SMART acquires optical touch technology company

Posted by Rob Lewis

Calgary-based SMART Technologies announced today the acquisition of New Zealand-based NextWindow, a leading designer and manufacturer of optical touch technology for integration into all-in-one computers, computer displays and large-format screens.

NextWindow supplies optical touch components to manufacturers of PCs and other interactive displays. Its touch components are currently used in PCs and monitors sold by Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Medion, NEC, Samsung and Sony. The acquisition extends SMART's current presence in the education, business and government sectors into the broader consumer market. SMART is also expanding its business in Asia, where NextWindow has already been active.

The acquisition reinforces SMART's own investment in optical touch research and development, and combines the two companies' significant optical touch patent portfolios. 

Last month Techvibes reported that SMART was on the verge of raising $400 Million while taking the company public.

Company:
SMART Technologies Inc.
Website:
http://www.smarttech.com
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

SMART's family of products facilitate the collaboration process, whether a group is in the same room or located around the world. All SMART solutions are designed to be very easy to use and the product line has a variety of configurations to suit a range of customer needs. The SMART Board and Rear Projection SMART Board are interactive whiteboards that allow instructors, trainers and meeting participants to... more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media Inc. and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can... more



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