Lately Google has been making several moves to position itself and its services to be an even bigger player in the enterprise market. The Google Apps for Work platform was rebranded as G Suite and gained some enhancements. Now the company is bringing a combination of hardware and software to the table in the form of an electronic whiteboard tied to the cloud called Jamboard.
In terms of hardware, the Jamboard is based on a 55-inch 4K touch display that Google says “features a best-in-class touch response time.” The device comes with a built-in HD camera, WiFi capability and speakers. Google also equipped the Jamboard with its own unique stylus and an eraser device, neither of which require batteries or any configuration to pair them with the Jamboard. Outside of the eraser, the Jamboard can even sense when someone is “erasing” their work using their fingers just like on a traditional whiteboard.
In addition to drawing on the Jamboard, users can add materials like Docs, Sheets, Slides or photos pulled in from Drive. The software also includes the ability to do things like create “sticky notes” to add to whatever is being worked on. The Jamboard is capable of recognizing handwriting and cleaning it up or doing the same with shapes.
Google says the Jamboard is being produced in partnership with BenQ. The device is scheduled to hit the market in 2017. Google has not yet announced pricing, but they do say it will be competitively priced and a better deal than the typical touch display price of $6,000.