Whiteboards are so 10 minutes ago, now that Google has taken the wraps off its new Jamboard. This digital touchscreen connects to Google Cloud to facilitate brainstorming sessions like you’ve not had before. You can sketch, attach digital sticky notes, copy web content and update it on the fly from your phone or the device itself. PC or Mac users can tune-in to watch a Jam session as well.
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The hardware features a 55-inch, 4K display that works with iOS and Android apps, but it’s only available in private beta right now for business customers on G Suite (available for purchase in 2017). It will ship with a pair of the stylus and an eraser, or you can use your fingers for either action. The device will turn handwriting into type and convert your drawings into digital shapes. The final pricing for the rolling screen hasn’t been revealed yet, but it’s a fair bet it will be around $6,000 per unit. So it’s not a cheap investment.
It will support Hangouts, thanks to its included HD camera, speakers, and a microphone. For PC and Mac users to get in on the fun, they’ll need to sign in through Chrome. Otherwise, all data is stored in your G Suite’s Docs, Sheets, Slides or photos in Drive.
This is the latest addition to Google’s renewed interest in business-facing technology. Last week it rolled out new improvements to its G Suite, and that was just weeks after launching its rebranded business arm, Google Cloud. The company says it has worked with existing G Suite customers, including Netflix and Spotify, to test drive its new features. If you’re interested in joining the “Early Adopter Program,” fill out a form on Google’s site.