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Next generation wireless slate features enhanced portability and ease of use
San Francisco, CA --- February 8, 2010 --- SMART Technologies announces the SMART Slate WS200 wireless slate is now available for use on the Mac platform. SMART Slate enables teachers and students to interact with digital lessons projected on a screen, interactive whiteboard, interactive display or interactive pen display from anywhere in the classroom. SMART Slate was developed with extensive user feedback, resulting in the addition of several features, such as improved ergonomics, convenient charging via the USB cable and support for 10 languages, including Simplified Chinese, Castilian Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. The WS200 replaces the WS100 (formerly AirLiner™ WS100 wireless slate).
Each point on the 6.8" x 4.26" (17.3 cm x 10.8 cm) active pen area corresponds to a point on a connected display. The SMART Slate can be used with or without a SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard, but on its own it functions easily with a computer and projector. To further enhance whole-class and small-group instruction, the SMART Slate works seamlessly with a SMART Board interactive whiteboard. Wireless Bluetooth® enables teachers and students to control on-screen learning applications, write and draw in digital ink, or open and view files. Ergonomic improvements have made the SMART Slate smaller, lighter and easier to hold. The addition of a third programmable button enables customization, and the eraser function on the battery-free, tethered pen makes annotating with digital ink even more intuitive than it was on the WS100. The SMART Slate integrates seamlessly with a broad range of SMART products. In addition to the SMART Board interactive whiteboard, the SMART Slate also integrates with the SMART Podium™ interactive pen display.
“SMART continues to support Mac users, and we appreciate that many school districts are adopting the Mac operating system,” says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s CEO. “In today’s differentiated classrooms, both teachers and students appreciate the flexibility of movement provided by the SMART Slate, and we want to ensure all teachers and students have the option to interact with digital content from anywhere in the room.”
Wireless technology – Bluetooth 2.1 provides a reliable, wireless connection with a range of 32 feet (10 m) and low power draw
Accurate and precise writing – The battery-free, tethered pen provides smooth and precise writing, enabling rapid and accurate remote interaction with projected content
Ergonomic and portable – Weighs 21 oz. (612 g) and features improved ergonomic style for comfortable grip and portability
Slim profile – Slate dimensions of 10.5" x 8.5" x 1" (26.6 cm x 21.6 cm x 2.6 cm) with a 6.8" x 4.26" (17.3 cm x 10.8 cm) active pen area
Programmable buttons – Three programmable buttons can be customized with user-determined shortcuts to enhance ease of use
Multiple language support – Supports 10 languages, including English (U.S. and UK), Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Mexican Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Castilian (European) Spanish
Convenient charging – Charges with a USB cable in 6.5 hours to provide at least 24 hours of continuous use
Improved battery – Physical power switch reduces discharge over prolonged periods of nonuse
Kensington security lock – Provides a simple way to attach a lock-and-cable apparatus
SMART product integration – Fully compatible with SMART products, including SMART Notebook™ software