Smart Technologies is one of world’s largest manufacturers of interactive whiteboards and they have coined the term Smartboard. It also makes many other innovative solutions for education and business, including interactive displays, student response systems, interactive tables, document cameras, and much, much more.
“Smartboard” is a whiteboard by Smart Technologies, however, it has become synonymous with interactive whiteboards in general. Although many people refer to interactive whiteboards as smartboards, a “Smart Board” is actually a product made by Smart Technologies. It is very similar to the way people refer to any brand of tissue as a Kleenex, or any photo copier as a Xerox machine. For example, a board made by Hitachi is an interactive whiteboard, although people will commonly refer to it as a Hitachi smartboard.
Here at Touchboards, we sell all brands of interactive whiteboards and we help people find a solution to suit their application and budget. We like to refer to Smart Technologies’ Smartboard as the “Toyota Camry of the whiteboard world.” It is very popular, offers good value, and has a host of features popular within the industry. However, in reality, not everyone needs, or even wants, a middle of the road whiteboard. And in this case, we can help you choose a more economical product, or even a more sophisticated system.
Interactive whiteboards from Smart Technologies will include one of its popular software packages - Notebook, which was designed for use in schools; or Meeting Pro, made for corporate customers. Each is compatible with both PC and Mac. Smart Technologies specializes in making software and products which are intuitive, easy to use and work well in a collaborative environment. A perfect example of this is the Smart Notebook software, where teachers can share lesson plans and ideas with each other, all done through the Internet. Smart also hosts a website called SMART Exchange which allows teachers around the world to collaborate, and is categorized by subject, grade and even file type. Smart also has games for children which can be played on your interactive whiteboard.
For a general review and demo of the most popular 600 series smartboard, please check out this video of the SB680 which is 77inches. Smart Technologies boards range from 48" to 94"but we do have larger models from other brands. Please not that the 600 series is being replaced with the new SBM series (SBM680 and SBM685 models.)