Owl Labs Releases Meeting Owl 3 Camera, Microphone and System Software

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Boston-based 360-degree video conferencing solution provider Owl Labs has announced the launch of its Meeting Owl 3 camera, new expansion mic and improved Owl Intelligence System (OIS) software.

Meeting Owl is in its third generation of the flagship product line, consisting 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 much more, the company says.

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.

Meeting Owl 3 lets you work from anywhere

According to research from Owl Labs, nearly three-quarters of employees (71%) want a hybrid or remote work style, and efficient technology is the third most crucial thing workers look for in an employer, with 95% saying of them saying it’s important. Owl Labs technology allows workers to collaborate from anywhere. The Meeting Owl 3, a smart 360-degree video conferencing device, helps hybrid teams come together to make virtual meetings feel more like in-person conversations, leveling the playing field between remote and in-room participants.

Meeting Owl 3 users 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.

Meeting Owl 3 users 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 joining the first meeting, and it can be set up 3 times faster than competitive products, according to the society.

Owl Labs products are designed by roboticists and engineers, and come equipped with its proprietary and enhanced 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,” says Frank Weishaupt , CEO of Owl Labs. “While small and medium-sized businesses have been quicker to adopt and support a hybrid format, we’re seeing even the world’s largest enterprises choosing similar, flexible models and looking for 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.

Meeting Owl 3 Features

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 three seconds after they speak or move, to improve the flow of natural conversation
  • 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

Owl Dating 3The complete ecosystem of Owl Labs products transforms any workspace into a bespoke 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 Owl – Dedicated camera device that lets everyone see the whiteboard in meetings, even when someone is standing in front of it
  • Meeting HQ – 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.

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