Category AV Product News

Sharp Projectors Offer Teachers a Clear View on 3D

Research has shown test scores may increase where classroom lessons are presented in 3D. The beauty of 3D technology is that it has the ability to change the way students learn by “immersing” them as a part of the on-screen classroom presentation. Science, math, geography and art education are just a few subject areas where 3D can help better captivate students.

As an example, Sharp’s PG education series of projectors includes the 3D Ready Sharp PG-D45X3D BrilliantColor™ DLP® Projector, offering a range of options – including portability, connectivity and high brightness — that’s well suited for K-12 classrooms and small auditoriums.

Key features include:

• 4500 lumens, XGA Resolution (1024 x 768, 4:3)
• 3D Ready with DLP® Link™ Technology
• BrilliantColor™ DLP Technology (2500:1 contrast ratio)
• Sealed DLP chip with filter-free design
• Wide connectivity including DVI-I and RJ-45
• High output 10 watt audio system (Stereo – 5W/Ch)
• Presentation assist remote with PC/mouse control

Sharp 3D Ready projectors incorporate DLP® Link™ technology which has become the 3D standard among many manufacturers – particularly for educational use. These projectors, when used with compatible 3D content, PC/graphics card and optional 3D active shutter glasses, project captivating 3D imagery – from a single projector – that literally appears to come to life.

As an optional accessory, Sharp offers their XpanD™ brand X102 3D Active Shutter glasses. These come individually boxed, and include a spare battery, a special tool to change the battery and wipes to keep the glasses clean. These glasses are waterproof, enabling them to be cleaned in a sink or dishwasher.

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Extron Encoder Simplifies AV Media Over Your Network

The Extron SME100 encoder is showcased as an ideal choice for delivering AV media over networks. Designed to support a wide variety of video formats, this advanced product features integrated switching with loop-throughs for easy integration into pro AV systems. The SME 100 interfaces with DVI, RGB, HDTV, and standard definition sources, and employs standards-based H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC encoding to output an IP stream that can easily be decoded and viewed on desktop or laptop PCs.

Key Features:

  • Streams DVI, RGB, HDTV, and video signals with audio over IP networks
  • Standards-based H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC video compression
  • Integrated three-input AV switcherBuffered input loop-throughs for video and audio
  • Supports input signal resolutions up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60
  • DVI, RGB, HDTV, and standard definition video upscaling and downscaling
  • Selections for streaming output resolutions from 166×120 to 1024×768, and HDTV 720p/30 and 1080p/30
  • Available in two models supporting streaming of SD and HD resolutions
  • Adjustable encoder bit rate and quality

Monitoring: Remotely at a helpdesk or any PC throughout an enterprise network.

Overflow: Stream videoconference or presentation sessions to overflow rooms.

Enterprise Broadcast: Distribute content from centrally located media assets such as VCRs, DVD players, or PCs to classrooms or meeting rooms.

Media Server or CDN: Integrate live video streaming of meetings or events to Media Servers or Content Delivery Networks for broad distribution across an enterprise or the Internet.

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Epson Debuts New BrightLink Interactive Projectors with Built-In Annotation

For Epson, this month’s TCEA Annual Convention and Exposition served as the debut of their expanded BrightLink education projectors, featuring their all new interactive projector and pen combination.

Epson’s three short throw models – the BrightLink 425Wi, 430i and 435Wi – come with a wall mount and two interactive pens. These models deliver a large interactive learning area at a fraction of the cost of traditional interactive whiteboard systems with variable image sizes from 68-inches to 113-inches diagonal (WXGA) or 63-inches to 106-inches diagonal (XGA).

In addition, Epson’s ultra-short throw series – the BrightLink 475Wi, 480i and 485Wi – offer several new features that bring interactive technology unlike any other to the classroom:

Built-in Annotation: Allows teachers to connect the BrightLink to a variety of devices, including an iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® touch, document camera, DVD player, and more, to share and engage with more content; annotate over the network via a wired or wireless LAN, or annotate using the built-in tools PC-free

Dual Pen Interactivity: Two users can work simultaneously, or independently, with dual pen support and Epson’s Easy Interactive Tools (EIT2) software

Interactive Table: When used with the BrightLink table mount, the ultra-short throw models can transform a table into an interactive surface for small group learning centers or collaborative workspaces

Auto Calibration: Models perform automatic calibration for seamless interaction with the pens

Ultra-Short Throw Distance: Can be mounted as close as 2.8-inches away from the wall to accommodate smaller classrooms or meetings rooms; can create a widescreen interactive area up to 100-inches diagonally and enables users to stand as close as 6-inches away, virtually eliminating hardware and shadow interference

The new BrightLink series of projectors are expected to ship this spring. For more information, click here to request a quote, or contact an AVI-SPL representative by calling (866) 559-8197 today!

Cables to Go Introduces TruLink High Speed HDMI AOC

Cables to Go TruLink HDMI AOCJust recently, AVI-SPL partner Cables to Go released its TruLink® High Speed HDMI® Active Optical Cable (AOC). This unique cable is ideal for distributing high-definition A/V from source to display in a variety of commercial venues.

The cable’s optical fiber is an improvement over Cat5 and HDMI delivered over coax, reducing the risk of interference in high-interference areas like data centers, surgical rooms and manufacturing facilities. The cable diameter is much smaller and more flexible than copper, enabling easy installation for tight in-wall spaces. The TruLink High Speed HDMI AOC, an ideal extension solution for digital signage applications in retail, hospitality and commercial settings, supports full 1080p resolution up to 20 meters and will soon be available in lengths up to 100 meters.

An added USB connector allows the cable to draw power from displays with a USB port. Optionally, the HDMI AOC may be powered from an AC to USB adapter. In addition to addressing the unique needs of critical environments such as data centers and hospitals, the AOC maximizes the latest advances in HDMI technology, including 3D and 4K x 2K resolution with Deep Color.

Polycom Introduces RealPresence Cloud

Polycom recently announced the arrival of its RealPresence Cloud, an exciting offering that allows businesses to save on the cost of network infrastructure while still reaping the benefits of video conferencing.

The solution is designed to deliver video as a service (VaaS) for small- and medium-sized businesses. RealPresence Cloud enables multipoint connections among standards-based video conferencing rooms, as well as desktop PCs, tablets and smart phones and endpoints supporting the Telepresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP). It also supports Microsoft Lync 2010 and IBM Sametime.

Through the RealPresence Cloud, service providers will have the infrastructure, endpoints and services to deliver scalable VaaS to businesses of all sizes. According to the RealPresence Cloud FAQ sheet on the Polycom website, the offering is currently available to a limited number of qualified service providers for initial evaluation and testing.

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