Lenovo has released what is probably the most powerful webcam to date, the ThinkSmart One.
The processor that powers Lenovo’s newest smart collaboration bar is more powerful than the Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU, which resides inside the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ and the Surface Laptop 4.
Announced at InfoComm 2022 in Las Vegas, Lenovo’s first collaboration bar won’t be available until October 2022 with a price tag of $2,599 (about £2,100, AU$3,600, Eur 2,400). Fittingly, it’s covered by a three-year warranty and benefits from 365x24x7 support. Additional features like ThinkSmart Professional Services and ThinkSmart Manager Premium are available for free for the first year.
Hybrid work at the forefront
The all-in-one device is much more than just a glorified video conferencing camera, as it comes with a 10.1-inch tablet (physically separate), is powered by Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, and has enough memory and storage to rival most conventional portable businesses (8GB/256GB).
That kind of firepower is needed to handle the eight microphones, two speakers and full HD camera that are located on the bar itself. When it comes to pure connectivity, it has two LAN ports (one of which is PoE compatible), three HDMI ports and four USB ports.
The target market for the ThinkSmart One is surprisingly small and medium businesses looking for an easy-to-deploy, integrated solution for hybrid work use cases; for small and medium meeting rooms or dedicated home office areas
“Addressing the challenges of hybrid collaboration is not simply a matter of seeing and hearing more clearly. Technology must bring more natural personal experiences to virtual engagements and deliver that experience equally to all participants,” added Shannon MacKay, General Manager of Lenovo’s Worldwide Intelligent Collaboration Business.
The ThinkSmart One is compatible with Microsoft Teams and Zoom Rooms and will face stiff competition in a crowded market. Yealink, Poly (with its Studio X line), Prestigio, Epos, Audiocodes, Jabra and Qnap have all launched products in the last two years to make the most of the nascent Collaboration Bar category.