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Google Partners With Lenovo For New Video Conferencing Kits

Google has partnered with Lenovo to develop its new ‘Meet’ hardware kits for conference rooms, following continued demand for video conferencing amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The new Series One Meet hardware kits can automatically frame devices according to the number of participants – without needing facial recognition – with international pre orders set to open soon.

The unveiling follows continued improvements in Google’s videoconferencing Meet software, with the new hardware kits set to increase customer loyalty and product synergy.

Kits will include a 12MP Smart Camera, or for larger rooms a 20.3MP Smart Camera XL.

The smart cameras are also capable of digitally panning, tilting and zooming.

Set-ups are powered by a Chrome-based ‘Meet Compute System’, with the option of remote control of touchscreen available according to kit. Devices will support Google Assistant voice commands as standard.

Kits will include a Smart Audio Bar with a 2.5″ woofer, and eight beam-forming microphones which claim to process up to 44 channels simultaneously.

Aimed for business conference rooms, the new Series One kits are tipped to release from US$2,999 with local pricing and availability to be announced.

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