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Epson Introduces First Portable Interactive Projector for K-12 and Higher Education

  Epson Introduces First Portable Interactive Projector for K-12 and Higher
                                  Education

BrightLink 436Wi Delivers Dual Pen Interactivity and Built-in Annotation for
Interactivity Beyond the PC

PR Newswire

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 29, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- (FETC Booth #709) --Epson, the
number-one selling projector brand worldwide^1, today introduced the
BrightLink^® 436Wi – a fully integrated, portable short-throw interactive
projector. Building on the success of Epson's current line of BrightLink
ultra-short throw projectors, the BrightLink 436Wi is the first interactive,
short-throw Epson^® projector that can be moved from room to room. Offering
advanced connectivity options and dual pen support^2, the BrightLink 436Wi can
project onto any existing whiteboard, wall or other smooth, light-colored,
hard surface.

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Similar to the current ultra-short throw BrightLink models, the new BrightLink
436Wi boasts built-in annotation technology that allows teachers and students
to instantly interact directly with a projected image from a variety of
sources beyond the PC, including tablets, document cameras, Blu-ray players,
VCRs, and more. With the BrightLink 436Wi, teachers are free to connect
existing multimedia devices already in their classroom, over their network or
even PC-free and keep writing.

"Interactivity in the classroom continues to grow, and now with the mobile
design of the BrightLink 436Wi, educators have the ability to utilize
interactive technology from classroom to classroom, or wherever it is needed,"
said Heather Litus Johnston, product manager, K-12 Education Projector
Marketing, Epson America, Inc. "This new BrightLink projector also offers more
freedom by enabling teachers to interact and annotate with content from
virtually any device in the classroom."

The BrightLink 436Wi works with Epson's existing and optional short throw wall
mount or can be easily set up on a tabletop or hard surface, as no wall mount
is required, giving schools the option to easily move the interactive solution
from classroom to classroom using the included carrying case. There is also an
optional pen extension, making it easier for students and teachers to reach
anywhere on the board while helping to reduce shadowing.

This cost-effective BrightLink model offers 3,000 lumens of color brightness
and 3,000 lumens of white brightness^3 and delivers a large interactive
learning area with variable image sizes from 53 to 116-inches diagonal (WXGA).
The Epson BrightLink 436Wi includes HDMI connectivity and joins the BrightLink
line to deliver several options to meet a variety of classroom installation
needs:

Product          Short Throw/Ultra-Short Throw Lumens Education Pricing
BrightLink 436Wi Short throw                   3,000  $1,250
BrightLink 475Wi Ultra-short throw             2,600  $1,599
BrightLink 485Wi Ultra-short throw             3,100  $1,699

More about the BrightLink 436Wi:

The new short throw BrightLink 436Wi, along with the current ultra-short throw
BrightLink 475Wi and 485Wi, offers several features to bring interactive
technology unlike any other to the classroom, including:

  oBuilt-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
  oDual Pen Interactivity: Two users can work simultaneously, or
    independently, with dual pen support^2
  oAuto Calibration: Performs automatic calibration for seamless interaction
    with the pens
  oiProjection: Leveraging the Epson iProjection™ app, teachers can present
    to BrightLink from most iOS Apple devices running iOS 4.2 or later and
    most Android devices running Android 2.3 or later
  oSoftware Tools: Ships with Epson's Easy Interactive Tools (EIT2) software
    and Teamboard Draw annotation software; both are available for Windows and
    Mac
  oSpeaker and Microphone Input: Dedicated input allows teachers to use a
    microphone to amplify voice using the internal 16W speaker, saving the
    teacher's voice and ensuring all students can hear; volume can be adjusted
    using projector or remote control buttons
  oMonitor and Control: Epson Easy Management^® allows for network
    monitoring, maintenance scheduling, and email alerts to be sent via LAN;
    schedule function allows projector to run functions without the need to be
    connected to a network
  oLow Total Cost of Ownership: Brighter Futures^® customers can purchase
    replacement lamps for $99
  oEasy Setup and Control: Instant On and Instant Off^® helps to avoid delays
    when starting and finishing lectures; A/V Mute Slide instantly turns off
    the sound and images, customizable Sleep Mode saves energy, and 1.6x
    manual zoom offers positioning flexibility
  oAdvanced Connectivity: HDMI digital connection provides high-definition
    video and audio; USB Plug 'n Play Instant Setup instantly projects images,
    transmits audio and controls the presentations from either a Windows^® PC
    or Mac via a standard USB cable
  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^4

Epson's Brighter Futures sales and support education initiative is 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.

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 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. Whether projecting a presentation, interactive lesson or
movie, Epson's line of education projectors deliver consistent color
brightness and white brightness, allowing students and teachers to view
life-like reproduction of any content.

Availability and Support

The new Epson BrightLink 436Wi projector will be available in mid-February
2013 through select dealers on a state-by-state basis. Epson's 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 via a phone
card included with the product, and a two-year Road Service projector
replacement program that includes projector exchange in one business day with
paid shipping. For additional information, visit www.epson.com/brightlink.

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
industry.

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
about Epson, please visit: www.Epson.com.

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^1 Based upon Q3 2012 worldwide front projection market share estimates from
Pacific Media Associates. ^
^2 One pen included in the box; additional pens can be purchased separately
^3 White and color light output will vary depending on mode selected. White
light output measured using ISO 21118 standard.
^4 Data source: ProjectorCentral.com 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, Easy Management and Instant Off are registered trademarks, EPSON
Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark and Epson iProjection is a
trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. BrightLink, Brighter Futures and
PrivateLine are registered trademarks 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.

Website: http://www.epson.com
Contact: Duane Brozek, Epson America, Inc., +1-562-290-5683,
Duane_Brozek@ea.epson.com, Kati Elliott, KEH Communications, +1-410-975-9638,
kati@kehcomm.com
 
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