Asus has launched a new product that lets users do video conferencing at an affordable price. Chromebox For Meetings is an updated version of the Chrome OS computer that has Google+Hangouts video streaming and peripherals that support the service. Caesar Sengupta, the VP of product management for Chromebooks at Google, discussed the system’s affordability during a media event.
Chromebox for meetings comes with an Intel Core i7 based Chromebox, high-definition camera, microphone, speaker, and a remote control. You can walk into the room, click the remote and you are instantly in the meeting. There are no complex dial codes or pass codes. Up to 15 participants can join the video meeting from conference rooms, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
“Chromebox for meetings is available in the U.S. today starting at $999, which includes the ASUS Chromebox and everything you need to get going. That means for the same price that companies have typically paid for one meeting room, they’ll be able to outfit 10 rooms?or more. CDW and SYNNEX will help bring Chromebox for meetings to customers and resellers, and Chromeboxes from HP and Dell will be available for meetings in the coming months. Later this year, we plan to launch in Australia, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the U.K.,” said Google in a blog post.