Press Release Summary:
SMART Board 600i system combines SMART(TM) Board interactive whiteboard with Unifi(TM) projector that includes 20 W audio system built into base. Projector control module, located on whiteboard pen tray, features power, volume, and on-screen interface controls, while connection module features I/O for DVD, VCR, or document camera. System can operate without being connected to computer, enabling users to take notes on whiteboard or write over image or video from external source.
Original Press Release:
SMART Board(TM) 600i Interactive Whiteboard System
Whiteboarding system makes purchasing, installing and configuring interactive whiteboards easier
CALGARY, Alberta --- June 7, 2006 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the introduction of the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system (600i system), a collaboration focal point for classrooms, training rooms and meeting rooms. The 600i system combines a SMART(TM) Board interactive whiteboard and the new Unifi(TM) projector with built-in audio. Both projector and interactive whiteboard are easily and securely mounted on a wall, so installation time is significantly reduced. The system is one in a series of product releases focused on refining solutions for collaborative learning and meeting environments.
Built into the pen tray of the SMART Board interactive whiteboard is a projector control module that brings together three simple buttons to power up the system, adjust the volume and access the on-screen interface. The 20-watt audio system is built into the projector base, providing clear sound, even to those at the back of the room. Compatible with Microsoft® Windows® or Mac OS X operating systems, SMART Board software 9.5 (included) supports the creation, presentation and management of digital content. A connection module, which can be mounted in any number of positions around the SMART Board interactive whiteboard, provides several readily accessible input and output connections for such devices as a DVD, VCR or document camera. The 600i system can also operate without being connected to a computer, so users can take notes on the interactive whiteboard or write over an image or video from an external source like a document camera or DVD. To save their work, users simply plug in a USB key and save the file as a .pdf, a .jpg or .notebook file.
"SMART Board interactive whiteboards are having a tremendous impact in classrooms, training rooms and meeting rooms around the world," says Nancy Knowlton, SMART's president and co-CEO. "As the product category matures and interactive whiteboards are purchased in larger volumes by schools, school districts, governments and businesses, an all-in-one option makes perfect sense - it simplifies the purchase decision, reduces setup time for IT staff and makes it easier for users to get started."
Unifi projector - Mounted securely to the wall above the SMART Board interactive whiteboard, the Unifi projector incorporates Vikuiti(TM) Super Close Projection technology with XGA native resolution (1024x768 pixels). With a small footprint and practical security features, the Unifi projector optimizes room space while reducing installation time and costs.
Audio system - Included in the wall-mounted Unifi projector body, the audio system has two 20 watt speakers that broadcast high quality audio.
Projector control module - Built into the pen tray of the SMART Board interactive whiteboard is the Power On/Off button for the 600i system, volume control for the audio system and Menu button to access the on-screen interface.
On-screen interface - Users can access the on-screen interface with one button that lets them select from different input sources on the 600i system, control the projector settings and access the Help screens.
Connection module - The connection module allows users to integrate media, such as a VCR, DVD or document camera, into the 600i system. The connection module has several input and output connections, including RGB video (HD15), composite video (RCA), S-video (mini-DIN 4) and two types of audio input/output (2 x RCA and 3.5mm stereo jack).
SMART Board interactive whiteboard - The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is the world's leading interactive whiteboard. Simply by touching the large display, users can access and control any computer application or multimedia platform, including the Internet, CDs and DVDs. 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 upwards of 100 countries worldwide.
SMART Board software 9.5 - Included with all SMART products is SMART Board software 9.5 for Microsoft® Windows® and Mac OS X operating systems. Richer, more intuitive and better than ever, version 9.5 offers new features and resources that help educators, trainers and presenters create, present, manage and teach digital content on SMART Board interactive whiteboards and other SMART products. Users can write and edit notes in digital ink, import or export PowerPoint® presentations, record data and audio, and create dynamic, seamless presentations in Notebook(TM) software. SMART Board software is regularly being upgraded and available as a free download to all SMART customers.
Pricing and availability
The SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system begins shipping in the fall of 2006 at a suggested list price of US$5,599 for the 680i model and US$5,249 for the 660i model. Not-for-profit education institutions in the United States and Canada may qualify for a grant through the SMARTer Kids(TM) Foundation of Canada equivalent to 25 percent of the suggested list price, reducing their net purchase price to US$4,199 for the 680i and US$3,939 for the 660i. Resellers may sell for less and also add shipping charges. The 600i system ships complete with Unifi projector and integrated audio system, a choice of SMART Board 680 or 660 interactive whiteboard, and the latest version of SMART Board software.
For more information, specifications or to find an authorized reseller, visit www.smarttech.com or call 1.888.42.SMART. For grant inquiries, visit the SMARTer Kids Foundation at www.smarterkids.org or call +1.403.228.8565.
For more information, contact
SMART Technologies Inc.
1207 - 11 Avenue SW, Suite 300
Calgary, AB T3C 0M5