Zoom is expanding into hardware. The company has announced a new touchscreen device designed in partnership with DTEN to help with remote work. The appliance, called Zoom For Home — DTEN ME, will cost $599 and will ship in August.
The DTEN ME is a 27-inch touchscreen device with three smart webcams and eight noise-reducing microphones built in, and it comes preloaded with the Zoom software. Zoom isn’t actually building the hardware; San Jose-based DTEN actually makes videoconferencing appliances.
The DTEN has a pretty simple interface that provides quick access to Zoom’s various features, including meetings, whiteboards, and contacts. It also syncs with your calendar and displays your upcoming meetings in a menu. If you need to share your screen, you can link the DTEN to your phone or laptop via “ultrasonic pairing.”
The DTEN is the first device certified with Zoom for Home, a category of hardware and software products that Zoom says is optimized for home offices. Zoom will reportedly launch with more partners in the future, including the Neat Bar and the Poly Studio X Series.
The 27-inch, all-in-one device includes 3 built-in smart cameras for video, an 8-microphone array, and a touch display that can also serve as a second monitor. DTEN ME is available for pre-order today and is expected to ship in the U.S. in August 2020.
Zoom for Home is also compatible with all Zoom Rooms Appliances, including hardware solutions from Neat and Poly
Log in to a Zoom for Home compatible device with a Zoom user account to instantly create immersive office experiences without additional licenses (Zoom for Home is available with all Zoom Meeting licenses, including Basic).
Easily start ad-hoc or scheduled meetings, virtually collaborate with content sharing and annotation, and make and receive phone calls (Zoom Phone license needed).
Syncs with the user’s calendar, status, meeting settings, and phone for an integrated video-first unified communications experience.
Zoom for Home devices can be set up to be IT-managed remotely through the admin portal or self-managed by the end user.
Ensures hardware is designed specifically for simplified setup with little to no IT support, optimized for desk setups, and meets the price point for a home office setup.