For a while now, if you and several of your team were in a meeting room, you would have had a less visible presence than those meeting one to one on their laptops, desktop computers or mobile devices. Well, not anymore! Neat Symmetry is a revolutionary development in video smart room technology and unique to Neat. Currently in beta, Neat Symmetry combines advanced AI with a high-resolution sensor to detect everyone in the meeting room, zooming in to individually pinpoint and auto frame each person, then presenting them up close on remote participants screens. In short, it restores the symmetry that's crucial to more natural video communication.
Being in Zoom meetings from home, we've all gotten used to seeing everyone prominently displayed on our personal screens in Gallery View. But returning to the office, we find our presence diminished to a few tiny pixels in the meeting room. With hybrid working becoming a prevalent part of the new normal and everyone keeping a safe social distance, Neat has been exploring pioneering ways of restoring symmetry between people in the meeting room and those remote.
Subtle facial expressions or body gestures are often difficult to detect when people are spread out in the meeting room, making everything seem fragmented and less of a shared experience. Typically, the room's surroundings, walls, ceiling, office furniture, etc., engulf most of the image on people's screens, causing a further divide between all involved. Video images that are too small or large result in a loss of felt human connection, leaving remote participants disengaged.
For example, if you only frame a person from the shoulders up, it's no longer possible to read their hand gestures or other mannerisms. Voice-tracking technology found in traditional video conferencing solutions typically zooms in on the person in the room who's actively speaking, however, the problem with this approach is that you typically only see that person and no one else. What's more, if another in-room participant interrupts or chimes in with a remark, the focus will shift to them but often too fast or too slow.
The patent-pending Neat Symmetry cleverly corrects that by enabling everyone in the room to be seen, regardless of who's speaking. It separately auto frames each person, wherever they sit or stand, by zooming in on those at the back and showing them in equal proportion to their teammates at the front. By cropping each person's image to just the right size, remote participants can read their entire body language more easily.
And if two or three people sit beside or close to each other, Neat Symmetry's AI will work out the algorithm and recalibrate to frame them together, avoiding any overlap and loss of image quality. Neat Symmetry only focuses on what matters, i.e., the people in the meeting room. It brings everyone there to the forefront of remote participants screens for closer than ever engagement.
Neat Symmetry takes the concept of auto framing to the next level by applying it to each person's frame, instinctively following them if they shift positions, get up or move around.
Nearly all people find it challenging to manage a meeting while having to rely on manual camera control. That's why journalists are accompanied by a cameraman when conducting interviews or reporting. Then they can concentrate on the task at hand without any distractions. And so it goes with video. Your cognitive focus should be on your meeting or whatever other activity it is you're doing and nothing else.
Whether you're collaborating with colleagues, talking to clients, giving instructions to customers or teaching a class full of remote students, Neat Symmetry's smooth and super responsive auto framing gives you the freedom to be stationary, pace about or be as energetic as you need to be. All the while, ensuring you're fully in frame.
Instead of remote participants peering in and feeling like a fly on the wall, they'll be right in the thick of the action with you.
Pushing the boundaries of how people in the meeting room, classroom and other environments actively engage, Neat continuously strives to deliver radically simple, innovative and flexible solutions across many product and service categories. All Neat devices only exist for Zoom. They are a native Zoom solution, meaning each model is purpose-built to seamlessly make everything Zoom customers experience smoother, smarter, faster, more stable and secure. In collaboration with Zoom, Neat brings people closer together by delivering the future of video technology today!