Epson Brightlink 450Wi Projector and Interactive Pen

We had a two hour demo of the Epson Brightlink 450Wi yesterday:

http://www.epsonbrightlink.webengager.com/Education/

Relatively impressive.  Ultra-short throw.  WXGA (Macbook native resolution.  2500 Lumens.  Interactive pen that can make a variety of surfaces work like an interactive white board.

We’ve had tech issues with Smartboards for some time now, but we like the Smartboard software.  It can be used with alternative interactive boards if you buy the licenses and jump some hoops.

Last year we stepped away from Smartboard hardware by trying three Eno boards (all technology in the pen with a special camera in the tip, and the board was like a regular whiteboard but with a fine black dot patter picked up by the pen, just like an Livescribe pen.  These boards have worked out relatively well, but they are expensive (board costs a bit, but will last ten years).  Also, the pen likes to work when perpendicular to the board, and kids often hold it at an angle.  Response time is better than our Smartboards, but still not perfect.

Secondly, the Hitiachi ultra short throw projector with have the Eno boards only throws XGA, and it has a not so great habit of warping the edges of the image, especially noticeable when showing videos.  The Epson projector appeared sharp and straight right to the edge of its WXGA image.

By comparison, the Epson Brightlink is less expensive (no special board needed) and the triangulated IR in the pen appears much faster than our Smartboards and faster than the Eno boards and pens.

Anyone else considering the Epson Brightlinks?

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