Google adds digital whiteboard to expanding device lineup

SAN FRANCISCO – Google has designed a giant touch-screen canvas for companies trying to make it easier for their employees to brainstorm as they work on team projects and other assignments.

The product is called “Jamboard,” an allusion to its goal of replacing the whiteboards that companies have been setting up in meeting rooms for decades. It boasts a 55-inch, ultrahigh-definition screen.

Google is releasing the $6,000 device to a small group of companies Tuesday before making it widely available early next year.

As with a whiteboard, employees can post their ideas, documents and images on a Jamboard, only they won’t need markers, tape or sticky notes to do it. Instead, they can use their fingers, a stylus or mobile devices to share information and content from anywhere with an online connection.