Avocor partners with Google Workspace to provide meeting equity

Global interactive display company, Avocor has announced a strategic partnership with Google Workspace, as well as the launch of two new all-in-one video conferencing and digital whiteboarding devices, to bring equity to meetings regardless of whether participants are in-person or remote.

Google Meet Series One Desk 27 and Board 65 are two new touch-enabled video devices designed to expand the Google Meet Series One hardware portfolio for millions of Google Workspace users around the world. Responding to the vast increase in video communication since the pandemic, Avocor’s partnership with Google Workspace is enabling more equitable meeting experiences through human-focused hardware for both personal and group applications that prioritise giving ever participant an equal seat at the table.

Google Meet Series One Desk 27

Since the start of the pandemic, hybrid working has become the norm, with 94% of organisations now flexible as to where and when employees work according to a recent study by Gartner. This means more immersive, interactive video-enabled devices are required to make meetings more inclusive for both in-office and remote workers.

The Series One Desk 27 was created by Avocor and Google Workspace to help address the issue. The 27” all-in-one touchscreen Google Meet device acts as a desk monitor, laptop docking station, and digital whiteboard which integrates Google Workspace’s popular Jamboard app.

The device can be used for personal workstations within a home office or as a shared tool on rotating hot desks in privacy spaces and phone booths and functions so that the user can see, hear, and contribute to any meeting as if they were together in the same room.

Its integrated soundbar and mic array provides clear video and audio with TrueVoice, and also features Google Workspace’s revolutionary multichannel noise cancellation technology which detects and eliminates distracting sounds like typing and paper rustling while enhancing human voices so you are heard clearly, even in noisy environments.

To ensure its ease-of-use and simple to write on, Desk 27 comes with an adjustable tabletop stand and can also be wall mounted.

Desk 27 requires only power and Ethernet and features a USB-C port for easy connection to a laptop, reducing cable clutter typically needed for power, video and audio. Once it is connected to a laptop, users can access all their files and apps on the Desk 27, including everything on Google Workspace.

Although it is optimised for Google Meet, Desk 27 can also run any video meeting app while leveraging the audio and video experience with Desk 27’s touch display, digital PTZ camera and soundbar. Meetings can be started through a single touch on the calendar – either a user’s personal calendar or the room resource calendar – or users can say “Hey Google, join the meeting”.

Google Meet Series One Board 65

While Desk 27 is a personal collaboration device, Board 65 is designed to bring teams together for more efficient, equitable and intuitive collaboration. It is a 65” device designed for small-to-medium collaboration spaces and connects the remote workers with the in-office attendees. With the option to wall mount or place it on an optional purpose-built stand for mobility as a shared resource, the Board 65 allows spontaneous meetings to be set up anywhere.

Meeting participants can also connect their laptops via USB-C for power, device control and instant content sharing.

It works in a similar way to the Desk 27 but it is used more within the office than in the home to connect all workers to have the same meeting experience.

The Series One Desk 27 and Board 65 by Avocor are both intuitive and easy-to-use, with an optically bonded screen. Both devices are tilt-optimised for a natural writing angle, with anti-fingerprint glass to offer an acutely sensitive writing experience, using fingers, palms, or the included passive stylus for immersive whiteboarding where everyone can easily see and contribute.

The Google Meet Series One Desk 27 from Avocor has an MSRP of $1,999 and the Google Meet Series One Board 65 from Avocor has an expected MSRP of $6,999. Both are now available to preorder with general availability expected in late Q4 of 2021.

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