Logitech is moving to deliver more products targeting the business market, starting with a web conferencing device designed to provide an easy and cost-effective way for a small group to participate in an online audio or video conference.
The Logitech BCC950 ConferenceCam is a USB device that combines a high-quality, omni-directional speakerphone with a full HD video web cam, and is aimed at delivering a better audio/video experience for individuals or small groups using a PC for web conferencing rather than a costly dedicated video room.
Available from May, the new device is expected to cost £199 in the UK, and will be sold through resellers such as Computacenter, Misco and Insight Marketing rather than via the retail channel.
It comes from the Logitech for Business division, a relatively new group within the peripheral maker, which sees unified communications as a niche in the market it can target with professional products.
The BCC950 is actually the first speakerphone product to be certified for both Skype and Microsoft's Lync communications client, according to Logitech for Business marketing manager Ziva Nissan, but will also work across a broad range of unified communications and web conferencing tools.
"Our goal was to provide a device that you can easily just plug and play, that the application recognises as a webcam, a speakerphone and a mike, and so you can just get going and start your call," she told V3.
The BCC950 has an unusual design that positions the device's camera at eye level when standing on a desktop or table, with a wide field of view so that multiple participants or even a whiteboard can be viewed together, according to Logitech.
It also pans, tilts and zooms using a supplied remote control or via buttons on the base unit, and sports Carl Zeiss optics. Built-in H.264 decoding enables the BCC950 to support full 1080p video at up to 30 frames per second.
On the audio side, the device features an omni-directional microphone with echo cancellation, plus a speakerphone that means participants can hear and be heard clearly up to eight feet away from the unit, the firm claims.
The BCC950 supports Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, or Macs running OS X 10.6 and above and carries a three-year warranty.
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