Leading projector manufacturer, Epson, has launched a new device that will bring interactivity to any projector.

The IU-01 interactive module can connect directly to any Mac or Windows computer via USB and eliminates the need to install costly, dedicated interactive whiteboards (IWB) by integrating interactive capabilities with any new or existing projectors.

The appliance, like most projectors, can be shone on to any existing whiteboard, wall or other smooth, light-coloured surface. It has up to 96-inches diagonal (WXGA) and 102-inches diagonal (XGA) of useable interactive area and comes equipped with two interactive pens, wall mount hardware for easy installation, and TeamBoard Draw annotation software to create, capture and share lessons.

Associate product manager for Epson Projection, Sara Kim, said, "Interactivity is a must-have in the 21st century classroom, but schools often find interactive whiteboard costs to be prohibitive."

"With the IU-01, school administrators can easily and affordably turn any new or existing projector into an interactive projector, helping to equip more classrooms with interactivity than would otherwise be possible with the same school funds."

The IU-01 is also being included in Epson's Brighter Future® programme, a unique sales and support initiative designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets.

Brighter Futures offers extended Epson limited warranty coverage for three years, special pricing, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for Epson products.