You’ll not lose this one in a hurry. Or rather, that’s what Hitachi hopes with their ED-X10 projector, designed for schools, colleges and universities in a distinctively bright orange colour and with a host of security features onboard.
If the bright colour of the ED-X10 doesn’t put a thief off, a transition detector locks the projector if it’s moved from its normal place. Once the detector is activated, a pin-code is needed for normal operation to resume. This works alongside two other protection systems – one locks the projector on power on until a pin-lock sequence is input from the remote control, the other locks a unique ‘my screen’ startup image that is always displayed when operated. And for brute force security, the ED-X10 also has an integral steel security bar that allows it to be physically tethered to a fixed point.
There are other features that benefit users in schools, including instant power-on/power-off, a ‘my button’ feature on the remote control to pre-programme commonly used commands and there’s a special "whiteboard mode" which limits the peak white light without reducing the projector’s brightness, making it safer to use in the classroom. The ED-X10 also has a ‘blackboard mode’ and a greenboard mode’ providing optimised colour balance for projection onto these backgrounds.
It’s available now for around £700.