Google developed a collaborative whiteboard, namely Jamboard which it is equipped with a touchscreen display of 55 inches and is meant to use a hybrid whiteboard. Google announced the release date and the price of this gadget. The price was estimated at $4,999 to which producers add an annual fee of $600. Even if it seems to be overpriced, it is still cheaper than the Surface Hub system developed by Microsoft.
Google’s device is built for teleconferencing and whiteboarding, but it also has a variety of other uses. There were already released some units to be tested at Google Cloud Next conference. The device looks like a 55-inch 4K TV, having a touch screen which accepts 16 multitouch points. The display is reflective, so you will not want to place it opposite the window when you have a conference.
However, this device could not be categorized as being top-shelf electronics. The back of Jamboard is made of plastic colored in red, and the whole gadget seems to be quite thick. The new device from Google is bound to be durable and approachable. Analysts compared them with massive plastic crayons rather than giant keyboards.
The main difference between Microsoft Surface and Google Jamboard is that the first one seems to be more serious about its job while the second one looks more fun, giving you the chance to make your co-workers laugh during a conference, but, at the same time, it does its job just fine. The Jamboard can tell your finger apart from other objects. You just have to be careful when you try to erase something or draw something because the device might sometimes mix between these two.
The whiteboard is fun because you can erase something and it sends glitter, sparkle and cute flowers up your screen. Moreover, users have the opportunity to use the Jamboard with a co-worker, both being able to use the touchscreen at the same time. Two people can zoom in and out on different Google Sheets slides. The device is equipped with shape recognition, and it also allows you to write with your hand.
The whiteboard is outfitted with a built-in wide-angle camera and a built-in tilt support. What is more, it also sports built-in microphones and down-firing speakers. The Jamboard is controlled by a panel which is located on the right or left of the device, offering you options like searching for websites or adding Google Docs files.
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