So you missed the Mimo Monitors LAVNCH & LEARN, did you? If only there were a way you could watch it on your own time, at your own pace … wait a second, there is! In fact, you can tune in right now to rewatch the event. In case you want a quick overview of what you missed, or if you don’t have time to watch it now, here’s a brief write-up that summarizes Gary’s time with the Mimo Monitors team. If you haven’t registered for our LAVNCH site yet, don’t worry — it takes less than a minute to get signed up and logged in to view the on-demand content. You’re welcome!
5 Things You Missed During the Mimo Monitors LAVNCH & LEARN
1. The Mimo Myst Family
The LAVNCH & LEARN on Sept. 30 was an event to debut, discuss and demo the Mimo Myst Family of products. The Mimo Myst Family is a collection of three 10.1-inch conferencing devices designed to enhance the conferencing space and experience. The three products are all touch-screen displays compatible with videoconferencing software such as Zoom Rooms, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet. The displays are used on a table or are mountable on a wall or swivel mount. Each product has an HDMI input and a video resolution of 1280×800. With one Ethernet cable connection, users have UI and touch capabilities, power and HDMI capture. During the event, Gary praised the Mimo Monitors team for their innovation in the design of the Myst monitors.
“What you’ve done is simplified putting in a controller into a Zoom room, Teams room or any kind of UC space,” Gary said. “Back before you had the Myst Family, there were multiple cables that you needed to run, especially using some of the platforms like Teams where you’re required to have an HDMI and other things. You’ve simplified it with one single connection.”
The Myst Link
- The Myst Link is an AV-over-IP display with HDMI capture and a single CAT5 Ethernet cable for connectivity. During the LAVNCH & LEARN, the Myst Link was shown running Google Meet.
- The Myst complies with Microsoft and Zoom specifications. It is compatible with Windows 8 and newer, as well as Chrome, Linux and Mac OS X. It is also great for any size conference room.
The Myst Capture
- The Myst Capture is an upgrade from the Vue Capture. It is USB-connected (USB 3.0 connection to PC) but adds the features needed for Teams, Zoom and Rooms. It also adds HDMI capture and more.
- The Myst Capture is a solution where cost is a consideration. It is useful in any size conference room.
The Myst for Android
- The Mimo Myst for Android is designed for table use and for operating systems that operate well under touch control. It also connects over a single Ethernet cable.
- The Myst for Android complies with Zoom specifications and is for Android-based controllers.
2. Problems the Mimo Myst Family Solves
The Mimo Myst Family solves a number of problems and offers lots of technical and design updates. The displays boast an updated industrial design, creating something that looks good in all kinds of conference rooms. David said Mimo Monitors is partnered with Google and enjoys being in the UCC market. The tech Mimo creates is also important because of the upcoming return to work movement as we deal with the pandemic and because it creates useful products for the hybrid conferencing space. The displays are designed to meet the Teams, Zoom and Meet specifications, useful for a number of applications such as commercial space or education. The AV-over-IP capabilities with HDMI capture enhance and simplify the steps to setting up a hybrid meeting for a hybrid conference space.
As said above, the Myst Family includes HDMI capture capabilities. These are the first and ONLY touch displays with this feature. What does this do?
“You’re putting the HDMI connectivity on the table, which is different,” Gary said. “A lot of other brands are putting it in the speaker bar or putting it into an adaptor that goes to the monitor…You’re getting communications, the video and the audio, all connected to one source, going across the Ethernet (IP line) straight into the content box, whatever that happens to be.”
Gary also said that this capability means users can basically extend USB without an expensive extender. This is a big deal because it is not only costly to get an extender, but due to the stress on the supply chain, many people cannot find extenders currently. These capabilities also make the Myst displays compatible with Teams, Zoom and Microsoft meeting platforms.
4. A Discussion on the Evolution of the Conference Meeting Space
So, why are these new monitors useful for the conference room space? During the LAVNCH & LEARN, David discussed how the conference space is changing and what is driving those changes.
The conference room has become a hybrid meeting space in almost all instances due to the pandemic. Because of COVID-19 and the WFH model, offices and homes need more spaces for hybrid work. Most companies are now becoming video-first, and the ability to have enough conference rooms that are ready to deploy as hybrid meeting spaces is becoming more and more in demand. Most importantly, the conference meeting space will need flexibility.
The Mimo Myst Family of monitors connect through one cable and offer HMDI capture, making them compatible with major conferencing applications. The Myst Family connects through one Ethernet cable, but other simplified connections are available as well. These connections include speaker mics (USB-based), headphone connections, camera ports and HDMI cable connections. These easy-to-use displays will greatly advance the conference room space.
Gary told David and the team that many classrooms use Teams, Zoom and Meet for work and collaboration these days. He wanted to know how these Myst products can work or be helpful in the classroom space outside of the conferencing room or hybrid meeting space. David discussed how these products are universally compatible and are designed for commercial use. He said these displays are not just for meeting spaces; they’re control interfaces for applications as well. Gary asked if the displays have any special skills such as gesture control or audio commands.
“This is a touch screen, so right now, there is no gesture or alternative controls — hopefully, in the future. The issue with gestures, in general, is it is hard to standardize gestures,” David said. “Sensors do see people approaching and things like that, but touch is the natural interface.”
As monitors, they have touch, audio and video capabilities. David’s team worked hard to make these displays high-end but also easy to use, so end users don’t have to learn new tech.
“Run any application needed, and it can be the controller for them. They’re shown as a conference display, but they’re generic. They’re PoE and can be used as a display, touch screen, for audio parts, sensors, etc. What you do with that tech is up to the end user.”