Technology changes all the time and projectors are no exception to the rule.
As interactivity becomes commonplace in monitors and basically anywhere else users can expect to see touch screens, the world needs to move to catch up. Projectors do as well – which is why we are seeing the first real breed of interactive projectors.
InFocus’ IN3900 Series is a fairly powerful, adaptable tool that can be used in conference rooms and classrooms alike.
How can a projector be interactive?
We offer many a projector rental option here at Vernon Computer source, but all of the “interactive” models tend to have one feature in common – a wand or a pen that exchanges information with the projector in a mouse-like fashion.
The IN3900 projectors allow users to project and interact with nearly any surface. A 20-watt built-in speaker system lends a certain robust presence to any presentation, and an intentional short throw feature is included to help save space and reduce shadow interference.
And while this projector offers compatibility with many different connection types, depending on the specific model, it is generally friendly with the following options: VGA x 2, Composite, RCA stereo input, Stereo 3.5mm Mini Jack input, RS232, Stereo 3.5mm Mini Jack output, and USB Mini-B.
According to an article made on a Scholastic administrator website by Brian Nadel, “With the ability to use several wands, the IN3916 lets students work collaboratively, although two can’t be used at once. It ends up being like a tag-team wrestling match with only one controlling the wand at a time. InFocus engineers are working ways to use two wands at once.”
Nadel went on to say that, “While the wand gets the attention, the IN3916 projector, itself, is no slouch. Based on Digital Light Processing (DLP) imaging engine, the projector puts a sharp 1,280 by 800 resolution. The IN3914 model costs $200 less but has lower resolution and lacks networking.”
The cost of the InFocus IN3900 Series is pretty substantial, which is a good reason why educational institutions, event planning committees and infrequent presenters might rent just such a projector.