Projectors for the office can be an affordable and efficient way of displaying information, media, presentations, educational material and interactive, immersive content.
New advancements in laser projection has allowed educators, businessmen and entertainment venues to create visually appealing and immersive experiences. The technology has come a long way since the old-fashioned overheard projectors used in classrooms in the 20th century.
Now projectors for offices are laser-powered and increasingly offer 4K resolution, and many are now equipped with interactive capabilities to boost engagement in the classroom.
According to David Bishop, chief commercial officer at Pro AV Systems, office projectors are affordable alternatives to flat screen displays that also help end users better utilize space.
An immersive digital asset
Projectors have been and will always be essential technology for the classroom, meeting room or auditorium Bishop said.
Interactivity in projectors dominates the education market, both in K-12 and higher education, Bishop said.
“We do little in K-12 that’s not interactive unless it’s a large venue,” he said.
However, those large spaces also lend themselves to the increasingly bright and luminous projectors being made and installed in school auditoriums, gymnasiums and cafeterias.
Recent advancements in projection technology makes these displays very bright, sometimes as bright as 10,000 lumens.
Out of a corporate or educational setting, projection technology can also be used to create immersive displays in museums
Projectors for offices are incredibly valuable in the conference room due to the low amount of maintenance needed on the systems, said Scott Wright, president of Wisconsin-based Lifeline AV.
“The maintenance piece is a really big deal when it comes to conference rooms, churches and auditoriums,” he said.
Superior display size
According to Bishop, projectors can project images up to 100 inches in size at a cost generally under $3,000. However, digital displays can become much more expensive — sometimes more than $4,000 — as the size increases.
Projectors also give the end user more control over the space they’re allocating to their visual aid. TVs or video walls can take up a considerable amount of space, take days to install and cost your business more to install and maintain.
“Basically, this is the most cost-effective way to get a very large image,” Bishop said. “Projectors have come a long way.”
TVs and digital screens “just don’t get big enough,” Bishop said.
“The image size it really what it comes down to,” he said.
Projectors now aren’t as popular in corporate settings as conference rooms get smaller, but training rooms and any other large rooms will almost always be outfitted with a new projector, Bishop said.
“(Projectors) still hold onto that market if they need a bigger image in a corporate setting,” he said.
More bang for your buck
Against video walls or flat panel TVs, projectors for the office will always win out when it comes to cost, said Wright of Lifeline AV.
“If you’re doing a video wall, then you’re worrying about multiple panels, TVs and single panels,” he said. “On a projector, you’re worrying about less components.”
Installing a projector takes only a screen and the projector itself rather than up to a few dozen LED panels and the numerous circuits and hardware needed to install the large displays.
Bishop of Pro AV Systems cited a museum project in which Pro AV Systems used a series of projectors shot content that displayed across the hall on different objects. Another museum project included projections of dinosaurs walking down a hallway alongside visitors.
Accomplishing the same feat with a video wall could have been cost prohibitive.
“Basically, this is the most cost-effective way to get a very large image,” Bishop said. “Office projectors have come a long way.”