The higher education sector is undergoing a sea change, as technology increasingly pervades lecture theatres and the wider learning environment. One of the latest additions to this ever-developing technological landscape is laser projection – the bright and sensible alternative to the aging lamp projector. Yet whilst higher brightness, greater stability and outstanding image quality are the goals for which manufacturers of projection technology aim, educators goals remain simple – they’re on the quest for a stress-free lecture experience and technology is the enabler.
Keeping up with the HD generation
As the youth of the HD and 4K generation, students today expect high quality and visually engaging images in every aspect of their life, education included. Able to deliver bright, clear images even in light environments, laser projection is ideal for satisfying this growing appetite for rich content. Both Sony’s VPL-FHZ55 (launched in 2013) the new, 7000 lumens VPL-FHZ700L (launched at InfoComm 2014) are pure laser light source projectors and use 3LCD BrightEra technology to offer bright, high contrast pictures with excellent pure colour accuracy and stability. This is a great example of how installation projectors can meet the modern student’s expectations.
Visually stunning presentations don’t just benefit the students. Educators are more committed than ever to delivering content in the most compelling format to deliver a genuinely engaging educational programme. When standing in a packed lecture theatre with a laser projector, educators can feel confident that their presentations will be received positively, and can focus their time and attention on lesson delivery as opposed to the technology. Nothing is worse than disruption and the beauty of lasers lampless technology means it eliminates the chance of over-heating and unexpected tech faults, in turn eradicating potential disruption.
Able to be turned on and off instantly, laser also means valuable teaching time is not wasted waiting for the projector lamp to warm up, and once the lecture is underway lecturers can feel comfortable they won’t be disturbed by noisy fans as laser projectors have a very low sound output. Wherever it is, technology should always be a benefit and operate seamlessly, it should never be a hindrance. Laser projection is an enabling technology which facilitates a more connective, interactive and engaging learning environment in keeping with the education agenda.
Meeting budgetary needs
Ask any lecturer what they want to achieve through their lessons, and you will uncover a common aim: to deliver an engaging, inspiring and interactive learning experience that motivates and enthuses. Ask the same question of technology decision makers and TCO will unquestionably come out paramount.
Budgets are more stretched than ever, and for any educational institution, downtime has a huge impact on productivity, and ultimately the bottom line. With IT/AV teams under increased pressure, it’s never been more important for organisations to protect against the disruption and maintenance costs associated with failing technology whilst justifying and future-proofing investments. By eliminating of the need for lamp changes and providing impressive life cycles – laser technologies can be capable of up to 20,000 hours maintenance free operation provides a powerful and non-disruptive answer for users who list cost-efficiency and durability as key considerations. As there are no additional repair or replacement costs, laser projection is able to prove its value over its life span.
Complementing the need to meet budgetary demands, higher education institutions are under increasing pressure take into account energy consumption and prove their environmental credentials and laser’s mercury free and energy-saving feature also ticks the right environmental boxes.
A unique combination of ground-breaking technology which addresses the user and budgetary demands means the higher education market cannot afford to ignore laser technology’s potential. True laser presents a real opportunity to improve the overall quality of the learning experience whilst protecting the bottom line of educational establishments. This means universities and colleges can keep in pace with technological developments, without compromising their business model.
Robert Meakin has nearly 13 years’ experience with Sony, working across a range of projectors in a marketing capacity. In his current role as Senior Product Manager, Robert works closely with the development team, and focuses largely on laser projection. This has allowed him to become an authority on the technology needs of the education market and how technological advances can impact students and educators.