Hello Web Conferencing Professionals,
Lately it seems like the ChromeBox has been taking the meeting room by storm. IT folks are seeing the ChromeBox as a simple and affordable option for a "Meeting Room" Computer. Google put together an attractive package called "ChromeBox for Meetings" built from the ChromeBox, a Logitech C930e and a Jabra Speak 410 microphone. Google also includes a "Google User License" and they made custom "Meeting Room Software" to make the room easy to schedule and usable for Google Hangout meetings. Much of the demand is driven by companies who are on the Google Platform for gmail and therefore unified communications.
So the fact that these ChromeBox's are going into meeting rooms begs the question: Why bundle a desktop webcam? That camera is made for desktop video conferencing where users are literally 2-3 feet from the camera. Putting this camera in a large room makes the users look like ants and field of view is always way to wide.
So we did some testing and found the Google ChromeBox's with Dual Core processor's can handle HD Video. Here is our list of Google ChromeBox Compatible Pan Tilt Zoom Cameras:
WIth this knowledge we created a easy to install system with everything someone would need to set up a Google ChromeBox video conferencing system (Google User License Sold Seperately).
I would also mention that these systems work great with WebRTC applications using the ChromeBrowser. If you aren't using Google Hangouts you might want to check out a WebRTC options like MeetFree.US.
More about Computers for Video Conferencing
- Learn how to use the Google Chromebox with USB pan, tilt and zoom cameras here.
- Finally a great wireless USB speakerphone for Google Chromebox’s here.
- See how Chromeboxes compare in the world of Mini-PC’s and Intel NUCs here.
- Learn how to lock down an Intel NUC here.
- Intel UNITE explained and the Intel NUC options here.