Owl Labs Meeting Owl - 360 Degree, 720p Video Conference Camera, Microphone, and Speaker (Automatic Speaker Focus, Perfect for Huddle Rooms), Black
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- DESIGNED TO HELP TEAMS BE MORE PRODUCTIVE. Meeting Owl is the original 360° smart video conferencing camera. It automatically highlights and shifts focus to different people in the room when they speak, so you know what’s happening as if you’re there.
- SEE AND HEAR EVERYONE EFFECTIVELY. It combines mic, camera and speaker into one device and sits in the center of the table. The 360° lens shows the whole room, while eight microphones pick up everyone within twelve feet.
- EASY AND QUICK SETUP. Plug in the power and USB, load up your favorite video conferencing platform, and start your meeting. No downloads or installs.
- GREAT FOR HUDDLE SPACES. Great for huddle and smaller rooms. Cost-effective option to make any room immersive.
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The Meeting Owl
The Meeting Owl is the original 360° smart video conferencing camera. It is an easy-to-use camera, mic, and speaker device best for huddle rooms and smaller spaces.
360° Smart Video Conference Camera
The Meeting Owl, loved by over 20,000 businesses, helps you better connect your team to your remote workers, satellite offices, and distant colleagues.
- 360˚ camera in 720p
- Single 360˚ speaker
- 12-foot radius audio pickup
- Core product improvements via WiFi connection
Powered by the Owl Intelligence System, the Meeting Owl automatically shifts the camera to focus on whoever is speaking.
More productive collaboration wherever you are.
Large conference rooms
Make meetings more collaborative to improve meeting productivity.
Satellite offices and huddle spaces
Better connect your distributed team across multiple offices.
Stand-ups and design reviews
Help remote teammates feel included so they can truly participate.
Classrooms and seminars
Make distance learning more engaging for educators and students.
Your team deserves more productive meetings.
The best experience for teams.
Work together, wherever that may be. The Meeting Owl better connects you to your remote workers, satellite offices, and distant colleagues.
See and hear everything as if you’re there.
No more 'can you hear me now' conversations. See and hear everything, so you can focus on the conversation and forget the tech.
Just connect to your computer via USB and meet. The all-in-one Meeting Owl combines your mic, camera, and speaker in one device to keep things simple as they should be.
The Meeting Owl works with all of your favorite web-based video conferencing software.
|Meeting Owl||Meeting Owl Pro||Logitech Meetup||Huddlecam||Polycom CX5500|
|Field of view||360 degrees||360 degrees||120 degrees||90 degrees||360 degrees|
|Camera focus||Automatic focus on the speaker||Automatic focus on the speaker||3 presets or remote control||64 presets or remote control||Automatic focus on the speaker|
|All-in-one camera, mic and speaker||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Number of mics||8 mics||8 smart mics||3 mics||No Mics||3 mics|
|Mic pickup range||12 feet||18 feet||8 feet||N/A||20 feet|
|Video resolution||720p HD||1080p HD||4K HD||1080p HD||1080p HD|
|Room Location||Center of the table||Center of the table||Below the TV||Above or Below the TV||Center of the table|
|Smart Meeting Room enabled||✓|
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|Hardware Platform||PC||—||pc, mac||PC, Mac||tablet, PC, smart phone, Mac|
|Item Dimensions||4.40 x 4.40 x 10.75 inches||4.40 x 4.40 x 10.75 inches||6.81 x 6.97 x 4.88 inches||4.09 x 5.91 x 6.06 inches||2.95 x 2.95 x 11.98 inches|
|Item Weight||2.65 lbs||2.65 lbs||2.28 lbs||1.25 lbs||1.68 lbs|
No other conferencing camera puts everyone “in the room.” Take a transformational approach to your remote and distributed meetings. The Meeting Owl gives a more inclusive video conferencing experience. That means increased efficiency, no miscommunication, and a team that feels closer together.
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The Meeting Owl video conferencing camera dynamically captures 360° video and superior audio for a near face-to-face experience
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First, we wanted to know that this can be used in fully stand alone mode-- USB only-- as a webcam. It can. Internet is not absolutely required, it does work with Pixelbook and Chromebooks, it does work with Windows 10 with no additional manual driver loads required.
IT does do what it claims, scanning the room, identifying humans, making them the center of the video when they are speaking as you would expect from a very large, very expensive video conferencing system. The video quality was "good" but I wouldn't call it exceptional.
Next: Firmware updates. Yes it does require some kind of wifi based internet connection and a smart phone app to initiate firmware updates. At this point we have users using their smart phone as a mobile hotspot to manage firmware updates. We don't allow unauthenticated devices without MDM on our wireless network today, so this was the most logical short term workaround.
Next: Can it be secured? Not really. I thought it was running Android, haven't been able to confirm what OS is on it.
Finally: The Registration: This is probably the part that, at first was the most concerning from a corporate IT perspective. It has its own cloud based utilization/ status/ statistics gathering program that allows anyone with a corporate email address who registers a unit to see all of the other units in the environment. I discovered that we had two other units registered. In reality a person could register the unit on a personal email account and we'd never know about it, etc. This is the murky part that we haven't fully settled in on.
As of now the units are still allowed for use and we haven't made any clear conclusions on starting up an IoT type dedicated SSID, though this is not the only product driving that kind of decision it's certainly one of them.
The device does accomplish it's goal of making a remote worker feel more part of the team and for that, there were few to no other prefect alternatives.
We do morning "Huddles" where we have approximately 20 people in one room and a few other people remotely video conferencing in. We use mainly Chrome OS with Zoom running in a web browser. Our normal setup is a wide view camera on the top of a TV at one end of the room. The room is fairly large, approximately 25-30 feet long and 15 feet wide.
We tested it with a huddle this morning and overall it worked well -- some takeaways so far:
* It definitely has a "cool" factor -- people found themselves staring at the screen to see if it noticed they were speaking... we dubbed it "Witchcraft" :)
* The speed at which is detects who is speaking can vary -- sometimes it picks them up right away, sometimes it is a little slower to respond. My guess is it is trying to decipher between someone making rustling noises with paper (ie: not important sounds) vs. important sounds like speaking.
* Our room is large -- the remote users noted that the audio was similar to the high end video conference microphone we normally used -- which was an original concern of mine.
* Since our room is so large, one comment is that the people tend to have a lot of "white space" around them -- it would be nice if the Owl could zoom in on them, even digitally, to make them look larger... possibly there could be a setting for the type of meeting (small/medium/large room and if people are sitting or standing, or distance most people are from camera, etc). When sitting I don't think this would be as much an issue as when we stand for our huddles. I'm not sure if the resolution of the camera currently is high enough to support this.
* The remote users noted it was an improvement to be able to see the face of the person speaking. Normally they have to guess who is speaking based upon recognizing the voice.
* We had a few minor glitches... there was one situation where my body was directly on a split and MO would not center on me. I could see my left and right arms but the middle of my body was on the camera split. I made sure to talk directly at it was not able to pick up.
* The full room view is not very useful when having a large conference (huddle) type setup -- the remote users considered it more "gimmicky" and not effective as it was too small. It also takes up the screen real-estate and so the direct shots of people are smaller. Two options: A) It would be nice to have the option in the app to turn that feature off. B) It would be cool if it could "auto turn off" if someone within the same room was not speaking. For example if only a remote person was speaking, show the full room, but once someone within the room is speaking then show only the large views of people (and get rid of the panorama) as it is not as relevant. This may be tough as you would have to figure out how MO could determine the difference between a speaker and the TV [Maybe the app would allow defining the location of the TV in the setup to aid MO in this].
* Along with having an app to change settings -- I may have a number of staff using the device and not be connected to MO for settings. It would be cool to have mini QR code cards (think index card type things) that we could hold up to the MO camera to change settings. If my team wanted to turn the Panorama on/off, they could just hold up a QR code to the MO and it would change the setting instantly. We don't want people fumbling with their phones or having to "connect" it if they have not already. [Feel free to send me a free MO if you use that idea LOL]
* One unintended side effect: The MO makes me much more aware of the bald spot on the back of my head... I can now see it when I look at the TV. :)
- It would be nice if the resolved video was slightly higher res so you could read things on whiteboards (without writing super huge)
- It does seem to pickup HVAC/computer fans just a bit... don't know if there's a way to filter out drone type noises better.
- Super minor - An indicator on the unit of which way is front (ie, which side is where the split in the panorama view is) so you can split the in-room tv instead of someone's head.
I'm thinking of dropping these in all of my smaller conference rooms. I agree with one of the other reviewers, the time it takes to recognize the speaker can vary. Regardless, I have tried a variety of wide angle lens camera's to work with smaller huddle rooms with no success. This crazy camera is awesome and does a great job with small huddle rooms! I've not tried it in larger environments.
Here's my gripe, I have a lot of different folks coming into the conference rooms. The hardware is very elegant but I prefer more clearly marked buttons in lieu of elegance. The subtle control buttons at the base are too obscure for a common use environment.
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Let me explain what makes it so significant. For one million years or so, humans have met by sitting round something in a circle. It might be a fire or it might be a boardroom or restaurant table. But a circle is the natural format for a meeting. Sitting in rows as though you are on a bus is hence not a natural format for any meeting, which explains why videoconferencing often feels kind of weird.
The owl, by contrast, by sitting in the *middle* of the table, allows any number of people at remote locations to attend a meeting as though they were present in person - without disrupting the normal format of the meeting as most v/c equipment does. Its party trick is that, using an array of direction microphones, it automatically zooms in on whoever is speaking at the time: it does this pretty quickly. Cleverer still, if two or three people around the table are engaged in rapid dialogue, it creates a split screen image (like an early episode of 24) to show all of them - ingeniously splitting the picture into two (see image) or three.
It works best for groups between two and eight - though ten would work at a pinch. Attending such a meeting remotely (via Zoom, Bluejeans, etc) is about 80% as good as attending in person. By contrast, my previous efforts have ranged between 50% and utter disaster.
It pretty much works straight out of the box. Moreover you won't need to call someone from IT to make it work. Anyone with a laptop can get it working in a couple of minutes. So far everyone who has either attended an Owl meeting - or, more important, joined an Owl meeting from elsewhere - has been dumbstruck by how good it is.
Is it expensive. Yes. But compared to what? Compared to a transatlantic air ticket,not really.
A seemingly trivial but vital point. Its cute appearance and quirky name mean that it is memorable, distinctive and fun. For any IT equipment buyers watching, this means that normally conservative end-users will remember to use it without being bullied. You can imagine staff asking to use an owl much more readily than they would request a Procomm 407b or whatever.
* If you want a carrying case, just buy a SAFROTTO Lens Case Lens Pouch for TAMRON 150-600mm Lens. It's a case for a paparazzo's camera lens, but it fits the owl very well.
The unit provides a full room view
the magic inside that focuses on the person speaking is very clever and provides a more immersive experience.
the audio is good.
easy to setup
it takes a little while for the camera to start sharing video (a fast startup would be better)
You end up with the sides of peoples faces as they're looking at a screen which is in a different location than the camera.
the auto detection sometimes takes a while to realise someone new is speaking.
you're going to need to run a usb cable possibly from your tv to your desk if you had a wall based AV install/setup.
you can't easily add more mics to it (that i can tell) -
the image quality is okay, but not really comparable to an HD with optical zoom.
For the money the build is a bit rough around the bottom,
I'd like to potentially remove the room view for just the person view.
We have two and possibly will get more, they work well in huddle rooms, i feel more like the people are in the room vs hiding at the back! Its okay for the money but its a struggle between the logitech meetup.
The camera is surprisingly clear, with full 360 and minimal distortion. It does a reasonable job of recognising participants around it, but can get fooled occasionally.
The audio is very clear for both the remote participants and those around the owl.
Setup is a breeze, and up and running in minutes.
We have used this with equally great results on Slack, Zoom and MS Teams.
360 degree all round strip view, plus automatic close up camera that is voice activated I.e. it moves to picture the person who is speaking.
Cables are plenty long enough, nothing more to it. Buy it, you won’t regret it!
The panoramic view is a really neat idea and makes the viewer feel like they're in the room.
We tried it in the middle of the table and also at one end of a long table and both reportedly had good sound and visual, so all-in-all, great product, probably a good price, head-ache free (finally!), and simple, cool tech.