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Kandao Introduces AI-Based 360° Conference Camera with Auto Focus on Speaker

Kandao Technology, the company specializing in 360° imaging technology and camera hardware, officially launched an intelligent 8K 360° video conferencing camera, Kandao Meeting, which is designed to enhance the efficiency of remote collaboration.

“After releasing a series of award-winning 360° cameras, we’ve witnessed how 360° technology innovates different industries with a better solution. Its immersive experience is so unique that can bring people closer, even though they’re far apart,” said Chen Dan, the CEO and co-founder of Kandao, “That’s why we made a new attempt on conferencing cameras, as increasing companies need to remotely collaborate in a more engaging way, with the help of 360° and AI technology.”

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According to Forbes, remote work has become the standard operating mode for at least 50% of the U.S. population. When the rise of remote working continues, companies face challenges like how to establish a cohesive team without making remote workers feel isolated. Kandao Meeting all-in-one 360° conferencing camera can help to solve those challenges by providing an intuitive and user-friendly video meeting experience.

Kandao Meeting combines two high-quality fisheye lenses, 8 microphone array and speaker together. It can be put in the center of a meeting room to capture all the attendees at 8K resolution, while automatically focus on the people as they speak. The remote participants on the other end will get a 1080P HD stream with close-ups of the speakers view, making them feel like being in the same room.

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By using AI-enabled facial recognition and eight omnidirectional microphones to pick up the sound, Kandao Meeting can automatically locate the active speaker and highlight on his/her gesture and facial expression. In this way, everyone can feel they’re in the center of a conversation, without any remotely control or awkwardly turning of camera during the video meeting.

In order to further free people from the complex process, Kandao Meeting is made to be plug-and-play. It can directly connected to Skype, Zoom, WebEx and most video conferencing platforms with just a USB connection. The pop-up 8K360° camera can be pressed down to turn off as a way to protect privacy, and no software is needed for installing and upgrading the camera.

As a smart conferencing camera, three different meeting scenarios are being considered in its design. When the team involves in a discussion, the camera will show a split view of who is speaking; if the meeting is about presenting a proposal, the camera can switch modes to deliver an exclusive shot of the key speaker and turn to others when necessary. The third mode shows a global view of all the attendees without auto-focusing.

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