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Epson Adds Whiteboard Projectors

Las Vegas – Epson used Infocomm Wednesday to introduce a pair of BrightLink Pro-series projectors, featuring new interactive whiteboard sharing tools.

BrightLink Pro models 1430Wi and 1420Wi were developed for business and educational purposes to deliver bright, large interactive whiteboard surfaces using built-in tools that don’t require a computer or software.

The Epson BrightLink 1430Wi and BrightLink 1420Wi projectors will be available in August through VARs and resellers for suggested retails of $2,999 and $2,799, respectively.

The Whiteboard Sharing Tool allows up to 15 participants to join a whiteboarding session directly from any mobile device with a web browser or from another BrightLink Pro without using a software or app.

“According to a recent study, 37 percent of employee time is spent in meetings. We created BrightLink Pro to ensure that meeting time is spent in the most productive and efficient manner,” stated Sean Gunduz, Epson America senior product manager. “Our simple interactive tools take meetings to the next level, allowing users to engage in a truly immersive and collaborative environment.”

Both BrightLink Pro models are ultra-short-throw interactive meeting room projectors with whiteboard applications allowing users to add up to 50 blank pages of writing space, and with the ability to save, print and email notes, and improved email functionality.

The projectors also deliver improved object tools such as copy, paste, crop and rotate for ease-of-use.

The BrightLink Pro 1430Wi allows gestures, up to six fingers for annotations, and has dual-pen support.

A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) feature uses a free Epson iProjection app, enabling use with iOS Apple devices running iOS 4.2 or later and most Android devices running Android 2.3 or later to project on BrightLink Pro, annotate, capture and share.

The Whiteboard Sharing Tool allows up to 15 devices to connect with the projector. Collaboration levels can be set for view only, write/edit without adding pages, and full edit privileges.

Connecting parties need only a web browser to engage without the need for special software.

For conference display purposes the projectors include split-screen capabilities.

Connectivity options include two HDMI ports, one with MHL support for connecting multiple digital devices, including mobile phones, tablets and other portable devices, for enriched high-definition viewing capabilities.

A control pad acts as a USB hub, extension to USB ports or as a remote control unit.

For PC interactivity, an interactive pen can be used as a wireless mouse to run any application on a computer.

Projector brightness for both models is rated at 3,300 lumens for both color and white brightness.