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Google unveils Chromebox for business video conferences

San Francisco, Feb 8 (): Google has introduced a video conferencing system, Chromebox, for businesses on Thursday that provides high-definition teleconferencing for up to 15 people at a time.

Caesar Sengupta, product management vice president said in these days, we connect often with each other who are at far-flung places, organising time zones and dialling into conference calls from our phones. The meetings need to catch up with the way we work – they need to be face-to-face, easier to join, and available from anywhere and any device.

He said Google came up with the idea as a solution to their own teleconferencing problems. The systems used today are too complicated for most regular users and it usually starts when trying to add additional remote users, he said.

The starting price of the Chromebox-for-meetings is $999 in the US and this teleconferencing box will be released later this year in Canada, France, Australia, Britain, Spain, Japan and New Zealand.

The first model box will have a speaker with a microphone and a high-definition camera. A monitor must be provided. The annual management fee of $250 for the videoconferencing setup should be paid. Through this Chromebox video conferencing, as many as 15 people can take part in video conference using laptops, smartphones, tablets or other Internet linked computers.

The company said the user has to simply connect the device to a display screen and follow the instructions step by step. Only one user requires a Chromebox to set everything up. Others can take part in the call through their mobile device, desktop or a notebook. Even those using traditional conference call setups can participate with a special tool.

Another highlight of the box is the system is able to highlight the video of the person who is currently speaking and the users can also share their screen during a meeting.