Google take on video conferencing market with Chromebox
With technology behemoths Google keeping their fingers in as many pies as possible, it was only a matter of time until another attempt to take over the AV industry occurred. Recently they have launched the likes of IPTV dongle Chromecast, home automation devices and the latest Chromebox for meetings is Google’s answer to video conferencing. The Chromebox was originally designed to be Google’s answer to a compact desktop computer but this Chromebox for Meetings package includes all that you need for video conferencing including a remote, camera and microphone.
The small system, which is currently retailing for $999, integrates plenty of Google’s popular features including Hangouts, Calendar and the aforementioned Chromecast. In a similar vein to Microsoft’s Lync, any device that runs Hangouts can access the meeting remotely and the use of Google Calendar can assist with scheduling conference rooms and editing instantly. The Chromebox for Meetings can support up to 15 video streams and connects simply to the Chromebox with a nano-sized USB adapter. The Chromebox can be managed remotely through the ChromeOS management console and unlike other meeting software, the system mutes new guests and then it is down to the leader of the meeting to decide who talks when.
With Google creating this system for their own use in the office, they intended to create something that was easy to set up and cost effective, and with the set up costing less than a transatlantic plane ticket, it is just that.