In 1910, while Mexico was in a revolution and Europe was beginning it’s era of militarism, an electrical engineer by the name of Namihei Odaira produced Japan’s first 5-horsepower electric induction motor for use in a copper mine. Soon after, the surge for powerful equipment was brought about due the the first World War taking working men out of the factories. It was now up to engineers to manufacture workers to get the jobs done. Even worse, the jobs had to be done at an even greater effort of course due to the global war putting a strain on resources and a need for manufactured equipment like tanks, vehicles, firearms, munitions and even packaged and preserved foods for soldiers. This window of opportunity is how Hitachi was born as a domestic leader in electric motors and infrastructure in the power industry. Today, whether it is the heavy duty equipment to build it the actual project itself, Hitachi is known worldwide for its foothold in the construction and mining industries. It is this segment that has primarily been the hub it’s corporate prowess. In fact, Hitachi, Ltd. in 2012 was ranked #38 on Forbes Global 500, along with the American Boards of Education across the country know them for making some of the most sound projection equipment and interactive software this side of the Pacific Ocean.
Even as we move from a traditional classroom setting to a blended, flipped or collaborative learning environment, a projector paired with an interactive whiteboard proves to be the mainstay in classroom presentation hardware. As a K-12 student, I remember old overhead projectors humming loudly as the teacher used transparency sheets with written notes on it from the class before or even years prior to being shown then. The purpose then is the same purpose now, which is to focus attention on subject matter. Nowadays, we have beefed it up with interactive touch-enabled technology and crisp, life-like LCD images of course and even started letting student put there hands on it to really enhance learning. I believe Hitachi, more than any projection company, has really taken the reins to push technology forward. Here are three reasons I believe that every classroom should not only be outfitted with Hitachi products, but partnered and integrated with them on your schools technological renovations.
Reliability Due to Timing of Market Entrance
I personally notice however that though first to research and start development on a new technology, as a company Hitachi is historically the last manufacturer to make theirs available for consumer and commercial purchase. I believe they take the necessary time to develop and test things, while others are going for the market share of technology adopters that is the early half. They see the introduction as the most profitable part. I have said before that this is a poor model due to the size of that technology diffusion market segment. Hitachi has made a mainstay in the industry by providing reliable products to the market segment of later adopters, of which the majority of the educational market. With high training costs, reduced installment and procurement funds and knowing that newer technology will come with hindering flaws, schools are not the people to start adopting the latest and greatest technology (Not all encompassing, but talk to a teacher who was in school when they rolled out iPads the first year on the market and ask about the growing pains). They remain a few years behind the consumer market advances and for good cause. Hitachi plays the slow-roll producing hardware and software that is tried and true and is sustainable, serviceable and of course is now more reliable given the proper time to develop a technology.
Their Unique Projector Trade-In Program
Many great projector companies that market themselves specifically to K-12 promise lots of value-added customer services and warranty incentives. Hitachi is a bit different in that it has a “no lemon policy” and they also often give away a bulb upon the purchase of every projector, a marketing incentive I often see that comes in the spring due to the K-12 summer renovating season. One little known incentive that they offer, that I bring up all the time, is the Hitachi Trade-In Program for new and existing customers. Yep, even a life-long Hitachi customer can trade in their later model Hitachi projector for a brand spanking new one! Many companies in telecommunications and electronics will offer to buyout their competitor, but who else keeps buying their own old stuff to sell their newer stuff at a discount?! A business diversified in many vital world industries, that’s who! I have seen up to a few hundred dollars given back on a buyback per unit in fact. So if you are looking for a way to reduce the cost of this summer’s projector refresh take a look at Hitachi’s new line.
Recommended Classroom Projector for 2015-2016:
CP-BX301WN (release date is May 2015, picture and specs coming soon)
The CP-BX301WN is a step-up from the CP-D32WN short throw projector, which is at it’s end of life. It offers more advanced features including 2 HDMI, 10,000 hours lamp life when in Eco Mode, a 10,000:1 contrast ratio versus 3,000:1, a 10W Audio Accentualizer / HDCR and of course a wireless networking option.
**If still using the CP-D32WN you can still find the lamp for it. It is part number CT01381, and let me know if you need some.
If you happen to be changing your throw-ratio for the first time, try this projector throw distance calculator to see what you are working with virtually before scheduling an install or even a demo
While being of a whole other company in the Hitachi, LTD family, the Hitachi Starboard is their line of interactive whiteboards. Many schools across America have a SMARTboard or a Promethean Board it seems, and the Starboard is no different from these manufacture’s. Many people have heard that SMART Technologies will soon be exiting the hardware market to focus solely on their software line. It’s not a bad plan seeings how their software is compatible with almost any interactive hardware specified and formatted in a program they helped code. Plus, anyone who knows anything about technology knows the largest consumer of your profits is the research and development of the hardware advancements. I personally like that Hitachi makes everything except the content you present in an interactive classroom setting. They have been in the projector business since before many of your teachers were in grade school so have that down pat. They extended the idea to interactive whiteboards the same time the “Big Guys” were introducing their versions into schools. Furthermore, Hitachi has a line of software and have been successfully developing and selling it for decades! It is safe to say they likely were developing much of these technologies before their competitors, which goes back to my first point. You would find the Starboard software and features to be comparable to your more standardized brands and Hitachi Starboard™ comes with their own customer service, separate from Hitachi America, Ltd, so their is no loss in support bandwidth.
If your school or classroom is needing a refresh in your projection hardware, I encourage you to give Hitachi a look while looking at your current standard. You can check out this all of this year’s models of Hitachi projectors to find the right one for your classroom needs. If you would like personalized assistance, need to get special pricing, or need to see what your old projector might go for on a trade-in, contact me here by email. I look forward to helping you expand your learning!
Here are some happy Hitachi customers as well: