Smarter Surfaces (formerly Smart Wall Paint) is a Dublin-based, high-potential start-up company that is manufacturing and distributing paint which turns any surface into a white board. Once Smarter Surfaces is painted onto any surface it becomes a high performance dry erasable and durable white-board. The main customer are Education Institutes and Businesses that use the whiteboard spaces for Innovation, Training and Generation sessions.
The company approached CREST in DIT to undertake a material development investigation on the paint that will enhance its functionality and its capacity to be used with a variety of visual aids that could be utilised in Innovation and Training sessions.
This project was funded as a feasibility study under the Innovation Partnership Programme and the initial results achieved were so encouraging the company committed to a full Innovation Partnership with CREST which was completed in 2014.
Company Director Ronan Clarke commented that:
“What will come out of this will be huge for us and for a small Irish company to be able to do that kind of R&D, without that innovation partnership scheme it just wouldn’t happen.”