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Logitech moves into room-level video conferencing
Video conferencing is an increasingly mainstream business activity, no longer restricted to high-level executive meetings in vastly expensive telepresence suites. The trouble is, according to Logitech, that most meeting rooms are ill-equipped to handle video, usually just providing a speakerphone and relying on users to bring their own webcams if pictures are required. Back in 2012, Logitech's business unit launched the BCC950 ConferenceCam to deliver ad-hoc�HD video conferencing for small groups; now it has moved up a notch with the �699 ($999) ConferenceCam CC3000e, which is designed to serve meeting rooms holding up to 10 people.
The CC3000e ConferenceCam comprises a Bluetooth and NFC-enabled speakerphone, a full-HD pan-tilt-zoom camera, a dockable remote control and a powered USB hub:
The speakerphone has a 24cm-square footprint and stands 6.8cm tall, weighing 810g. It houses a pair of omnidirectional full-duplex mics, with echo and noise cancellation, allowing users to have natural-feeling conversations with remote participants from within 20 feet of the unit. The touch control panel lets you start and end calls, displays call-related information, and provides volume and camera controls -- which are replicated on the 10-foot-range remote that docks neatly into the speakerphone. The speakerphone is Bluetooth-enabled, allowing you to conduct audio conferences via your smartphone -- and if the latter supports NFC, pairing is simplicity itself.
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