Back in March, at the Google Cloud Next event, Google announced a new whiteboard-meets-collaboration tool, Jamboard. The 55″ 4K monitor comes with a stylus for interactions (it’s passive so no pairing required) and can even distinguish between the stylus and your finger. Think of drawing with the stylus and erasing with a finger.
The idea is to increase productivity. You have a whiteboard session that multiple users can interact with from different locations. That includes Drive and the rest of G Suite. You can then collaborate seamlessly and has a built-in camera so it can be the center piece of a conference room. While Google did not say specifically it was aimed at Surface Hub from Microsoft, it’s pretty clear this is aimed to take it on.
For those of you who are on G Suite, you can now call your Google Cloud partner or rep and order your Jamboard. It costs $4999 plus an annual maintance fee of $600 ($300 if you order by September 30th). If you want the rolling stand, that’s $1199 before September 30th, or $1399 afterward.