Logitech has expanded its portfolio of video conferencing tools with a battery-powered unit allowing businesses to set up video calls anywhere in the building.
The ConferenceCam Connect is the latest unit from the firm after the release of the ConferenceCam CC3000e this time last year.
The new system offers features such as 4x full HD zoom, a 90-degree field of vision and Bluetooth connectivity to host calls over smartphones. The unit will launch in March and cost £449.
The ConferenceCam Connect is also interoperable with almost all major unified communication and video chat tools, such as Cisco Jabber and WebEx, Citrix GoToMeeting and Microsoft Lync and Skype.
Ziva Nissan, senior product manager at Logitech, told V3 that the new product is designed to host high-quality video calls with greater flexibility.
“There are estimated to be some 21 million ‘huddle’ rooms in offices that don’t have video calling capabilities. The ConferenceCam Connect makes it easy for people to set up a meeting wherever they want,” she said.
Nissan touted the fact that the product is portable and can run on in-built batteries as evidence of how it can be used in numerous locations.
"It means you can just pick it up and get going wherever you want," she said.
A full charge will provide three hours of video calling, or 15 hours with just audio. The device also can also be connected to monitors via HDMI, allowing full-screen video conferencing, as pictured below.
The focus on portable puts it very much at one end of the video conferencing spectrum, when considered against full-room systems from the likes of Polycom and Cisco.
Cisco recently unveiled the IX5000 that comprises three 70in screens and can be used by six to 18 people. It costs a not inconsiderable $299,000.
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