Microsoft has given a price tag to the giant touchscreen computer it made for conference rooms.
During a Windows 10 media briefing in January, Microsoft unveiled an 84-inch interactive screen that doubles as a touchscreen computer and 4K TV. Called the Surface Hub, Microsoft said it is part of the company's Perceptive Pixel program and has all manner of control systems with which to interact with it. Multi-touch and pen (stylus) input are both available along with cameras and voice control.
It effectively contains a super powerful Windows 10 PC that also has Wi-Fi and NFC support, and it's probably going to be most used in businesses rather than in homes. Especially when you consider the price tag. The Surface Hub will be available in two display configurations: 55-inch HD for £5,709 and 84-inch 4K for £16,269. It will begin shipping in 24 markets this September, the company has announced.
"The device is designed for anyone to walk up and use, providing an engaging way to share ideas and information. Right from the welcome screen it’s easy to start white-boarding, initiate a videoconference or share content," Microsoft explained. "Businesses will be able to draw from a wide variety of Universal Windows apps to put real-time data and business tools at the center of meetings."
The Surface Hub, which can be wall mounted and navigated with your hands, a stylus, or voice, is therefore best suited to conference rooms. Not only can it be used to hold video and audio calls, but it can double as a whiteboard of sorts for taking notes. The device also has motion-sensing cameras and microphones that determine where you are in order to collect quality audio and transmit video.
If you want to order the Surface Hub, you can do so starting 1 July in the US and UK.