Facilities managers and IT leaders have a tall challenge when it comes to modifying the workplace for the best possible virtual meeting experience. Because the transition to hybrid work has made remote collaboration more essential than ever, today's knowledge workers must be able to interact with each other naturally, without being surrounded by yards of speaker cables and microphones to effectively pick up every nuance of a discussion.
The Bose Videobar VB1 meets those needs by combining an ultra high-definition camera, six high-performance microphones that work in tandem, and the quality audio output that's a trademark of Bose Professional conferencing system technology. And with its ease of installation — including the one-cable setup for a quick meeting and collaboration connection — the Bose VB1 can be integrated into the daily work setting without frustration or hours spent integrating separate audio components, microphones, and webcams into a unified system.
The Bose Videobar VB1 is a conferencing solution that works for small huddle and collaboration rooms that have become popular in the wake of the global pandemic. It can also serve as the all-in-one center for larger meeting spaces with a dozen or more participants. The 20-foot range of the Bose VB1's six beam-steering microphones allows presenters and meeting hosts to move about the room freely, with dynamic or fixed microphone configurations able to pick up quieter voices effectively.
Beyond the corporate space, the Bose VB1 has also proven its utility in the move to distance learning during the pandemic. At Japan's Ritsumeikan University, the Bose VB1 has become an essential piece of hardware enabling hybrid classrooms with in-person and remote attendance of up to 30 students. By mounting the device on a tripod stand with a video screen, instructors could capture a variety of interactions in the classroom while moving freely and confidently about because precision microphone configurations clearly picked up their every word.
When installing and configuring the Bose Videobar VB1, those responsible for the overall experience should decide between two setups. They may want the room to accommodate a "bring your own device (BYOD) setup" with easy Wi-Fi connection of presentation devices. Or they may choose to have a dedicated computer hosting all the collaboration tools and unified communications clients that will be needed for larger meetings.
The Bose VB1 works seamlessly with both of those room configurations, with hard-wired network or Wi-Fi connections, and are easily set up. And when multiple Bose VB1 devices are installed in a variety of rooms, microphone settings can be saved through digital profiles created in the Bose Work app. Settings can also control the pan, tilt, and zoom of the camera and the visual preferences (brightness, contrast, saturation, white balance, and sharpness) while adjusting for low light and backlight compensation.
Bose Professional conferencing systems are designed to be easy to install, and the Bose VB1 physically mounts with an included table stand and wall mount kit or with a separate VESA mounting accessory. Its slim design makes it an easy fit anywhere, and its sleek look helps it blend into any work setting. The learning resources available from Bose Professional allow for quick-access education on Bose Work software solutions and hardware.
To begin use, there are two setups based on whether the Bose VB1 will be used in a BYOD setting or with a dedicated room computer. For the BYOD setting, an HDMI cable will connect the Bose VB1 to the video display, while a USB-C cable can connect to the device used for presentation or meeting purposes.
For the dedicated computer setting, connect the display to the main computer using an HDMI cable, and then connect the Bose VB1 to the main computer using a USB-C cable.
To network multiple Bose VB1 devices, use either the wired GBPS Ethernet port or the integrated Wi-Fi 802.11 AC capabilities to connect into the dedicated gigabit network switch, router with DHCP enabled, and Wi-Fi access point. For units in BYOD rooms, Wi-Fi connection to the network is appropriate, while those used in a dedicated room computer setting will work best with hard-wired network connections.