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CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 14, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the upcoming release of the world's first fully-integrated touch-enabled interactive projector. The SMART LightRaise™ 60wi interactive projector is a touch and pen-enabled projector that allows two students to simultaneously interact and collaborate with either a pen or finger, making it the only interactive projector solution that enables rich, seamless multi-student collaboration using either touch or pen. The LightRaise 60wi projector allows users to turn virtually any surface into an interactive learning space and is designed for teachers who want the flexibility to deliver interactive and collaborative digital content.
The LightRaise 60wi projector includes the award-winning SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software and access to the SMART Exchange™ website, where educators can connect, share and download over 60,000 digital resources. It features easy integration with other SMART products as well as training and professional development offerings. The new projector is part of a comprehensive solution for delivering interactive content that engages students and enables improved learning outcomes. It provides educators and administrators with the flexibility to meet the specific needs of individual classrooms and learning spaces for small-group and whole class collaboration. The LightRaise 60wi projector complements SMART's line of interactive displays which provides solutions for every type of classroom and learning style.
"Interactive projectors have been available since early 2010 and in Q2 2012, 35,000 were sold into education across the world," says Colin Messenger, Senior Market Analyst for Futuresource Consulting, a leading research firm that has been tracking display technology for over 15 years. "Touch is now considered a standard feature with interactive displays and is ubiquitous in the market. By offering an integrated interactive projector with touch, complete with SMART Notebook software, SMART will place themselves in a strong position in this fast expanding product category."
The LightRaise 60wi projector allows educators to deliver collaborative digital content with finger-enabled touch functionality for increased accessibility and ease of use. Using a finger or the interactive pen, two students can simultaneously write, draw and manipulate content in SMART Notebook software. The LightRaise 60wi projector uses SMART's proprietary DViT® (Digital Vision Touch) technology, offering the advantage of effortless zero-force touch, the ability to scale images to large sizes and support multiple touches. Designed for use as a lesson delivery and student collaboration tool, the projector can produce screen sizes up to 100 inches (254 cm) in widescreen format, making it a flexible solution designed to fit into nearly any classroom or collaborative space. With its ultra-short throw, the LightRaise 60wi projector eliminates most shadow and glare and delivers a crisp, bright image. For more information on the LightRaise 60wi projector, visit http://www.smarttech.com/lightraise.