We’re all very excited by the new interactive projectors. Schools are snapping up this very cost effective piece of kit all over South Australia. They’re much cheaper than your traditional interactive whiteboard both to purchase and install. Of course, they’re not quite as feature rich as a SMART 800 or Activboard 400 series. There’s no multi-touch or gesture capabilities and it only comes with basic software. Easiteach Next Generation, however works beautfully with it and is beginning to be the software of choice for those who purchase this hardware. As i have cited in previous posts both SMART and Promethean ( here in South Australia ) are currently holding back the operation to run their software on this particular piece of hardware.
When the new Epson 455Wi came out a couple of weeks ago the image at the top of this post appeared on the American based Epson site. Surprisingly, at the time, when you clicked for more information you were told that the bracket was in production and it wasn’t actually possible to order it yet. It seemed very much as though they were surprised that people thought what they were showing was a cool idea. That has changed recently though. It would seem that a company called Interaktable have taken this project on and you can now sign up for more information!
A Smart table is around $10,000, a Epson WII550 is just over $2,000 I can’t see the stand being 8,000 some how. Things could get interesting here! Of course, in my opinion, Epson (and all the other interactive projector makers) now need to catch up with dual user functionality and gestures then they have real chance of replacing the big boys!