Surface Hub: Microsoft Large Screen Collaboration Tool

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. 

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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 clip_image004
  • 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.

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