The humble whiteboard is a popular tool in classrooms and boardrooms everywhere. But don’t you wish it was modernized for the digital age? Google thinks so too.
The search giant on Tuesday introduced a reimagined whiteboard that looks a lot like Microsoft’s Surface Hub. And it’s “under $6,000” to boot.
“So today, we’re introducing Jamboard—a collaborative, digital whiteboard that makes it easy for your team to share ideas in real-time and create without boundaries,” said TJ Varghese, Product Manager for Google Suite. “We’re moving the whiteboard to the cloud.”
The 55-inch 4K digital whiteboard uses Android and a new whiteboard app that allows teams to easily jot down ideas and collaborate on projects. The display supports up to 16 simultaneous touch inputs and includes a stylus and an eraser—neither of which require batteries or pairing.
The Jamboard can also differentiate between a finger and a stylus, making it easy to quickly wipe ideas off the display. Of course, there are also a number of useful tools, such as sticky notes, stencils, and more. If you thought skeuomorphism was dead, think again.
But why is it red?
As expected, the Jamboard ties into the G Suite experience, including Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Other features in the display include a built-in HD camera, speakers, and Wi-Fi, allowing users to broadcast their “Jam” sessions using Hangouts.
“It’s a hassle when you use a whiteboard, reach the end of your meeting and have to quickly scramble to snap a picture of your work,” Varghese said.
Varghese went on to say it worked closely with companies such as Netflix and Spotify to “refine the blend of hardware and software” that powers the experience.
The Jamboard will be available beginning in 2017.