Back in September, Google announced a more integrated video conferencing kit created in partnership with Lenovo. The latest in the “Series One” Google Meet hardware family are all-in-one touchscreens that are essentially Jamboards with better cameras and two sizes.
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Series One Desk 27
Google’s Series One Desk 27 is targeted at “small shared spaces or your desktop, either in the office or at home.” You get a 27-inch touchscreen that shows your upcoming meetings in a feed at the right, while the other side lets you quickly start a new conversation, enter a meeting code, call a phone, or whiteboard.
It runs Google Jamboard for collaborative sketching, while a stylus magnetically attaches to the front. The writing instrument is thicker than the first-generation Apple Pencil with a black tip and Google Meet logo. It’s passive with no Bluetooth pairing or charging required,
That’s surrounded by speaker grills/soundbar with Google touting “high-fidelity audio” and “high-definition video.” There’s TrueVoice multi-channel noise cancellation (four mic arrays on the front and back), voice amplification, auto-framing, and “Hey Google” control. It can be mounted to the wall or there’s a stand. The Series One Desk 27 costs $1,999 and will be available in late Q4 2021.
Series One Board 65
Meanwhile, the Series One Board 65 is a larger version with 4K panel and two pens. Besides wall mounting, there’s a rolling stand and camera attachment (with PTZ) at the top. Hardware controls on the back let you adjust volume, turn on/off, and switch input (including to HDMI).
Google says the software is optimized for Meet, but a USB-C connection allows you to connect to a laptop and use other conferencing apps. In this mode, it essentially acts as a regular monitor. For all intents and purposes, this unit is a modern Jamboard, with the original announced in 2016. Availability is slated for Q1 2022 at $6,999.
Google worked with Avocor on the Series One Desk 27 and Board 65 with pre-orders handled through the interactive display partner.
Another third-party piece of Google Meet hardware announced today is the Rayz Rally Pro speaker dock. Made by Appcessori, plugging in automatically launches Google Meet. You get some physical controls, USB-C port, and a fabric-covered body.
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