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NEC idol named at Infocomm 2003

NEC idol named at Infocomm 2003

NEC Solutions, Inc. has named Lainie McGann, a second grade teacher at California’s Newport Coast Elementary, the winner of the NEC Idol $50,000 promotion. McGann submitted the video on behalf of the school, which will use the winnings to purchase classroom technology. The competition, which began in January 2003 with the introduction of NEC’s new VT Series projectors, challenged end users who purchased a projector to submit a two-minute video that demonstrated the projectors’ ease-of-use in the most creative way. The top five finalists were flown to Orlando, FL for last week’s InfoComm tradeshow where the winner received the $50,000 prize in the NEC booth.

“The promotion and $50,000 prize were a dramatic way for NEC to show how easy the VT Series projectors are to use. We put our money where our mouths were for this competition and the videos we received in response did an excellent job of exemplifying our claim,” said Ron Gillies, senior vice president of the Visual Systems Division of NEC Solutions.

“By spreading the word about how easy to use and cost effective projection technology can be through the NEC Idol contest, NEC demonstrated its commitment to its customers and the industry,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director of the International Communications Industry Association, the organization behind the InfoComm show. “It is efforts like these that are introducing the possibilities of projection technology to new and under-served markets.”

The winning video illustrated a classroom setup where a six-year-old “teacher” showed an enthusiastic classroom of first-graders how to use the VT Series projector. The finalist videos and a replay of the awards ceremony can be viewed on NEC’s website at All the finalists received a free VT Series projector for their efforts.

“We are ecstatic about winning this contest, since it will enable us to purchase more projectors for our classrooms and buy badly needed computers for our computer lab,” explained McGann. “Projectors are integral to teaching computer skills since that kind of instruction can’t be done effectively with a monitor. The VT Series projector we currently have is great. It’s very easy to operate and it’s our only projector that’s compact and portable enough to move easily from room to room.”

The finalist videos clearly and entertainingly demonstrated how easy NEC’s new VT Series projectors are to use. The VT460, VT560 and VT660 feature automatic keystone correction, giving classroom, meeting room and general purpose users the ability to turn the projector on and instantly get a squared image. Their direct-access keys for RGB, video and s-video let users switch between sources with the touch of a button, and color-coded inputs further enhance the projectors’ intuitive design. And NEC’s Advanced AutoSense™ syncs the projector with the computer signal automatically so no additional adjustments are required.

NEC’s new VT Series projectors offer one of the best price/performance mixes of any projectors to date. The 1500 ANSI lumen, SVGA resolution VT460 features an estimated street price (ESP) of $1,199 ($1,740 Canadian). The XGA resolution, 1300 ANSI lumen VT560 has an ESP of $1,795 ($2,605 Canadian) and the XGA, 1700 ANSI lumen VT660 is $1,995 ($2,895 Canadian). With a replacement lamp cost of only $299 and up to a 3,000 hour lamp life in Eco-Mode, the projectors offer a low total cost of projector ownership. All three projectors are a portable 6.6 lbs and are ideal for classroom, meeting room and general purpose use as tabletop, room-to-room, or shared device projectors.

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Shayda Fraser contributes and publishes news editorial to  An online look at projectors, home theatre and accessories; such as digital, video, screens and slides.

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