Google wants people to use meat with meat-y hardware bundles

Google is expanding its hardware offerings once again by venturing into Webcam’s business – however, the bid screams more for Cisco than Logitech. The company is selling a videoconferencing equipment bundle titled Series One Room Kit, which revolves around the somewhat ubiquitous Google Meet conferencing service and what group meetings might look like in the near future.

The company’s design is not intended to be the current environment where everyone is appearing in meetings in their pajamas, but one where parts of the workforce are kept in the office and in large room group meetings with socially troubled participants She goes. Some governments are already pushing employers to adopt such a hybrid staffing model.

Google’s Series One hardware comes in kits in sizes for small, medium and large rooms. All sizes include a Meat AI-computing unit running on Chrome OS – paired with Intel Core i7 processors and Google Edge TPUs – that automatically controls image cropping for the wide-angle camera provided by Huddly (1080p for small and medium, 4K for large), and a smart audio bar with Tensor processor for TrueVoice noise cancellation and clarity.

Series A Medium Room Kit.

The smaller kit gets a remote control while the medium and large ones are equipped with Mimo monitors with a 10.1 “touchscreen unit. Mike Pods – of which the medium kit becomes one, the larger two – for extended neurological access for individual participants . Bigger too. An assistant receives the audio bar. A meeting can be initiated or joined by calling a Google Assistant. Everything except the computer can receive power over Ethernet, including daisy-chaining.

Lenovo is handling sales for the Series One in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • New zealand
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of america

Prices start at $ 2,699 for the small room kit, $ 2,999 for the medium, and $ 3,999 for the larger. Availability is scheduled to begin in November.

These kits are included in other Google Meat setups for sale from ASUS, Acer and, yes, Logitech. Google’s offering is priced up to large kits with ASUS, but it doesn’t match the $ 5,098.