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Remote individual collaboration has been trending over the years, making life easier by eliminating unnecessary commutes. During the pandemic, people have witnessed the benefits of holding or attending virtual events (e.g. virtual hackathons). Post the pandemic, more individuals have chosen a remote-first or hybrid mode in work of life (e.g. college TA sessions, small pastime projects).
The challenging part has mostly been the tools used for explaining or brainstorming during the remote sessions among individuals:
pointing a webcam to a whiteboard usually results in partially blocked and blurry views to remote individuals
smartboards are too expensive
online whiteboarding software is restricted to a small screen
A 2021 survey implies that 67% of participants prefer to use a traditional whiteboard during a remote session with other individuals which is more affordable and simple.
Turn a cheap whiteboard into a remote smart tool with the Boardit web-based app and readily available hardware (webcams, projectors), and save the whiteboard content at any time by all authorized participants.
It's intuitive and cost-effective.
"For the first time, it only took me a couple of minutes to set up my whiteboard and webcam with the Boardit app, and then I just focus on using my whiteboard during remote meetings, with little complications with the app."
- Hillary Zhang, Slalom Consultant
How Any Individual Benefits From Boardit
A projector is needed to let Boardit bring remote participants' drawings to a physical whiteboard.
Not all remote participants have a projector? Boardit app enables those remote participants to join with a digital canvas and their drawings will be projected to the other's whiteboard so that all remote participants enjoy the "One-board" experience.
Step 1: Set up a projector in the room, and face it to the whiteboard. The projected area can be bigger than the board or cover a portion of the board.
Step 2: Face a webcam towards the whiteboard. To avoid the projector light glare on the board, it's better to place the webcam at a corner towards the board.
The following are common setups:
A projector is mounted to the ceiling in the meeting room, facing the whiteboard
A webcam connected to a computer is placed at a corner to avoid the projector light glare on the board.
A projector is placed on a table freely in the meeting room, facing the whiteboard
The built-in back camera of a computer is placed at a corner towards the whiteboard, to avoid the projector light glare on the board.
Step 3: Use the Boardit app to grab the written area, and the app will take care of the rest. This includes:
Projecting other participants' content to the whiteboard
Streaming the merged content to all participants
Saving a whiteboard snapshot at any time, and exporting all snapshots after the session
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