Smart intros new interactive whiteboards, software

Leading up to next week's Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Smart Technologies on Thursday introduced new models of its Smart Board interactive whiteboards.

Interactive whiteboards enable teachers, lecturers, presenters and others to use a traditional whiteboard to display computer graphics and write notes in "digital ink" that you can save and share with others later.

The new Smart Board 600i model features a 1024 x 768 resolution projector that outputs up to 2,000 lumens brightness. It uses DLP technology and does not use a filter. The 600i includes the Smart Board 680 model whiteboard, which provides a 77-inch active screen area. Users who touch within the display can access and control computer and multimedia software, including a Web browser, CDs and DVDs and can write notes in digital ink. The Pen Tray will automatically sense when they pick up the pen or eraser. The system will begin shipping in February for $3,299.

Smart Technologies has also introduced the Smart Board 685 interactive whiteboard, which utilizes a 16:10 aspect ratio that measures 87 inches diagonally. An expansion slot on the pen tray supports other smart products, as well. It's coming in April; pricing was not announced.

Both screens also includes Notebook version 10, a new version of the collaborative learning software developed by Smart Technologies, now with more than 30 new features and support for five additional languages.

  
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