New projectors let you present content from the cloud
- By John Breeden II
- Sep 16, 2013
It seems every agency in government is moving to the cloud in one way or aqnother. And now new peripherals are being designed to take advantage of cloud networks. So it’s not a surprise that two units in Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America’s. line of new mobile projectors are specifically designed to work in the cloud.
Designed for cost-conscious users, the four new models are the TW21U, TW11U, TX20U and TX210U. They all offer a wide range of features important to administrators, presenters and teachers. The TW21U and TX20U are “cloud projectors” that contain a built-in thin-client function. Users can display content directly from their server or the cloud, through the projector. No computer is necessary.
"Each new projector fits a particular niche for our customers," said Wayne Kozuki, product manager for Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. "While there are similarities between them, there are key differences in resolution, brightness and connectivity that meet specific needs of educators and presenters alike."
The new mobile projectors are equipped with DLPR technology in XGA and WXGA resolutions. Systems integrators can choose the best option for each room. The TW21U and TX20U each shine with 3500 lumens, good for bright environments or where windows can not be shuttered, while the TW11U and TX10U have 3000 lumens.
For sound, the TW21U and TX20U have 16-watt speakers, while the TW11U and TX10U have 10-watt speakers. With the audio pass-through function, teachers can add commentary over a video or television show. The speaker works even when the projector is turned off, so there's no need for the additional cost of a sound system. And, incidentally, most of the projectors that have been reviewed in the GCN Lab in recent years have a one or two-watt speaker at most.
For users already in the cloud, the new cloud projection system is offered in the TW21U and TX20U models. Both projectors use a built-in thin client to serve as a dynamic display device. Users simply log onto their network and start displaying content in seconds, whether from a local server, the Internet or the cloud, giving teachers and presenters access to files through the projector itself.
The TX10U and TW11U are available now. The TX20U and TW21U will be available in late September.
John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.