When Google upgraded its Hangouts conferencing app to an enterprise version, Hangouts Meet, it decided it needed some dedicated hardware to go with it. There are four components: a touchscreen controller, a speakermic designed by Google, an ASUS Chromebox running Google’s ChromeOS, and a camera. Several speakermics can be daisychained to cover long conference tables, while the camera’s built-in software helps it detect meeting participants, cropping and zooming the image to fit them in the frame. The hardware is available from Google as a kit, but the camera, developed by Norwegian firm Huddly, is also available separately. It has a 16 megapixel sensor with a 150-degree field of view, and connects to computers via a USB 3 port.
It isn’t just for Google Hangouts: It also works with Skype, Slack, BlueJean, JoinMe, Zoom, Starleaf, IBM Connections and Appear.in.