About a year ago SMART Technologies came out with the 6000 series interactive flat panels, the next generation of SMART Boards. The 6000 series currently comes in two sizes: 55″ and 65″, which are named the 6055 and 6065 respectively. This new line of SMART Boards features a projector-free solution. Going projector-free makes for a great user experience, which teachers like, and a maintenance free solution, which tech directors like. Let’s talk about why.
For Teachers: Ease of Use
The user experience on this board is fantastic! No projector shadow to worry about. No bright light in your eyes when you face the students. No dimming over time. With the Ultra High Definition (4K) screen, the picture is always bright and clear, which means teachers can focus on the content rather than worry if students can read it. The pens now allow two students to write simultaneously in two different colors. Also, SMART Ink allows those students to change the color and properties of their pen with ease. The 6065 keeps the focus on learning and not on the tool.
For Tech Directors: Ease of Installation and Maintenance
Installation is a breeze! Just install with a heavy duty mount and you are done. No need to worry about projector distance or lining it up just right. And the connections are just an HDMI and a USB to keep it simple and functional. The maintenance free aspect of the 6065 is great as well. No alignment issues. No bulbs to replace. No air filters to worry about. Fewer service calls.
Below is a video explaining some of the 6000 series’ key features.
Also check out this infographic that explains the cost savings of the interactive flat panel (IFP): SMART Technologies IFP Savings Infographic
in Spring of 2016 SMART has added a 75″ model to the lineup. The 75″ model also includes a Display Port on which UHD 2160p resolution can be at 60hz.