SMART Technologies Updates SMART Board MX and 7000R

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SMART Technologies announced new updates on the company’s most popular products, including the SMART Board MX series — now also available for business customers as the SMART Board MX Pro series. SMART has also beefed up the SMART Board 7000R series and SMART Board 7000R Pro series. The new SMART Board MX series and SMART […]

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SMART Shows New Line of Interactive Displays and Software

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SMART Technologies has launched three new lines of interactive displays — all aimed at education. Two of the new panel series are integrated with their iQ. The new products are: The SMART Board 7000 is a 4K resolution display with iQ technology that enables the display to act as the central hub of classrooms as well as meetings, room displays, software, content and personal devices […]

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Yet Another Industry Acquisition – SMART Technologies, With Some Reflections

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Hold on to your hats – it’s just happened again… First the particulars: SMART Technologies Inc. and Foxconn Technology Group announced they have entered into an arrangement agreement under which Foxconn has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of SMART for a cash payment of US$4.50 per Common Share. The US$4.50 per Common […]

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SMART Technologies Unveils Enhancements to SMART kapp iQ in Education

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SMART Technologies announced today that they have updated their SMART kapp product family, SMART kapp iQ. The new SMART kapp iQ interactive flat panel is specifically designed to deliver an all-in-one classroom solution that provides educators with the flexibility to deliver lessons across a range of learning and instructional styles, including whole-class, small group and […]

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Enterprise Connect: The Booth Videos – Day One

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Enterprise Connect delivers a unique opportunity for enterprise end users to meet the industry’s thought and market-leaders and hear comprehensive analyses of the products, technologies and applications that are — or soon will be — in the market. Unified communications, WebRTC, video, wireless, contact centers, the cloud and more make up the focus of Enterprise […]

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SMART CEO Neil Gaydon Hints at More New Product Categories in 2015

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SMART kapp was a hit at InfoComm 2014 — not just because it was new, but because it invented a totally new product category for the industry. It has been 20-something years since SMART invented the entire category of what is now known SmartBoards — more broadly known as interactive whiteboards. Well, in 2014, SMART […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 350: An ISE Special Podcast: SMART Technologies’ VP of Marketing, Jeff Lowe, Talks Impact of Microsoft’s Entry into AV with Surface Hub

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Everyone by now knows that Microsoft has officially entered the AV market with their new 84” interactive Surface Hub display  – launching themselves into the AV market against biggies like SMART and InFocus. But, like Jeff, I agree their entry into the market will be good for everyone – listen to this podcast to understand why. […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 349: Gary Talks to SMART Technologies VP of Marketing, Jeff Lowe

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 SMART Technologies has signed up Ingram Micro to be their first distributor of their new KAPP product line. This is a great partnership as it opens SMART’s most popular product – now available in both 42” and 84” – to the entire AV market without any buying commitment. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | […]

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17 Stands You Must See at ISE 2015

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As you may know, Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) is Europe’s — and the world’s — largest AV show. Combining both residential and commercial AV technology in one giant trade show venue at the Amsterdam RAI, the show is nicely spread out in 12 easy-to-navigate halls that you can walk without back-tracking as it’s laid-out in […]

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SMART Technologies Launches 84″ kapp Along with New Premium Services

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On the heels of last week’s Microsoft Surface Hub 84-inch multi-touch collaboration board announcement, SMART Technologies has launched its own 84” product with the kapp 84. SMART is also announcing something called SMART kapp Premium Services, which enables SMART kapp app users to unlock a range of enhanced features to the already revolutionary SMART kapp […]

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Microsoft Has Figured Out What Sharp, InFocus, SMART Technologies and Clary Icon Already Knew

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Although SMART Technologies invented the interactive whiteboard market, and therefore indirectly invented the interactive display market, companies like InFocus — with Mondopad — and Clary Icon as well as Sharp have developed it into more of a mainstream product category in recent years. So much so that Microsoft has now, well, copied it — but, […]

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Sneak Peek: Five Collaboration Ideas from Inside Plantronics

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A few weeks ago, I had the good fortune of visiting the Plantronics headquarters in Santa Cruz, California. The business purpose was to meet with a handful of SMART Technologies’ Collaboration Executive Council (CEC) members in a semi-annual meeting hosted by SMART’s customer and CEC member Plantronics. The CEC event was great – I learned […]

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Disruptive at the InfoComm — My Top 10

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Sure disruptive, it’s just about become my middle name. However, the industry is almost ready to re-name itself as a newly formed arena of disruption to go along with the standards like digital signage, control systems and more. But then again if I search hard next year, I’ll likely come up with disruptive technologies there […]

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SMART Kapp Offers Replacement for the Dry Erase Board

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SMART Technologies used InfoComm to launch SMART kapp, a new digital capture board that has the easiness of a dry erase board combined with advanced collaboration features. While SMART claims that kapp is just as easy and intuitive to use as a dry-erase board, it allows users to write, draw, diagram and brainstorm using an […]

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SMART Intros SMART Board 6065 4K Interactive Flat Panel

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SMART Technologies Inc. has announced the SMART Board 6065 interactive flat panel (IFP) for education. The first in a new line of SMART Board interactive flat panels, the 6065 IFP offers improved image quality and new features. Measuring 65 inches (165 centimeters) on the diagonal, the SMART Board 6065 interactive flat panel offers ultra-HD 4K […]

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SMART Announces Gen2 of SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync

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SMART Technologies has announced several new additions to the SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync, including capability for interactive sharing that enables touch and inking into any software application, integration with SMART Meeting Pro PE (Personal Edition) software and the introduction of unbound workspace. With the introduction of interactive sharing, users can now work with […]

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SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync Ships

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The SMART Room System, the integrated hardware and software solution that supports Microsoft Lync in the meeting room, is now shipping. SMART claims it already has hundreds on back order. SMART says the conferencing solution simplifies the collaboration experience for both virtual and face-to-face meeting participants and provides a seamless online experience through sharing of […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 15: Who’s Buying SMART?

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In this episode I rant a bit about why SMART Technologies’ products continue to be spec’d by AV dealers, meanwhile there are not only companies like Promethean that have a superior technology, but there also several manufacturers with projectors, boards and LCDs on the market today that have their own built-in interactive technologies. So I ask this simple question: who’s buying […]

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SMART Launches Freestorm

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Yesterday, SMART Technologies launched a new product called Freestorm, which is basically a pre-configured system package that includes the new SMART Board 8055i interactive flat panel (a new large-format interactive display offering presence detection), SMART Meeting Pro 3.0 software with new SMART Ink and Bridgit 4.5 conferencing software. Each Freestorm system is designed to work […]

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SMART Technologies Enters Projector Market

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Billed as the only interactive projector that includes SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, SMART’s new LightRaise 40wi is an ultra-short throw (0.30:1) DLP projector that offers native WXGA resolution (1280×800). It’s capable of projecting image sizes from 77″ to 100″, includes integrated 10-watt speakers, plus a microphone input, one HDMI input, two VGA inputs and […]

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SMART Technologies Files for Proposed Initial Public Offering

SMART Technologies Inc., a global provider of interactive whiteboards, today announced that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission and a preliminary prospectus in each of the provinces and territories of Canada relating to a proposed initial public offering of its Class A Subordinate Voting Shares in the United States […]

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SMART Technologies Buys NextWindow

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Recently, SMART Technologies has announced they will acquire NextWindow — an interesting move since in April of 2009, SMART was filing a lawsuit against NextWindow to enforce its DViT (Digital Vision Touch) technology. Both companies use optical imaging touch technology, their target markets are different. NextWindow must have defended itself so well that SMART CEO […]

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Want to Know Why SMART Technologies Is So Profitable?

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Nearly 750,000 interactive white boards (IWBs) sold worldwide in 2009 and now the market will surge again to top 1 million sales in 2010, says Futuresource Consulting. “All regions experienced major growth last year, spread across multiple countries rather than localized hotspots,” says Colin Messenger, Senior Consultant, Futuresource. “Back in 2005 only three countries sold […]

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SMART Opens New Research Center and HQ

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 SMART Technologies has opened its new 211,000-square-foot headquarters and research center in Calgary, Canada. The building is a candidate for Gold certification under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines, as it produces 50 percent less greenhouse gas emissions relative to a typical office building. Environmental features include waterless urinals (I personally HATE the […]

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SMART Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against NextWindow

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SMART Technologies has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against NextWindow Ltd. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, to enforce SMART’s Digital Vision Touch (“DViT”) technology patent portfolio. In its complaint, SMART alleges NextWindow has infringed several of SMART’s DViT technology patents.  SMART is seeking an unspecified amount of damages […]

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Futuresource Says SMART Technologies is Making a Killing

Close to 600,000 Interactive Whiteboards were sold worldwide last year, generating nearly $1 billion of revenue, according to a new market report from Futuresource Consulting. In the 66 countries covered within the report, Messenger calculates there are over 31 million classrooms: a huge market potential for companies operating within this sector.  A whistle-stop tour of […]

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SMART Makes Five New Product Announcements at InfoComm

SMART Technologies announced two new interactive whiteboards, new interactive pen displays, an upgrade to Bridgit conferencing software and GoWire, an auto-launch cable. The new interactive whiteboards are the SMART Board 6000i and 690. The 6000i combines the SMART whiteboard with a new Unifi projector with built-in audio. The projector mounts on the wall above the […]

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