum of four times the vertical display height Learning goals:
Making decisions
Analyzing details
basic viewing 6 For basic viewing, students should sit a maximum of six times the vertical display height Learning goals:
Watching presentations
Presenting multimedia curriculum
passive viewing 8 For passive viewing, students should sit a maximum of eight times the vertical display height Learning goals:
Watching noncritical video
Viewing noncritical data
Now more than ever, the size of classroom displays are critical for success.
At distances greater than eight times the display height, students experience a significant reduction in their comprehension.
Six times vertical display height should be the desired standard for schools.
In the average classroom using a flat panel display, 27% of students are within acceptable viewing distance.
What happens to the remaining 73% of students?
How Projectors Are Integral to the Hybrid Classroom
1 Image size and quality

As you move into new classroom designs, more students will be further away from the display

The Epson BrightLink BL 1485 Fi 120-inch display offers up to 95% more interactive space versus a 75-inch flat panel

Displays bright, colorful, content from 60 inches up to 300 inches on virtually any wall for larger, more flexible images

With a 100-inch display, 100% of students are within acceptable viewing distance


How Projectors Are Integral to the Hybrid Classroom
2 Distance learning
CDC guidelines suggest that some students use distance learning

distance learning

student screen

Teachers can leverage a video conferencing platform, like Zoom, with an Epson BrightLink interactive projector to create a collaborative and engaging experience for remote students. A split-screen provides space for content and whiteboard use
How Projectors Are Integral to the Hybrid Classroom
3 Value
AFFORDABLE The budget-friendly BrightLink offers the lowest cost image per square inch vs interactive flat panel displays.
VERSATILE Unlike flat-panels, Epson projectors don’t compromise whiteboard learning space.
RELIABLE Virtually maintenance-free 20,000-hour laser light source with no lamps - which means no lamps to change- ever.
CONNECTABLE Epson’s iProjection app supports wireless casting from Teacher and Student devices. Wireless device casting is critical to maintain hygiene in the classroom.
Epson Brightlink Projectors provide obvious advantages over flat panel displays for all students — in and out of the classroom. After all, they come from a brand that’s been a trusted education partner for 25 years. No wonder more than 10 million students learn on them daily.


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NEC Display Expands Cutting-Edge Software ProAssistTM to More Projectors

A dynamic and flexible control software, ProAssistTM makes control and adjustment effortless for professional installation experts.

NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial display and projector solutions, today announced an expansion of features, capabilities, and availability of the ProAssistTM projector software solution.

Expanding the number of projectors that its software is compatible with, ProAssist can now provide projection perfection to the NEC NP-PA803UL / NP-PA703UL (Firmware version 1.12 or later), NP-PA804UL / NP-PA1004UL, NP-PX803UL (Firmware version 1.11 or later), NPPX1004UL (Firmware version 1.07 or later), and the NP-PX1005QL / NP-PH2601QL / NPPH3501QL.

ProAssist is professional-grade, easy to use adjustment and control solution for brilliant and coordinated projection from multiple installation projectors. Whether the illuminist is using stacking, edge blending, or projection mapping techniques, ProAssist ensures uniformity across the entire image. Installers can use ProAssist from a computer or tablet via a network to fine-tune each projector to correct any misalignment, saving them from making time-consuming, manual adjustments to individual projectors.

ProAssist makes image correction effortless, and allows for the adjustment of image quality using all picture controls like brightness, contrast, white balance, and more. ProAssist also offers lens functionality for the image’s focus, to zoom or shift as needed. It also allows users to turn the projectors on/off, switch inputs, and alter anything typically available from the menu, without displaying the menu on the projected image and distracting the audience. These adjustments can also be made off-site and remotely.

“We created ProAssist specifically with professional installation experts in mind, giving them an easier way to control and adjust their projectors and create stunning multi-projector images and scenes,” said Rich McPherson, senior product manager at NEC Display. “With this dynamic  solution, the sky is the limit for how it can be used and what it can create, and we’re ecstatic to be able to enable professionals in that way.”

ProAssist is ideal for customers that want to make an impression with their image or content on a large screen in a classroom, meeting room, auditorium or other large space. With its highly efficient control software, ProAssist is perfect for applications in digital signage, leisure and entertainment, higher education, rental and staging, artistic expressions, and museums.

Sony VPL-GTZ380

Sony Unveils Flagship 4K Professional SXRD Laser Projector for Large Display Applications

Sony Electronics’ newest professional projector, the VPL-GTZ380, enhances the company’s lineup of powerful native 4K (4096×2160) SXRD models to include its highest brightness, 10,000 lumen model.  The new projector combines outstanding contrast, brightness, high dynamic range and resolution with a wide color gamut to offer an unmatched visual experience in any distance and lighting condition, making it ideal for a wide range of corporate, entertainment and simulation applications. The flagship projector incorporates cutting-edge technology into a small form factor that provides installation flexibility and enables quiet operation.

“In a few short years, our SXRD lineup of 4K projectors have become the industry standard with installations at influential customer sites across the world,” said Theresa Alesso, pro division president, Sony Electronics.  “The newest addition to the family, the VPL-GTZ380, excels in dark and bright environments and is a direct result of insights we’ve gathered from key clients in training and simulation, as well as at entertainment venues, corporations, museums and planetariums.  We’re proud to have developed a new solution that not only exceeds their requirements but fosters users’ creativity allowing them to bring their vision to life with unparalleled image expression.”

Featuring a newly developed 0.74″ Native 4K SXRD panel, the VPL-GTZ380 provides detailed and radiant imagery with a high 16,000:1 contrast ratio*1 that delivers deep blacks.  By adopting a new liquid crystal material for the panel, its light stability dramatically improves, enabling durability with 10,000 lumens brightness.  This allows the projector to be used in both bright and dark environments, offering increased versatility and flexibility in installation.  The VPL-GTZ380’s new laser light source, which incorporates a red laser diode in addition to the two different-wavelength blue laser diodes, enables a wide color gamut of 100% DCI-P3 without any loss of brightness.

The new 4K SXRD model is equipped with a high performance picture processor optimized for projection, “X1 Ultimate for projector,” which is based on the original X1 Ultimate processor used for Sony’s high-end line of BRAVIA TVs to enable enhanced picture quality.  This includes new features such as Dynamic HDR Enhancer and Object based HDR Remaster to enhance dynamic range and achieve deeper blacks.  The VPL-GTZ380 also supports HDR formats including HDR 10 and HLG for more natural color reproduction.

From a design perspective, at 112 pounds, the VPL-GTZ380 has a compact body size for its class, due to the adoption of the small sized panel and patented phosphor wheel providing efficient heat release, which allows the model to seamlessly integrate into a variety of installation environments.  Additionally, the projector achieves 39dB for quiet operation due to the use of liquid SXRD panel cooling system and streamlined air flow design.  Its form factor, quiet operation and easily stackable four corner mount design enables multi-projection in domes and for large screen exhibitions.  Due to its high contrast and deep black levels, the projector minimizes banding, allowing for uniform blending.

Through an optional license, the VPL-GTZ380 can also support 4K 120Hz and low transport delay, which are essential for displaying CG images for training simulators and large-screen displays of eSports events.  The model has additional optional 3D and Night Vision Goggle (NVG) functions for use in VR research facilities and for specialized training.

The VPL-GTZ380 is planned to be available in January of 2021.  For more information about this new projector or Sony’s lineup of 2,000 lumen to 10,000 lumen 4K SXRD models, please visit pro.sony

*1: Typical value. Actual value depends on its usage.

About Sony Electronics Inc. 
Sony Electronics is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America and an affiliate of Sony Corporation (Japan), one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world, with a portfolio that encompasses electronics, music, motion pictures, mobile, gaming, robotics and financial services. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Sony Electronics is a leader in electronics for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony Electronics creates products that innovate and inspire generations, such as the award-winning Alpha Interchangeable Lens Cameras and revolutionary high-resolution audio products. Sony is also a leading manufacturer of end-to-end solutions from 4K professional broadcast and A/V equipment to industry leading 4K and 8K Ultra HD TVs. Visit http://www.sony.com/news for more information.

SOURCE Sony Electronics Inc.

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