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Technology: A Spark of Genius

By Selena Fragassi


Some are calling Cisco’s new high-tech whiteboard its best product yet.

When it was unveiled at a special launch in Silicon Valley in January, Cisco’s Spark Board had everyone’s attention. This “touch-based, 3-in-1 collaboration device” is the whiteboard of the future, created by the computer networking and video conferencing giant. While it looks (and acts) like a traditional whiteboard, the magic is in all its digital capabilities.

It can be used as a screen to display presentations from smart devices, and turns into a collaborative tool by allowing attendees to add to the document in real-time via a cloud-based service. Even better, the Spark Board has full connectivity and internal microphones, acting as a speaker phone and video conferencing system with crystal-clear 4K resolution, so everyone can participate in the session whether they are in the room or not.

Not only does it eliminate the need for projectors, microphones, speakers, and a whole bunch of cables, the Spark Board is also compact and attractive, as thin as an iPad with the option for a 55-inch or 70-inch screen. It can be mounted to the wall or placed on a stand and is touted as being extremely user-friendly. For more information, visit