GENERAL-PURPOSE: ViewSonic’s PJD6220 (list price, $1,199; street price, about $900) is a lightweight DLP projector utilizing BrilliantColor technology. Its high brightness and contrast ratios make it suitable for many lighting situations. This projector features closed captioning for the hearingimpaired.SHORT-THROW: ViewSonic PJD5351’s short-throw ratio produces a 50-inch image at a distance of three feet; it weighs just 5.1 pounds.HIGH-DEFINITION: The company’s Precision Pro8100 Home Theater projector delivers full 1,080p HD resolution, and a C2Fine liquid crystal panel and “HQV Hollywood Quality Video” processor produce crisp HD images.
GENERAL-PURPOSE: The Sharp PG-F255W ($1,495) offers 2,500 lumens, WXGA 1,280x800 native resolution, RJ-45 LAN connectivity and built-in closed captioning. Its lamp life is 2,000 to 4,000 hours.SHORT-THROW: The Sharp PG-F267X ($2,100) short-throw DLP 2,500-lumen projector throws a 100-inch diagonal image that can be projected from a distance of 51.2 inches from the screen. Lamp life is 2,000 to 4,000 hours.HIGH-DEFINITION: The new DLP PG-D3750W ($2,650) projector features 3,700 lumens and a 2,200:1 contrast ratio. It offers Wide XGA (WXGA) resolution (1,280x800). The PG-D3750W includes an HDMI connection, RGB and component inputs, S-video, composite video and stereo audio (five watts per channel). Lamp life is 2,000 to 3,000 hours.
GENERAL-PURPOSE: Sony’s new VPL-TX7 and VPL-TX70 both offer closed-captioning capabilities, an RJ-45 port for network control and monitoring, as well as the ability to schedule e-mail notifications of projector status. A range of I/O includes two RGB inputs and a monitor output with one variable audio out. The TX7 lists for $1,090 and the TX70 for $1,230. While both have a 3,000-hour lamp life, the TX7 is 2,000 lumens, while the TX70 is 2,600.INEXPENSIVE: The VPL-ES7 offers native SVGA (800x600) resolution and light output of 2,000 lumens. It accepts a wide variety of input signals from standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD), including composite video, S-Video and analog RGB/component via the HD D-sub 15-pin. The VPL-ES7 (shipping this month) has a list price of $750, but Sony says it should retail for about $529. Its lamp life ranges from 2,000 to 3,000 hours.HIGH-DEFINITION: Sony offers native HD projectors such as the VPL-FH300L (1,080) and VPL-FW300L, VPL-EW5, VPLCW125 and VPL-FW41 (720P). These range in price from about $1,000 to $40,000.
Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. (www.bretford.com) has added six new 4:3 and 16:9 format Video View wall-mounted projection screens. The new 4:3 TVShape Video View models are calibrated to the standard TV size, so viewers see an image that looks correct, whether they’re in a classroom or a conference room. The new screens have a 1.0 gain for the best all-around viewing surface.
Ginger Software, a program for spelling and grammar correction, now works with Internet Explorer. In addition, the new version of Ginger is more accessible, providing customizable interface settings and progress reporting to track mistakes and illustrate student progress. Students can change display attributes such as background color and font style to complement their abilities and preferences. Price: Subscriptions start at $145 for three workstations, with volume and multiple-year subscription discounts available.Category: language arts, assistive tech
Vernier Software & Technology (www.vernier.com) has updated its SpectroVis Plus, an diode array spectrophotometer. The updated SpectroVis Plus has an improved range of 350 to 950 nanometers, enhanced optical resolution, and new support for fluorescence, all for hundreds of dollars less than traditional spectrometers. This sensor is ideal for high school and higher-education chemistry and biology classes and can be used with either a computer or a LabQuest interface.
The CP-D10+FX-77GII Bundle (www.hitachi.com), named the Stimulus Bundle, combines the Hitachi CP-D10 short-throw projector, the Hitachi StarBoard FX-77GII 77-inch interactive whiteboard, and a custom-designed Premier Mounts wall mount. When the CP-D10 is mounted on the wall arm, its short-throw capability reduces the shadow cast by the presenter on the FX- 77GII and offers a better viewing experience. The FX-77GII has all the capabilities that have been revolutionized by Hitachi but includes interaction, which is enabled by the use of an electronic pen. The wireless two-button pen device, included with the StarBoard, functions as a mouse that operates and annotates on the board.
Sharp (www.sharpusa.com) has entered the 3D presentation market with the introduction of six 3D Ready DLP BrilliantColor professional projectors, which offer excellent 3D projection from a single projector. These projectors offer 3D support with both 60 Hz and 120 Hz XGA (1,024 x 768) and SVGA (800 x 600) sources. All six models provide analog RGB and component inputs, S-video, and composite video, as well as RGB loop-through, an RS-232C port, and a USB input for mouse control. The projectors also offer 10-watt stereo audio on the PGD45X3D and PG-D40W3D and seven watts on the other models in the lineup. The projectors also have a built-in network connection.
eBlaster 2010 is SpectorSoft’s latest update of its remote monitoring software. The product is available for PCs and Macs and incorporates enhanced activity recorders that ensure that all PC and Internet activity is captured. In addition, the new version of eBlaster is compatible with Windows 7 and includes the Ultimate Care customer-support program. The software automatically records emails, chats, instant messages, Web sites visited, programs run, keystrokes typed, and more. Price: $99.95Category: Internet monitoring