BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Owl Labs, the first company to create AI-powered 360-degree video conferencing solutions, today announced the launch of its Meeting Owl® 3 cameras, a new expansion microphone and improved Owl Intelligence System™ (OIS) software. This new flagship is the third generation of Meeting Owl’s award-winning product line of WiFi-enabled 360-degree camera, microphone and speaker systems that automatically zoom in on the person speaking. The Meeting Owl 3 has been upgraded inside and out to include faster and more accurate face detection, even when masked; extended audio and video range options; improved USB capability; and more. The new Expansion Mic device extends the Meeting Owl 3’s audio range to 26 feet, so everyone in the meeting can be heard around larger tables.
Owl Labs products are used by more than 100,000 organizations worldwide, including 84 Fortune 100 companies. According to an Owl Labs study, nearly 3/4 of employees (71%) want a hybrid or distance, and efficient technology is the third most crucial thing workers look for in an employer, with 95% saying it’s important. Owl Labs’ technology is now more crucial than ever, enabling workers to collaborate from anywhere. As the smartest 360-degree video conferencing device on the market, the Meeting Owl 3 helps hybrid teams come together to make virtual meetings feel more like in-person conversations, leveling the playing field between remote participants and in the room.
Video call participants using a Meeting Owl 3 see a 360-degree view of the room, along with up to three panels that dynamically zoom in on participants who are talking or actively moving. Due to its plug-and-play design, it only takes six minutes from unboxing a Meeting Owl 3 to the first meeting, and it can be set up 3 times faster than competitive products. Owl Labs products are designed by roboticists and engineers, and come equipped with its proprietary and newly upgraded OIS technology that powers autofocus, smart zoom and smart mics. OIS also allows devices to get smarter over time with new features and capabilities delivered automatically over WiFi.
“Hybrid is now how teams expect to work, and we believe flexible policies are here to stay – but pre-pandemic technology to support hybrid working was an afterthought,” said Frank Weishaupt , CEO of Owl Labs. “While small and medium-sized businesses have been quicker to adopt and support a hybrid format, we see even the world’s largest enterprises choosing similar, flexible models and seeking more immersive technology to accelerate the transition. As a hybrid team since before COVID, we’re proud to launch our third-generation Meeting Owl to connect organizations of all sizes even more seamlessly.
New features and performance improvements in Meeting Owl 3 include:
- Improved facial recognition – Upgraded OIS software is 5x more accurate at detecting masked faces and 58% more accurate at identifying participants in the room who are farther away, to better serve teams who are masking and social distancing
- 4x faster detection – New OIS is 4x faster at automatically focusing on participants in the room, zooming in within 3 seconds after they speak or move, to improve natural conversation flow
- Extended audio range – Compatible with the new Expansion Mic device, which extends the audio range from 18 feet to a maximum of 26 feet in the direction of the mic, so everyone at larger tables can be heard clearly
- Owl sign in – Meeting Owl 3 is the only 360-degree video conferencing device on the market that can pair two devices to extend reach in larger spaces; connect two devices to extend video range up to 28 feet and audio range up to 44 feet as needed
- Greater compatibility – Now compatible with USB-C, so no special adapters are needed to plug into laptops
- Business IT support – Configure and register devices via desktop or mobile app and manage devices remotely with Owl Labs web portal
See the Meeting Owl 3 in action in the video here. Customers can now purchase the Meeting Owl 3 for an introductory price of $999, the Expansion Mic at $249, and a Meeting Owl 3 and Expansion Mic bundle starting at $1,198. The price of Meeting Owl 3 will increase to $1,049 starting September 1, 2022.
The comprehensive ecosystem of Owl Labs products instantly transforms any workspace into a personalized hybrid environment and is compatible with Zoom, Google Hangouts, Slack, BlueJeans, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams and other popular video conferencing platforms. Other plug-and-play products that connect with the new Meeting Owl 3 and Expansion Mic include:
whiteboard owlMT – Dedicated camera device that lets everyone see the whiteboard in meetings, even when someone is standing in front
Meeting HQMT – In-room control center allowing users to launch meetings with one click, without needing to plug anything into an external computer
The Meeting Owl 3, along with other Owl Labs products, can be purchased from OwlLabs.com, Amazon, or through third-party resellers and channel partners. To be connected to your local reseller, learn more here or contact email@example.com.
About Owl Labs:
Owl Labs is the first company to create AI-powered 360-degree video conferencing solutions for hybrid organizations. Its suite of products makes meetings more inclusive and collaborative by leveling the playing field between remote and in-room participants. The company’s flagship product, the Meeting Owl® 3, is the first Wi-Fi enabled 360 degree camera, microphone and speaker that automatically zooms in on whoever is speaking. Owl Labs has raised $22 million in funding and is based in Boston, with remote and hybrid employees around the world. To learn more, visit OwlLabs.com.