Microsoft Office Roundtable

This is one of the coolest things I have seen in a while. A 360 degree video conferencing camera.

The Technet Australia team got their hands on one and posted these details about it.

The device creates a 360-degree, panoramic video of side-by-side images of everyone who is taking part in the conference. It tracks the flow of the conversation, so the image and voice of the person who is speaking are spotlighted. People across many locations can attend meetings together virtually.

RoundTable works with Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Live Meeting, allowing companies to integrate virtual presentations, shared whiteboards and file sharing into their audio/video conferences. If someone misses a conference call, the RoundTable sessions can be recorded and viewed later.

The Microsoft Office Roundtable device

The Roundtable device in action using Microsoft Office Live Meeting

Close up of the panoramic view

Awesome! I want one! Definitely going on the shopping list.