The Avaya Desktop Video Device with Flare™ – an iPad alternative for business?
2011 will ring in yet another new year, AND the Avaya Flare, one of the new iPad alternatives to become available from North American software company, Avaya. At first glance the Avaya device seems to do most of what the iPad does and then some.
Seemingly geared toward corporate executives, this WIFI enabled Avaya “desktop video device” has an 11.6’ multi-touch screen with a 5 MP integrated camera, stereo speakers, USB ports, dual microphones and a removable battery.
Utilizing the Flare Experience™ you can manage your social contacts, make calls and arrange videoconferencing simply by dragging and dropping your contacts to begin communication. With the HD screen and its amazing video capabilities, you can bring anyone you need straight to your desktop. The tablet can also be used upright or angled for typing on the virtual keyboard using the fold-out stand.
The Avaya Desktop Video Device supports speakerphones, headsets, and smart phone integration for synchronization of contacts lists and, with its highly flexible Android operating system, it seems likely that a wide variety of 3rd party applications could be made to cater to your specific needs.
Touted as “an entirely new way to communicate and collaborate” I guess it could catch on, but without 3G, and an anticipated price tag of around $2000.00, I’m not sure where we’re going to see it turn up. When I find out, I’ll let you know.