Webcams move to 4K panoramic video

Webcams move to 4K panoramic video

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Founded in 2013 and having secured two rounds of funding, including a Series B round of $10.5M from Intel Capital back in 2014, California-based startup Altia Systems has just launched its PanaCast2 Personal Panoramic Video System.
By eeNews Europe

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The plug-and-play USB video camera which integrates three tiny cameras boasts 3840×1080 pixels 4K resolution with a panoramic view spanning 180° horizontal for a 54° tall field of view.

The high resolution and wide viewing angles make it suitable for room-sized web and video conferencing without the use of electro-mechanical pan, tilt and zoom cameras. The camera comes complete with cloud services and apps, supporting touch-enabled controls that allow all the participants to see what they want to view within the visual field in real-time — and independently of each other.

For a distortion-free natural looking perspective, the 3840×1080 pixel frames are rendered onto a mathematically-correct cylindrical surface, yet video latency is claimed to be less than 15ms from photons to USB data output.

Expected to ship early in the third quarter at USD995 with PanaCast Experience service user licenses starting at $19.99 per active user per month, the plug-and-play camera is clearly aimed at the enterprise market where it will enhances popular collaboration applications like Microsoft Skype for Business, Skype, Cisco WebEx, Google Hangouts, Citrix GoToMeeting, Vidyo, Zoom, and others without requiring any driver or software installs.

As well as backing the startup company, Intel is engaged in an engineering pilot with Altia Systems’ first-generation PanaCast cameras to bring the best out of this new product on Intel Core processor-based PCs.

Visit Altia Systems at www.altiasystems.com

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