BenQ has launched two new interactive short-throw projectors aimed at giving teachers and students the optimum capabilities for interactive teaching in any classroom setting.

The MW860USTi and MP780 ST+ have ultra-short-throw ratios of 0.37 and 0.49, respectively and feature the second-generation of BenQ’s PointDraw interactive technology with dual pen support. The 2.0 model pen gives users a much faster response time and supports remote interactivity from up to 25 feet away from the projector screen.

BenQ’s Lars Yoder said that the development of PointDraw was a boon for the company and would be of tremendous benefit to forward-thinking teachers.

“With the original PointDraw, we introduced an innovative interactive solution that freed teachers from the hassles of system calibration and allowed them to teach from anywhere in the classroom,” he said. “With the second generation, we’ve taken interactivity to an entirely new level by doubling the functionality PointDraw offers. With this amazing technology, the MW860USTi and MP780 ST+ are the most advanced interactive tools available on the market.”

The software on the projectors allows for students to have their turn at contributing to the lesson through their own independent toolbar, which remains under the teacher’s ultimate control. The system requires no calibration, allowing teachers to begin the class simply by turning on the projector and the PointDraw pens.