Like the EB-450Wi before it, the EB-455Wi is an ultra short throw projector which is targeted mainly at business users and educators. However, the one key feature unique to the EB-455Wi is its ability to project an interactive surface onto a tabletop, thus allowing users to interact with their PCs ala Microsoft Surface style. The difference? Microsoft’s solution costs US$7,600 to purchase and set up, while Epson’s projector is sold at S$3,588 and converts existing computers and tables into impromptu tablettop PCs.
As a bonus, Epson has confirmed that users can also convert the document cameras into webcams for video conferencing if the need arises. This makes it an ideal tool for educators who need to present non-digital content to a virtual audience through the use of online video conversations.
With that much being said, it is clear that interactive presentations are definitely the next evolutionary step in explaining and disseminating content to large audiences. However, it should be pointed out that many businesses and schools have already invested large amounts of money into older projectors that offer none of these interactive features.
Needless to say, there is a need to help such consumers get up to speed with the latest technological trends without forcing them to invest large sums of money and discarding perfectly working equipment in the process. And this is where Epson comes through once again with its new ELPIU01 interactive kit.
However, the ELPIU01′s strength lies in the fact that is designed to be compatible with any existing projector, as long as the required drivers and tools have been installed to the PC that is currently connected to the projector in use. This allows businesses and organizations to enjoy the advantages of having interactive presentations without having to invest in costly interactive whiteboards.
Pricing and availability:
The Epson ELPDC document cameras and ELPIU01 interactive kit are already available for sale at authorized distributors for S$639 (ELPDC06), S$999 (ELPDC11) and S$899 respectively.