Which Logitech video conferencing camera is best for you?
Since the launch of video conferencing in the 1970s, this sophisticated technology has developed to become one of the most beneficial functions for international businesses to discuss corporate affairs around the world with future leaders, effectively forging and maintaining positive working relationships worldwide.
With the recent news that international giant Logitech has partnered with Microsoft to build the Logitech SmartDock, targeted at businesses which currently utilise the Skype platform, we take a look the SmartDock and other video conferencing cameras made by Logitech, which have proved popular with corporate businesses.
The first video conference camera in this format, the SmartDock incorporates a motion sensor within its design, incorporating advanced camera, speaker and video equipment which compliment other technologies under the Skype umbrella.
Only available to reserve currently, it is sure to be a hit with corporate businesses and become one of Logitech’s best sellers.
Suitable for a meeting of up to 20 people, the Logitech GROUP is compatible with Windows and MAC and can enable up to this number to contribute to discussions.
Providing crisp audio and high quality video, the camera is able to tilt and zoom when required, incorporating noise reduction technology. However, it is one of the most expensive models on the market.
What it lacks in size, the Connect technology makes up for in efficiency. Suitable for meetings of up to six people, and for people who are continuously on the move, Connect provides 360-degree sound and 4x digital zoom and incorporates a rechargeable battery, allowing 3 hours of conversation time.
The PTZ Pro is one of Logitech’s most versatile video conferencing camera’s, ideal for large or smaller meeting spaces.
Compatible with a wife range of software, the camera is lightweight, with a wide zoom and incorporation of a 130 degree tilt.
The smallest video conference technology in Logitech’s collection, the BCC950 is suitable for groups of up to four, ideal for meetings within smaller spaces, providing clear audio quality.
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Dr Peng Wei: Designing the Future of Autonomous Aircraft
Air traffic is expected to double by 2037. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the world will need 37,000+ new passenger and freight aircraft, and more than half a million new pilots—unless we come up with another solution. Right now, a George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science professor, Dr Peng Wei, is starting to research autonomous electric aircraft design.
NASA will fund the research, which will study how to minimise risks for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL). As Airbus states: ‘Autonomous technologies also have the potential to improve air traffic management, enhance sustainability performance and further improve aircraft safety’.
Who is Dr Wei?
An assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr Wei has researched aircraft control, optimisation, and AI and ML applications in aviation. Over the next three years, he’ll lead the US$2.5mn NASA grant project in collaboration with researchers from Vanderbilt, the University of Texas at Austin, and MIT’s Lincoln Lab.
Why is His Research Important?
Even though the wide adoption of self-piloting cars, much less aircraft, is still far down the road, technologies that Dr Wei and his colleagues are researching will form the commercial transport of the future. But aviation manufacturers, in order to produce autonomous aircraft, will have to meet extremely high safety standards.
‘The key challenge for self-piloting capabilities is how the system reacts to unforeseen events’, said Arne Stoschek, Wayfinder Project Executive at Acubed. ‘That’s the big jump from automated to autonomous’. In the air, AI-piloted aircraft will have to manoeuvre around adverse weather conditions, such as wind and storms, and other high-altitude risks, such as GPS hacking, cyberattacks, and aircraft degradation. And the stakes are high.
‘If a machine learning algorithm makes a mistake in Facebook, TikTok, Netflix —that doesn't matter too much because I was just recommended a video or movie I don't like’, Dr Wei said. ‘But if a machine learning algorithm mistake happens in a safety-critical application, such as aviation or in autonomous driving, people may have accidents. There may be fatal results’.
What Are His Other Projects?
In addition to the new NASA research, Dr Wei has been awarded three other grants to pursue AI-piloted aircraft:
- A 2-year grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in conjunction with West Virginia University and Honeywell Aerospace to investigate “learning-based” aviation systems
- A six-month SBIR Phase I NASA award with Intelligent Automation to mitigate airspace congestion at vertiports—the electric craft version of airports.
- A 1-year collaborative grant with the University of Virginia and George Mason University from the Virginia Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) to develop anti-cyber attack technologies and aviation video systems
Research like NASA and Dr Wei’s three-year programme will help improve how AI reacts and adapts to challenging air conditions. In coming years, autonomous aircraft will likely take off slowly, starting with small package delivery, then upgraded drones, and finally commercialised aircraft. But congestion issues will worsen until autonomous aircraft are the best alternative.
According to BBC Future, by 2030, commuters will spend nearly 100 hours a year in Los Angeles and Moscow traffic jams, and 43 cities will be home to more than 10 million people. The final verdict? Bring on the AI-operated transit.