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Epson to Provide BrightLink Interactive Projectors for
“LIVE! with Kelly” ‘Top Teacher Week’ Finalist

Press Release  |  May 15, 2012

Brightlink 455Wi allows teachers and students to engage in a hands-on learning experience.

LONG BEACH, Calif. – May 15, 2012 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, was featured today on the nationally-syndicated morning talk show, LIVE! with Kelly, during its third annual “Top Teacher Week.” Host Kelly Ripa surprised Assumption High School science teacher Wendy Martin with five EPSON® BrightLink® 455Wi interactive projectors, table mounts and tables from Jonti-Craft for her school in Davenport, Iowa. Designed to turn virtually any surface into an interactive whiteboard, the BrightLink 455Wi projector is the ultimate solution for classroom interactivity and allows teachers and students to engage in a hands-on learning experience.

“LIVE’s” “Top Teacher Week” is a tribute to the nation’s best educators. As kids across the country start looking forward to their summer breaks, “LIVE” takes a week to salute the mentors that guide their students to success every day – teachers who make a difference in and out of the classroom, who make their students’ lives better, the school better, or even those who go over and above to serve their community as a whole. Martin was selected as a semi-finalist from thousands of entries, and “LIVE’s” viewers voted for her to be one of the five finalists to be honored on the show.

The EPSON BrightLink 455Wi interactive projector and pen combination is an ultra-short throw solution offering image size flexibility and advanced connectivity options to project onto a whiteboard, wall, table, or other smooth, light-colored, hard surface. BrightLink offers installation flexibility by providing a wide range of XGA and WXGA usable interactive areas, and features 2,500 lumens color and white light output2 and native WXGA resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) for full compatibility with widescreen notebooks and visual content. Coupled with Jonti-Craft’s Rainbow Accents® KYDZ Activity Tables, the students and teachers at Assumption High School will be able to take advantage of the ultimate interactive classroom tool.

“The BrightLink 455Wi will enhance the learning and development process at Assumption High School, allowing teachers to connect with students on an interactive level while also maximizing existing classroom space,” said Claudine Wolas-Shiva, senior product manager, Epson America, Inc. “We congratulate Wendy on her success as one of LIVE’s five finalists in the top teacher search and know her school will greatly benefit from having this new technology in its classrooms.”

Epson offers a wide range of projection technology for the classroom and in its commitment to education, offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors.

About Epson

Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and 3LCD projectors to sensors and other microdevices. Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and industry. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 75,000 employees in 97 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. To learn more about Epson, please visit

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1 Based upon Q4 2011 worldwide front projection market share estimates from Pacific Media Associates.

2 White and color light output will vary depending on mode selected. White light output measured using ISO 21118 standard.