Bose Professional has announced the availability of the Videobar VB1, a new “all-in-one” USB conferencing device. It’s intended to bring quality audio and video to meeting spaces.
The Videobar VB1 is equipped with six beam-steering microphones designed to actively focus on voices in a room and reject noise. The Bose-proprietary transducers reproduce audio from multimedia presentations and play Bluetooth audio. A 4K HD camera with autoframing is intended to foster clear video so remote participants can see presenters, whiteboards and other in-room objects.
The single-cable USB connectivity eliminates the need for separate audio and video cables at the table, reducing clutter. The device can be mounted to suit the space using the included table stand or wall-mount kit. All mounting options allow for tilt capability to help keep the team optimally centered in the video image.
The VB1 is Microsoft Teams Certified and connects to existing network infrastructure, integrating with popular third-party cloud services including Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Zoom and more. Remote management and configuration capabilities are designed to make it easier to deploy and manage from anywhere, whether a single unit or up to 1,000 installed in conference rooms across the globe.
The Videobar VB1 can be configured with the Bose Work Configuration software available as an app or via web browser. Management of devices can be done remotely with the Bose Work Management app, which displays real-time status and allows for single-unit or system-wide changes.
Using a smartphone or included IR remote, settings can be controlled in real time using the Bose Work mobile app to adjust volume, mute/unmute, pan, tilt, zoom, presets and Bluetooth pairing. Users have the additional option to connect a smartphone via Bluetooth connectivity to use the Videobar VB1 as a stand-alone speakerphone or to stream music.