One of the most annoying things about meetings is connecting your laptop to the TV in order to show colleagues your presentation.
Now Intel has come up with a solution to the connectivity problems which add an unnecessary level of stress to meetings. The company unveiled a real-time collaboration solution called Unite at the 2015 Computex conference.
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Sharing presentations just got a whole lot easier
A lot of people will have run into technical difficulties when sharing a presentation in the meeting room, and Unite offers a solution. The system connects to a Core vPro processor-powered mini PC, which is linked to the office’s display. A secure WiFi connection which uses a rotating PIN provides peace of mind.
“With a select Intel Core vPro processor-based mini PC in the conference room and the Intel Unite application on client devices, on-site and remote workers can connect to the meeting quickly and wirelessly,” the company said.
Those attending the meeting download and install a lightweight client on their laptop, be it Mac or Windows, and can then share their desktop, work on shared presentations and observe as many as 4 different attendee’s screens at one time.
Intel’s low-cost system with plenty of benefits
The major benefits are that meetings can get underway without any technical frustrations holding them up, and attendees can work on the same presentation at the same time. Intel also plans to release plugins which will make Unite an even more attractive solution.
Reference plugins will be released over the course of the next month which will enable new functions on the platform. Planned plugins include a Skype add-on which turns the system into a teleconference tool.
As well as reference plugins, Intel will also release a Unite SDK so that third-party developers can make their own plugins.
Other reference plugins will enable users to control the lighting of the meeting room, and offer a telepresence solution. However Intel also wants to see what the developer community makes for Unite.
The system costs approximately $700, with a computer included. Large IT departments can already start using the system, whereas smaller businesses will have to wait 30 days until an adapted version is made available to them.