Fremont, Calif. -
unveiled this week two new ultra short-throw projectors with interactive and 3D capabilities targeting the education/institutional markets.
Models TX665UTiM-3D ($1,899 suggested retail with mount, $1,699 without mount) TW675UTiM-3D ($1,999 with mount, $1,799 without mount) are also both said to have unusually high brightness performance, ideal for optimal use in classrooms and other environments with ambient light challenges.
Both models will ship in May and include Texas Instrument's single-chip .65 DC3 DMD DLP solution and PointBlank interactive pen technology, Crestron RoomView technology for remote monitoring and control, and Qwizdom's WizTeach software suite of interactive tools.
Optoma said both projectors offer educators "more effective and less costly alternatives to interactive white boards," and are designed to work seamlessly with both Windows PCs and Macs.
"Interactivity has proven to be an effective tool to keep meeting participants engaged and enhance productivity," said Jon Grodem, Optoma's product and marketing senior director. "These new projectors are packed with features that make them the most complete, affordable and versatile interactive package available."
Texas Instrument's PointBlank technology offers a significant advantage over other systems, including its ability to allow users to interact with the image on the screen from anywhere in the room via a special pen.
"With most other interactive systems, you have to physically touch the pen to the screen or white board to engage the system," said Grodem. "With PointBlank, the projected image actually reads the pen wherever you are in the room. So you can walk around the room, as you interact with what's on screen."
The WizTeach software includes 70 interactive tools, including annotation, drawing, math, language arts, video capture and more. It also includes access to all the teaching resources in Qwizdom's 3,400-item content library.
The included license provides rights for use with up to four computers.
The TX665UTiM-3D features 3,000 lumens of brightness and XGA 1,024-by-768 pixel resolution. The TX675UTiM-3D (XGA offers 3,200 lumens of brightness and WXG (1280-by-800 pixel) resolution.
Both projectors support 3D video playback compatible with active-shutter glasses (sold separately).
The TX665UTiM-3D produces an image that measures 75 inches diagonally, while the widescreen TW675UTiM-3D projects a 90-inch image from the same distance.
Features and connectivity options available on both models include:
â€¢ Crestron RoomView, which allows for remote monitoring and control and allows the help desk to change projector settings on-the-fly to reduce IT costs;
â€¢ An integrated 10-watt speaker system;
â€¢ Connection ports including HDMI v1.3, (2) VGA-in, VGA-out,
S-video, composite video, RCA stereo audio-in, stereo audio-in, stereo audio-out, microphone-in, 12v trigger, mini-USB for interactive pen output to the computer, mini-USB for display, USB for wireless dongle, RJ45 and RS-232;
â€¢ Optoma's special cable management compartment conceals the input panel and feeds directly to the customized wall mount.
For users wanting ultra short throw functionality without the interactive capabilities, Optoma also offers both projectors in a "vanilla" format that includes only the 3D capable projector, the company said.
Both versions of the projectors are also available without the mount.