Meeting Room is a business friendly hardware + software package from Google to supercharge Hangouts meetings. This $1999 device is powered by Chrome OS. An ASUS Chromebox powers the entire unit.
The hardware kit consists of four components: a touchscreen controller, speakermic, 4K sensor camera and ASUS Chromebox.
This is not Google’s first attempt at a meeting room powered by Chrome OS. This concept was first released in 2014, a $999 device, powered by an ASUS Chromebox. The name “Meeting Room” however is new. This time around, Google is bringing much more tech, and premium hardware.
Designed by Google, the Hangouts Meet speakermic actively eliminates echo and background noise to provide crisp, clear audio. Up to five speakermics can be daisy-chained together with a single wire, providing coverage for larger rooms without tabletop clutter.
The 4K sensor camera with 120° field of view easily captures everyone at the table, even in small spaces that some cameras find challenging. Each camera component is fine-tuned to make meetings more personal and distraction-free. Built with machine learning, the camera can intelligently detect participants and automatically crop and zoom to frame them.
Along with the premium hardware, Google says that they have designed an intuitive and modern interface. You can pin and mute team members, as well as control the camera, making managing meetings easy. You can also add participants with the dial-a-phone feature and present from a laptop via HDMI.
The whole package was designed with Gsuite customers in mind. If you have the enterprise edition of Gsuite, you can even record your meetings and save them on Google Drive.