New Acer All-in-One Chromebase Is Designed for Video Conferencing
The Chromebase for meetings includes a 24-inch display, speakers, microphones, camera, software and service in a single Chrome OS-based system.Acer is rolling out an all-in-one Chrome OS system dedicated to video conferencing, the latest addition to Google's larger Chrome for Work initiative designed to push the operating system into the enterprise space. The system is a touchscreen Chromebase with a 24-inch display that includes the necessary hardware, software and services in a single device, and it comes backed with technical support from Acer. It's designed for businesses that want to bring video conferencing capabilities to smaller meeting rooms, according to company officials. The Chromebase for meetings system can support up to 25 people in a Google Hangout across multiple devices, from notebooks and tablets to smartphones. "So now, you can collaborate and meet over video from a dedicated device at home, your desk at work or a phone room," Vidya Nagarajan, senior product manager for Chrome for Work at Google, wrote in a post on the search giant's blog. "Chromebase for meetings gets technology out of the way; just plug it in, connect it to your network and you're up and running securely." Google two years ago introduced Chromebox for meetings, a system designed for video and audio collaboration that has to be connected to a display. A range of system vendors, including Acer and Hewlett-Packard, rolled out Chromebox for meetings offerings, and according to Nagarajan, companies like Pinterest and PwC, and the state of Wyoming government, adopted the products.
With Chromebase for meetings, Acer and Google are taking the need to connect to a display out of the equation, putting everything into a single package. The 24-inch display on the all-in-one system includes Full HD (1920-by-1080) capabilities, four microphones and two speakers. There also is an adjustable HD webcam and a chassis that can tilt. Participants can join the meeting through a link.