SMART Technologies introduces the SMART Board™ 800 series

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SMART Board 800 series is a new class of interactive whiteboard

The SMART Board 885ix interactive whiteboard

The innovative and intuitive features of the SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard will help teachers make effective use of class time, engage in meaningful collaboration and motivate all types of learners.

The newest generation of the SMART Board interactive whiteboard will be available to students and educators in North America on November 29, 2010 and globally on January 30, 2011.

The SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard is the latest addition to SMART’s interactive whiteboard product line. The interactive whiteboard supports multiuser writing and common multitouch gestures currently recognized in Microsoft® Windows® 7 and Mac Snow Leopard®. SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software will support certain features, such as freestyle interactions, touch gestures and full object awareness upon the release of SMART Notebook 10.7 software – expected by March 2011 – which will allow SMART Board 800 series users to take full advantage of gestures within SMART Notebook lesson activities.

SMART Notebook 10.7 will enable two students to work together on the same interactive lesson and perform different tasks at the same time anywhere on the whiteboard surface. Multitouch SMART Notebook lessons designed for the SMART Board 800 series allow for better teamwork among students and provides them with more hands-on time with the interactive whiteboard.

The SMART Board 800 series includes the models 880 and 880i, and the widescreen 885i and 885ix.

SMART’s own DViT™ (Digital Vision Touch) technology enables many of the features offered by the SMART Board 800 series whiteboard. DViT technology uses proprietary digital cameras and integrated software to recognize finger touch, stylus, pointer or other object input on the interactive whiteboard surface.

The SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard is the first touch-enabled front-projection interactive whiteboard to use DViT technology. More information on the SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard can be found at smarttech.com/SMARTBoard 800.

“As educators around the world continue to make interactive technology a part of their daily teaching and learning, they require easy-to-use tools that enhance the learning experience,” says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s CEO. “The innovative and intuitive features of the SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard will help teachers make effective use of class time, engage in meaningful collaboration and motivate all types of learners.”

Pricing and availability

The SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard will be available in North America on November 29, 2010, and globally on January 30, 2011. The suggested education list price in the United States for the standard SMART Board 880 interactive whiteboard is US$1,999 and US$3,899 for the 880i interactive whiteboard system. The suggested education list price in the United States for the widescreen 885 model is US$2,419. The suggested education list price in the United States for the widescreen 885i interactive whiteboard system is US$4,399 and US$4,899 for the widescreen 885ix interactive whiteboard system. Prices outside the United States vary by country and may include applicable taxes, duties and import costs. Information on suggested education list price is available from local authorized SMART resellers. For purchasing information, specifications and a list of authorized SMART resellers, visit smarttech.com.

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