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1. Google Jamboard
The right equipment can make the difference between a productive meeting and a headache. Here are 11 products for your conference room to help you get the most out of meetings and video calls.
Google’s Jamboard, a digital whiteboard, works with G Suite, allowing users to pull up relevant documents and work on them in real-time with a stylus and digital eraser.
2. Samsung Flip
Also a digital whiteboard, the Samsung Flip connects to other devices through a USB or wireless connection. Meeting participants can see Flip content on their personal device and share their own content on the board.
3. Cisco Spark Board
The Cisco Spark Board utilizes the cloud and wireless pairing so users can walk up to any Spark board and instantly share content from their personal device, meaning quick setup for meetings and brainstorming.
4. Microsoft Surface Hub
The Microsoft Surface Hub supports video conferencing and digital whiteboard capabilities, along with a slew of business apps like Skype for Business.
5. LG OLED TV
The ultrathin LG OLED TV and its accompanying sound bar have HDMI ports and other connectivity options for video conferencing. Measuring only one-tenth of an inch thick, the “wallpaper” TV could be helpful in impressing vendors and potential new hires.
6. Meeting Owl
The Meeting Owl, an owl-shaped 360-degree video camera, rotates to focus on each person as they speak in a meeting. This allows anyone calling into the meeting to have a better grasp of who is talking, as well as their body language and facial expressions, which could lead to a more engaging conversation.
E-paper display tools like JOAN hang outside of each conference room, showing the room’s availability.
8. Alexa for Business
Alexa for Business has several skills focused on helping meetings start and run efficiently, including finding open meeting spots and initiating calls for participants.
9. Crestron Mercury
An all-in-one tabletop solution, the Crestron Mercury works with any web collaboration platform so all meeting participants can work together, regardless of what application or platform they’re using.
10. HuddleCam HD
Acting as a camera, mic, and speaker, the wireless and portable HuddleCam HD, can help turn any room into an impromptu video conferencing area.
11. Smart Film
To boost the privacy of a meeting, adhesive Smart Film from Glass Apps can make windows or glass panels opaque with the flip of a switch. The film is opaque when turned off, and transparent when turned on.
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