Jamboard

Jamboard is an interactive whiteboard developed by Google, as part of the G Suite family. It was officially announced on 25 October 2016. It has a 55" 4K touchscreen display, and will have compatibility for online collaboration through cross-platform support. The display can also be mounted onto a wall or be configured into a stand.

Jamboard
Two squares are on top of each other, connected to a circle that gives a crude appearance of a "J". The logotype font, in a slightly modified form of Product Sans, reads Jamboard.
Also known asGoogle Jamboard
DeveloperGoogle
ManufacturerGoogle
Product familyG Suite
TypeInteractive whiteboard
Release dateMay 23, 2017
Display55" 4K (60 Hz)
InputStylus, eraser
CameraHD camera
Online servicesG Suite
Websitegsuite.google.com/jamboard https://jamboard.google.com

History

After Google Apps for Work was launched in 2006, the subscription-based service was announced to be rebranded as G Suite on 29 September 2016, alongside announcements of machine learning integration into Drive's programs, a redesign of Hangouts and the announcement of Team Drive.[1]

On 25 October, Product Manager of G Suite TJ Varghese announced Jamboard on Google's official blog.[2] The announcement trailer for the product was released the same day onto YouTube.[3] The website was also launched on the same day simultaneously, as well as a rumored version of an "Early Adopter Program" for the device.[4]

Design

The device can be mounted on a wall, or, by default, be set up on a vertical stand with wheels.[5]

Hardware

Jamboard features a 55" 4K display that will support touchscreen capabilities and has a 60 Hz refresh rate,[6] and is able to detect up to 16 touch points anywhere within.[7] It also includes Wi-Fi connectivity, a HD front-facing camera, microphone and built-in speakers.[8] The touchscreen is controlled by a dedicated stylus to control the device or draw on it, as well as an eraser.

Software

The Jamboard also has an operating system that coincides with the G Suite ecosystem. The main controller of the Jamboard can open a "jam", which is a session where users can join and work on projects inside the space available. Any service compatible with G Suite can also be performed on any device connected.[9]

Release

Jamboard was released in May 2017, and retails for £3,999 with a $600 yearly support fee.[10][11]

References

  1. ^ Perez, Sarah (29 September 2016). "Google rebrands its business apps as G Suite, upgrades apps & announces Team Drive". TechCrunch. Retrieved 28 October 2016 – via Aol.
  2. ^ Varghese, TJ (25 October 2016). "Jamboard — the whiteboard, reimagined for collaboration in the cloud". Google. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Introducing Jamboard". YouTube. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  4. ^ Vijayan, Jaikumar (27 October 2016). "Google Intros Jamboard Digital Collaboration Device". eweek. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  5. ^ Lopez, Napier (26 October 2016). "Google launches huge 55" whiteboard for G Suite". The Next Web. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  6. ^ Wong, Raymod (25 October 2016). "Google Jamboard makes collaborative work feel like playtime". Mashable. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  7. ^ Hardawar, Devindra (25 October 2016). "Google's Jamboard is a 4K digital whiteboard for collaboration". Engadget. Retrieved 28 October 2016 – via AOL.
  8. ^ Hanley Frank, Blair (25 October 2016). "Google's massive, cloud-connected Jamboard aims to reinvent the whiteboard". PCWorld. Retrieved 28 October 2016 – via International Data Group.
  9. ^ Merriman, Chris (28 October 2016). "Google Updates: Jamboard, jammed Vista, jammin' with Assistant". The Inquirer. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  10. ^ Warren, Tom (25 October 2015). "Google's answer to Microsoft's Surface Hub is an equally giant digital whiteboard". The Verge. Retrieved 28 October 2016 – via Vox Media.
  11. ^ "Google releases Jamboard, a high-tech whiteboard for office meetings". Toronto Star, November 12, 2016. pageB4. Steven Overly.
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