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SMART kapp Earns Multiple Honors Following InfoComm Debut

August 14, 2014

SMART kapp wins Best New Product at InfoComm 2014Audio-visual industry influencer rAVe also names SMART kapp as Best New Presentation ProductSMART kapp named in multiple "Best of InfoComm" coverage

CALGARY, Aug. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - SMART Technologies' new SMART kapp digital capture board has earned multiple awards since debuting at InfoComm 2014, North America's largest audio visual trade show. After reviewing thousands of products from over 700 vendors, the influential AV industry publication rAVe honored SMART kapp with two of its "Best of InfoComm 2014 Awards" Best Overall New Product and Best New Presentation Product.

A dramatic upgrade to the dowdy dry erase board and flip chart, SMART kapp lets users share work sessions in real-time and to save the work at any point to be shared in the cloud or by email. In beta testing now and available for pre-order with select channel partners, SMART kapp is scheduled to ship in September, 2014.

"Our staff members comb the InfoComm floor looking for the best and most interesting products. We talk to attendees about what they saw, reviewed and liked as well." said Sara Abrons, Editor at rAVe Publications. "SMART kapp was our consensus winner for Best Overall New Product. It was one of the products attendees were all talking about and were most excited about this year."

Industry buzz around SMART kapp had started even before InfoComm opened. Telepresence Options included SMART kapp in its preview article "15 Hot Exhibits You Need to See at InfoComm," writing "we're so excited to see SMART Technologies new SMART kapp digital capture board."

After the show Wainhouse Research featured SMART kapp in its "InfoComm14 Topline," writing, "SMART Technologies drew an impressive crowd with its new SMART kapp system, a very simple whiteboard/ink marker system that captures, saves, and pushes content to mobile clients in real time."

Corey Moss, blogging in rAVe, highlighted the SMART kapp launch in "Disruptive at the InfoComm—My Top Ten," calling it "A product launch of a different kind at InfoComm and fun to watch…SMART kapp digital capture board is as easy and intuitive to use as a dry-erase board, but delivers much more with features designed for today's workplace."

Tech Target's Gina Narcisi wrote "SMART is focused on giving users a familiar, standalone tool that enables quick collaboration, while including remote employees, too."

Educators also recognized the potential in SMART kapp. Dennis Pierce, Editorial Director of eSchool News included it his "Top new AV product worth noting" with the headline "SMART kapp 'disrupts' the traditional dry-erase board." In a Tech Decisions article entitled "Why K-12 Should Take a Look at SMART's Latest Product: SMART kapp," Chrissy Winske wrote "this combination of dry-erase board and interactive learning app offers exciting possibilities for small group instruction."

"We are gratified to see the enthusiastic response SMART kapp is getting from these influential commentators," said Neil Gaydon President and CEO, SMART Technologies. "It really was a thrill to be at InfoComm, to preview the product to attendees and to see their eyes light up when they realized just what SMART kapp can do, when they see the magic happen."

Priced at $US899 MSRP, the 42" SMART kapp will be shipping in September 2014 (a larger size board will be available later in the year). Customers can pre-order SMART kapp today via www.smartkapp.com and be one of the first to own a SMART kapp board as soon as shipping commences.

View images of SMART kapp.

For more information visit www.smartkapp.com or follow SMART kapp on Twitter at @SMARTcollab.

About SMART

SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions that are redefining the way the world works and learns. SMART products enable inspired collaboration in schools and workplaces by turning group work into highly interactive, engaging and productive experiences. SMART delivers integrated solutions of hardware, software and services designed for superior performance and ease of use.

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