- 360-degree webcam
- Four built-in mics
- Voice and face tracking
- Plug-and-play installation
- Wide compatibility
- Voice tracking has a slight delay at times
- Power cord could be a little longer
If you have several people in the same room during a meeting, you usually see everyone at a distance or huddled together around a small webcam. At best, everyone has their own webcam, calling into a video meeting separately. But the COOLPO AI Huddle Pana changes everything with its 360-degree panoramic webcam and AI technology to make every person feel seen and heard.
Overview of Features
I recently had the opportunity to test out the COOLPO AI Huddle Pana in a few small meetings of my own. Just looking at the unique features, I was already excited to see what a difference it might make. Before I get to the actual testing, let’s take a look at the features.
Despite the “huddle” part of the name, you don’t actually huddle close. Instead, the approximately foot-tall webcam complete with speaker and microphones sits either in the center of your conference table or a bit closer to a large monitor or screen, depending on the number of participants and the room you’re using.
This isn’t your everyday webcam, though. The 360-degree panoramic camera sets atop the device. Everyone in the room can be seen at all times.
Four microphones pick up voices from up to 15 feet away, allowing for free movement around the room. And, as you speak, the camera automatically shifts the focus to the speaker, highlighting them in red so that everyone knows exactly who’s speaking in the room.
Intelligent speaker tracking not only tracks voices, but faces. If you move out of the initial frame the webcam places you in, it automatically shifts to follow you without ever having to move the webcam.
The camera offers support for 720P, 1080P, and 4K HD for the clearest video possible with your connection and video conferencing app. It’s also compatible with most major video conferencing software, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, BlueJeans, and Google Hangouts.
The plug-and-play setup means you’re not spending forever troubleshooting your hardware right before a big meeting. It’s made for smaller groups, ideally up to 15 people. Of course, any other remote group can also use their own COOLPO AI Huddle Pana webcam for more immersive virtual meetings.
Straight out of the box, the device is impressive. It’s sturdy and has a non-slip grip on the bottom to keep it from sliding easily on a slick conference table. A protective cover keeps the camera itself protected when not in use, which I personally loved. After all, it’s way too easy for a camera lens to get scratched.
The instruction booklet couldn’t be more clear. All you have to do is connect the COOLPO AI Huddle Pana webcam to a power source and then connect the USB cable to your computer. All cables connect securely underneath the device.
It only takes a few seconds for your system to recognize and install the device. Then, just open your chosen video conferencing tool, and you’re all set.
If you encounter any issues, check the settings in your video conferencing app and ensure the COOLPO device is selected as your speaker, microphone, and camera. I had no issue with Skype or Zoom, but in Google Meet, I had to manually change the speaker.
You’ll need to press the power button on the device. Whenever the device is on, the light underneath glows blue. When the mics are muted, it glows pink.
Testing Before the Meeting
I wanted to take a minute to see how the COOLPO AI Huddle Pana looked and worked on-screen before diving straight into a meeting. Needless to say, I was instantly impressed.
The screen is divided based on the number of speakers, just like any video-conferencing software where everyone has their own block. The difference is everyone is sharing the exact same webcam with the Coolpo webcam.
The bottom section of the screen continuously shows the entire room – a full 360-degree view of the room. If you’re working from a cluttered home office, you may want to tidy up a bit before using this as it will literally show all your dirty laundry.
The upper section is divided into individual people. I had someone come over to my home office to help with the testing. The moment he walked into the room, the camera picked him and gave him his own dedicated part of the screen. It also kept track of him as he walked around. As he spoke, his block highlighted in red and switched back quickly when I started to speak.
Meeting With Coolpo AI Huddle Pana
Let me start off by saying this was definitely a different experience. I can’t tell you how freeing it is to be able to move around and have the webcam track where I’m at without me having to adjust it. This makes giving a presentation, especially if you have physical slides or a product to demonstrate, much easier.
The video quality is definitely great, and we could easily hear the other party through the speaker. I did have to turn the volume up rather high, but it sounded clear without any echoes.
While it was just a meeting of three, it was nice to have our faces highlighted when speaking. In a larger group, this would be even more helpful, especially if you’re meeting with people who don’t already know you.
The only issue I ran into was the voice recognition where it changes focus seemed to work faster with a female voice. It took several seconds longer to recognize and switch to the male voice.
However, we tried speaking at around 10 to 11 feet away, and the mics picked us up as clearly as if we were sitting next to the mics.
If you regularly have several people in the same room during a meeting, the COOLPO AI Huddle Pana is an invaluable tool. It’s much more effective than your standard webcam. Plus, it’s easy to pack away and take with you for meetings almost anywhere, as long as you have a power source.
Overall, I can’t say enough good things about this webcam. The 360-degree panoramic view gives you the freedom to move and comfortably space yourselves out during a meeting. Plus, giving everyone their own dedicated section of the screen makes meetings feel more personal than just seeing a wide view of an entire room.
Businesses and small teams will likely get the most use out of this all-in-one webcam, microphone, and speaker combination. You can upgrade your meetings by buying the COOLPO AI Huddle Pana webcam yourself for just $599.98.
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