At its Windows 10 event in Redmond today, Microsoft today unveiled the Microsoft Surface Hub. Microsoft describes this Windows 10 device as an 84-inch 4K display with “integrated compute.”
Yet it’s more than just a display. The device features advanced sensors that can detect who is using it, dual cameras, a microphone array, and speakers, as well as multi-touch and multi-pen inputs.
Microsoft watchers find the Surface Hub familiar, as this is the next generation of the company’s Perceptive Pixel project. This huge screen has a customized Windows 10 interface that lets you access OneNote, Skype, and anything else that you might need in a device meant for groups to collaborate together.
In fact, Surface Hub can take content from any device in the room (think of it as a projector) and then share it again to your conference call. This will be the device’s main use: A meeting mode lets users conduct presentations and send them to users that are dialed in from conference rooms or their personal computers.
“It will make your meetings productive and engaging,” Microsoft declared. This is not the first time a company has declared that, and it’s unlikely to be the last. That said, when the Surface Hub’s price is revealed, we’ll have a better idea of whether corporations will adopt it.