Polycom intros 'world's first' whiteboard tool for collaboration, video

Summary:Polycom's UC Board is supposed to bring the whiteboard to video conferencing screens without the glare.

Standard whiteboards aren't cutting it anymore in an age where everyone in enterprise is concerned with sharing and collaborating over projects via the cloud from anywhere, anytime. Additionally, content on whiteboards don't typically show up very well when in video conferencing mode.

Polycom is trying to meet both of these challenges with the introduction of the Polycom UC Board, which basically shares content written on the whiteboard to all screens and mobile devices that are connected to the video meeting.

Along with sharing presentations, the UC Board software enables conference participants to use the UC Board to write, annotate or highlight key points directly on top of the shared content in real-time.

The UC Board solution is comprised of a compact infrared sensor that attaches to a whiteboard or LCD screen, along with a wireless stylus that meeting hosts can use to write and sketch with just like any regular pen or marker.

Such a solution is especially targeted at students and professors, doctors, architects, and marketing departments.

Naturally, there is a catch. Anyone who wants to use this product must already have a Polycom HDX series video communications system already set up. At that point, it should be relatively simple to use (in theory) as it is touted as a USB plug-and-play configuration.

The Polycom UC Board solution is available starting today for $1,999.

Earlier this month, Polycom also unveiled what it boasted as the "first" enterprise-class HD telepresence software solution. Polycom RealPresence Mobile is meant to extend the use of high-quality and secure video conferencing across an organization via tablets, laptops and desktop computers. It will initially be supported on the Apple iPad 2, Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab.


Topics: Cisco, Apple, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, iPad, Laptops, Samsung, Tablets, Virtualization


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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