Google’s Jamboard takes the whiteboard into the cloud

Google had a big hardware event a couple weeks ago, but the search giant didn't show all of its physical devices then. The company has now announced the Jamboard, a digital whiteboard with a 55" 3840×2160 display and tight integration with Google's G Suite services. The manufacturer says the Jamboard's screen is "built for precision drawing" and has the "best-in-class touch response time." Google doesn't say what hardware specifications and software technology go into the Jamboard, though we wager it's based on Android or Chrome OS.

Google is touting the Jamboard's ease of use as a selling point, saying it's designed to be brought into a room and readied for use just by powering it up. The device includes a video camera, microphone, speakers, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Potential buyers will surely cross-shop the Jamboard against Microsoft's Surface Hub. The Jamboard share the same size screen as the 55" Surface Hub, but that device has a mere 1080p screen. Buyers must opt for the pricier 84" Surface Hub to get a 4K screen.

The final price of the Jamboard is said to be "under $6,000," compared to $9,000 for the 55" Surface Hub and a whopping $22,000 for the larger 84" 4K Surface Hub. Google says the Jamboard will ship to customers some time in 2017. The company says it will be partnering with BenQ and "its network of channels and resellers to help bring the Jamboard to market," suggesting the possibility that BenQ will build the device on Google's behalf.

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    • Tamashare
    • 3 years ago

    Good news is that presence of Microsoft + Google confirms there’s a market for collaborative meetings. Bad news for these two giants, besides Fortune 500 who buy their solutions for political reasons, no proper minded CEO or IT decision maker will buy Microsoft or Google collaborative meeting cloud based service due to total lack of confidentiality… If you’re looking for a collaborative meeting solution, please consider Tamashare, the hardware agnostic secured collaborative meeting provider : [url<]http://www.tamashare.com[/url<] Proof here : [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvP0PG4uXFM[/url<]

    • Ojref
    • 3 years ago

    Great, a device that allows Google to steal me or my companies ideas and patent them before I can. No thanks.

    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Google says the Jamboard will ship to customers some time in 2017.[/quote<] A spokesperson for the company later clarified that Google expected to abandon the device "like a red-headed step-child caught in bed with his sister" some time in 2018.

    • bthylafh
    • 3 years ago

    In a year Google will lose interest and abandon the device.

    • krazyredboy
    • 3 years ago

    Being in the AV industry, my first reaction to the potential use of this item is… Somebody will use a Sharpy!

    It happens every. . . time.

      • Redocbew
      • 3 years ago

      The real money here would be in creating the equivalent of a shock-collar that stops people from doing that. Someone gets too close with Sharpie in hand and they get zapped, then all their coworkers get a chuckle.

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      *Sharpie

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      Needs a 55″ screen protector. Good luck getting all the bubbles out.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Cool, a $6000 whiteboard.

    We can markup Revit models and 3D PDFs on this right?
    Oh, Android you say.
    Oh.
    Right.
    n/m.

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