SMART Introduces Next-Generation Interactive Whiteboard System
New ultra-short-throw projector is 3D- and high definition-ready
CALGARY, Alberta — May 25, 2011 — SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the fifth-generation SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard system. The new interactive whiteboard system, featuring the ultra-short-throw standard SMART UF75 or widescreen SMART UF75w projectors, is available with the SMART Board 400i, 600i and 800i series. The SMART UF75 offers a bright, crisp image and is the first projector from SMART that is both 3D- and high definition-ready. The integrated SMART UF75 projector mounts to the wall directly above the interactive whiteboard and offers a throw distance of just 23.5” (59.7 cm), improving picture quality and reducing shadows and glare. The new 600i and 800i interactive whiteboard systems are now available in North America and will be available globally on May 30, 2011. The new 400i interactive whiteboard system will be available May 30, 2011, in countries throughout EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), Asia Pacific, Latin America and Mexico.
The new SMART Board interactive whiteboard system features a swivel projector mount, which makes installation and projector alignment quick and simple. The system features a digital HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port, enabling one-touch support for high-definition (HD) video and audio. The ultra-short-throw SMART UF75 projector is also available as a retrofit for all SMART Board 600 and 800 series interactive whiteboards. With the introduction of the fifth-generation SMART Board interactive whiteboard system, the company now offers systems with four projector options to meet the varied needs of customers – the ultra-short-throw SMART UX60 projector, which has a throw distance of only 12” (30.5 cm); the ultra-short-throw SMART UF75 and SMART UF75w, which have a 23.5” (59.7 cm) throw distance; the short-throw SMART V25, which has a throw distance of 38.5” (97.8 cm) and is available for the SMART Board 480iv interactive whiteboard system; and the short-throw SMART UF65 and SMART UF65w projectors, which have a 40” (101.6 cm) throw distance. For more information on the new SMART Board interactive whiteboard system, featuring the integrated, ultra-short-throw SMART UF75 or SMART UF75w projectors, visit smarttech.com/projectors.
“As classrooms around the world continue to become more interactive and demand for SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems continues to increase, we recognize the need to provide flexible, integrated solutions that meet the needs of all educators worldwide,” says Linda Thomas, SMART’s Vice President, Products. “The fifth-generation interactive whiteboard system extends our comprehensive product line to provide a solution that offers educators even more choices to enhance interactivity in the classroom and effectively engage and motivate learners.”
SMART Board interactive whiteboard features
High definition ready – Digital HDMI port to support high-definition audio and video
Extended control panel – The extended control panel (ECP) mounts to the interactive whiteboard bezel and offers easy access to the power button, volume control, video input selection, USB and audio switching for guest laptop, and an additional USB port
At-board connector – Enables quick and easy connection to computer VGA and audio
Alert broadcast feature – Like the fourth-generation SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard series, the fifth-generation series includes an innovative alert broadcast feature that enables educators to instantly display important messages on one or more fourth- or fifth-generation SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems
SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software – Ships with award-winning SMART Notebook software, used by more than five million teachers around the world to create interactive lessons
SMART product integration – Seamless integration with the full range of SMART hardware and software products
SMART Board interactive whiteboard warranty – Two-year standard warranty that can be extended to five years upon product registration within two years of purchase
SMART UF75 projector features
Ultra short throw – Throw distance of just 23.5” (59.7 cm)
Image quality – Offers SMART’s brightest projector image with 2,500 lumens in standard mode
3D ready – Integrated with 3D DLP® Link™ technology by Texas Instruments™ to support 3D content, images and video using active 3D glasses
Aspect ratio – Standard 4:3 and widescreen 16:10, with selectable 16:9 available for the widescreen SMART UF75w
Energy conservation – Consumes less than one watt of power in standby mode to meet the EuP (Energy-using Products) Directive
Lamp life – Up to 2,500 hours in standard mode and up to 4,000 hours in economy mode
Resolution – Standard XGA (1024 x 768) and widescreen WXGA (1280 x 800)
SMART UF75 projector warranty – Three-year standard warranty
Pricing and availability
The suggested education list price in the United States for the new SMART Board 600i series interactive whiteboard system featuring the SMART UF75 projector starts at US$3,079. The suggested education list price for the new SMART Board 800i series interactive whiteboard system featuring the SMART UF75 projector starts at US$3,899. Where available, MSRP for the new SMART Board 400i interactive whiteboard system featuring the SMART UF75 projector starts at US$3,515. The suggested education list price for the SMART UF75 Retrofit Kit starts at US$2,099. Prices outside the United States may vary and include applicable taxes, duties and import costs. Information on pricing is available from local authorized SMART resellers. The new 600i and 800i SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems are now shipping in North America and will be available globally on May 30, 2011. The new SMART Board 400i interactive whiteboard system will begin shipping in EMEA, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Mexico on May 30, 2011. For purchasing information, specifications and a list of SMART authorized resellers, visit smarttech.com.
Download an image of the new SMART Board 800i interactive whiteboard system.
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of collaboration solutions that transform the way the world works and learns. We believe that collaboration and interaction should be easy. As the global leader in interactive whiteboards, we bring more than two decades of collaboration research and development to a broad range of easy-to-use, integrated solutions that free people from their desks and computer screens, so collaborating and learning with digital resources are more natural.
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