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Epson Easy Interactive Tools - for Interactive Projectors

Overview

Epson Easy Interactive Software is an optional tool for users of the Epson Interactive Short-Throw Projectors.

 

Using the Projector: 

Step 1: Power on the projector using the remote or touch panel

Step 2: Select the source. To display a laptop, hook up the desired cable (VGA or HDMI) and select the corresponding source

Step 3: to use the whiteboard function select "whiteboard" on the remote

Using the Interactive functions of the projector: 

Finger touch: you may use your finger to annotate at any time

Using the pens: you may want to use the pens for writing rather than your fingers as it makes writing easier

slide over the power button on the pen: *NOTE: the green light will show for only a moment to let you know you have powered it on. it does not stay on. the pen can now annotate just like the finger touch

Using the white board along with a connected laptop as a mouse (see below in "software tools for more specifics)

Step 1: Connect the laptop and display the source using the correct video cable. 

Step 2: Connect the USB cable to the wall plate and your laptop

Step 3: Allow drivers to install on your laptop

Step 4: Using the pen or finger, press the "annotate" button and change it to a mouse on the projector

Step 5 : You are now ready to use your finger or pen as a mouse. 

PEN USE : Pressing the pen down on the board will act as a normal click (left click) and pressing the button on the side of the pen will act as a left click

Software Tools

These tools allow users to interact with the whiteboard (a.k.a., dry erase markerboard) by using a battery operated pen (or stylus). While in Mouse-Mode, the pen-clicks on the whiteboard act as mouse clicks (to right-click, press the board with the pen for about 3 seconds), and dragging the pen across the whiteboard acts as moving the mouse pointer or curser around a computer screen (to click-and-drag: tap, then drag the pen). While in Pen-Mode, the pen operates like a pen, chalk, high-lighter, or marker, with various colors and widths of pen-tips available. An Eraser can be selected, or an Erase All button can be selected, which will remove all annotations from the screen and reveal just the projected source image.

One of the advantages of using this software is the ability to annotate over a graphic, document, video, etc., and save the annotated graphic as a .jpg or .pdf file, to a computer, a network drive, or a USB flash drive. A USB cable must be connected from the projector (usually via a wall plate connection), to the computer or tablet for this feature.

Annotating and screen capture features require that the computer--or at least a USB flash drive--be connected to the projector. The ability to write, highlight, draw shapes, etc., does not require a computer or flash drive to be connected to the projector via USB cable.

When to use these software tools

This software provides similar functionality to a Smart Board or other Interactive White Board (IWB), and some additional functionality, which is useful when an instructor or students are standing in front of a classroom and wish to mark on a vertical surface for an audience to see.

Two types of software tools included

  1. Built-In Toolbar. This can be used without hooking up any source equipment. It can also be used to annotate over top of any source.
  2. Easy Interactive Tools: Same functionality as Bulit-In Toolbar, but adds:
    1. Ability to use both pens simultaneously
    2. Save Annotated images

The Easy Interactive Tools requires a software installation. Select the Operating System of the computer on which you are installing the software, and then click on Utilities.

How to use these software tools

Many of the useful features of this equipment and software package are covered in these videos.

Where to access this software

If you are connecting to a short-throw projector using an Apple computer, you will need this software for Mac.

If you are connecting to a short-throw projector using a Windows computer, you will need to download this software for your PC.

Where to access other helpful information

This site provides links to drivers, downloads, tutorial videos, and FAQ for the specific model installed after 9/1/13.

This site provides links to drivers, downloads, tutorial videos, and FAQ for the specific model installed before 9/1/13.

Where to use this software on campus

The software is only beneficial while you are connected to an Epson BrightLink interactive short throw projector.

Currently, these are installed in:

GMN 104

GMN 202

PAC 132

PAC 133

PAC 135

PAC 150

PAC 160

RWC 240

RWC 254

WSEM 204

WSEM 208

OHSN 151

OHSN 153

OHSN 155

OHSN 157

OHSN 163

OHSN 251

OHSN 253

OHSN 257

OHSN 260

OHSN 262

OHSN 272

OHSN 282

OHSN 351

OHSN 353

OHSN 362

OHSN 380

OHSN 382

BHSN 120A

BHSN 130

BHSN 220

BHSN 222

BHSN 230

BHSN 239

BHSN 336

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Hardware Tools

If your projector is wall mounted out of reach, you should use the included wireless remote control, which is labeled Epson Projector.

If your projector is model 1410wi, then an additional wall-mounted control panel provides an easy-access Power button, as well as a Save button, to allow PC-free display and image capture. This little white box has a USB jack, where a thumb drive can be inserted, to show photos or documents.

In addition to the mounted projector, an interactive pen is required for the content to be interactive. Each projector comes with two pens that have different colored ends, orange and blue.

The pens are to be stored in a white, hinged-top container with the Epson logo on it. It has magnets integrated into the container, so the ideal location to store this is directly on a magnetic whiteboard. Others may be found in the pen tray at the bottom of the whiteboard, among the standard dry erase markers. Still other department have restricted access to these pens by putting them in a locked drawer, to prevent loss or theft.

To use one of these pens, first power on the projector. Then locate the power switch on the pen top (opposite end of the tip). Slide the switch until it clicks, and wait for the adjacent green LED to illuminate. Then hold the pen perpendicular to the whiteboard, near where the image is being projected.

The projector comes with a battery charger and four AA batteries, labeled "enelope." Remember to recharge these after heavy use, or after every week.

The projector has control buttons on its surface, near where the lens is located. If the projector is table mounted, you can use these buttons to power on and off the projector, and to changes sources, but pressing these buttons may cause the projector to become mis-alligned, and may require recalibration. For this reason, it is preferable to use the remote controls to the built-in buttons.

In the new SNB, most of the interactive projectors can be turned on and off via the control touch panel, located on top of the instructors' teaching stations. The exceptions are the stand-alone student interactive projectors in rooms 151 and 153, which are turned on and off via the wall-mounted control panel, located beneath the projector.

Troubleshooting

If the battery in the interactive pen is low, the LED will flash. Replace the AA battery with a fully charged battery.

If the pen doesn't start working immediately when it is picked up, be patient: the pens turn off automatically afer 20 minutes of inactivity. Slide the switch to turn the pen back on.