‘Nothing is impossible’. Truly said. This statement sounds great when we discuss Meeting Owl. Sounds interesting? Yeah! It is. Meeting Owl is one of the great device that you can place on a round meeting table. Just put it to the middle of the meeting table. Further, it will do the job itself. As we said above, Meeting Owl — Best 360° Video Conferencing Solution. It will bring up a new conferencing experience to you and remote employees as well.
Today, we have our hands on this awesome gadget from Owl Labs so-called Meeting Owl. It is already widely used in offices in various developed countries including Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. For remote workers, Meeting Owl is a one-stop solution for their video conferencing requirements, i.e. a combo pack consisting of a 360-degree camera at the top, microphone array and speaker.
Andy Rubin is the man behind the Owl Labs have introduced a 360-degree video conferencing camera known as Meeting Owl. The best part is that it automatically focuses on the person who is talking at the conference. Sounds great? Yeah! So, today we are going to give a complete review of Meeting Owl.
According to the Mark Schnittman (Co-founder and CTO of Owl Labs) — “It’s a camera, a microphone, a speaker and a cellphone-class processor, and it has a connection to the network — there’s an awful lot you can do and few things you can’t do”.
Design — The Best Can be Achieved
On first sight, it looks like a portable speaker. It has dimensions of 4.4 × 4.4 × 10.8 inches, and it weighs around 1.2 Kg. It looks unique in its matte black colour finish. In the box, apart from this device, you will find a USB cable and a 12V/3A AC adapter. Thus, it can be risen and connected via.
Both options. Both the connection can be achieved at the bottom side of the Meeting Owl. A pair of eyes like lights are placed on the upper side that glows when video streaming is going on, and a pulse can be observed on the bootup.
The volume up and down buttons are also provided that are placed adequately on the device. If you want to mute the audio, then press the button located at the opposite side of the Meeting Owl. Once pressed then you will find a muted-microphone icon can be traced on-screen and near the base of the device red status strip-lights will appear.
More importantly, a dedicated button is featured, which is named as Owl Button that toggles between two on-screen speaker spotlight modes, and they are straight cuts and sliding animation.
In terms of performance, you will never be dissatisfied with Meeting Owl. It performs very well as it is an innovative kind of thing. This device is entirely dedicated to conferencing around the table. It can detect, process and store the audio from all directions because around eight omnidirectional beam-forming microphones are provided in it. It perfectly captures everyone around the table both sound and the visuals using the mics and 360-degree camera at the top. Thus, on just looking at the screen, you will see a full view of the conference room and remote employees.
Meeting Owl works intellectually as its smart microphone automatically separates the unnecessary noise from the important conversations. Moreover, its camera shifts focus according to the person who is speaking. At that time, the person who is decoding will be focused and drawn on the screen spontaneously, if someone breaks the interruptions and presents its views via. Voice then the camera will focus him. Therefore, for the group conversations consisting of multiple personalities, split views will be displayed on the screen.
The best part is that Meeting Owl is compatible across multiple platforms. We self-tested meeting owl on our laptop running on Windows 10 using both Skype and Google Hangouts, and the results were completely satisfying. Other than Windows 10, this device is also compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1. For Mac users, it is compatible with OS X 10.8 or higher. One of my friend is using it on Chrome OS, and he is never dissatisfied with it.
If you belong to the category of Linux users, then you can use it on Linux 2.626 or higher. Skype for Business, Google Meet, Zoom, Go To Meeting, Slack are some other platforms that support Meeting Owl without issues.
Meeting Owl App
To set up the Meeting Owl device, first, you will require to download the app called Meeting Owl from Google Play Store or App Store based on the OS of your smartphone. This app has a rating of 3.7 out of 5 on Google Play Store, and it has crossed more than five thousands downloads. This app was last updated on 24 January 2019 on Google Play Store.
The main tactic behind using this app is to enable the IoT features on your Meeting Owl device. Using this Meeting Owl app, your meeting experience gets improved as you can focus and lock the camera on any particular individual in the meeting room or on any portion of the meeting room. Moreover, you also get the benefit of the extended warranty once you register your Meeting Owl through the Meeting Owl App
Further, you will receive automatic feature updates. If you want to gather some more knowledge about Meeting Owl, then that can be accessed through the Meeting Owl app. You can also give your feedback and can easily access customer support.
You don’t have to worry anything about the setup process of Meeting Owl. It is as simple as sending a file over Bluetooth. No, we are not joking at all!. To begin with, the setup process is Meeting Owl first download the Meeting Owl app on your Android or iOS device.
Once the download and installation are completed, then the device connected via Bluetooth. Now, there are various useful features you will get inside the app. Most of them we have discussed above. Most importantly, there is also an option to set a passcode that will restrict unauthorized access to Meeting Owl’s settings.
However, the meeting analytic information support is officially only available for the iOS platform. Alternatively, Android users can access the information via a browser.
On our observations with Meeting Owl, we found that it all remote workers sit within six feet of the Meeting Owl 360-degree camera then you will get the best video output on the screen. For the best audio experience, it delivers the best output for participants sit up to 12 feet (3.66 m) from the device.
The reason behind the audio output is the eight microphone array that is capable of capture 360-degree wideband audio. Moreover, there is also an acoustic echo cancellation is provided for best audio processing that simultaneously cut downs the noise, and you will get 360-degree speaker outputs at 90dB SPL.
If your meeting room is a size of 17ft (5.18 m) by 13ft (3.96 m) by 10ft (3.05 m) or within then what are you waiting for? Meeting Owl rise as an ideal device on that occasion. For the best processing, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 is provided inside the Meeting Owl. It has a custom single-lens of 16MP with a resolution of 3456 × 3456 pixels.
As an output, you will get a panoramic view of the meeting room. There is a particular part called Stage is below the panoramic view that intellectually up to three participants and the highlighted speaker. Both the views can be obtained at 720p and 30fps.
Is it Worth to Buying Meeting Owl 360° Camera?
Meeting owl is 100% worthy 360-degree camera. Though investing our valuable time, we found Meeting Owl as the next class for video conferencing experience. Its price can’t be ignored. It costs around $799. Thus, it is an expensive class product but don’t forget that all the participants in the meeting room can interact naturally as they don’t have to stick to the same point comfortable in a regular camera’s field of view.
Alternatively, you can also look for other 360-degree video conferencing camera, and one of them is Polycom’s CX5500 that costs around £5,000. It will be great if you aware your remote teammates about Meeting Owl and get feedback on what they think. The whole comment section is yours. Thus, let us know your views about Meeting Owl.