Owl Labs Announces Meeting Owl Availability in Canada

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Company begins international expansion as customers adopt the Meeting Owl to strengthen communications between employees based around the world

January 12, 2018, Boston, MA – Owl Labs, maker of the 360° intelligent video conferencing camera, today announced that it has expanded sales into Canada, the first step in its international rollout. Owl Labs’ popular Meeting Owl is already being used by over 500 companies like Engineers Without Borders Canada to enhance communication with colleagues and employees based around the world.

“Demand for the Meeting Owl has accelerated our international plans, as teams that collaborate remotely, particularly on the global scale, want their communications experiences to be more natural than geography allows,” said CEO Max Makeev of Owl Labs. “The Meeting Owl makes it possible for everyone to feel like they are valued, active participants in each conversation, whether they are across the table or across the continent.”

The Meeting Owl is a 360° video conferencing camera that sits in the center of the conference room table and automatically focuses on different people in the room as they speak. The result is a much more engaging experience for remote participants. They can see the whole room and close-up views of body language and facial expressions in a fully immersive experience.

Since launching in June, over 500 companies have purchased Meeting Owls for their conference rooms.

In addition to its ability to make meetings come alive for all participants, the Meeting Owl is accessible to organizations of all shapes and sizes, which enables them to accomplish worthy goals and projects even faster, such as in the case of EWB Canada. Among Owl Labs’ early Canadian-based customers is this nonprofit with a mission to tackle poverty and inequality by investing in social enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa, advocating for policy change and growing young leaders. One of its teams currently uses the Meeting Owl to connect with Toronto headquarters from sub-Saharan Africa.

“We have staff in Toronto and spread across many countries, and we desperately needed a conferencing system that could connect us all in an efficient and user-friendly way that was not cost-prohibitive,” said Paul Cescon, Director of Partnerships at EWB Canada. “Through the Meeting Owl, we can now provide an engaging experience that brings our remote staff into the work that’s happening at HQ.”

The Meeting Owl is $1089 CAD. Businesses in Canada can order the Meeting Owl now at www.owllabs.com/pricing/ca.

About Owl Labs

Owl Labs is a video conferencing hardware company creating a new IoT product for the conference room that puts the remote employee’s experience first. With more and more people going remote, teams need better technology to meet and stay connected to their distributed teammates. Owl Labs’ products will set a new standard for the remote meeting experience. Learn more about the company at www.owllabs.com.

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  1. rebecca@owllabs.com'

    Hi Tom, Rebecca from Owl Labs here. David is right, and I’m happy to add a bit more color. This video might help as well (it’s long, so maybe check out the first 3 or 4 minutes): https://www.owllabs.com/meeting-owl/experience

    I’d love to give some additional context to start — When a team is using a camera mounted by the TV, we’ve heard the remote participant describe this experience as if they’re a fly on the wall, or watching a bad TV version of a meeting instead of being an active participant. If the people in the room are all talking amongst themselves, they’re looking across the table, facing the back of the room to look at someone sitting far away, walking toward the white board, you name it. The one exception is that if the remote person is talking, likely the people in the room will face the TV to listen. Any other time they’re looking away.

    By putting the camera in the center of the table and giving the person 360° view, now the remote participant has the same perspective as the other folks sitting at the table. We’ve heard comments from remote participants like, “I feel like I have a sense of the room. I actually know what’s going on and I can follow the conversation better.”

    With that, if someone is sitting near the front of the room, either 90 degrees or slightly in front of the Owl, the remote person sees the side of the person’s face instead of eye contact. With that and depending on the orientation of the group, we recommend putting the Owl slightly off center more toward the front of the room.

    We’ve been pleasantly surprised how infrequently we hear this concern – nearly never. The feedback we’ve heard is the experience over all is so much better, that it’s ok. Check out the video above if you’d like to see the Owl experience! Hope this is helpful.

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