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Cisco releases a smartboard

by on22 March 2017

$4,990 with a $199 monthly subscription for a giant tablet

Cisco is pushing a new "smart" whiteboard to the market with a $4,990 price tag and a $199 monthly subscription.

The entry level technology appears to be a 55-inch tablet which is screwed to the wall. The company is billing it as a high-tech whiteboard, allowing you to doodle on its canvas, or on a sharp PDF document.

Dubbed the Spark, it comes with some video calling tech, a 4K camera and display resolution which allows the board to zoom in and out automatically to accommodate more people in the frame, or zoom in the direction of someone speaking.

You can download the Spark app on a mobile phone and put in an email address. After a quick verification process, the app detects a board in the same room connects you.

When connected, you can send pictures and media to a central folder for the board, as well as other personal devices, to display.

Cisco is planning a 70-inch board which will be available later this year at $9,990 and with it you can include larger boards and staff members who need wide-screen.

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