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13/01/2010

DLP Technology Enhances Interactive Learning by Demonstrating Industry’s Only 3D Enabled Single-Projector (BETT 2010)

Immersive learning provided by 3D displays shown to increase results, close the gender gap and increase knowledge retention


Olympia, LONDON – January 13, 2010, 8:00 AM GMT: Showcasing at BETT 2010, Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE:TXN) DLP® Products is demonstrating its commitment to education by exhibiting a variety of 3D ready projectors utilising the company’s reliable and affordable single-projector technology. Curriculum delivered in 3D provides teachers with engaging tools for teaching difficult subjects and students, by delivering a visually immersive environment to learn in. 3D-Ready DLP projectors available in the first quarter of 2010 include Acer, BenQ, Dell, InFocus, Mitsubishi, NEC, Optoma, Sharp, ViewSonic, Vivitek.

TI DLP, which has previously announced 3D projectors for entertainment and commercial use, is working with manufacturers and content providers to help deliver interactive learning across various topics ranging from science to art. The goal is to bring subjects to life with content that previously could only be experienced in 2D.

Demonstrating the growing demand for immersive display technology, over 50 projectors from 10 different DLP Products’ manufacturers are already either offering or developing 3D-Ready projectors for the market. Through the operation of millions of DLP’s microscopic mirrors that project lifelike images in 3D, students can experience active visualisation, simulation and environments in vibrant colours as if they were right before their eyes. Initial lessons using 3D learning though DLP technology have already taken place in schools around the world, including several in the UK and US.

The Abbey School in Reading, Berkshire, is a dynamic and vibrant community of over 1,000 girls aged 3-18 years. The school prides itself on offering the very best breadth and depth of all aspects of Information Communications Technology (ICT). It recently completed a wing with specialist facilities dedicated to teaching innovative industry standard ICT, and has held initial trials of 3D learning using DLP 3D-Ready projectors.

“Lessons taught using 3D technology release the capability for the pupils to learn in a natural way. They ‘see’ the concept in a reality that enables immediate perception not provided by flat technologies.” said Kathryn Macaulay, director of ICT and data systems, The Abbey School. “Not only do pupils see shape and perspective but they form the concept being taught in a visual way which is incredibly valuable to learners of all ages. 3D visualisation enables rapid understanding and detailed contextual acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding. The pupils are inspired to learn as they conquer challenging concepts with ease. 3D is the environment of their present and technological future.”

Providing measurable results for the benefits of 3D learning, JTM Concepts, Inc. (JTM) recently conducted independent studies in the state of Illinois, USA to compare the results of grade school classes taught with 3D curriculum vs. standard lecture teaching methods. The research, supported by state funding, showed that students taught using one of JTM’s Classroom3® 3D simulations, had an average increase in test scores of up to 35 percent vs. the 9.8 percent score increase from traditional teaching methods.

“The heightened understanding and comprehension for students provided by lessons experienced in 3D is undeniable,” said Tracey Masamoto, Simulation and Integration Director, JTM Concepts. “Our research shows that with 3D content, teachers can cover more material in less time, test scores are higher and the students actually enjoy learning. Applied across disciplines from health sciences to geography to mathematics, 3D simulations matched to relevant curriculum offer an unparalleled advantage in understanding and retaining information.”

“Texas Instruments is a long-standing, trusted education partner, and we understand teachers and administrators are at the mercy of limited budgets and carefully regulated curriculums and examinations. In order to help address these challenges we became the first, and we’re still the only, provider of 3D technology through a single projector,” said Dave Duncan, Education Business Development Manager, DLP Products. “With the incredible affordability DLP projectors provide, we’re making it easy for schools to implement 3D in their classrooms.”

Additional technologies showcased by DLP at BETT include RoomView® by Crestron, IN3900 by InFocus and DLP Pico™ for collaborative learning. In addition, Casio will be demonstrating a new range Laser & LED Hybrid Light Source projectors specifically designed for the education and business markets.

To see these technologies in action, please visit the Texas Instrument DLP Booth in National Hall K19.

To access digital content associated with this release, please visit www.dlp.com/bett2010.

You can also follow DLP’s updates from the show floor on Twitter at @TI_DLP and www.youtube.com/DLPTechnology.

For more information on DLP products please visit www.dlp.com/uk.

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About Texas Instruments DLP Products
DLP display technology from Texas Instruments offers clarity down to the most minute detail, delivering pictures rich with color, contrast and brightness projectors for business, home, professional venue, digital cinema (DLP Cinema®) and large screen HDTVs. Many of the world's top projection and display manufacturers design, manufacture and market products based on DLP technology. DLP is the only imaging technology with a legacy in digital cinema where it set the industry standard demonstrated by the deployment of DLP Cinema technology in over 14,000 screens worldwide. At the heart of every DLP chip is an array of up to 2.2 million microscopic mirrors which switch incredibly fast to create a high resolution, highly reliable, full color image. DLP technology’s chip architecture and inherent speed advantage provides razor-sharp images and excellent reproduction of fast motion video. Since early 1996, more than 20 million DLP subsystems have been shipped. For more information, please visit www.dlp.com.

About Texas Instruments:
Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through design, sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, go to www.ti.com.

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