CUE 2018 Preview: Smart Technologies, The Company That Invented The Smart Board, Is The Only Smart Board With Real, True Mutli-touch
Since the days when Smart Technologies had created the original smart board, back in the 90’s, there’s been a lot of competition. There are quite a few companies that have created interactive displays designed for the front of the classroom. Interactive displays, and in Smart Technologies’ case, smart boards, allow an entirely new collaborative, immersive and interactive experience for teachers and students. Smart boards take lessons to the next level.
In order to try and keep up, many of Smart Technologies’ competitors have done everything from incorporating computers into the display, to offering dual boot OS systems (Android and Windows) and claiming multi-touch. Now just to be clear, many of these other displays offer multi-touch in a variety of ways. Multiple students and teachers can touch the board at the same time and make it do things. But currently, with all of the other interactive displays, all of the hands and fingers touching the display, all the touches, have to control the same tool.
For instance, if you’re using an off brand Smart board and you invite 5 students up to the front, they can all write something on the board at the same time. They can do math problems or circle a state on a map. They can even do the same action in an interactive game. However what happens when one of those students needs to erase something?
With the current multi-touch technology present in some of these competitors boards, it’s all or nothing when it comes to multi-touch. All of the students need to be doing the same activity or using the same tool.
Smart Technologies latest Smart boards include a feature called “simultaneous tool differentiation”. This means exactly what it says, multiple people can be using multiple different tools. One student can be writing, while another is erasing, and another is moving an object across the board. All of this can be done at the same time, and currently this can only be done on a true Smart Board.
Smart Technologies has always stayed a step ahead of the competition bringing the first Smart Boards to market 25 years ago. It wasn’t until 10 years ago where other companies even started offering interactive displays for the classroom.
Check out our video above as Bobby Hartzog explains simultaneous tool differentiation as a group of Texas students use a Smart Board at TCEA. You can also find out more at smarttech.com and at Spring CUE 2018 in Palm Springs California, March 14-17th in booth #415.