Thursday, 23 August 2018 20:35

FULL LAUNCH VIDEO: Sharp's new Huddle Board launch, see it at Integrate 2018


Billed as making "meetings and communications smoother and more productive", Sharp's Huddle Board is a series of Windows 10-powered devices that bring the ultra modern office experience to modern offices.

On display at Integrate 2018, which has its last day on 24 August at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour in Sydney, you can register free here to go and see Sharp's new model for yourself.

You can also watch the launch video that took place late last month at Sharp's headquarters in Sydney headquarters embedded at the end of this article.

Known as the Sharp Huddle Board PN-50TC1, and shortened to "TC1", it adds to Sharp's existing range of already popular models, it is described as "a fresh approach to boosting the vitality of business and educational organisations, by enhancing meetings for two to six people and transforming communications for a smoother and more productive workplace".

As Sharp explains, in this day and age, face-to-face interaction is highly valuable in the workplace, generating brainstorming sessions, creativity, productivity and team work.

The company's "Huddle Board" devices are "a motivating way to collaborate engaging information between work 'huddle groups’ by using an intuitive touchscreen exchange of opinions, ideas and information".

And, as you'd expect, BYOD meetings are an optional extra with the bonus feature of wireless broadband.

When the Huddle Board is not in use, Sharp says it also offers "added value by displaying corporate advertisements, notices, and other important workplace information".

So, what are some of its features and benefits?

Well, the TC1 range comes as a 50-inch or 40-inch screen size to suit your application.

The board features "a full-flat design with 10-point multi-touch functionality. Sharp’s ‘capacitive touch technology’ offers a smooth and quick response for writing and touch gestures, while delivering full HD (1,920 × 1,080-pixel) resolution".

In addition, the Huddle Board comes with "a 2mm tip touch pen, delivering even and accurate fine text and lines for onscreen writing and presentation", while the onscreen menu allows "easy switch inputs, options for touch and pen modes, and access to other frequently used functions".

Naturally, the built-in wireless broadband allows "up to 10 devices including both Mac and Windows computers, various smartphones and tablets to be connected simultaneously without drop-out or low-quality connectivity".

Need more? The PN-50TC1/40TC1 also includes "an extension slot compatible with the Intel Mini Open Pluggable Specification (Mini OPS) and a range of interface terminals such as HDMI and Display Port 1.2".

Other key features are as follows:

  • Can be installed in a landscape, portrait or horizontal orientation.
  • Scanned documents can be directly imported to Sharp pen software from a compatible Sharp Multi-function printer.
  • Anti-glare glass which resists fingerprints and reduces reflections.
  • Mount for web camera.
  • 16-hour daily operation.
  • Bundled stand for desktop/landscape set-up.

In Australia, Sharp's Huddle Boards are distributed by Madison Technologies, as Sharp Australia officially announced here.  

Here's the full launch video of Sharp's new huddle board in various configurations and models at its Sydney headquarters:


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