The Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) trade show provided an impressive glimpse into the latest developments in cameras and conference systems, with a particular emphasis on features enabling hybrid meetings and events, enhancing participant experience.
Enhancing Participant Experience: Depiction of Physical Participants and Virtual Interaction
One of the key features is the depiction of physical participants on individual screens. This allows for improved interaction between those present and virtual attendees. In addition to visual representation, cameras can also identify individuals in the room and display their names, provided appropriate consent is given.
Another significant aspect is the automatic focus on selected individuals. By identifying and selecting the optimal camera angle, based on head and speech direction, it ensures that speakers and their counterparts are well represented on the screen, both on-site and online.
Seamless Integration: Automatic Switching to Whiteboard and Presentation Features
An intriguing approach is the automatic switching to the whiteboard, facilitating the seamless integration of presentations and notes into the hybrid meeting environment.
In the development of cameras and conference systems, there is a strong emphasis on integrated solutions. Consideration of body posture to predict movement direction is an important aspect that promotes natural interaction among participants and ensures smooth autotracking of the speaker.
Future Directions: Facial Analytics and Potential Applications
Although facial analytics have not yet been incorporated into any systems showcased at ISE, there are already considerations for utilizing emotion recognition, particularly concerning end-users such as HR departments. They could utilize the technology for employee satisfaction assessments or to promote employee mental health. Additionally, software-based age and gender estimation are seen as potential application areas. The facial detection and emotion analysis software library SHORE offers the best conditions to explore these new application fields. It combines scientifically grounded, AI-based algorithms with low resource requirements and is therefore also suitable for embedded systems like cameras. This enables comprehensive analysis and evaluation of facial features and emotions during hybrid meetings and events.
The visit to the ISE highlighted the intense innovation pressure in the fiercely competitive camera market. The features and capabilities of cameras and conference systems aim to optimize hybrid meetings and events and enable seamless integration of physical presence and virtual participation.