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Smart Unveils New Widescreen Interactive Whiteboard System

Press Release  |  Jun 17, 2009

Includes ultra short throw UX 60 widescreen projector

ORLANDO, Florida --- June 17, 2009 --- SMART Technologies announces the SMART Board™ 685ix interactive whiteboard system - a high-definition, high-performance collaboration tool that virtually eliminates shadows, glare and projector light in the eyes. The fully integrated system comprises a SMART Board 685 interactive whiteboard and the new wall-mounted, ultra-short-throw UX60 widescreen projector with a 16:10 aspect ratio and WXGA resolution (1280x800). As more and more developers of multimedia and video content shift to a widescreen aspect ratio, the projector’s widescreen format provide a future-proofed investment for school districts, post-secondary institutions and businesses.

With high-definition image quality and easy access to other peripheral devices from the front of the room, the SMART Board™ 685ix interactive whiteboard system delivers a top-of-the-line interactive whiteboard experience. The UX60 projector uses Texas Instrument’s (TI) DLP® Brilliant Color™ technology high-contrast engine to produce stunning color performance and vibrant, crystal-clear images. The DLP technology virtually eliminates color decay and maintains color quality even after years of use. The ultra-short-throw projector mounts on the wall directly above the SMART Board 685 interactive whiteboard and extends from the wall just 16 inches (41 cm), minimizing its footprint. The system comes equipped with an extended control panel that provides controls for power, source selection, volume and an integrated USB hub. With the wire management bundle’s integrated VGA, USB and audio connection, easy connectivity is provided for a PC or Mac. The projector can be network-enabled for easy maintenance. Technical support can perform a task or run diagnostics remotely, reducing time and labor costs. Unlike projectors using LCD technology, the UX60 projector does not contain a filter or require monthly cleaning.

“The SMART Board 685ix creates an immersive, unparalleled interactive whiteboard experience,” says Alexandra Dunn, speech language pathologist for the Upper Canada District School Board in Oxford Mills, Ont. “Its features, including minimal shadowing and direct USB access, will not only ensure more time on task, but also promote inclusion and meaningful educational and social participation for students with special skills.”

“Globally, SMART Board interactive whiteboards are the most widely adopted interactive whiteboards in both the education and business sectors,” says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s CEO. “The introduction of the SMART Board 685ix interactive whiteboard system demonstrates our commitment to innovation and to providing our customers with a high-quality, user-friendly interactive whiteboard experience.”


When SMART Technologies introduced the touch-sensitive SMART Board interactive whiteboard in 1991, the company began a tradition of creating innovative, easy-to-use products that has earned worldwide recognition and trust. SMART is the global leader in the interactive whiteboard product category and has a strategic alliance with Intel Corporation.