Working on the belief that 50% of top executives in the US don't know how to work a PC, Polycom has produced a conferencing product that looks at first glance pretty much like a standard overhead projector.
"There's a 486 PC inside," says Jeff Hurmuses, Polycom's South Pacific director, "but we've done our best to hide it."
Polycom's ShowStation is a further addition to the corporate conferencing armory, enabling document sharing in real time over standard analogue lines with a PC or another ShowStation. Documents can be annotated and signed off electronically and the device has memory for up to 50 pages at a time, enabling users to flick backwards and forwards for contract negotiations, project management, training and group design work.
Hard copies including annotations can be printed to a standard printer and prepared slides and screen shots can also be displayed. ShowStation can also display and transmit images of small objects.
Polycom was founded by one of the pioneers of PictureTel and produces a range of audio conferencing products, including the Soundstation, which claims 90% market share in New Zealand.
Showstation is priced between $18,000 to $23,000 ex GST, depending on configuration, and the local agent is Dynamics Communications.