Google announces the Chromebox, for simpler and better meetings

David Parker February 9, 2014 0

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With the new Chromebox announced by Google this Thursday, you would not have to worry about where and how to conduct your office meetings. Google assures you that with the new Chromebox, you would be able to conduct your office meetings effectively, easily and that too at a lower cost than other competing solutions.

An Intel Core i7 fourth generation processor powers this device along with a high definition webcam so that all the respective participants can see each other clearly while having a meeting. The Chromebox also has a speaker and microphone combo combined with a remote control.

According to Caesar Sengupta, Vice President of product management for Chromebooks, this product was developed to solve Google’s own telecommunication problems. This was how the idea of Chromebox for Meetings came into existence. Generally, organisations have to communicate within their teams situated at different locations or with the customers and clients living in remote places. At such times, this Chromebox would be of great help.

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Currently, there are many systems available which facilitate these kinds of meetings, but, in a joint conference, the people already in the conference do not get to know if some new person has joined the conference. Also, it is not clear if the other person is actually interested in what you are saying or not. Beep sounds when people exit or enter the meeting can be quite confusing when a person not acquainted with such systems joins a meeting.

With Chromebox for meetings, these kinds of problems would not come up as the system is built with common sense inculcated into it. For example, the person who would be speaking would be highlighted by the system. Screens could also be shared while the meeting is in progress.

Interestingly, it is not necessary that all the people who are in the meeting need to have Chromebox. Even if one user has it, as many as 15 people can connect to him and start a meeting. It would work with desktop computers, notebooks and mobile devices as well.

The price of Chromebox would start from $999 for a single meeting room and the service will be free for a whole year, after which, $250 per year would be charged annually. Asus, Dell and HP will be the initial launch partners with systems being available immediately.

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