Zoom for Home Video Conferencing Tablet Targets Remote Workplace – Deadline
Zoom, whose fortunes exploded during COVID-19-accelerated homeworking, presented its first material intended to capitalize on the trend.
Zoom for Home is a whole new line of business for the company, encompassing both software and compatible hardware. Its first device, priced at $ 599, is the Zoom for Home – DTEN ME. Built by communications tech startup DTEN, it’s a 27-inch all-in-one device with three built-in cameras for video, eight microphones, and a touchscreen that can double as a second monitor.
“Remote work and distance education are becoming more prevalent in businesses and schools around the world,” Jeff Smith, director of Zoom Rooms, wrote in a blog post. “Organizations need to make sure their staff have the tools they need to get the best possible communication experience at home. “
Zoom from Home has implemented integrations with companies like Neat and Poly to offer other remote work setup ingredients including speakers, headsets, and document scanning.
After an initial public offering in the spring of 2019, the Zoom share more than tripled in 2020, reaching $ 250 per share. While the company’s signature Zoom Meetings video app has been shown to have security flaws, it has nonetheless become synonymous with doing business during the pandemic.
Zoom is betting that his game-changing year is setting a model for what he calls “the future of knowledge work.” In announcing Zoom from Home, the company predicted that most workplaces will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person experiences. He cited a recent IBM study in which 81% of respondents (up from 75% in April) said they wanted to continue working remotely at least part of the time. About 61% said they would like this to become their primary mode of work.
“Large companies around the world have already indicated that they are not planning a return to pre-COVID working methods,” the company said. In the tech sector, that’s certainly true, with Apple this week saying workers should be working from home for the rest of 2020. Facebook has gone even further, establishing a more radical and permanent shift to remote working. ViacomCBS told employees on Wednesday to expect to work remotely for the rest of the year.