I was in Redmond last Thursday meeting with the Surface Hub Product team and getting hands-on with the device and Its pretty cool! The Surface Hub is Microsoft next generation large screen collaboration tool. It builds upon the Perceptive Pixel (PPI) platform.
For more details, take a look at this Microsoft site (here). Some cool things that I took away are:
- Comes in two versions: 84” and 55”
- Projective capacitive touch screen provides awesome touch and pen control
- Two pens that auto-pair with the device when they come close. The pens re-charge when they are docked. The eraser side of the pens erases
- Runs Windows 10
- Has integrated Skype For Business with two built-in HD cameras, mic array, and speakers. The system will use one of the cameras depending upon which one you are looking at or under manual control.
- Has Onenote integration for whiteboarding
- Built to be a collaboration tool. The system need an account that is always signed in with Exchange mailbox for scheduling and Skype For Business for meetings/calling capabilities.
- Anyone can walk up and use the device without having to authenticate. The goal was to make it easy for people to use.
- Has built-in Wifi, Bluetooth, and NFC
- Any Miracast device can project to the screen and participate in the collaboration
- There are also video input ports (HDMI, display port, DVI) so that you can plug-in your laptop or device and share your content in the meeting.
- It was amazing to see the inking on PowerPoint which brings a new Storytelling experience to presenting in being able to interact/ink over your Powerpoint slides.
As I was in Redmond, I heard that I received two Surface Hubs into our Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Irvine, California. So, I can’t wait to get back and set them up. I’ll provide more updates after I get them setup.