Giant tablet offers unique video conferencing abilities

The high-tech market is flooded with new mobile devices, tablets and touch screen devices nearly every day, and yet, doing a group presentation or video conferencing on a tablet for business still isn’t exactly easy.

That is, unless the tablet is a 55-inch high definition LCD computer screen. Portland, Ore.-based InFocus Corp. is working with Brookfield-based TechSquad to offer its Mondopad to local customers.

“The Mondopad is in essence a giant tablet,” said Chris Wiser, chief executive officer of TechSquad, “It has a high-resolution multi-touch screen that allows for collaborative interaction during presentations.”

The device, which can be mounted or come on a rolling stand, has video conferencing technologies, a collaborative white board, its own wireless signal and remote connectivity services. It can function as a traditional PC; display power point or other presentations, Microsoft office documents and PDF files; and access the web, Wiser said. It also supports USB and HDMI connections.

“Users can interact with the Mondopad by touching the screen or by using the wireless keyboard and mouse,” he said. “They have the capability to type, write, draw and even connect remotely from another wireless device.”

The built-in Wi-Fi signal allows authorized users to connect to the network through the display and share, view or even control visuals from their own PC, tablet or smartphone.

“It doesn’t matter where they are,” Wiser said. “They can see exactly what’s on the screen and even control it from anywhere if they had the right permissions.”

The Mondopad was designed with businesses in mind, said Abbi Rath, Monopad product specialist at InFocus.

“InFocus has been in the digital projection business since its inception,” she said. “It was a natural progression to something like this.”

InFocus officially launched the product at the beginning of September, and while the company originally had small to mid-size companies in mind, it is also seeing other potential uses for the product throughout education and other industries, Rath said.

“The Mondopad is all inclusive,” she said. “Its smart technology coupled with smart software and it’s also a PC. It allows for greater collaboration on the fly because in a second a video call can be made or other team members can tap in remotely and join the discussion.”

The Mondopad is available through certified InFocus resellers like Techsquad. The complete out-of-the box system is available for just under $6,000. According to Rath, the price of traditional video conferencing hardware, speakers and PCs can sometimes cost upwards of $10,000.

“We wanted to be a little bit disruptive with the price,” Rath said. “It’s really about simplicity; simplicity in purchasing, simplicity in assembly, and simplicity in using it.”

The Mondopad’s video conferencing technology works through a partnership with Vidtel Inc., a cloud-based video conferencing service that allows a user to interact with any video conferencing platform, Wiser said.

“The video technology works with traditional video conferencing systems, laptops, and video phones, but it also works well with third party services like Google Chat, Skype and Facebook.”

According to Wiser, TechSquad offers installation, support and training for the Mondopad. It can be added as a managed device to your existing network.

“It’s really an all-in-one,” he said. “It has a lot of unique capabilities that I think businesses are really going to enjoy.”

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