Google Jamboard: A Cloud-Connected Whiteboard

Google JamboardGoogle has released Jamboard, the first hardware component of G Suite.

Jamboard can be viewed as a digital whiteboard that’s sharable, in real time, across multiple locations. It has a 55-inch 4K touchscreen.

Drawings, or ‘jams’ are automatically saved to Google Drive so that they can be later accessed and edited.

Handwritten text is automatically converted to typed text for better readability. Similarly, hand drawn shapes are converted to digitally generated shapes.

Website content can be clipped, moved anywhere on the board and annotated.

As of August, 2017, Jamboard is available for purchase in the United Kingdom.

In September, 2017, a set of new features was added to Jamboard.

Google Jamboard entered general availability in the U.S. in May 2017 at a price of $4,999 plus a $600 annual management and support fee. According to Google, for orders placed before September 30, 2017, $300 will be taken off of the annual management and support fee. There will also be a discount on the optional rolling stand, which lists for $1,199.

Here are the Jamboard specifications:

• 55” 4K UHD display
• 120 Hz touch scan rate
• 60 Hz video refresh rate
• HDMI 2.0, USB Type C , 2 X USB 3.0
• SPDIF audio out
• WIFI 802.11ac 2×2, NFC
• 1 Gigabyte Ethernet
• Google Cast
• Built in tilt support
• Built in wide angle camera
• Down firing speakers
• Built in microphones
• 16 simultaneous touch points
• Handwriting and shape recognition
• 2 x Fine tip passive stylus
• Eraser
• Microfiber cloth
• Wall mount
• Rolling stand (additional fee – see below)

Here is a video review from The Verge:

Google maintains a Jamboard “What’s New” page of new features and enhancements.

Google Jamboard can be purchased here. A G Suite subscription is required. If your company is not using G Suite, you can get Jamboard-ready by signing up for G Suite below.

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