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The Rise of the Smart Webcam for PC: Huddly's GO Camera Wants to Be the Smartest

March 2, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by VC Dailey

I think it's time we rethought how we use the word "smart" when it comes to our digital apps and devices. It's become a buzzword attached to everything from TVs and watches to fridges and glasses. There is even a smart hairbrush that connects via wifi to a mobile app to "reinvent a person's relationship to their hair." (Yeah, we don't know what that means, either).

So is it enough to have an internet connection in place to earn the title smart? What if the product just follows a programmed algorithm to generate generic connections? Is Netflix smart for recommending I watch Mr. Deeds starring Adam Sandler because I watched Sandy Wexler starring Adam Sandler?

In the video conferencing world, the term "smart" is reserved for webcams that can act independently. Autofocus, auto zoom, automatically adjusting for light conditions, even automatically switching focus to whomever is currently speaking-these things are smart.

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