Google has introduced Jamboard - a collaborative, digital whiteboard that makes it easy for teams to share their ideas real-time, even if they are not in the same place. The company wants to redefine meetings with its latest device.
Google said in a blog that Jamboard will allow teams to work with each other from across the world using other Jamboards or remotely use the smartphone or tablet companion app. With the new device, Google has moved the whiteboard to the cloud.
The Jamboard will allow teams to "grab images and content from the web and bring them straight into your 'jam,'" Google said. It will also allow them to "pull in work from Docs, Sheets and Slides, or add photos stored in Drive."
The Jamboard will also be packed with tools such as sticky notes and stencils to help capture ideas clearly. It will also have smart features like handwriting and shape recognition.
Google said that with Jamboard, they hope to help teams get back to "what they love to do: create new ideas." The company has worked closely with G Suite customers like Instrument, Netflix and Spotify to help refine Jamboard.
Techspot India reports that Google's Jamboard is taking on Microsoft's Surface Hub. The Jamboard, though, is cheaper than the Surface Hub.
The digital whiteboard is competitively priced at under $6,000, while the Surface Hub is priced at $8,999. The Jamboard will be available for purchase in 2017.
Google has also partnered with BenQ and tap its network of channels and sellers. This will allow the company to bring Jamboard to the market.
The company will also have an Early Adopter Program for the Jamboard and partner with a broader set of G Suite customers to help perfect the device. People who can't wait for 2017 to try the Jamboard can submit a form on the Jamboard website to receive more information about eligibility.