This Logitech device lets you setup a video-conference room on a budget

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This Logitech device lets you setup a video-conference room on a budget

This portable device is designed to turn any meeting room into a video-conferencing centre.

Traditionally, when companies wanted a multi-person videoconference they needed to have an expensive set up with a special room configured with a screen and camera. Logitech are trying to break into that market with a portable solution that can turn any meeting room into a video-conferencing centre.

The Logitech ConferenceCam Connect is expected to be available in Australia in April 2015 at a suggested price of $599.95.

The Logitech ConferenceCam Connect is a portable all-in-one videoconference solution designed for small and medium sized rooms. You'll need to connect it to a computer via USB - it works with PCs, Macs, or Chromebooks. It integrates with many popular video-conferencing systems videoconferencing system Jabber, WebEx, GoToMeeting, Blue Jeans, Google Hangouts, Lifesize, Microsoft Lync, Skype, Vidyo and Zoom.

Unlike many room-based video-conferencing systems, the ConferenceCam Connect is portable. It has PC and Mac compatibility for video conferencing, and mobile connectivity for screen-mirror projection. Windows and Android users can connect wirelessly to the ConferenceCam Connect so that whatever is on their screen is mirrored to a TV screen through an HDMI connection.

Unlike a laptop or webcam, the ConferenceCam Connect is designed with a lens that can capture a 90-degreee field of view so conference participants can see several people in one shot. Laptops and webcams are typically designed for one-to-one conferences. 

Backing up its claims to portability, the ConferenceCam Connect can run on a internal battery for up to three hours for a video conference. It can also be used as a conference phone. The battery will take you through 15 hours in that mode.

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