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WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY / HOME CINEMA

Logitech Launches Skype Smart TV Camera

By David Richards | Sunday | 05/08/2012

Logitech - who competes head on with Microsoft in the PC camera, mouse and keyboard market - has teamed up with Microsoft owned Skype to deliver a new high-definition camera system which allows users to make video calls from HDMI-equipped TVs.

The LogitechTV Cam HD, which could hit Australia in time for Xmas has built-in Skype capability, Wi-Fi or Ethernet connectivity and a bundled remote controller.

It can place and accept Skype video and audio calls from users of any Skype platform, including smartphones, tablets, HDTVs or computers.

They can sign into their existing Skype names or create a new account for the HDTV.

The Logitech TV Cam HD can also be used to place calls through a Skype account to conventional landline or mobile numbers using Skype Credit or a calling subscription plan.

The system camera incorporates a wide-angle lens developed in conjunction with the German optics specialist Carl Zeiss. The combination of Logitech Fluid Crystal Technology and Carl Zeiss optics is said to enable crystal-clear sound and images, even in low light.

Other features of the system include a built-in ringer, dedicated power supply to keep the phone ready to receive a call when the TV is off, and four microphones that help reduce noise and echoes for enhanced audio quality.

"Amazing connections happen when the video calling experience moves to the TV in the living room: the most popular and comfortable place in the house," said Joerg Tewes, vice president of Logitech's digital home business group. 

"Because of the size of the TV screen and the quality of the video, the new Logitech TV Cam HD with Skype brings a whole new social element to the living room, helping you feel like your family and friends are right there with you. It's a transformative experience."
 
All that is required to make calls is the device and an Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection. Users operate the device using the included remote to sign in and make video calls to other Skype users on any Skype-supported device. Users can also call mobile or landlines using their Skype credit straight from the device.

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