Solstice Pod enables end users to get the full Solstice software experience, but this time, hardware is included.
“This is a big step for us,” says Rob Balgley, CEO of Mersive, a provider of software-based collaboration solutions. “One of the only critiques we’ve ever had was either A, if customers didn’t have a Windows PC in their conference room, then our product required additional cost, and B, a lot of customers and integrators [said they] preferred to purchase Solstice as part of a turn-key solution, including the hardware.”
Balgley says Solstice Pod is based on the revolution of inexpensive Android-based gaming consuls, which is part of a massive gaming trend. He says Mersive has been able to take advantage of the hardware development to make a powerful device, one that he says is more powerful than Windows Box
“We have always needed hardware for our software,” Balgley says. “The only difference is that we’re actually selling a turnkey solution including hardware…In the past, I know we’ve always said that software is better, but the Solstice Pod is still a software-based product. The difference between us and the competition is we run software on a commodity commute resource like Windows or Android.”
Solstice Pod’s features include:
- Synchronous desktop audio streaming
- Remote configuration via a web browser
- One-click software updates
- Built-in WAP capabilities
- Native support for touch and 4K displays
Balgley also says that Solstice Pod provides distant end users remote access to a presentation or display.
“It also includes remote-look capabilities,” he says. “By putting in the IP address for the display in a conference room, a remote user can actually see what’s going on in the conference room if they have access to the internet.”
Balgley says that one of the biggest advantages to Solstice Pod is its ability to outlast traditional, replaceable hardware solutions.
He also says Solstice Pod’s software is still the star in this solution.
“When you buy a Solstice Pod, you keep that hardware in place for many years,” he says. “Through our maintenance program, you can get continuous streams of upgrades for function, for feature, for performance, for UI changes. While it’s true that we’re going to be incorporating hardware with our software into a turnkey solution, we see that as a big advantage, not as a departure from a software company.”