Owl Labs unveiled a product on Wednesday that could alter the way we see videoconferencing forever by making the remote meeting experience more immersive.

The videoconferencing technology company introduced Meeting Owl Pro, the second-generation Meeting Owl. They are the only 360-degree camera, mic and speaker smart devices on the market today. Powered by Owl Intelligence System, the products aim to give viewers the feeling that they are sitting in the room. Meeting Owl Pro is an improvement of the first product because it comes with a sharper camera, capable of 1080p resolution, and a 360-degree speaker that is twice as loud, reaching conference tables that are up to 18 feet away.

When planners place Meeting Owl Pro in the center of the conference table, Owl Intelligence System uses vision and voice recognition to shift the camera to identify and magnify whoever is speaking, creating a remote meeting experience that makes nonattendees feel engaged.

Both products are compatible with many often-used videoconferencing platforms, including Zoom, Google Meet, Skype for Business, Slack, GoTo Meeting and more.

The Meeting Owl Pro is a part of the larger Smart Meeting Room ecosystem, enhancements of which will roll out starting in 2020. These new features will include the following.

  • Q1 2020: IT Analytics Suite and Fleet Management to help your company get more out of its meeting spaces
  • Q2 2020: New technology to bring the whiteboard to the remote participant
  • Late 2020: Additional meeting productivity applications