Logitech has announced the new Logitech ConferenceCam Connect. The device is a portable videoconference solution designed for small and medium sized rooms. It works with any computing device with a USB connection (PC, MAC, or Chromebook), with virtually any videoconferencing software (Cisco Jabber and WebEx, Citrix GoToMeeting, Blue Jeans, Google Hangouts, Lifesize, Microsoft Lync and Skype, Vidyo, Zoom, etc.), and it can be easily moved from room to room.
“For about the cost of an office chair, businesses of all sizes can now afford to quickly connect with customers, vendors and remote employees anytime and anywhere with the Logitech ConferenceCam Connect,” said Jason Moss, general manager of the Collaboration Group at Logitech. “We believe there is simply no workspace that should not have video conferencing capability, and the ConferenceCam allows us to connect to meetings no matter where we are.”
“Teams are collaborating more frequently than ever before, sharing content and using video conferencing to connect with both local and remote team members,” said Bill Haskins, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research. “At the same time, today’s enterprise is undergoing a massive, and sometimes complex transformation. Our research points to a rise in open seating environments, shrinking conference rooms, more telecommuters, and the use of a growing number of collaborative applications. The Logitech ConferenceCam Connect meets these challenges head-on by providing an intriguing combination of flexibility and portability.”
The ConferenceCam Connect has PC and Mac compatibility for video conferencing, and mobile connectivity for screen-mirror projection through Miracast. Windows and Android users can connect wirelessly to the ConferenceCam Connect to screen-mirror presentations, spreadsheets, videos or Internet content from a mobile device to a TV screen through an HDMI connection. The ConferenceCam automatically connects to the display, eliminating extra steps like TV input selection.
The ConferenceCam Connect offers a 90-degree field of view with digital pan and tilt, mechanical tilt, 4x digital Full HD zoom, and a ZEISS glass lens with autofocus. The speakerphone supports both mobile and USB audio calling with features such as Bluetooth wireless technology, near field communication and a USB port. With 360-degree sound, users can hear and be heard within a 12-foot diameter range.
Enabling the flexibility to work from anywhere, the ConferenceCam Connect runs on AC power or battery. On a full charge, users can run a videoconference for up to 3 hours or use the speakerphone for up to 15 hours, and its LED indicator shows the battery charge status during use.
The ConferenceCam Connect is optimised for Microsoft Lync 2013, Cisco Jabber and is WebEx compatible and Skype certified, ensuring broad-based UC compatibility and usage with most desktop videoconferencing programs so that users are free to use the application of their choice.
The Logitech ConferenceCam Connect is expected to be available worldwide in March 2015 at a suggested price of £449.