Audio visual products manufacturer NEC has announced it is releasing its first ever HD short throw projector.

The new U321H ultra-short-throw projector is among the first HD-resolution projectors in the product category.

Businesses, K-12 and higher education are all being targeted by the device, which boasts "razor-sharp display of graphics, text, images and videos", according to NEC.

The company added that the new U321H ultra-short-throw projector is ideal for training facilities and classrooms where there is not a lot of extra room.

"NEC is committed to designing its products for long life cycles," said Richard McPherson, senior product manager of projectors at NEC Display.

"The U321H projector's virtually maintenance-free filter reduces the frequency for which cleaning is required, thereby decreasing total cost of ownership."

NEC also revealed that the U321H projector has been designed to be compatible with NEC DisplayNote Software, enabling leaders and participants to be able to "present, share and annotate content from any platform or device so their notes are automatically saved".

In the summer NEC will also be launching multi-pen or finger-touch modules that can be used in conjunction with the U321H ultra-short-throw projector.

Users will also be able to extend the lifespan of the projector by putting it into ECO Mode, which increases lamp life up to 4,000 hours, as well as lowering power consumption and maintenance costs.