Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has recently unveiled Jamboard, a 55-inch display with a 4K resolution that is primarily intended to enhance real-time collaboration.
The pressure sensitive display, which is generally a digital whiteboard, comes with two stylus pens, which can be used to write on the digital whiteboard; a typical-looking eraser; a WiFi connectivity; a camera; speakers; and even a wall-mount. What is more interesting is that Jamboard can identify the touch of a finger and a stylus pen.
The new display runs on a modified version of Android. Remote users can join a session using a smartphone app on any Android and iOS devices. With the app, users can view what is happening on the session and even make their respective contributions.
G Suite Integration
Jamboard is directly integrated with G Suite, the company’s own suite of business apps. Consequently, users can view and modify documents and sheets using Google Docs and Google Sheets. They can also use Google Hangouts to make calls.
Moreover, Jamboard sessions are logged on Google Drive. Progress is automatically saved once a session is over.
Aside from G Suite, Jamboard also boasts with a Google Cloud integration, making it ideal for next-generation business solutions.
The concept of digital whiteboards is no longer new in the industry. Jamboard can be compared to the digital whiteboard of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) that runs on Windows 10, Surface Hub.
While the entire design of Jamboard has been developed by Google, the display itself is manufactured by a third party. However, the company has not disclosed its third party collaborator.
According to Google, a number of internal teams composed of about eight to 12 members have already been using Jamboards in their respective meetings.
The technology giant has not yet disclosed the actual pricing of Jamboard. It has nonetheless guaranteed that it would be available below $6,000 early next year. Accordingly, lower-end models will also be available but Google is yet to reveal them.
On Tuesday, Alphabet has closed at $828.55, down by 0.86%, while Microsoft has closed at $60.99, down by 0.22%.