What a Hoot—Introducing the Owl Bar Videoconferencing Device

The new Owl Bar in use in a meeting space conducting a videoconference.
(Image credit: Owl Labs)

In a world where 98% of meetings have at least one remote participant but only 8% of the 89 million meeting rooms are wired for videoconferencing, Owl Labs has launched a brand-new solution for the hybrid world. The Owl Bar device is an all-in-one front-of-room camera, microphone, and speaker that pairs with the Meeting Owl device and Whiteboard Owl camera for a more equitable meeting experience. 

The Owl Bar works wirelessly with a 360-degree, center-of-the-room camera for a front and center videoconferencing experience. The Owl Labs ecosystem uses its proprietary AI-powered software to automatically switch between cameras to capture the best view of in-room attendees, enabling more natural face-to-face conversations between in-person and remote participants. 

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The Owl Bar works as a standalone device or integrates with other Owl Labs products using proprietary multi-camera software to create a custom ecosystem that accurately frames the faces of in-room participants on-screen as they turn their heads, improving eye contact and preventing side views. The products are powered by Owl Intelligence System (OIS) software, which uses AI to intelligently auto-focus on in-room attendees as they speak and move. Owl Labs solutions work seamlessly together and scale to show the best view of all gathering spaces, from small huddle rooms to large boardrooms. 

“Owl Labs has been focusing on making 360-degree video conferencing products for nearly a decade, recognizing the value of hybrid collaboration and creating the center-of-room video conferencing category long before the world urgently adapted to this way of working during the pandemic,” said Frank Weishaupt, CEO of Owl Labs.

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The Owl Bar pairs with other Owl Labs devices or works alone and it is compatible with all major video conferencing platforms. 

Owl Bar Highlights

The new Owl Bar videoconferencing solution in white.

(Image credit: Owl Labs)
  • Automatically shows best view of speakers: When paired with the Meeting Owl, the OIS software automatically switches between cameras to show the best view of participants’ faces on-screen.
  • Multi-camera ecosystem supports spaces of any size: Uses proprietary software to connect seamlessly with other Owl Labs devices, including the Meeting Owl, the Whiteboard Owl, and the Expansion Mic, to scale and support different rooms. Can be mounted on a wall, mounted to a television screen, or placed on a table. 
  • High-quality video: Owl Bar’s 114-degree, 4K, 30-megapixel camera pairs with the Meeting Owl’s 360-degree, custom fisheye lens, so all meeting attendees are clearly seen. 
  • High-fidelity audio: Owl Bar’s four omnidirectional microphones and integrated, high-definition speaker can pair with eight smart mics on the Meeting Owl, so everyone can be heard.
  • IT support and device management: Manage the Owl Bar and other devices via tablet, phone or desktop app, with remote fleet management capabilities through the Nest customer portal. 

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