Purdue Research Park tenant, partners create SMART lab for university-industry collaborations

Published: May 21, 2014

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Industry officials, educational and government leaders, and medical personnel could discover additional methods to communicate and collaborate by taking a free tutorial at the SMART laboratory built at the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette.

The laboratory, which includes several SMART Board interactive whiteboards, is located in the Herman and Heddy Kurz Purdue Technology Center, 1281 Win Hentschel Blvd. It was developed by Calgary, Alberta-based SMART Technologies Inc., Kokomo, Ind.-based Huston Technologies and Purdue Research Park tenant Recovering Capital LLC, dba Yuiwe Labs.

Michael Wilson, of Yuiwe Labs, said the SMART laboratory allows personnel from industry, higher education and other sectors to communicate swiftly and inexpensively. The SMART laboratory in West Lafayette was designed so industries and educators within 500 miles of the site can benefit from live, free, walk-in or appointment tutorials.

"Industry officials, faculty and students now are able to work together using 'digital inking' to share video, models and data in real time. They can communicate swiftly and inexpensively using SMART technology, which has significant ROI because saving time impacts the bottom line as much as selling products," he said. "We also are establishing a SMART laboratory at California State University, Northridge. Visitors can practice in these settings to determine how their organizations can best benefit from this technology."

Rick Kennedy, director of customer advocacy at SMART Technologies, said feedback from visitors of the Purdue Research Park site will benefit the company.

"We look forward to learning from the research applications the students and faculty deem important, or even missing," he said. "SMART values research and fresh collaboration, for that is how we integrate and link local and global customer perspectives so that return on investment is exponential."

Jason Huston, executive vice president of Huston Technologies, said the company recognizes the SMART laboratory will have lasting benefits for users.

"At Huston, we recognize that companies of all sizes need to collaborate affordably and effectively, and this technology in this laboratory can help them do that," he said.

Wilson will make a presentation about SMART Board technology June 17 during the 2014 Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education in Indianapolis.

Contact info@yuiwe.com to make an appointment for a tutorial at the SMART laboratory in Purdue Research Park.

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park is the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The Purdue Research Park has four sites in Indiana. They are Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette, Purdue Research Park of Indianapolis, Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana and Purdue Research Park of Southeast Indiana. The more than 260 companies located in the park network employ about 4,500 people who earn an average annual wage of $63,000.

Purdue Research Park contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org 

Contact: Michael Wilson, wilsonmd@purdue.edu

PHOTO CAPTION:

Michael Wilson of Yuiwe Labs works in the SMART laboratory at the Kurz Purdue Technology Center in West Lafayette. The lab was developed by Calgary, Alberta-based SMART Technologies Inc.; Kokomo, Ind.-based Huston Technologies; and Yuiwe Labs. (Yuiwe Labs photo)