This device claims to solve everyone's biggest remote work problem

This device claims to solve everyone’s biggest remote work problem

Picture: Logitech

Over the past two years, video conferencing has shifted from being remote at all, under lockdown during the pandemic, to the current combination of remote attendees and conference room, as businesses have adapted to the new reality of practices. hybrid work.

This change highlighted the need for video conferencing options that better accommodate remote participants – making them feel more “present”, rather than semi-detached observers who occasionally interact with a group of people sitting around. a meeting room table.

Logitech’s efforts in this area have included the Logitech Scribe whiteboard camera and building more smarts into video bars such as Rally Bar and Rally Bar Mini. Specifically, RightSight 2’s Speaker View mode detects and highlights the active speaker while displaying a picture-in-picture of the meeting room. This will soon be joined by Grid View, which tracks all roundtable participants, whether they speak or not, and displays them in a grid. However, that’s not ideal when the conversation is between panelists, who naturally turn to face each other rather than looking towards a video bar under a large wall-mounted screen.

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Logitech considered 360-degree cameras, like the Meeting Owl 3, but noted the opposite problem: When people around the table are talking to a remote participant on the big screen, a 360-degree camera shows people looking away.

Logitech’s answer is Logitech Sight, a smart tabletop camera that works in tandem with a video bar, addressing two key perspectives: the front of the room (Rally Bar/Rally Bar Mini) and the table in the room. meeting (Logitech Sight).

Logitech Sight: cover

Logitech Sight extends meeting room audio and video coverage by working with a video bar at the front of the room.

Picture: Logitech

Logitech Sight’s dual-lens 4K camera has a 315-degree field of view — omitting the segment pointing to the video bar at the front of the room — and uses its intelligence to pick up and track speakers. Logitech plans to add Smart Switching to RightSight, to select the best view based on the audio source and the direction the panelists are facing. With seven beamforming microphones, an audio pickup range of 2.3 meters/7.5 feet, and daisy-chaining support, Logitech Sight expands the combined video bar/desktop camera solution to cover large meeting rooms.

Logitech Sight Specifications

Dimensions table mounted: 299 mm x 169 mm x 169 mm (11.77 in x 6.65 in x 6.65 in) • grommet mounted: 291.2 mm x 93.4 mm x 93.4 mm (11. 46 inches x 3.7 inches x 3.7 inches)
lester 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs)
Required configuration PoE power supply • Cat 6 cable • USB mode: Windows 10, 11, the two most recent MacOS versions, Rally or Rally Plus • Appliance mode: Rally Bar, Rally Bar Mini • Logitech CollabOS (latest version)
Ports and Interfaces 1x RJ-45 (audio/video data via USB) • 1x RJ-45 (Power Over Ethernet) • 1x RJ-45 (daisychain – Rally Mic Pods or second Sight camera)
Components 7 beamforming microphones • dual
lens camera • Logitech CollabOS
– Lens and sensor 2x SONY IMX 415 + 3G5P lens (F2.0)
– Resolution 4K
– Field of view 180° (diagonal, horizontal), 97° (vertical)
– Focal distance 1.87mm
– Depth of field 50cm to 5m
– Frame rate (max) 60fps
– Beamforming elements 7 omnidirectional digital MEMS microphones forming six adaptive acoustic endfire beams
– Pickup radius 2.3m (7.55ft)
– Dust/water resistance IP57
– Response frequency 90Hz – 16kHz
Sensitivity >-36dBFS +/-1dB at 1Pa
– Audio processing AEC (acoustic echo cancellation), machine learning VAD (voice activity detector)
– Direction of arrival +/- 5 degrees, between -20->+48 degrees elevation
– Noise suppression AI/ML to attenuate stationary and non-stationary noise
– Additional mic pods Rally Bar: up to 3 mic pods and 2 mic pod hubs • Rally Bar Mini: up to 2 mic pods and 2 mic pod hubs • Rally/Rally Plus: up to a total of 6 pods mic and/or mic pod hubs
Video platform compatibility Microsoft Teams Rooms, Zoom Rooms, Google Meet
Management Managing Logitech Sync devices
In the box Aim camera, aim dongle, mic pod dongle, privacy shade, grommet mount, table mount, tripod mount, mounting nut, user documentation
Colors Graphite, White
Price $1,999 / €2,399
Availablity mid-2023

“We are no longer all at home in equal-sized video boxes like we were during the height of the pandemic. In a hybrid work world, a mix of in-office and remote workers increases the challenge of delivering equitable experiences to everyone,” Scott Wharton, general manager of Logitech Video Collaboration, said in a statement.

“Logitech Sight, when used with Rally Bar or Rally Bar Mini, uses AI to solve this problem with a model that is less Silicon Valley and more Hollywood – the art of using multiple camera angles and direction smart way to get remote participants off the sidelines and into the room,” Wharton continued. “back to office” works best for teams. We believe, based on years of research and early customer feedback, that we have cracked the code on this unavoidable critical issue for organizations of all sizes.”

Logitech Sight: device

Logitech Sight is available in white and graphite, shown here.

Picture: Logitech

The cylindrical Logitech Sight, standing 299 mm (11.77 inches) tall, can be placed on a table using a table or grommet stand, or attached to a tripod. It has three LED lights, mic mute controls, and a magnetic cover that slides to cover the camera lenses. Power and connectivity are via Ethernet (RJ-45 ports, Cat 6 cables) and IT management via Logitech’s Sync app.

Logitech Sight will cost $1,999 or €2,399 and will be available mid-2023. That may seem like a long way off, but Logitech told ZDNET that “our introduction of Sight allows enterprise/enterprise buyers to plan for these redesigns earlier (and better). Since their buying cycles can take months, we announced this product early enough for Sight to consider in its planning and purchasing decisions.”

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