There are plenty of giant screens and plenty of whiteboard systems. Surface Hub – which is the new name for the latest Perceptive Pixel system – uses Windows 10, OneNote and Skype for Business to turn the great PPI touch interface into a way to take the pain out of meetings. It’s big – and pricey – but it’s also clever.
The advantage of a whiteboard is that you can walk up to it and, assuming you don’t have to clean off the last session, start sketching or making lists. Someone can walk up and write on it with you. Surface Hub is remarkably like that.
Even though it’s a PC, there’s no lock screen or password, just a set of onscreen buttons you touch to start a Skype for Business call, open the whiteboard app or connect a phone or computer.
Or you can just pull the pen off the side of the Surface Hub and the whiteboard opens automatically – like clicking the button on the Surface Pro 3 pen to open OneNote.
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That’s no coincidence; the whiteboard app is actually a special version of OneNote, designed to make it easy for up to three people to write on screen at once – and if you have a remote meeting the attendees can write into OneNote from their PCs too, if they have a pen.
Microsoft Surface Hub Features
- An embedded computer
- 100 simultaneous touch points
- Intel Core CPUs
- A lightweight version of Windows
- Apps: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, plus
the OneNote whiteboard and Skype
- Direct support for Universal apps of
- Connectivity/Ports: HDMI, USB, NFC, Miracast,
- Stereo speakers
- A mic array
- Two Microsoft Surface Hub
Rechargeable (in the unit) Pens
- Integrated cameras Support for centralized Enterprise
- Easy “reciprocal” touch sharing
- One-touch meeting start
- Available stands and mounts