Have you ever hosted a virtual meeting using the camera on your laptop, having to keep rotating it to point to the person speaking? Have you ever wished for a webcam that will would automatically focus on the person speaking, but still be able to see the other participants? Have you ever wished for a high quality camera with a microphone and speaker that will work well for a group meeting or classroom activity that will work with multiple meeting platforms with minimal configuration and setup. If you can answer yes to any of these, then the Meeting Owl could become your best friend.
The Meeting Owl is a 360 degree camera with integrated microphones and speaker that will display the current person talking in the main large view while showing the remainder of the room in a strip along the top. As different participants speak, the focus will switch to that person, placing them in the large main window. The best video and audio quality is attained for groups up to 12 and within a 12 foot distance. It connects to the hosting laptop or computer with a single USB cable and is usable with all of the video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet and Skype, GoToMeeting etc. While not necessary, it can connect to your wireless network to obtain automatic updates, and meeting statistics that can be viewed on a mobile app. Owl Labs (https://www.owllabs.com/) is continually improving the audio and video tracking functions, and provided these updates for free. And lastly, with its eyes that light up when in use, it’s kinda cute.