WEB & TECH / DEC. 19, 2014
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SMART Kapp and The Whiteboard Of The Future

Meetings are one of those aspects of corporate life that can seem quite absurd.  It’s been estimated that as much as 50 percent of a leaders time is usually spent tied up in meetings, yet you have to cast serious doubt over whether they actually achieve anything.

Indeed, the noted economist John Kenneth Galbraith once intoned that "meetings were indispensable when you didn’t want to do anything".

I’m sure you’ve all sat in meetings where the general purpose was far from obvious, and few of the participants seemed to be paying any attention at all to what was being said. One person that undoubtedly is investing their time and energy into the meeting, however, is the speaker.

Over the past few years, presentations have grown in complexity. What began with the humble PowerPoint presentation has now evolved into things such as Prezi’s or videos, maybe even an animation of some kind.  Presentations need to include the latest data and allow those working remotely to tune in.

SMART kapp is a new service that aims to reinvent the humble office whiteboard.  It tries to make the device a lot smarter, allowing those present in the meeting to synch up their mobile devices with the presentation being displayed on the screen, thus automatically sending the presentation file and any data used to the phone ala DropBox.

The whiteboard itself is just as you’d expect with a whiteboard.  You can draw and write on it using a standard dry marker pen.  It does, however, come with some pretty neat digital add-ons.  I’ve mentioned the ability for participants to connect up their smartphones to the device. However, not only does this give you access to the files used, but you can also stream the content from the whiteboard live.  So your remote workers can get the whiteboard beamed straight to their phones.  I can’t vouch for that making meetings any less dull, but it is quite a nice feature.

At the end of each meeting, the notes from the whiteboard are converted into a PDF and then sent on to any colleagues that may need to have them.  You can also record the meeting for later consumption should you so wish.

Check out the video and see what you think. Would this make meetings in your own organisation go better or is it a piece of technology that isn’t really needed? Your thoughts and comments below please...

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