SMART acquires optical touch technology company

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.