As easy to use as a dry-erase board where users can now capture, save
and share ideas as if by magic
Save work instantly in JPEG or PDFs and end the hassle of blurry
Content sharing anywhere in real-time eliminates boundaries for remote
Low price tag makes for a cost effective switch from old dry erase
boards or flipcharts
Creates efficiency and greater collaboration
LAS VEGAS, NV, June 18, 2014 /CNW/ - SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading collaboration company and global
provider of visual collaboration solutions, returns to InfoComm 2014,
to launch SMART kapp™: a digital capture board that creates a completely new product category
- a revolutionary update to the inefficient dry-erase board.
SMART kapp's disruptive technology inspired SMART to create a 'Museum of
Productivity' within its InfoComm booth as an irreverent repository of
obsolete business tools. On Wednesday June 18, at 4:00pm PST at SMART's
InfoComm booth (N2947), the venerable dry-erase board will be inducted
into the Museum of Productivity, along with once-essential productivity
tools such as the typewriter, floppy disc and pager which have all
since been replaced by far superior solutions. The tongue-in-cheek
ceremony will be conducted by the museum's over-the-top "curator"
Royston Birtwistle, who is also featured in a series of offbeat SMART
kapp videos done in the style of a nature documentary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hpnDECJsdw
While SMART kapp is just as easy and intuitive to use as a dry-erase
board, it delivers so much more with features designed for today's
workplace. SMART kapp users write, draw, diagram and brainstorm using
an ink marker, just as they would with a dry-erase board. But with
SMART kapp, co-workers and clients can follow the process in real-time,
where everything appears as if by magic on their digital devices. The
work is simply saved with SMART's advanced software and then as a final
product as PDFs or JPEGs and then easily shared with anyone, anywhere,
"Everyone loves the ease of use and versatility of the dry erase board
and flip chart that we've been using for decades, but today's workplace
has exposed their limitations - their time for replacement has come,"
says Neil Gaydon, President and CEO SMART Technologies. "How do you
save and share the great ideas generated? How do you get the full value
from all the hard work and inspiration of productive collaboration? By
transcribing the board? By taking low-grade photographs? The answer is
SMART kapp, the biggest innovation to the dry erase board since it was
invented in 1957."
The secret to being able to capture, save and share content is in the
SMART kapp app. Currently available as a free download for iOS and
Android users (with Windows mobile support coming soon), the SMART kapp
app enables users to pair their tablets or smartphones to a SMART kapp
board with a scan of its unique QR code or a tap of its NFC tag. The
app activates live web-sharing with up to five users, access to the
snapshot library, PDF and JPEG save & share, and Evernote™. Later this year, SMART will launch subscription services within the
app which open up advanced features for cloud collaboration. It will
include live web sharing with PIN protection, a large number of
concurrent web viewers, and advanced search and index tools to get even
more out of SMART kapp snapshots.
Installing SMART kapp is as easy as hanging a dry erase board and the
only wiring needed is to plug it in to any standard outlet. There is no
need for any IT integration which means anyone can be up and running
quickly. Simply power it on, connect your mobile device and SMART kapp
is ready to go!
A dramatic upgrade to the often ugly dry erase board and flip chart,
SMART kapp makes a strong design statement. Its tempered glass surface
framed in sleek lines will add style to any office or work space. At
just $US899 MSRP for a 42" SMART kapp (a larger size board will be
available later in the year), anyone can now afford to dramatically
improve their office style, efficiency and collaboration capabilities.
View images of SMART kapp.
For more information visit www.smartkapp.com or follow SMART kapp on Twitter at @SMARTcollab.
About SMART Technologies
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions that enable inspired
collaboration in schools and workplaces around the world by turning
group work into a highly interactive, engaging and productive
experience. SMART delivers integrated solutions of hardware, software
and services designed for superior performance and ease of use, and
remains a world leader in interactive displays.
Certain information contained in this press release, including the
introduction date of the SMART kapp digital capture board product and
the impact of such product on collaboration activities and on the dry
erase board market, may constitute forward-looking information or
statements including product release dates and product features. By
their very nature, forward-looking information and statements involve
inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks
that predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking
information and statements will not be achieved. We caution readers not
to place undue reliance on these statements as a number of important
factors could cause the actual results to vary materially from the
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responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking
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SOURCE: SMART Technologies Inc.
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