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SMART offers interactive displays for free six-month trial

SMART Board interactive whiteboards can be used to write over video clips and explain news items (April 18, 2005)

SMART Technologies Inc. announces its 2005 program for broadcasters who wish to evaluate SMART products for a period of six months at no cost. A wide range of products is available, including the recently launched Actalyst" interactive digital signage. In total, five Actalyst products, five SMART Board for Flat-Panel Displays interactive whiteboards, ten Rear Projection SMART Board interactive whiteboards and five Sympodium ID250 interactive pen displays are available under the program. Broadcasters can sign up at NAB 2005, Las Vegas, April 18-21, at SMART's booth #SL4423.

More and more broadcasters are using award-winning SMART products on-screen and behind the scenes.  Using SMART's interactive displays, actors, reporters and analysts can work in real time by touching the screen to move icons or write over images with digital ink. SMART products are ideal for sports broadcasters and news analysts, and for briefings, meetings or collaborative situations in television or movies.  Production staff and journalists can use it behind the scenes to brainstorm, create storyboards or train staff.

"With the growing sophistication of multimedia data presentation, broadcasters need tools that place dynamic and interactive content at their fingertips," says Nancy Knowlton, president and co-CEO of SMART. With SMART evaluation program, broadcasters can impress audiences with the on-screen interactivity provided by the SMART Board interactive whiteboard and other SMART products.

About SMART Board interactive whiteboards

The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is the world\19s leading interactive whiteboard. Simply by touching the large display, users can access and control any computer application or multimedia platform, including the Internet, CD-ROMs and DVDs. With SMART Board software, users can write over applications in digital ink and then edit, save, print or post their notes to a website for future reference. SMART Board interactive whiteboards are used in classrooms, briefing rooms and boardrooms around the world, helping people to collaborate effectively whether they are in the same room or in another location. Feature-rich software and intuitive functionality make the SMART Board interactive whiteboard the number one choice of educators, presenters and trainers in more than 75 countries. For more information, visit

About Sympodium ID250 interactive pen displays

The Sympodium ID250 interactive pen display, with its flexible design and 15" (38.1-cm) display, can be placed on top of a podium, desk or table so presenters can face their audience while using the battery-free tethered pen to control computer applications, write over any application in digital ink and save work to a single file. The ID250 is an interactive pen display that can connect directly to a projector and simultaneously display a computer image on its screen and a larger presentation screen for everyone to see. Unique pen-tool buttons make it easy for teachers to change pen colors or erase notes, and function buttons provide convenient access to features such as the on-screen keyboard, floating tools menu and screen capture tool. Notebook software, included free, allows users to save digital notes and screen captures of other applications or websites. Presenters can adjust the tilt-stand for maximum comfort and rest their hand on the screen, without interference, while using the tethered pen to interact with digital material. The ID250 features all the interactive capabilities of the SMART Board interactive whiteboard, SMART\19s flagship product. For more information, visit

About Actalyst interactive digital signage

Actalyst interactive digital signage attaches easily and securely to a large plasma or LCD panel and transforms it into an interactive display, retaining its original brightness and clarity. Users can simply touch the display surface to access and control any multimedia content, computer application, website, CD-ROM or DVD. Actalyst interactive digital signage is for ideal interactive information stations in retail stores, office buildings, real-estate developments, museums, hotels and shopping malls. SMART offers interactive digital signage for 15 popular brands of flat-panel displays, in sizes ranging from 37" (94 cm) to 65" (165 cm). For more information, visit


SMART Technologies Inc. is both the industry pioneer and global market leader in easy-to-use interactive whiteboards and other group collaboration tools. SMART products include the family of award-winning SMART Board interactive whiteboards, as well as interactive pen displays, interactive digital signage, multimedia cabinets and software. Using SMART products, groups can access and share the information they need to meet, teach, train and present. SMART has been issued and maintains a broad portfolio of patents with numerous other U.S., Canadian and other foreign patents pending. SMART customers include NASA, Texas Instruments, BMW, Toyota Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Boeing, Lucent Technologies, NTT, the Los Angeles Lakers, Novartis, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Accenture, Procter & Gamble, British Telecom, Disney Imagineering and Harvard University.

SMART is a private company founded in 1987. Employing more than 60550 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in Ottawa and Calgary, and offices in Bonn, Tokyo, New York City and Washington, D.C. In 1992, SMART formed a strategic alliance with Intel® Corporation that resulted in joint product development and marketing efforts, and Intel\19s equity ownership in SMART. SMART products are sold through dealers across North America and distributors worldwide. For more information, visit

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