Lecture Capture

Vaddio Launches New Presenter Tracking System

Vaddio has launched the latest generation of its presenter automatic tracking system, which captures content delivered in a classroom or lecture hall without requiring dedicated camera operators.

The RoboTrak presenter tracking system uses infrared (IR) technology, rather than audio or facial recognition, to follow instructors or presenters as they move around a room. At the same time, the IR technology allows for smoother pan and tilt motion, rendering the movements of the presenter more natural and effortless, allowing educators to focus on teaching rather than worry about the technology.

The system incorporates an infrared tracking camera, a Vaddio RoboShot PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) component and a single-piece presenter lanyard. The wireless lanyard can operate for up to 40 hours on a single battery charge. The camera can track from as far away as 40 feet and can be mounted from the ceiling or on a wall.

With the Vaddio Remote Management System, the RoboTrak can be managed and controlled from any remote web browser.

Along with the new presenter tracking system, Vaddio is launching two new cameras, the RoboShot 20 UHD and the ClearShot 10 USB, and a new camera controller.

The RoboShot 20 UHD offers ultra-high definition 4K video with a 2160p/30 maximum resolution and a back-illuminated 9.03-megapixel image sensor. The more price-conscious ClearSHOT 10 USB has USP plug-and-play capability with a 10x optical zoom lens and a 74-degree wide horizontal field of view.

The new IP-enabled Precision Camera Controller Premier allows simultaneous control of up to 16 PTZ cameras.

"RoboTrak, as well as our new 4K camera, IP camera controller and entry-level USB PTZ camera, enable Vaddio to respond to our customer requirements for powerful yet simple solutions for lecture capture, live production and conferencing applications," said Milestone AV Technologies CEO Scott Gill.

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Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.