LONDON, Jan. 12, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the 20-year anniversary of the SMART Board interactive whiteboard. SMART conceptualized its touch-enabled SMART Board interactive whiteboard in 1986, and in 1991, its first commercial version of the product was launched. Since then, SMART has developed a comprehensive range of easy-to-use, touch- and gesture-enabled solutions that facilitate effective learning and collaboration. SMART's commitment to Touch Recognition, multitouch and gesture-driven systems ensures an intuitive user experience for both education and business users. With a portfolio of more than 65 issued patents and more than 385 patents pending, SMART continues to develop innovative products to meet the evolving needs of users. Its line of interactive whiteboards today includes the 400 series, the 600 series and the 800 series. It also has a line of SMART Board interactive displays and the SMART Table ™ interactive learning center, as well as a variety of complementary products and services. According to Futuresource Consulting, an independent global research company that has tracked interactive whiteboard sales for more than nine years, SMART continues to lead the global interactive whiteboard product category with a 47 percent share as of September 30, 2010, more than double SMART's nearest competitor. Today approximately 8 percent of the world's classrooms have an interactive whiteboard. The adoption rates in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada are approximately 73, 36 and 26 percent, respectively, according to Futuresource Consulting. SMART Board interactive whiteboards are used by more than 1.5 million teachers and more than 30 million students worldwide.
SMART Board(TM) Interactive Whiteboard Reaches 20-Year Milestone
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