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LAS VEGAS, June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
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along with once-essential productivity tools such as the typewriter, floppy disc and pager which have all since been replaced by far superior solutions.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, instantly.
"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.
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