Imagine: you are looking to present your latest technological feat at a conference room only to waste time fiddling with the right adapters.
Sounds familiar? Well, every presenter has faced this nightmarish scenario. And it is the scenario Polycom is looking to rid forever.
“The problem is that there is no product in the market with adequate features to support a wide range of user scenarios, even when the technology is ready.” said Nick Poon, sales manager, Polycom Hong Kong Limited.
Affordable true collaboration
In response, Polycom launched Pano – a diminutive setup box that removes the stress that comes with worrying about dongles, wires or setup screens.
Pano allows up to four people to share their displays through their smartphones, tablets or laptops. It uses Miracast (which Windows 10 natively supports and is available on most major Android device brands) and Apple Airplay.
Where Pano stands on its own is its native support for 4K touchscreen displays or TVs. You can easily collaborate with other presenters or interact with the content directly, including annotating parts of the presentation, moving different presentation screens, and manipulating content and layout using gestures.
Designed for the non-techie
Once connected, you will be presented with an interactive toolbar that features a multitude of tools. Using these tools on a touchscreen display, you can highlight, add or erase. You can also take snapshot of the screen with just one click, eliminating the need to take photo shot and screenshot manually.
“Pano is designed to allow users to have an intuitive user experience. What we want to achieve is to allow users to be familiar with the tools within minutes, and reduce their effort and fear of learning a new tool. The user interface and touch-operating gestures should be second nature to today’s users with their day-to-day interaction with smartphones and tablets,” Poon explained.
Pano also allows you to turn the entire screen into a whiteboard immediately. For example, you can create lists on the screen, then resize and move the screen easily. Zooming in or out of the presentation display is just as simple.
What makes Pano different
“The issue with existing products in the market is that they are either not able to support a wide range of devices or can but via the use of USB adaptors. There is no product with similar features [to Pano] but without the constraint of adaptors,” said Poon.
“Today, in many enterprise environments, USB ports are banned for security reasons,” he added.
With Pano, you need not worry about displays or bringing along the right adapters to a conference room. “Users simply connect their devices to Pano wirelessly using a session PIN. For security purpose, Pano is also able to support dual-network environment simultaneously to isolate guest and internal networks,” said Poon.
Who’s it for?
While Pano is getting strong traction in the enterprise market, Poon sees SMB companies and startups that feature new workplace designs, like huddle spaces, eventually become the main benefactors.
“It offers the right price point for these target segments and is designed for easy setup and collaboration,” said Poon.
The education sector is another market segment that is showing interest. "We have some pilots in selected universities. So far, the response has been encouraging as the simple setup allows presenters to focus more on their content and less on the setup,” said Poon.
Pano complements Polycom’s full suite of RealPresence video conferencing products. While the other products focus on participation and human presence, the new setup box aims to address the biggest fear that all presenters face – setup problem.
“We tend to forget the basic things in IT. The wireless presentation is one of them, until now,” Poon concluded.