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Promethean and Merlyn Collaborate to Boost Productivity in the Classroom

Promethean and Merlyn | June 22, 2022

Promethean and Merlyn Collaborate
An exclusive distribution agreement for the US market has been reached between Merlyn Mind, Inc. and Promethean®, a preeminent worldwide education technology firm. The voice-activated AI solution Symphony ClassroomTM, which gives teachers access to the Merlyn digital assistant, will be distributed by Promethean under the terms of the new deal. Customers will be able to buy Symphony Classroom directly through Promethean's network of resellers thanks to the agreement.

"Promethean's ActivPanel is the interactive display of choice for millions of teachers who rely on technology to drive student engagement and spark their imagination. By adding Symphony Classroom to our portfolio, we will make it easier for educators to teach untethered, supporting a student-centered environment that increases participation."

-Vin Riera, Chief Executive Officer, Promethean

Teachers can use voice commands or a remote to operate their laptops, interactive screens, internet browsers, apps, and more using Symphony Classroom's Merlyn digital assistant, which is specially designed for the special demands of education. Merlyn frees teachers to move around the classroom so they can interact with students, makes routine classroom duties easier, and boosts efficiency and productivity overall thanks to Symphony Classroom's EdgeAI® technology, which offers lightning-fast reactivity.

"At Merlyn Mind, we're using the latest advances in AI to build transformative technology that gives teachers what they want most – the freedom to teach. The AI software platform makes it possible for Merlyn to quickly respond to teacher commands and integrate with the applications teachers use every day to simplify work and untether teachers to spend more time with students. Our new relationship with Promethean brings teachers a solution for classroom management that makes the most of the tools and technology educators already have with the best of AI and advanced technology."

-Satya Nitta, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Merlyn Mind

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