A projector designed by Sanyo has been launched with a collection of educational and interactive software programs.

The Sanyo PLC-WL2503 is an ultra short-throw LCD projector that is capable of allowing teachers to add handwritten text and graphics to projected images in real time.

By working with the included interactive assessment software package, which functions in both Mac and Windows environments teachers can really make the most of the gadget in the classroom, using it as an extra way of encouraging students to get involved in their education.

Sam Malik, vice-president and general manager of the presentation technologies group in Sanyo, commented: “This single solution provides schools with the ability to immediately upgrade to interactivity in any classroom, enabling the use of the very latest technology and most advanced teaching tools, at an affordable cost."

The technical details of the projector itself are also quite impressive. The device boasts full interactive functionality on any screen and is capable of throwing out 2,500 lumens of brightness allowing images to be visible even in lighted classrooms.

It is also flexible in terms of fitting into a classroom layout and can throw a full 80-inch diagonal image from a distance of only 34 inches.