HuddleCam Releases New Camera For Conferencing
Last week, HuddleCam used a live streaming event on YouTube to unveil its latest camera for online conferencing. The video of the stream can be found in its entirety here. This camera plugs into the USB port of any commercial device and is designed to allow users to conduct more dynamic meetings than ever before.
In the past, one of the biggest issues that has been associated with Web conferencing is the fact that it severely limits what participants can do. In order to be clearly seen and heard, users were often forced to stay directly in front of their computers and could not move around too much. While this enabled clear communication, it also made for a very dull meeting, and sometimes made it more difficult for people to get their points across.
HuddleCam’s latest offering is aimed at remedying that issue. The camera features auto tracking, meaning that it automatically follows the speaker if they are moving around. This allows presenters to walk around their display or projector screen, just as they would while making a presentation to those in the room with them. The camera also comes with a 20X optical zoom, allowing presenters to remain clear from up to 50 feet away, even as they move about.
PTZOptics, the company that makes the HuddleCam, believes that this latest iteration is the answer to most of the requests of their customers. “After almost four years of customer inquiries we have finally developed what we think is the answer to auto-tracking cameras for video conferencing,” said Paul Richards, the company’s Chief Streaming Officer. “The camera includes almost every feature our customers were asking for including an all-in-one design, on-board SD-Card for storage, IP management and multiple simultaneous video outputs.”
The development of this camera and other similar ones should only serve to increase the efficacy of Web conferencing. As Web meetings begin to have the same feel as in-person meetings, they should only serve to grow more prevalent, as they are less costly and are able to connect people in remote locations.