Because Zoom will be relied on by many people for the foreseeable future, the company has decided to enter the hardware market. The San Jose-based video conferencing company unveiled its first Zoom from a home device. This collaboration with DTEN, which is also based in San Jose, manufactures corporate video conferencing equipment. It accepts pre-orders for the DTEN ME for $599, which should be available soon.
It’s essentially a second display that works natively with Zoom, allowing for video calls and collaboration with a large, fancy touchscreen in your office.
Let’s get into the details: For six dollars, you get a 27-inch capacitive touchscreen with 1080p resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It has three cameras and eight microphones, so your Zoom calls will sound and look better than they do on your old laptop. DTN ME connects to the Internet via WiFi or Ethernet, and it also has an HDMI port.
The touchpad can be used to share and annotate content, which is useful if you need to mark up a chart, such as a John Madden chart. Overall, this does some of the same things that Zoom does on a computer, but with better microphones and cameras, and it also frees up computing power on your computer.
Having said that, the name Zoom has been linked to some dubious privacy activities, as we discovered at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the company has improved its security systems, but some people are likely to be wary of paying $600 in their homes for a Zoom-powered camera. Of course, Facebook encountered the same issue with Portal.