Over the last 100 years, there have been great developments in technology. These innovations have often made predecessors obsolete with seemingly irreplaceable forms, like the floppy disk, slowly being substituted with upgrades or alternatives. As needs develop so must the technology to match it.
However, one technology is standing the test against time and continually developing to challenge even the greatest of new trends. This is projector technology.
Various technological advancements, such as product integration with cloud computing, the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), are contributing to the market growth. Improvements in sensor technologies and the implementation of digital learning solutions, along with increasing automation and digitization across the education sector, are expected to drive the market further.
The global Interactive Projector market grew at a CAGR of around 16% during 2014-2019
Here we look at how projector technology is making an impact in a variety of sectors.
It’s no secret that the key to an engaged classroom is excitement in learning, projectors can offer that in Primary and Secondary education. Educators can tailor their teaching to achieve maximum impact using projectors. Teachers can create scenes that extend beyond the classroom, taking pupils on a journey. With the use of interactive projectors, pupils can be encouraged to take part using gestures and pens, sharing, and discussing notes with one another. Students are able to learn, engage and grow with projector technology.
There are currently 32,770 schools in the UK. Of these, 3,714 are nurseries or early-learning centres, 20,832 are primary schools, 19 are middle schools and 4,188 are secondary schools.
It’s not only the students who benefit from projector technology. Laser projectors are now a cost-effective and affordable presentation tool. They require no lamp replacement, have low maintenance costs and provide a better total cost of ownership (TCO). On average a laser light source provides 20,000 hours of life – this equates to it being on for eight hours a day, five days a week for 50 weeks of the year lasting ten years. Projectors have greater energy efficiency too. With instant on and off, there’s no need for excessive energy use during a cooling off period.
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One of the first pieces of technology to enter and reshape the classroom was the projector. First appearing in the classroom in the 1950s projectors have been a staple piece of technology in every classroom for decades. Over this time, they have evolved in shape, size, and capabilities.
Students of today’s world don’t know an education without laptops, smartphones and the latest up-to-date technologies. This makes it vital for technology to be incorporated into the classroom to maintain engagement, provide a better learning experience and longer retention of information. Gone are the days of out-of-date textbooks.
Projectors are a popular choice for universities due to their versatility. Regardless of the size of a classroom, lecture theatre or auditorium, LCD projectors allow for crystal-clear images and format. The advancement in projector technology also means there’s no longer a need for IT involvement, with many projectors now having the capabilities to troubleshoot themselves should a problem arise.
University lecture halls vary in size and can host between 50 to hundreds of students. There is a need for a large screen so that everyone to be able to see.
Houses of Worship are looking to move more towards the 21st century from a technology perspective, offering their congregation new and innovative ways to celebrate their faith. But with historic buildings come difficult specifications.
" ...when specifying display technology for a house of worship, two main factors come into play: the content that the church plans on displaying, and the environment in which the technology will be housed."
Noted Jason McKelvey, LEED AP and Consultant at Idibri to church production.
Large stain glass windows and uneven walls can make it difficult to project images and the cost of replacement lamps and equipment to do so can be high. This is where laser projector technology can help. Laser projectors don’t need lamp replacement, thus eliminating the need for new parts or equipment for the installation. Image quality is also a great advantage. Laser projectors offer crisp, clear images time and time again.
Visitor attractions require the wow-factor, and the advances in projector technology are allowing for just that. In recent years, we have a seen a large shift in the use of projector technology in visitor attractions due to its versatility; the ability to create almost anything!
We are no longer limited to projecting onto flat services with the art of projection mapping. Projection mapping is used to transform any 3D shape or surface, into an engaging display. Some of the results are breath-taking and create incredible visual experiences.
Projector technology also allows an impact to be made, whatever the room size with the continued development of short-throw and ultra-short-throw technology. Whether it’s a cinema room in a museum, or an entrance hall to a rollercoaster ride, projector technology can provide an unforgettable experience.
After dominating the education industry for decades, it comes as no surprise that projectors also make a big impact in corporate environments. Increasingly, projectors are utilised in office spaces to help presentations stand out.
There are some key reasons projector technology works so well in a corporate environment. Projectors can support any size of corporate space, through the advances in projector lenses and the advent of short-throw projectors. This eliminates the restriction on product placement.
Projectors are no longer a single side presentation tool, they allow for collaboration of all meeting individuals, allowing for dynamic meetings to be conducted. Moreover, projectors offer much larger image sizes, of up to 130”, continuing to make collaborating together easier than ever.
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