SMART releases low-cost interactive whiteboards

400 series is designed for educators across the EMEA region

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SMART releases low-cost interactive whiteboards The SMART 400 series interactive whiteboard is specifically designed for educators in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
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By  Georgina Enzer Published  December 26, 2010

SMART Technologies has released the SMART Board 400 series entry-level interactive whiteboard system throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The low-cost 400 series is designed for educators across these regions and includes the SMART Board 480iv interactive whiteboard system with a short-throw SMART V25 projector and the SMART Board 480iv-A interactive whiteboard system with a SMART V25 projector and integrated speakers.

"Demand for interactive whiteboard systems continues to increase in EMEA, where educators require easy-to-use, cost-effective products that make the most of both their class time and limited budgets," said Nancy Knowlton, SMART's CEO. "These new, entry-level products help ensure that educators with limited resources still have the opportunity to put leading-edge technology products into their classrooms."

The systems use SMART's DVIT (Digital Vision Touch) technology, which uses cameras embedded in the interactive whiteboard frame to detect and distinguish between inputs made by a finger, fist, interactive whiteboard pen or another object.

The integrated, short-throw SMART V25 projector is 3D ready, designed to allow teachers to integrate 3D content into their lessons alongside video and digital content.

Educators will have access to the SMART Exchange website which provides approximately 48,000 online resources in 20 languages via 43 country-specific sites.

The 400 series also offer a 4:3 aspect ratio and standard display size of 77" on the diagonal.

The whiteboards supports both Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems and come equipped with SMART Notebook 10.7 collaborative learning software.

According to SMART, this software is currently used by educators in more than 175 countries for their lessons. 

The new 400 series will be available in EMEA in January 2011 at a suggested retail price of US$2,434 for the SMART Board 480iv interactive whiteboard and a suggested price of US$2,570 for the SMART Board 480iv-A interactive whiteboard.

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