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The New World of Whiteboards, From Smart Markers to Surface Hub

April 29, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Brian Albrecht, a group program manager for Surface Hub at Microsoft, writes on the company's new, 84-inch workstation.

Story and images by Lauren Goode / RE/CODE

The modern workspace would hardly have been recognizable 20 years ago: We've gone from hardwired phones to roaming telepresence robots, from static whiteboards to Internet-connected ones, and from sitting desks to workstations that let you walk in place -- all while pairing wirelessly with your many devices. This week's suite of Re/code Reviews are about our individual experiences with some of these new, cutting-edge solutions.


The Equil Smartmarker is a two-part system: You insert a dry-erase marker into the plastic Bluetooth casing on the right, and the receiver on the left captures your writing data.

Some of these products might typically require buy-in from a corporate IT department (or at least a fat wallet). But the growing trend in "BYOD" means that consumers have more influence than ever when it comes to workplace technology. According to research firm Gartner, 70 percent of mobile professionals will conduct their work on their own personal mobile devices by the year 2018.

What follows is an exploration of modern-day solutions for whiteboards, a staple item in almost every collaborative workspace.

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