Kandao’s Meeting Pro webcam makes meetings more inclusive and easier to follow

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Over the past few years, we’ve all had to get used to being in front of the camera, as travel to meetings has been severely curtailed and looks likely to remain so, with air travel under pressure due to climate change, companies seeking to reduce carbon. footprints.

However, holding meetings over long distances where one side is crammed around a meeting table can be challenging. Having a wide-angle camera at the end of a room cannot convey people’s expressions and reactions. Sound pickup is another issue that can seriously affect the quality of a meeting.

For many companies, the success of their business depends on the success of their video conferencing exchanges, but the current setup used by many companies has not kept pace. Over the past two years, VR and 3D imaging company Kandao has filled that gap with a range of award-winning 180° and 360° cameras that aim to make video conferencing more natural for remote participants so that they feel like they’re in the room.

Kandao’s latest product is the Meeting Pro video conferencing camera. The Meeting Pro is about the size of a water bottle and can sit in the middle of a conference table and act as a communication center. The Meeting Pro provides a full view of the room so remote participants can see everyone present. A smart follow feature highlights the current speaker while showing a close-up view of other participants. A microphone array pointing in all directions ensures that everyone can be heard adequately no matter where they are seated around the table.

Kandao offers two variants of cameras. The entry-level Meeting S features a single 180° lens and is ideal for small meeting rooms for up to five people. The Meeting Pro has two lenses to provide a full 360°, making it suitable for rooms with up to 10 or more people.

The Kandao Meeting S and Meeting Pro incorporate their own Android operating system, allowing the cameras to be used as independent video conferencing terminals, eliminating the need for a laptop or computer to manage the meeting. All the user has to do is connect the Kandao camera to a TV or projector in a meeting room using an HDMI cable. The camera can be controlled using the included remote control or a USB keyboard and mouse. Airplay and Miracast are also supported to enable screen mirroring with Apple, Windows, iOS and Android devices.

Another smart feature built into Kandao cameras is 2-in-1 AI tracking technology. The system combines a 180°/360° 1080p high-definition view of the room with clear audio from eight omnidirectional microphones. The system intelligently identifies the active speaker and quickly switches. System reaction time is fast and most importantly accurate in a way that many other tabletop webcams can’t handle.

The Kandao offers a selection of preset viewing modes which can be selected using the supplied remote control. Whether it’s focusing on a single speaker or showing an overview of the entire room, there’s a display mode to suit almost any meeting style. Users can even create custom modes by zooming and locking the frame to the point of interest, such as a whiteboard or product demo.

In addition to the built-in Android operating system, Kandao cameras feature a convenient micro SD memory card slot for saving meetings so they can be played back later or uploaded for anyone unable to attend. meeting. There’s also a choice of Wi-Fi or Ethernet connections and even a USB A port for connecting a mouse and keyboard to use this embedded operating system.

When holding an online meeting, confidentiality is essential to protect valuable intellectual property or ensure that conversations remain completely confidential. Kandao cameras use industry-leading data security practices and have a lens cap to maintain privacy when not streaming or when the meeting needs a break to discuss a confidential issue in private.

Kandao Meeting S and Meeting Pro cameras both received CES Innovation Award 2021, reddot Design Award 2021 and iF Design Award.

Verdict: An increasing number of these tabletop meeting webcams are hitting the market. Logitech recently announced its Seen AI Camera, which promises incredible innovations. The beauty of the Kandao system is that the cameras have a built-in Android system, so they don’t need a host laptop or desktop computer. The combination of a panoramic view with eight omnidirectional microphones means the Kandao AI system can quickly and accurately switch between speakers so everyone is seen and heard clearly. This is important for remote participants who feel isolated or excluded from meetings. Kandao cameras work like a TV director by switching between views and speakers faster and more naturally.

Price and availability: The Kandao Meeting Pro is available now and costs £679 / €729.

More information: www.kandaovr.com

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