Following on from last year’s study in the United States, Epson Europe today announced new study results by Radius Global Market Research that evaluated the readability of content displayed on 70-inch screens in average-sized classrooms in Singapore and the United Kingdom. According to the surveys, more than 50 percent of students in each country found that content displayed on 70-inch screens was difficult to read, with more than half of students writing down at least one item incorrectly from a 70-inch screen.
In the United Kingdom, the study was conducted with 119 students ages 12 to 22 divided into groups of approximately 30. The students were asked to read typical educational content including charts and text-based information displayed on a top-selling 70-inch flat panel in a traditional 8.3 meters by 8.4 meters classroom, and then write down six short items of information based on what they saw.
The research findings support the 4/6/8 rule for display size recommendations. This rule is a long-standing informal guideline commonly used by AV integrators and installers for determining the appropriate sized displays for different environments including classrooms, conference rooms and large venues. Here’s are the results they discovered about the long-held and revered 4/6/8 rule.
“When it comes to choosing the best display for your classroom, it is important that it’s large enough so every student in the room can clearly read what’s on it,” said Paul Wilson, business manager, Visual Instruments for Epson UK. “This is absolutely critical to each student’s success. Epson’s range of projectors offer advanced interactive display and projector technologies to make bright, colourful, collaborative learning environments a reality.”
The research findings are revealed as Epson announces its latest generation of ultra-short -throw laser projectors designed to enhance the quality of educational learning. The new Epson EB-710Ui laser ultra-short throw projector that will be rolled out worldwide from the end of October, can provide better visibility in the classroom for images in large sizes of up to 100 inches. In addition to the large display size, the EB-710Ui boasts 4,000 lumens in brightness and WUXGA resolution, which allows it to be used to provide high-level educational content. Furthermore, the EB-710Ui has a laser light source that provides consistent performance and frees customers from lamp replacement concerns.