The Smart Board interactive whiteboard operates as part of a system that includes the interactive whiteboard, a computer, a projector and whiteboarding software either Smart Notebook collaborative learning software for education, or Smart Meeting Pro software for business. The components are connected wirelessly or via USB or serial cables. A projector connected to the computer displays the desktop image on the interactive whiteboard. The whiteboard accepts touch input from a finger, pen or other solid object.
The Smart Board interactive whiteboard uses DViT (Digital Vision Touch) technology to detect and respond to touch interactions on the interactive whiteboard surface with or without cables. This camera-based touch technology for interactive whiteboards and interactive displays uses digital cameras and proprietary software and firmware to detect finger or pen contact with the screen. That contact is then interpreted as finger or pen activity.
Smart's digital ink operates by using an active digitizer that controls the PC input for writing capabilities such as drawing or handwriting. The Smart Board interactive whiteboard uses passive pen tools, which means that no technology is housed in the pen tool to use digital ink or determine color. All digital ink options can be selected from the Smart Board Pen Tray.
Research on Smart Boards
Beauchamp, G., & Parkinson, J. (2005). Beyond the ‘wow’factor: developing interactivity with the interactive whiteboard. School Science Review, 86(316), 97-103.
Glover, D., Miller, D., Averis, D., & Door, V. (2005). The interactive whiteboard: a literature survey. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 14(2), 155-170.
Smith, H. J., Higgins, S., Wall, K., & Miller, J. (2005). Interactive whiteboards: boon or bandwagon? A critical review of the literature. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 21(2), 91-101.
Photo: Smartboard im Einsatz by Gerhard Palnstorfer licensed with Creative Commons