A Boston start-up has quietly launched BeeBoard, what it describes as a social digital signage application that makes iOS tablets into a contemporary version of corkboards in homes and offices.
BeeBoard is aimed at both the residential and commercial markets. There is software only, which can be used back to iOS 8 (so an iPad 2), and there is a physical bulletin board with space for an iPad, which is marketed as the BeeBoard Granville.
The unit costs $425, pre-tablet, which had my eyes blinking rapidly. But Robert Frigault of BeeBoard told me by email:
“Yes, I agree, the price is high, but the Granville is a luxury item and isn’t a mass market release for us. It was designed by an MIT-trained mechanical engineer and is being manufactured in the American Midwest by a specialty woodworking facility using premium materials. It really is like a fine piece of furniture and we stand by its quality. This year, we will be introducing a less expensive version, while retaining the quality we are looking to establish as a brand. You, of course, don’t need to purchase the bulletin board to use our software and could even run the viewer on a larger monitor.”
It’s an interesting idea, as leaving notes and putting up bulletins is familiar to all of us, and I like that the Viewer version means what is seen on the iPad can also be taken away on an iPhone. However, iOS is only 18% of the global market, in terms of sales, these days. This begs an Android version.