August 3, 2012
Logitech Launches Dedicated HD TV Cam For Skype
John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Video-chat cameras have had a rocky path into living rooms so far. A great idea, on paper at least, but mostly falling short in execution with cumbersome instructions and compatibility issues usually relegating the device to the back of the closet sooner or later.Gadget maker Logitech is giving it a go with the new Logitech TV Cam HD, capturing high-definition video and operating on any HDTV with an HDMI input, writes Engadget´s Sharif Sakr.
Built-in Skype software and wifi allows it to be used without a computer, minimizing interface issues. The camera, listing for $200, also has an ethernet port if you want to use a wired connection. HD Skype video calls can now be made by sitting on the couch in front of your TV.
Logitech is hoping that families will see the advantage of a dedicated camera system over their existing mobile devices and laptops in favor of an always-on set-up with incoming call alerts, four noise-cancelling mics and a Carl Zeiss lens that “gets the whole family in the video call, so everyone from grandparents to grandchildren can move around naturally.”
"After inputting your personal Skype account information, you can make Skype video or voice calls just as you would with your computer, smartphone, or tablet, navigating the on-screen user-interface with the included remote," according to a CNET Editor's Take review.
Logitech hasn´t given a specific ship date for the TV Cam HD, but says it will be available in the US and Europe beginning in August and September, respectively.