This device claims to solve everyone’s biggest remote working problem

Logitech sight

Photo: Logitech

Over the past two years, video meetings have evolved from everything remotely, amid lockdowns during the pandemic, to the current mix of participants remotely and in conference rooms, as companies adapt to the new reality. Hybrid working practices.

This shift highlighted the need for video conferencing options that better accommodate remote participants – making them feel more “present,” rather than the semi-detached observers who sometimes interact with a group of people seated around a conference room table.

Logitech’s efforts in this area have included Logitech writer Whiteboard camera, build more intelligence in videos like rally bar And the Rally Bar Mini. Specifically, the speaker display mode in right 2 Detects and distinguishes the active speaker while displaying a picture-in-picture inside the meeting room. This will soon join by reticle display, which keeps track of all participants in the roundtable, whether they are speaking or not, and shows them in a grid. However, this is not ideal when the conversation is between participants at the round table, who naturally turn to face each other rather than looking toward a video tape beneath a large screen mounted on the wall.

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Logitech considered 360-degree cameras, like Meet the Owl 3but noted the opposite problem: When he talks from around the table to a remote participant on the big screen, a 360-degree camera shows people looking elsewhere.

Logitech’s answer is Logitech sighta smart desktop camera that works in tandem with a videotape, thus catering to both main perspectives: the front of the room (Rally Bar / Rally Bar Mini) and the conference room table (Logitech Sight).

Logitech Sight: coverage

Logitech Sight extends audio and video coverage in a meeting room by working with video tape at the front of the room.

Photo: Logitech

The Logitech Sight dual-lens 4K camera has a 315-degree field of view — omitting the clip referring to the video tape at the front of the room — and uses its intelligence to capture and track the speakers. Logitech plans to add Smart Switching to RightSight, to determine the best view depending on the sound source and the direction the roundtable participants are facing. With seven beamforming microphones, a 2.3m/7.5ft audio pickup range and support for sequential sequencing, Logitech Sight expands its combined tabletop video/camera solution to cover larger meeting rooms.

Logitech Sight Specifications

Dimensions Table Mounted: 299mm x 169mm x 169mm (11.77″ x 6.65″ x 6.65″) Grommet Mounted: 291.2mm x 93.4mm x 93.4mm (11.46″ x 3.7″ x 3.7″)
Weight 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs)
System requirements PoE power supply • Cat 6 cable • USB mode: Windows 10, 11, latest two versions of macOS, Rally or Rally Plus • Device mode: Rally Bar, Rally Bar Mini • Logitech CollabOS (latest version)
Ports and interfaces 1x RJ-45 (audio/video data via USB) • 1x RJ-45 (Power Over Ethernet) • 1 x RJ-45 (daisychain – Rally Mic Pods or Second Sight camera)
elements 7 Beamforming Microphones • Dual
Viewfinder • Logitech CollabOS
a program
Lens and sensor 2x SONY IMX 415 + 3G5P Lens (F2.0)
– the decision 4K
– field of view 180° (diagonal, horizontal), 97° (vertical)
– Focal Length 1.87 mm
– depth of field 50 cm to 5 m
– Frame rate (maximum) 60 frames per second
– Beamforming items 7 MEMS digital omnidirectional microphones form six adaptive acoustic beams for final fire
– Pickup radius 2.3 m (7.55 ft)
Dust/Water Resistant IP57
Frequency response 90 Hz – 16 kHz
sensitive > -36 dBFS +/- 1 dB @ 1 Pa
– audio processing AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation), VAD (Vocal Activity Detector) Machine Learning
– direction of arrival +/-5 degrees, between -20 -> +48 degrees high
– Noise suppression AI/ML to attenuate both static and non-stationary noise
Additional microphone pods Rally Bar: up to 3 Mic Pods and 2 Mic Pod Hub • Rally Bar Mini: up to 2 Mic Pods and 2 Mic Pod Hub • Rally / Rally Plus: up to 6 Mic Pods and/or Mic Pod Hub
Video platform compatibility Microsoft Teams Rooms, Zoom Rooms, and Google Meet
Management Logitech Sync Device Management
in the box View Camera, View Dongle, Microphone Dongle, Privacy Cover, Grommet Mount, Table Stand, Tripod, Mounting Nut, User Documents
Colors graphite and white
price 1999 USD / 2,399 EUR
Availability mid-2023

“We are no longer at home in equal-sized video bins as we were at the height of the pandemic. In a world of mixed work, the mix of in-office and remote workers increases the challenge of delivering equitable experiences for all,” said Scott Wharton, general manager of Logitech Video Collaboration. , in a statement.

“Logitech Sight, when used with the Rally Bar or the Rally Bar Mini, uses artificial intelligence to address this problem with a model less Silicon Valley and more Hollywood — the art of using multiple camera angles and intelligent orientation to keep remote participants away from the sidelines and into the room,” continued Wharton. . “Our customers have told us that this is one of the biggest hybrid business issues to solve to make ‘back to office’ work better for teams. We believe, based on years of research and early customer feedback, we’ve fixed code in this critical must-win issue for organizations of all ages. sizes.”

Logitech Sight: Device

The Logitech Sight comes in white as well as graphite, as shown here.

Photo: Logitech

The Logitech Sight cylindrical sight, which is 299 mm (11.77 in) high, can be seated on a tabletop using a table or grommet stand, or it can be attached to a tripod. It features three LED lights, mic mute controls and a magnetic privacy shade that slides to cover the camera lens. Power, Ethernet connectivity (RJ-45 ports, Cat 6 cables), and IT management are provided via Logitech synchronization Request.

The Logitech Sight will cost $1,999, or €2,399, and will be available in mid-2023. That might sound far-fetched, but Logitech told ZDNET that “our introduction of the Sight allows business/business buyers to plan ahead (and better) for these redesigns. Because Because purchase cycles can take several months, we announced this product early enough for Sight to take into account their own planning and purchasing decisions.”

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