Once you get everything right, you can save the contents of your whiteboard session on
your computer. After the information has been saved electronically, just erase your
whiteboard and start a new page. You can print copies of your whiteboard session, send
whiteboard pages via email, or drag the contents into a report you are writing. The
Mimio software even includes a handwriting-recognition feature, so if you have detailed
notes, you can get the computer to decipher them into text.
Mimio also has a handy playback feature, which lets other people view your whiteboard
content just as you put it together. So, if your whiteboard session included several
steps, in which information was added over time, the viewer can see how it was all put
together. This is great for someone who wasn't involved in a meeting; watching the
whiteboard playback, she or he can now see how thoughts evolved.
Like Mimio, eBeam also attaches to a whiteboard and captures information for a
computer. The eBeam software includes the ability to broadcast meeting notes and
drawings over the Internet or a corporate intranet in realtime. It has its own
proprietary software for broadcasting meeting notes, and it can also use Microsoft
Both products also work with electronic projectors for meetings in which people want to
add a computer demo or slide presentation. While eBeam's equipment is smaller than
Mimio's, both can easily be packed into a briefcase for a meeting anytime, anywhere.
So the next time you think about a meeting or any other type of collaboration, consider
this new breed of whiteboard. Whether people are drafting strategic concepts or doing
engineering chalk talk, these product could dramatically boost their productivity.