wePresent continues ushering in the age of wireless presentation… for HDMI cabled devices.
Today, wePresent officially launched the SharePod, a new option for wirelessly presenting any HDMI-output source to a display. The SharePod is paired to a specific wePresent unit, enabling seamless collaboration with both these HDMI sources and existing wePresent users.
SharePod is aimed at further easing the connection between certain HDMI sources to the wePresent. ChromeBook, Google’s web-based laptop that has gained a large market share in classrooms, is notoriously limited in its wireless interaction capabilities. These limitations can now be a thing of the past as the SharePod supports ChromeBook with full wireless mirroring. Because the SharePod supports all of the existing wePresent features, teachers can easily present from their ChromeBook side-by-side with images from a document camera, student’s iPad, and guest laptop. The wePresent SharePod offers a connection for users to present from without downloading software or requiring network access, enabling a streamlined environment for wireless mirroring. All encoding is done at the SharePod and sent to the wePresent, which also saves resources the OS could be using, like RAM and graphics processing power. When accessing resource-hungry design programs or large databases, SharePod helps alleviate some of the headaches users consistently encounter.
In a world where technology is increasingly wireless, wired or legacy devices are getting left behind. This is especially prevalent in the scientific and academic communities. In situations where technical upgrades are not always cost effective or they are held back by the limitations of what existing hardware is capable of, this is an ideal solution. SharePod allows those institutions to access and display data from a variety of non-wireless or legacy devices, even those without HDMI, by the use of a simple converter cable. SharePod makes getting those devices wirelessly displayed as easy as the click of a button.
“Since the SharePod pairs with a wePresent unit, which already facilitates wireless presentation from a laptop or mobile device, the additional presentation options are now greatly in-creased,” says Eva Cannon, Director of Marketing at wePresent’s US office. “This creates a fantastic wireless solution that was greatly lacking in regards to other HDMI devices that are becoming more widely used, such as ChromeBooks in the classroom.
The release of the SharePod comes at the end of a whirlwind year for wePresent. After winning Best In Show twice at InfoComm from AV Technology and Sound and Video Contractor, the WiPG-2000 model also won Most Innovative Wireless Product of 2015 from rAVe Publications. The release of the new SharePod will bolster wePresent’s reputation as the most convenient, plat-form-agnostic, and easy-to-use wireless presentation gateway.
The SharePod is available through a wide network of AV integrators and resellers, and is expected to retail for $399.