Will Epson Wipe Out Whiteboards?
The new second-generation MeetingMate Interactive touch projectors (EB-1420Wi/1430Wi raised the bar for business meetings and wipe out the need for whiteboard.
Epson say the “incredible success” of the first generation projectors adding tablet – like features and allows 6 people work on the screen simultaneously.
The EB-1430Wi is the world’s first touch-based interactive projector aimed at business users, enables as many as six participants to draw and interact using intuitive gestures via a pen, or just fingers.
A company spokesperson told CN “it’s a real growth area for Epson. The market is growing all the time as the technology in these projectors means they are replacing more expensive interactive whiteboards. “
The screen works like a tablet, scrolling, moving and expanding objects, and annotations performed by fingers. Participants can use their own device and wirelessly share and display content from iPhone, iPad and Android devices to MeetingMate projectors via an app.
MeetingMate lets you save and share everything that transpires within the meeting and is set up to print or email directly from the screen.It saves up to 50 fully digital pages.
Images on screen can be resized and moved to make room for new annotations on the 1430W, which costs $3699 – the lower level model RRP’s at 3299.
“The new MeetingMate projectors revolutionise any whiteboard, wall, flat surface or existing dry erase board as it makes them a truly interactive and powerful business tool. Simply turn on the projector and start writing. It’s that easy,” says Epson Australia GM Business, Craig Heckenberg.
It is a standalone solution that requires no computer, software.
There’s also a whiteboard sharing mode which enables digital content to be shared and annotated on simultaneously by both local and remote participants using mobiles, PCs.
Users can operate the mouse using the interactive pen or finger by connecting the projectors to a PC.
From a technical standpoint the bar has been raised even further as MeetingMate enabes users to connect video conferencing equipment for screens up to 100 inches.
The new MeetingMate projectors use low cost Epson lamps and have a powerful 16W built-in speaker. The lamp life has also been extended now giving up to 6,000 hours in ECO mode.
Priced at EB-1420Wi $3,299 and EB-1430Wi $3,699 and both projectors are available from authorised Epson dealers.
The new m MeetingMate projectors will be demonstrated at Integrate 2014 on Epson’s stand E30 from 26-28 August at Sydney Olympic Park.