The Projector that Changed Presentations

The ELP-3000, one of the world's first 3LCD video projectors

Epson technological innovations revolutionized presentations

Epson helped to change the way presentations were given.

Traditionally, people would usually distribute copies of materials to everyone in the room before starting their presentation. Later on, overhead projectors spread and became the most common presentation tool for schools and businesses. By about the midway point of the 1990s the availability and increased power of PCs and presentation software made the creation of PC presentations a common practice. Projectors emerged as a powerful partner in the giving of these presentations.

In 1989 Epson announced one of the world's first 3LCD video projectors, the VPJ-700.

In 1994, using the technology accumulated during that effort, Epson narrowed its target to presentations and other business uses, and released to market a liquid-crystal data projector, the ELP-3000. The ELP-3000 was one-third the size of the VPJ-700 yet produced three times the brightness. It also offered far better connectivity, requiring only a single cable for connection to a PC.

The ELP-3000 was the first of many projectors that would go on to become essential tools, along with evolving PC and presentation software, for presentations.

Today, given their ability to produce large images with sufficient brightness at low cost, projector uses are expanding beyond business presentations and into areas such as home theater, education, and electronic signage.