Conferencing Zone Week in Review: Google, Acer, Revolabs, More
The Conferencing topic got some much deserved attention his past week, and we have some of the stories that made news.
Up top, thanks to a rise in the popularity of video conferencing, the days of crowding around a speakerphone in a conference room for long-distance conferences might be winding down. According to a report on technology news site NewsFactor Network, Google and Acer have announced the Acer Chromebase, a new all-in-one Chrome OS computer that’s designed for video conferencing. The product follows up on Chromebox, the Chrome-based video conferencing product Google released two years ago. The Acer all-in-one is meant for video conferencing in small areas with one or two people, Google says. The unit comes with 4 GB RAM, 16 GB onboard solid-state storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, three USB 3.0 ports and a 1.7 GHz, dual-core Intel Celeron 3215U dual-core processor, NewsFactor noted. Read all about it starting HERE.
In other conferencing news, the wireless technology revolution continues to influence more and more areas of business, so it makes sense that such tech would find its way to the conferencing arena. That may be one reason why conferencing giant Revolabs – with its ability to produce superior sound in complex spaces, inspired by a full portfolio of conferencing solutions – has just been awarded “Excellence in Product Innovation Award for Ease in Customization.” The recognition came courtesy of the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA), a particular sweet spot for Revolabs. Go HERE to read all the particulars.
On the flip side, a new report from Michigan State University Extension suggests that not everyone sees video conferencing as a positive development, and in some cases, interactive video use is actually falling off. The Extension report turned to over 4,000 employees in several different developed countries, noting that video is becoming a major part of life in general. But employers were behind the curve on this study, as 54 percent noted that live video had never been used for business communications, while 17 percent noted it had been used less than once every quarter. Go HERE to see both sides of the equation, and go HERE to see other conferencing news as it becomes available.