Microsoft manufactures its own Surface Hub, but the tech giant also decided that it would be a great idea to team up with more display manufacturers to create an entirely new hardware platform. Windows Collaboration Displays are designed for use in offices and meeting rooms. They are touch-sensitive, and they can also connect to Microsoft Azure IoT spatial recognition via the built-in sensors. Microsoft unveiled the novelty during Computex 2018.
Surface Hub vs. Windows Collaboration Displays
The difference between the Surface Hub and these new platforms is that for the new platform, you will have to supply your own computer hardware. Hook up a system, and you will obtain a digital whiteboard and an excellent presentation tool. Not to mention the fact that you will save lots of cash.
Windows Collaboration Displays are a new product category
Basically, these are displays but with extended features. As we already said, Redmond will not be manufacturing the hardware, but it teamed up with Avocore and Sharp to create them. Pricing and availability are not out yet, but what we do know is that the displays will be released by the end of the year.
The hardware will be manufactured by more companies and this means that the displays will come in various configurations regarding hardware. There will be different sizes available for different budgets. The model showed off by Microsoft at Computex was a Sharp device that measures 70 inches, and it came with a conference camera.
Main features of Windows Collaboration Displays
The displays will be multi-touch and stylus-sensitive, and besides this, they will also include a far-field microphone system. The most exciting feature is the potential that stems from Microsoft Azure Internet of Things spatial recognition connectivity. Microsoft describes the spatial intelligence capabilities in an official blog post. The tech giants say that:
for example, in an office environment spatial intelligence can enable better management of heating, cooling, and room-booking systems based on how space is used.
These new Azure IoT capabilities include relationship modeling via topologies and ontologies, advanced sensor processing, support for multi- or nested-tenants, and role-based access control. The features enable partners to focus on innovation at the application level instead of building from scratch.
You can learn more about Microsoft’s smart buildings built on Azure IoT.
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