Logitech has developed a new tool that is useful for group conference calling. This new conferencing hardware looks to replace the typical laptop at the end of a desk with everyone crowding around it and the overly expensive gadgets specifically for group conferencing.
The hardware includes a high definition camera and speakerphone that can connect to a USB device with the added option of expansion microphones, if need be, for more participants. I think it was smart to include an add on that is used for a bigger conference so if the company starts to expand they do not need to buy a whole new system. This device also includes Bluetooth capabilities, near field communication pairing for mobile calling, and it be used in conjunction with Skype for Business, Cisco Jabber, and WebEx. This will be useful so that a business has more opportunities to connect to other businesses that do not necessarily have a Logitech gadget. Another important point in this article is that this will appeal to small to medium-sized businesses that are new at group conference calls and want an inexpensive way to communicate. I believe that was a good move on Logitech’s part because they know that small but growing businesses are a vital part of the market and they can get a lot of these companies to purchase this new technology.
Although this article covers a lot of the basics there are still some things that were overlooked. Logitech should have done more research on network delays and video distortion. If they could have improved anything it should be audio related to insure even if the video connection is lost the whole conference is not a waste of time. Another thing is this software should have an additional layer of security to ensure the conference cannot be hacked or spied on. One last point is even though this is a less expensive form of video conferencing it still costs $999 US dollars and the expansion microphones cost $299 each which is still relatively expensive especially for a small business to obtain. At this rate a small business may opt for cramming in front of a laptop to save money or buying a less advanced type of conference video.