Cisco Spark Board - All-in-one Device for Team Collaboration
The Cisco Spark Board looks great and feels great when you use it. The Cisco Spark Board allows you to wirelessly present, white board, and video or audio conference. Adding in the Cisco Spark application, you can connect to your virtual teams outside the physical room, through the devices of your choice.
Elegant and Designed with you in mind
If you have not had the chance to experience how the Cisco Spark Board looks or how it feels to use it, we urge you to get in touch. Enjoy the easy-to-use, touch-based, high-quality collaboration experience on the Cisco Spark Board, which integrates the most common tools needed for team collaboration in physical meeting rooms into a single, elegant device.
The Brains Behind the Beauty: Cisco Spark Board Technology
As an endorsement to its great design the Cisco Spark Board has recently been awarded the “Best of the Best” Red Dot Award. As product designer Torkel Mellingen discussed in a recent post, this award is a clear indicator that Cisco have delivered on the promise they sought to make – a well-designed product that users would love to use. Great design is more than skin deep though.
A well-designed product isn’t just about how it looks; it is also about how it feels to use it.
To achieve the amazing user experience you get with Cisco Spark Board it requires a lot of technology that you cannot see directly. This technology is the brains behind the beauty. At Unifi Communications, we believe there are four main technologies which make the experience possible: voice track, the Cisco Spark application, space binding, and wireless sharing.
In traditional video-conferencing systems, high-quality audio is provided through puck microphones installed on the tables or by ceiling-mounted microphones. Both options significantly increase the cost and effort required to bring great collaboration technology everywhere. Cisco Spark board delivers great audio without any external microphones. This may sound simple, but technically it’s very challenging to solve. All microphones are embedded within the device but are still able to pick up the voices that matter (and drown out the sounds that don’t) regardless of where they are in the room.
This is all achieved by the voice tracking capability in the Cisco Spark Board. Voice tracking is a new technology that allows the Cisco Spark Board to “zoom in” on the active speaker in a conference room, picking up just that person’s voice. Background noise and reverberations are reduced so that the active speaker sounds great.
The Cisco Spark Application
Everything created on the Cisco Spark Board can be stored in the cloud and associated with a virtual room. Using the Cisco Spark app, team members can pick up wherever they left off in the physical room, and continue working wherever they want.
There are many digital whiteboards in the market today but they have yet to take off in the workplace. This is mainly because users were never able to save the contents of the whiteboard. And even if they could, the number of steps involved made it far more complicated than taking a smartphone photo of the white board. To overcome this the Cisco Spark board uses a technology called space binding.
Space binding refers to the ability to associate the Cisco Spark Board with a Cisco Spark space. Firstly, this makes all the content posted in that Cisco Spark space available on the board. Think of this as a physical extension of the Cisco Spark space into the physical world. Secondly, it provides a digital location where the white board is stored and continuously updated.
This has solved the "save" problem. But the Cisco Spark Board goes one step further and integrates the Cisco Spark applications and associated cloud services with the Cisco Spark Board, so that the act of making a call or joining a meeting automatically performs a Cisco Spark Space bind for you. The Cisco Spark app also has a one-click option to enable an explicit association so that you can walk into a room with a Cisco Spark Board and associate to it with a single click. All this development ensures that users can save the white board with zero clicks in many cases, one click in the worst case.
The final piece of brains behind the beauty is wireless sharing. Today, most people share their screen locally in a conference room by plugging their PC into the HDMI cable. This is fraught with problems and is a terrible experience. Its only benefit is that it works for anyone in the physical room – whether a company employee or a visiting guest. The solution is Cisco Spark’s wireless presentation sharing feature, which eliminates all these problems by making this technology wireless.
Cisco Spark’s wireless sharing feature enables any Cisco Spark user, anywhere in the world, to hit the share button in the application, and present their PC screen onto the Cisco Spark Board – even if the user is on a completely different IP network. This magic works by leveraging the Cisco Spark cloud. In fact, when a user shares the screen, it is setting up a meeting between the user and the Cisco Spark Board, using the cloud as a relay (as we would in any other meeting). This allows the system to work even when users are on totally different networks. Lots of complicated software must come together to deliver this one-click of simplicity.
These technologies – voice track, the Spark application, space binding, and wireless sharing – are just four examples of the innovation that lies beneath the beauty of the Cisco Spark Board. If you would like to find out more, get in touch.
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