New Products and Education Initiatives Bring Multidevice Connectivity, Increased Interactivity, and Power-Saving Technologies to Schools
COSTA MESA, Calif. — Jan. 23, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of Classroom IQ solutions, today announced its participation at two upcoming educational events in support of its expanding commitment to the education sector. The company will join education leaders and technology experts at FETC in Orlando, Fla., from Jan. 28-31, as well as at TCEA in Austin, Texas, from Feb. 3-7. BenQ Classroom IQ Solutions on display will include new Colorific(TM) projectors, interactive flat panel (IFP) displays, and collaborative classroom applications.
With an increased commitment to the education market, BenQ has recently unveiled a number of initiatives including the BenQ Education Solutions in Technology (BEST) program. Created to provide educational partners across North America with a wide range of dedicated sales and support initiatives, the program furthers BenQ’s focus on the success of today’s students, teachers, and learning institutions.
Furthering its market support, BenQ named former educator Patti Postel as National Education Sales Manager. As a former teacher, Patti understands the needs of educators and commented: “BenQ is very keen on bringing the most advanced classroom technologies to teachers, students, and schools. Our Classroom IQ Solutions are specifically designed to satisfy the need for more interactive and immersive experiences by integrating the world of connected devices with solutions that are innovative, affordable, and easy to use. Schools can now create connected classrooms using visual display tools that will both protect their investment and enrich the overall learning experience.”
To complement the company’s wireless projectors and IFP displays, BenQ’s Classroom IQ solutions provide Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) collaboration, SmartEco(TM) lamp-saving technologies, as well as easy-to-use file sharing apps to transform teaching plans into more intuitive, immersive, and collaborative experiences. Furthermore, BenQ’s Colorific projector technology ensures the delivery of accurate, crisp, and long-lasting color — allowing students to experience up to 1 billion stunning colors on classroom projection screens. For schools, the technology eliminates light burn or color degradation over extended usage, which reduces the devices’ total cost of ownership (TCO). At FETC and TCEA, BenQ will showcase the following solutions:
BYOD Interactivity: Enhancing Learning Through Collaboration
Today’s students are using a wide range of devices to facilitate their schoolwork. As a result, schools have integrated smartphones, tablets, and laptops within the classroom environment to promote student interaction and enhance the learning process. To support collaboration, BenQ offers a full line of interactive projectors, IFP displays, and apps.
MX661 BYOD Projector — To balance superior image quality with today’s BYOD requirements, BenQ’s Colorific MX661 projector uses XGA native resolution to bring crisp content to the screen. When paired with BenQ’s QPresenter app for Android(TM) and IOS(R) devices, up to four students can collaborate and share documents, photos, and Internet content directly from their mobile devices. For IT managers, facility-wide maintenance is made simple with LAN control, enabling centralized remote monitoring and management. The MX661 provides support for AMX(R), Crestron(R), and PJLink(R) systems, making maintenance even more flexible and efficient, while manual vertical keystone calibration of ±40 gets materials up and running rapidly, regardless of classroom layout or projector placement.
MW824ST MHL-Equipped Interactive Projector — The new MW824ST interactive short-throw classroom projector combines SmartEco lamp-saving technology — for up to 10,000 hours of lamp life — with connectivity and performance options that provide next-generation classroom experiences. Equipped with BenQ’s PointWrite(TM) and QWrite capabilities for multiuser onscreen collaboration and the ability to share content from mobile devices via Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology, the MW824ST creates a more immersive and interactive learning experience for teachers and students.
Interactive Flat Panel Displays — BenQ’s IFPs bring highly accurate multitouch technology, superb image quality, and complete multimedia connectivity to learning environments. With display sizes ranging from 42 to 65 inches, the panels feature tile-friendly Windows(R) 8 compatibility, full HD resolution, and integrated speakers to transform lessons into more engaging exchanges. Ambient light sensors automatically adjust displays to simplify performance settings while picture-in-picture (PIP) enhances productivity and content control. In addition, optical sensing touch technology allows teachers and students to pan, zoom, and easily scroll through documents and websites. The IL650 (65-inch) multitouch display will be showcased at both events.
PointWrite Technology and QWrite Software — The enhanced BenQ PointWrite technology adds multiple pen integration, allowing up to four students to contribute simultaneously. With 1-second auto calibration and fast writing response time, PointWrite is effortless to set up and ensures an ultra smooth, interruption-free writing experience. Teachers can get up to four students to the board to share the lesson plan, making learning fun and interactive. The QWrite software is optimized for PointWrite, adding a number of effective learning tools for whiteboard applications.
BenQ SmartEco Technology: Lowering TCO
BenQ’s world-leading SmartEco lamp-saving technology brings the most advanced features to the classroom to lower TCO without compromising brightness, picture quality, or lamp performance. The latest BenQ SmartEco classroom projectors offer the following energy-savings modes:
– SmartEco Mode allows projectors to automatically adjust lamp power based on the amount of brightness required, allowing schools to reduce their TCO while maintaining optimal contrast and brightest performance.
– LampSave Mode dynamically adjusts lamp power to extend lamp life by 50 percent while cutting the frequency of lamp replacement in half. The result is an incredible 10,000 hours of lamp life without any concessions to quality.
– LumenCare Mode adjusts projector lamp power in gain steps until full power is reached, effectively maximizing power savings and reducing brightness decay. It’s the first and only projection feature on the market that ensures three years of consistent image brightness for optimal learning and teaching.
– Eco Blank Mode allows teachers to blank out the projection screen whenever the projector is not in use. When activated, Eco Blank Mode automatically dims lamp power and cuts 70 percent of the device’s total power consumption.
– No Source Detected Mode automatically activates the projector’s Eco Blank Mode after the projector has been idle for more than three minutes — further reducing unnecessary energy use while prolonging lamp life.
– Standby Mode lowers power consumption to less than 0.5W during periods of inactivity, providing energy savings during downtimes.
To experience these smart Classroom IQ solutions, visit BenQ at FETC 2014, Booth 208 and at TCEA 2014, Booth 212. More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.us.
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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers. More information is available at www.BenQ.us.
About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.
About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.”
The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.
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