Epson Announces 3D Projectors Designed Specifically for Education

      Epson Announces 3D Projectors Designed Specifically for Education

Epson PowerLite W16 and W16SK Deliver Ultra Bright, Affordable and High
Quality 3D Projection to Broaden Learning Possibilities in Classrooms

PR Newswire

LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Epson, the number-one
selling projector brand worldwide^1, today introduced two 3D projector
solutions designed to enhance the learning experience in classrooms – the
PowerLite® W16 and W16SK. Epson is offering two 3D projection choices – one
based on active 3D technology and the other on passive 3D technology – which
both deliver three times brighter colors than most competitive projectors^2,
allowing 3D content to be easily viewed in typical, well-lit classroom
settings. The projectors also offer a wide range of features including easy
setup and connectivity options, bringing ease of use and convenience to the
classroom at an affordable price point. The PowerLite W16 and W16SK will be
shown at the Epson booth (#709) at FETC in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 28-31, 2013.


"Studies have shown that 3D in education is on the rise and 3D lessons
increase student learning and retention^3. Epson now offers a solution to help
bring 3D into the classroom in a more affordable way," said Sara Kim,
associate product manager, K-12 Education Marketing, Epson America. "For
example, whether faced with high ambient light or the need to provide
affordable 3D glasses for all students, the Epson PowerLite W16SK addresses
these challenges by delivering high quality and incredibly bright images, and
leveraging technology that allows for inexpensive 3D glasses to be used for
all content for every student."

By offering both an active and passive model, Epson is able to provide broader
choices for educators selecting the right 3D projection solution for their
classroom. The PowerLite W16 and W16SK deliver WXGA widescreen resolution and,
unlike most 3D-ready projectors, support multiple HDMI 3D formats^4 out of the
box, with no external converter box required.

The Epson PowerLite W16 is designed for educators interested in an active 3D
projection solution and offers great image quality, brightness and ease of use
with Epson's active shutter 3D RF glasses. The PowerLite W16 also offers a
dynamic 2D visual experience with 3,000 lumens of color brightness and 3,000
lumens of white light output^5. The PowerLite W16 requires minimal set-up with
automatic vertical and horizontal keystone correction, 3-in-1 USB Plug 'n Play
and the option to install or remain as a portable projector.

The PowerLite W16SK dual projection system is the industry's only stacked
projector kit available today made specifically for education. This highly
cost effective 3D solution includes two projectors, polarizing lenses and a
stack mount to deliver ultra-bright passive 3D projection. The PowerLite W16SK
uses inexpensive passive 3D glasses, priced at only $3 a pair and sold as a
box of five pairs. It delivers up to 6,000 lumens of color brightness and
6,000 lumens of white light output^5 in 2D mode when stacked, making them
bright enough for well-lit classrooms.

More about the PowerLite W16 and W16SK

The Epson PowerLite W16 and W16SK offer several additional features beneficial
to the classroom, including:

  oVersatile connectivity for any classroom: HDMI, computer/VGA inputs,
    monitor output, audio input, audio output, USB, and RS-232c
  oSupports multiple HDMI 3D formats: No external 3D converter box is
  oPositioning Flexibility:

       oPowerLite W16: Automatic horizontal (+/- 20 degrees) and vertical
         (+/- 30 degrees) keystone correction, Quick Corner^® to allow the
         four corners of an image to be moved independently for a perfectly
         rectangular image, and Screen Fit that automatically adjusts the
         projected image to fill the screen size that is being used
       oPowerLite W16SK:  +/- 15 degrees vertical and horizontal keystone
         image correction

  oEnergy-efficient and low cost E-TORL^® lamp: The lamp life can last up to
    5,000 hours^6 in economy mode, helping to maximize presentation time;
    Brighter Futures^® education customers also have the benefit of purchasing
    replacement lamps at a special discounted rate of $99, helping to further
    maximize the cost effectiveness of this solution
  o3LCD Technology: Features the latest 3LCD, 3-chip technology to deliver
    amazing, true-to-life color and detail for powerful presentations; 3LCD
    technology provides an energy-efficient light engine which efficiently
    uses available lamp light to create stunning images; in contrast to 1-chip
    DLP technology, 3LCD requires, on average, 25 percent less electricity per
    lumen of brightness^7

Epson also offers the Brighter Futures program, a unique sales and support
initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators
select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the
most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson
limited warranty coverage for three years, dedicated education account
managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and
associated accessories.

Color Brightness Specification and Projector Performance

The new color brightness specification (measuring red, green and blue)
published by the Society of Information Display (SID) allows consumers to
compare projector color performance without conducting a side-by-side
shootout. With today's high definition content, teachers and students want to
enjoy content with higher quality in brighter environments. For a truly
impressive image, projectors need to offer both high color brightness and high
white brightness. High color brightness also enables an even better image for
larger screen sizes and on a larger variety of screen materials. Without
sufficient color brightness, images may be muddy, soft and lose detail, even
in a dark room.

Epson's line of education projectors delivers consistent color brightness and
white brightness, allowing students and teachers to view life-like
reproduction of any content.

Availability and Support

The Epson PowerLite W16 ($849) and W16SK ($1,899) will be available in January
2013 through pro audio/visual dealers, mail order, distribution, commercial
channels, and at Epson's PowerLite projectors come with a
two-year limited warranty (three years for Brighter Futures customers) that
includes two elite technical support services – Epson PrivateLine^® phone
support with direct access to an expedited support telephone line, and a
two-year Road Service projector replacement program that includes projector
exchange in one business day with paid shipping. For additional information,

About Epson

Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader whose product lineup ranges
from inkjet printers and 3LCD projectors to sensors and other microdevices.
Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers
customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision
technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more
than 81,000 employees in 97 companies around the world, and is proud of its
ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which
it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson's
regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more
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^1 Based upon Q3 2012 worldwide front projection market share estimates from
Pacific Media Associates. ^

^2 Compared to leading 1-chip DLP business and education projectors 5,000
lumens or less based on NPD data, July 2011 through June 2012. Color
brightness (color light output) is measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4.
Color brightness will vary depending on usage conditions.

^3 Source: 3D in the Classroom Public Health Support; American Optometric
Association, 2011

^4 Includes side-by-side, top-and-bottom, and frame packing 3D formats via

^5 Color brightness (color light output) and white brightness (white light
output) will vary depending on usage conditions. Color light output measured
in accordance with IDMS 15.4; white light output measured in accordance with
ISO 21118

^6 Lamp life will vary depending on mode selected, environmental conditions
and usage. Lamp brightness decreases over time.

^7 Data source: Jan. 2012. Average of 1,122 shipping
models for which the manufacturers provided lumens and total power data, all
resolutions and brightness levels. Energy efficiency was measured as wattage
per lumen. It was measured for both 3LCD and 1-chip projectors in each of five
brightness segments. 3LCD projectors averaged less required electricity per
lumen in each of the five segments.

Note: EPSON, PowerLite, E-TORL and QuickCorner are registered trademarks,
EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark and iProjection is a
trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Brighter Futures and PrivateLine are
registered trademark of Epson America, Inc. All other product brand names are
trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson
disclaims any and all rights in these marks.

SOURCE Epson America, Inc.

Contact: Duane Brozek, Epson America, Inc., +1-562-290-5683,; Becki Gervin, Walt & Company, +1-408-369-7200 ext.
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