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Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company of Secaucus, NJ, has announced a new series of LCD projectors, the PT-L700 Series, two of which include 802.11b compliant wireless.
The PT-L730NTU is an eight pound ultra-portable projector; the PT-L780NTU is a 11 pound portable with higher brightness (3000 lumens) and a new .99" TFT Active Matrix Polysilicon LCD panel for a sharper picture.
Both support XGA (1024x768) resolution and, of course, Wi-Fi (as well as wired Ethernet on the L780NTU). The projectors have a "wireless manager" software controller for remote setup and monitoring of the projector from a Web browser. For example, each projector should be assigned its own IP address for individual control.
Presentations can be transferred and stored directly on the projectors' included 8MB SD Memory Cards.
The PT-L730NTU is available for $4,999 from the Panasonic site but has a MSRP of $5,499. The PT-L780NTU will be available in September -- its price has not been determined.
A previous Panasonic projector, the eight pound PT-L711XNTU, had an option to accept 802.11b cards for wirelessly receiving presentations from a Wi-Fi capable PC.
Eric Griffith is the managing editor of 802.11 Planet.