Interactive Whiteboards vs. Interactive ProjectorsComparing Collaboration Solutions
What interactive collaboration solution is best?
From the classroom to the boardroom, Interactive whiteboard (IWB) systems have long been considered the standard for collaborative working environments. However, the cost-effectiveness and flexibility of interactive projectors are making them a popular alternative to the traditional interactive whiteboard, offering added value.
Interactive whiteboards and interactive projectors provide similar functionality. They both use a digital projector to display an image and both allow users to interact via fingertip or through the use of a stylus pen. However, interactive whiteboards additionally require the use of a fixed-size touch-enabled board. Interactive projectors contain all of the technology needed to display and interact in one piece of hardware.
The cost savings offered by interactive projectors is due to the following:
Fewer required components
Flexibility in sizing the projected image to fit the space available and larger display sizes are possible with no increase in cost. This is quite different than with interactive whiteboards where a larger size almost always means a higher price.
Ability to display on virtually any flat light-colored surface or table.
Interactive projectors offer increased flexibility over interactive
whiteboards in a several areas:
Interactive projectors can display images anywhere between 60" and 100" with no added cost
You have the ability to choose different display sizes based on the amount of available real estate.
This helps IT/IS departments standardize for easier asset management
Computers Optional, Not Required
Interactive whiteboards & interactive projectors are typically attached to a Windows or Macintosh computer, but it's not necessary for many interactive projector models.
Most IWB systems require a dedicated computer and special software installed.
Some interactive projectors offer computer-free features like digital whiteboarding and sharing notes – all without a computer. These models are good for rooms with high turn-over.
Look for the ability to easily connect interactive projectors to document cameras, Blu-ray players, mobile devices, smartphones and tablets such as iPad®, iPhone®, iPod-touch and Android devices.
Software Cross Compatibility
Interactive whiteboards are usually only compatible with the brand's own curriculum software, and with interactive projectors many can work with multiple brands.
Look for software packages that are also compatible with interactive projectors.
Especially important for education, this protects a school's investment in professional development and allows schools to continue using familiar software titles and files.
Ultra-short Throw Interactive Projector*
87" Interactive Whiteboard System**
$1,500 - $1,800
Variable up to 100"D
Fixed Size, 87"D
Plain walls, tables, dry erase boards
Compatible with standard dry erase boards
Windows, Mac, PC-free
Finger or stylus
Finger or stylus
# of users
Multiple, up to 8
Single, or multiple-user for extra cost
Compatibility with all the top educational software packages
No, only with the system's brand
* Includes Ultra-short throw interactive projector and wall mount
** Includes interactive whiteboard, Ultra-short throw projector (non-interactive) and wall mount.
BrightLink Pro Interactive Collaboration Solutions for Business
See and write on the whiteboard even when you're not in the meeting room. With BrightLink Pro, you can collaborate in real-time, from almost anywhere. Turn any flat surface interactive without the use of a computer or software. Just turn it on, and see how easy it is to reinvent your whiteboard.
Eliminate having to transcribe notes or take photos of your whiteboard; with BrightLink Pro, you can easily email, print or save your notes to a USB or network drive.
Ready for Huddle Spaces and Table Applications
Install a BrightLink Pro on any blank wall – in the cafeteria, common area or huddle space – and you are ready to work. BrightLink Pro is the perfect tool to enable ad hoc discussions, share content from your laptop or mobile device, or even collaborate remotely with those out in the field. Attach the BrightLink Pro to a regular or drafting table and use it for an array of engineering, training and creative applications.
Connects with Your PC or Other Digital Device
You can use finger touch or digital pens to run and control any application from your computer including Microsoft Office, web browsers, web-based unified communications tools such as Microsft Lync, WebEx, GoToMeeting, and engineering software like AutoCAD.
BrightLink Pro comes with wireless connectivity as well as a control panel with USB access allowing you to bring, project and annotate on your own content from USB drives, smart phones, tablets or computers.
Video Conferencing Display
Brightlink Pro provides a wide range of ports including HDMI, VGA, video and network interfaces, providing quick and easy connections with all your devices including video conferencing equipment. Plus, you can use built-in split screen functionality to view video on one side and your whiteboard or computer display image on the other. BrightLink Pro enables your business to collaborate like never before.
Epson BrightLink is the world's best-selling interactive projector line. Since its introduction in 2010, BrightLink has revolutionized interactivity in the classroom by providing a single, integrated interactive projection system that eliminates the need for and cost of dedicated interactive whiteboards. Now on its third generation, Epson BrightLink offers both touch-enabled and pen-based interactivity. Epson 3LCD projector 3x higher color brightness1 than competitive 1-chip DLP projectors. With a wall mount (included), you can transform any wall or dry erase board into an interactive workspace.
Compatible with All Major Interactive Curriculum Software
BrightLink is compatible with top interactive software titles, including Promethean ActivInspire, Smart Notebook and Mimio Studio. These optional software titles can be purchased with BrightLink from Epson authorized resellers.
Connects to Many Devices for Easy Sharing
BrighLink also helps manage BYOD and 1:1 device classrooms with a range of interfaces providing quick and easy connections with classroom devices. Easily connect document cameras, Blu-ray players, mobile devices and tablets such as iPad®, iPhone®, iPod-touch and Android devices to Brightlink.
BrightLink can also be networked to allow users to present content over the network. With Moderator, Epson's device management software, up to 50 student devices can connect to a single projector over the network, giving teachers the ability to control and choose content to display.
The Best Alternative to Interactive Whiteboards
Interactive projectors offer the same functionality of an interactive whiteboard system but with added simplicity, flexibility and cost-savings. With fewer components to purchase, you can save as much as $2,000 per classroom – enabling you to equip nearly twice as many classrooms!
1 Color brightness (color light output) measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Color brightness will vary depending on usage conditions. Leading 3LCD business and education projectors compared to leading one-chip DLP projectors, based on NPD data for June 2013 through May 2014 and PMA Research data for Q1 through Q3 2013.
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