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Optoma Unveils Short-Throw Interactive Projectors

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

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

 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

•        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;

•        An integrated
10-watt speaker system; 

•        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;

•        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