Logitech has unveiled the new Logic of Work platform, a suite of products and services geared toward improving collaboration and sharing between those who work from home and those who work in the office.
New versions include Sight, a 315-degree camera placed in the center of a conference table that can intelligently shift focus to individuals. It is designed to be used with Logitech’s Rally Bar range of front-facing cameras, connected via an Ethernet cable and controlled through CollabOS video conferencing software.
Other competitors already offer full 360-degree cameras for this purpose, but Logitech says these can distort perspective and still prevent inclusion in a hybrid work environment. The company assures that its multi-camera setup provides a more effective solution.
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At the heart of the Sight is what Logitech calls the AI Director, which allows the camera to automatically shift focus to those talking around the table. The seven built-in microphones feature an audio beam that calculates when speech sounds attack to see who is speaking and when, then adjusts the camera to capture her face.
The sight can be held in place via a clip, in a grommet, or anywhere else in your floor space thanks to the optional tripod. It also has a sliding lens hood to give you peace of mind from prying eyes when not in meetings.
At a launch event in London attended Tikradar ProLogitech has been open about its research and development process, detailing the failed attempts that led to the development of the sight. One of those made “Super Valley” incarnations of the people in the room, but thankfully this has been eliminated.
Another part of this company’s new vector is the Scribe, which is a camera that rises above the whiteboard and digitizes the scribbles in real time, producing ordered representations for others to see.
In addition to business, education has also been highlighted as a new focus for Logitech, with the company believing that blended arrangements will soon become commonplace in schools and universities as well. The company’s Crayon, designed for a new range of iPads, targets students of all age groups, and offers a more competitive alternative to the Apple Pencil.
Crayon and Scribe are available now, with the Sight expected to arrive Summer 2023 at $1,999 / £1,745.