Video conferencing vendors have aimed to simplify deployments with cost-effective kits that include cameras and audio peripherals for small meeting rooms.
The history of video conference hardware begins and ends in the boardroom. In the past, video was complicated, expensive and limited to the C-suite. Several video vendors did well, however, and made a lot of money serving this limited market for the last 20 years.
More recently, though, analyst reports have cited a massive market for video conferencing in small meeting rooms, which dwarfs the big boardroom market. With these smaller meeting rooms, or huddle rooms, vendors face less profit per room, but millions of more rooms. As a result, video conference hardware vendors have been quick to market new products geared for huddle rooms.