On Wednesday, Zoom set out to capitalize on its epidemic-driven popularity with a touchscreen display tuned to its video-conferencing platform.
“Zoom for home” was identified as a combination of hardware and software designed to work remotely, a trend that promises to stay even after the coronavirus threat has subsided.
A customized 27-inch (69cm) display for online collaboration using Zoom will be priced at $ 599 (approximately Rs. 45,000) and will be available on Facebook’s portal screen.
Eum Yuan, CEO of Zoom, said in a statement, “After the distant work experience over the past few months, it is clear that we need to innovate a new division dedicated to remote staff.”
The video conferencing firm has partnered with DTEN on Silicon Valley-based zoom displays, which will begin shipping in August.
Zoom has promised the giant that devices like tablets will work “out of the box” as long as users have a license to use the service.
Zoom cited an IBM study conducted in April that found that 61 percent of respondents wanted to work remotely from their primary way of working.
“It’s important that people feel set up for success,” said Rich Costello, a senior research analyst at IDC, in the release.
“We are now at the stage of making sure we have the right devices to enable our employees to be productive.”
Microsoft and Google are increasing the features and availability of their respective video-conferencing platforms as the epidemic keeps people at home from work, school and remote socialization.
Late last year, Facebook unveiled second-generation portal smart screens, citing ways to stay connected with their loved ones on leading social networks.
Facebook has slashed the cost of new portal, portal mini, and portal TV devices at a starting price of $ 129 (around Rs 9,700) to further entice customers.
The Amazon Echo Show and Google Nest smart screens can be used for video calling, but the portal is tied to a connection to Facebook, Messenger and WhatsApp, which is end-to-end encrypted.
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