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Cisco gets in on the act with its new Spark Board

By Wong Chung Wee - on 26 Jan 2017, 4:32pm

Cisco gets in on the act with its new Spark Board

(Image source: Cisco)

Cisco has gotten in on the act with its new Spark Board, its answer to Microsoft Surface Hub and Google Jamboard. The Cisco Spark Board is described as a “team tablet for the wall.” However, the company wasn’t referring to its size; in fact, the Spark Board features a 55-inch, 4K multi-touch display. It operates on Cisco Spark Board OS and it works best with the company’s very own Cisco Spark platform, which is Cisco’s cloud-based collaborative service.

The Cisco Spark Board is an ideal video conferencing device over the Cisco Spark secure platform. (Image source: Cisco)

The Spark Board can function as a wireless display or operate as a digital whiteboard. It can be used for video and audio conferencing too. When it is connected to Cisco Spark service, the 3-in-1 Spark Board functions like a physical extension of Cisco Spark that allows people to work and collaborate on a secure platform. The Cisco Spark Board is powered by the NVIDIA Jetson TX1 module, and the board also makes use of NVIDIA DirectStylus technology so that information presented on the Spark Board is shared seamlessly across devices that are connected to Cisco Spark.

(Image source: Cisco)

According to Fast Company, the Cisco Spark Board is “affordable” at USS$4,990. This is in comparison with the 55-inch Microsoft Surface Hub, which is priced at US$6,990, and Google Jamboard that may be priced at roughly US$6,000.

(Source: Cisco, Fast Company, NVIDIA)

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