Bett 2015 product focus
- Interactive Flat Panels– It’s apparent that sales of interactive flat panels are increasing at a rapid rate, especially in the UK where more than 60 percent of all interactive display purchases are now interactive flat panels. We’ve enjoyed success with our SMART Board 6065 interactive flat panel (a finalist for a BETT Award) and at BETT we will be announcing an expansion of that line – an expansion that will provide our customers more choice in features, size and pricing. At our main stand at BETT there will be no “traditional” interactive whiteboards on display – just interactive flat panels.
- SMART kapp– Earlier this year we announced a revolutionary new product – the SMART kapp digital capture board. It’s now shipping to North American customers and will soon be available in the UK and throughout EMEA. Essentially it is a modern dry-erase board – a replacement for the flip chart. Imagine walking up to a normal whiteboard. Pick up a pen and start writing. By magic, it appears on your mobile device. All remote participants see the content as it unfolds. The handwriting can be converted to text on the mobile device. We are shipping a 42-inch model now.
- SMART software– We are putting more emphasis on SMART software in order to keep pace with changing learning styles. Educators are placingincreasing emphasis on so called “soft skills” development. While proficiency in the basics of reading, writing and mathematics is and will always be important, increasing numbers of schools and educators see that the development of collaboration skills – working effectively in small groups in order to solve a problem – is gaining momentum because it’s the type of skill that employers value in the workplace.
Over the past decade, the school model for technology amounted to an interactive whiteboard at the front of the class – essentially a digital tool that allowed the teacher to use a “whole-class” approach to lessons. Now with technology like tablet computers becoming more commonplace, we are seeing an increased emphasis on “one-to-one” and “small-group” learning. Some schools are placing two or three interactive displays in a classroom to enable students to work separately from the larger group – again developing their collaborative skills.
In recognition of that, SMART has developed a new collaborative learning software called SMART amp. It’s a cloud-based software with vast amounts of rich digital content and it can work on virtually any device that has a browser. We are constantly adding new content to SMART amp to make it an even better collaborative tool.