The combined 3D-Ready and interactive projector with dual-pen capability offers more opportunities for student engagement
Further advancing collaboration in the classroom, Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE:TXN) DLP® Products announces dual-pen and 3D interactive projectors at BETT this week. With this technology comes richer and broader engagements between teachers and their students as well as between students and their classmates.
The versatility of DLP’s micromirror chip design also extends to technological collaboriation. DLP technology has the unique ability to work with both passive and active 3D displays as well as a variety of lightsources including lamp, laser and LED offering schools and manufacturers a variety of options for displaying and interacting with projected content.
One example of this is DLP’s interactive projector, which allows teachers and students to manipulate projected images on any surface with the touch of a pen or from a distance without the need for calibration. Using a special interactive pen that functions similarly to a wireless mouse, teachers and students can interact with an image on the screen from up to 7m way by simply rolling, pointing, clicking, scrolling, navigating and writing.
With new dual-pen cabapilities classrooms can have two students interacting with the projected image at the same time. DLP dual-pen interactive projectors also work in conjunction with 3D to create interative 3D teaching opportutnies. Imagine multiple students racing each other to solve math equations projected on the ceiling or students viewing Earth in 3D and taking turns using the pen to break apart the earth into layers, all from wherever they are sitting in the classroom.
Additionally, projectors such as the one launching this week from Acer, are now available with SXGA+ chipsets. This chip provides increased resolution for readable text and graphics at a distance. The 1400×1050 resolution ensures students sitting in the back of the room see crisp, clear images, which is especially important for viewing letters, numbers and other highly detailed objects. This higher resolution also displays more content on the screen at one time making it easier to view complex, detailed spreadsheets withouth having to scroll.
“Technology is a powerful enabler for positive change in classrooms and something Texas Instruments has been dedicated to for decades,” says Roger Carver, Manager of Front Projection, DLP Products. “In collaboration with our projector manufacturing and education ecosystem partners, we’re developing innovative technologies to transform education for the better, and these interactive solutions are great examples of that. Not only do they foster an environment of collaboration, they’re reliable and easy to use, so teachers can spend more time teaching .”
3D technology for the classroom is providing a rich interactive experience and being aggressively adopted worldwide with over one million 3D enabled projectors on the market today. TI DLP is driving 3D adoption through unique technological capabilities such as:
• Serving both passive and active 3D solutions and a variety of lightsources
• Acting as the sole technology able to provide 3D through a single-projector solution
• Enabling 3D-Ready and interactive projectors to also function as standard systems, essentially future-proofing classrooms by allowing for self-paced technology adoption
• Offering lamp-free projector solutions to save time, money and energy consumption
TI DLP 3D Worldwide Pilot Programs:
Starting in March 2010, TI DLP launched 3D pilot programs in grade schools across the globe allowing students to experience the unique learning environment brought about by 3D projection technology. Now, nearly one year later, DLP has 3D pilot programs across 5 EU countries (Finland, France, Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom) and India as well as 30 classrooms in the United States and with plans to roll out programs in Germany, Italy and Latin America in the next six months.
Kathryn Macaulay, Deputy Head of Operations and Communications at The Abbey School in Reading, UK, introduced 3D into the school’s classrooms last year, with 3D active glasses from XpanD and 3D content from Amazing Interactives , and has seen great results with the technology. “When students take an active role in their education, it not only aids in their understanding and retention of the material, but does so at a faster rate and in a way that students enjoy,” says Macaulay. “Our students and teachers have loved DLP’s 3D-Ready solution and the concept of being able to interact with that content from anywhere in the room provides some exciting opportunities for new ways students can enage with difficult concepts like learning volume and cell structures – two very visual, hard to grasp concepts that comes across so naturally in 3D.”
Multiple manufacturers and brands will be at BETT showing interactive products with DLP technology. Among them are Acer, BenQ, Dell, InFocus, LG, Mitsubishi, Optoma, Sanyo, Samsung, ViewSonic and Vivitek, many of who will be showing some of the first products with SX+ resolution, dual-pen interactivity and/or interactive 3D capabilities.