During the past two years, video meetings have evolved from all-remote, under lockdowns during the pandemic, to the current mix of remote and conference-room participants, as companies have adjusted to the new reality of hybrid-working practices.
This shift has highlighted the need for video-conferencing options that better accommodate remote participants – making them feel more ‘present’, rather than semi-detached observers who occasionally interact with a bunch of people sat around a meeting room table.
Logitech’s efforts in this area have included the Logitech Scribe whiteboard camera, and building more intelligence into video bars such as Rally Bar and Rally Bar Mini. Specifically, Speaker View mode in RightSight 2 detects and highlights the active speaker while showing a picture-in-picture inset of the meeting room. This will soon be joined by Grid View, which tracks all roundtable participants, whether they’re speaking or not, and shows them in a grid. However, this isn’t ideal when the conversation is among roundtable participants, who naturally turn to face each other rather than looking towards a video bar beneath a big wall-mounted screen.
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Logitech considered 360-degree cameras, such as the Meeting Owl 3, but noted the opposite problem: when those around the table are talking to a remote participant on the big screen, a 360-degree camera shows people looking elsewhere.
Logitech’s answer is Logitech Sight, a smart tabletop camera that works in tandem with a video bar, thereby catering for both key perspectives: the front of the room (Rally Bar/Rally Bar Mini) and the meeting room table (Logitech Sight).
Logitech Sight’s dual lens 4K camera has a 315-degree field of view – omitting the segment pointing towards the front-of-room video bar – and uses its intelligence to pick up and track speakers. Logitech plans to add Smart Switching to RightSight, to select the best view depending on the audio source and the direction in which roundtable participants are facing. With seven beamforming microphones, a 2.3-metre/7.5-foot audio pickup range and support for daisy-chaining, Logitech Sight extends the joint video bar/tabletop camera solution to cover larger meeting rooms.
Logitech Sight specifications
|Dimensions||table-mounted: 299mm x 169mm x 169mm (11.77in. x 6.65in. x 6.65in.) • grommet-mounted: 291.2mm x 93.4mm x 93.4mm (11.46in. x 3.7in. x 3.7in.)|
|System requirements||PoE power supply • Cat 6 cable • USB mode: Windows 10, 11, two most recent MacOS versions, Rally or Rally Plus • Appliance mode: Rally Bar, Rally Bar Mini • Logitech CollabOS (latest version)|
|Ports & interfaces||1x RJ-45 (audio/video data over USB) • 1x RJ-45 (Power Over Ethernet) • 1x RJ-45 (daisychain – Rally Mic Pods or second Sight camera)|
|Components||7 beamforming microphones • dual
lens camera • Logitech CollabOS
|– Lens & sensor||2x SONY IMX 415 + 3G5P lens (F2.0)|
|– Field of view||180° (diagonal, horizontal), 97° (vertical)|
|– Focal length||1.87mm|
|– Depth of field||50cm to 5m|
|– Frame rate (max)||60fps|
|– Beamforming elements||7 omnidirectional digital MEMS microphones forming six adaptive acoustic endfire beams|
|– Pickup radius||2.3m (7.55ft)|
|– Dust/water resistance||IP57|
|– Frequency response||90Hz – 16 kHz|
|– Sensitivity||>-36 dBFS +/-1 dB @ 1 Pa|
|– Audio processing||AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation), Machine Learning VAD (Voice Activity Detector)|
|– Direction of arrival||+/- 5 degrees, between -20->+48 deg elevation|
|– Noise suppression||AI/ML to attenuate both stationary and non-stationary noises|
|– Additional mic pods||Rally Bar: up to 3 Mic Pods and 2 Mic Pod Hubs • Rally Bar Mini: up to 2 Mic Pods and 2 Mic Pod Hubs • Rally/Rally Plus: up to total of 6 Mic Pods and/or Mic Pod Hubs|
|Video platform compatibility||Microsoft Teams Rooms, Zoom Rooms, Google Meet|
|Management||Logitech Sync Device Management|
|In the box||Sight camera, Sight dongle, mic pod dongle, privacy shade, grommet mount, table mount, tripod mount, mounting nut, user documentation|
|Price||$1,999 / €2,399|
“We’re no longer all at home in equal-sized video boxes like we were during the height of the pandemic. In a hybrid work world, a mix of in-office and remote workers increases the challenge of delivering equitable experiences to everyone,” said Scott Wharton, general manager of Logitech Video Collaboration, in a statement.
“Logitech Sight, when used with Rally Bar or Rally Bar Mini, uses AI to tackle this problem with a model that is less Silicon Valley and more Hollywood – the art of using multiple camera angles and intelligent direction to bring remote participants off the sidelines and into the room,” Wharton continued. “Our customers have told us that this is one of the biggest hybrid work problems to solve to make ‘return to the office’ work better for teams. We believe, based on years of research and early customer feedback, that we’ve cracked the code on this must-win critical problem for organizations of all sizes.”
The cylindrical Logitech Sight, which stands 299mm (11.77in.) tall, can sit on a tabletop using a table or grommet mount, or attach to a tripod. It features three LED indicator lights, mic mute controls and a magnetic privacy shade that slides to cover the camera lenses. Power and connectivity is via Ethernet (RJ-45 ports, Cat 6 cables), and IT management via Logitech’s Sync application.
Logitech Sight will cost $1,999 or €2,399, and will be available in mid-2023. This may seem a long way off, but Logitech told ZDNET that, “Our introduction of Sight allows enterprise/business buyers to plan earlier (and better) for these redesigns. Since their buying cycles can take many months, we’ve announced this product early enough for Sight to factor into their planning and purchasing decisions.”
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