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So regular computers just can't cut the mustard at streaming video? I don't see the value in a custom hardware product for this and I can't quite justify the price tag. It's not often that Google creates a product where you say to yourself "Oh, I guess this just wasn't created for me" but I think this is one of those rare occasions.

Disclaimer: I'm not a megacorp with millions to spend.




Every company I've ever worked at (save one) had projectors in conference rooms, but no permanent computer hooked up to it. The meeting organizer would have to set up a web conference in something, and then people would share their Desktop, and whoever the presenter at the moment was would plug in their laptop.

And then the guy forgot his power cord, and can't project for the whole meeting.

And then the other guy forgot his Mac's VGA converter.

And then some other guy has a Mac VGA converter, but it's the old one, not the new one.

And then the guy's Windows box for some reason will not show video on the second monitor.

And the file he needed was on his desktop, not his laptop, and does anyone have a USB key?

And now Windows is rebooting and you can't turn off the power, because it's installing updates.

I think a permanent ChromeOS-based computer plugged in to the projector makes a TON of sense. I've also drunk the Google Docs kool-aid, so YMMV.

EDIT: Oh, and then because the projector was sharing his desktop, we get to see a ton of instant messages. Some of them from his wife. If instead you were doing a Hangout on a collaborative Google Doc, you wouldn't see that.

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Every once in a while, I delete one of my own comments because someone else said the same thing, but better. This is one of those times.

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That's exactly my experience with videoconferences! At least 10 minutes of every meeting was spent tinkering with hardware/software/cables/etc.

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You sir, speak nothing but the truth.

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This is just a convenience for not having to setup a computer for a group meeting with a group mic. Where did it say anything about regular computers not being enough?

You can already do up to 15 people in hangouts http://www.webpronews.com/google-ups-the-hangout-limit-to-15...

This would go great in our office conference room if the price is right vs setting up someones MBP every time

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This is very much a business-focused product.

(Also, really? You think AdWords and AdSense are created for the average consumer?)

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I never said anything about the average consumer, I said "me" as in, well, me.

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You actually said "you", and extending that to "average person" is in no way a strange interpretation.

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