Google releases hardware for video conferencing with Lenovo

Google announces Series One, a product line of hardware for video conferencing with Google Meet. Google uses its own Tensor Processing Units for smart audio and video processing and works with Lenovo.

The Google Series One packages consist of a camera, soundbar, small computer and a screen for operation. There will be three different configurations, for small, medium and large spaces. All sets include a soundbar with eight built-in microphones. That soundbar also includes two of Googles tpu’s. According to the search giant, those chips process audio. The soundbars would automatically filter out disturbing sound and make sure the person speaking is audible.

A 4k camera is mounted above the soundbar, and google and Lenovo are working with Huddly. That’s a company that makes video conferencing cameras that work with artificial intelligence. The cameras automatically zoom in on the person speaking

The whole runs on Meet Compute System, which is a Chrome OS-based operating system that runs on a small supplied computer. Inside the cabinet is an Intel Core i7-8550U laptop processor, 4GB of ram and a 128GB ssd. Also in this cabinet are Google’s TPU’s, which help process video and audio during meetings.

The system is designed for video conferencing with Google Meet and should work as much as possible automatically. This way, the hardware will automatically get over-the-air updates. The touch screen for the controls, the soundbar and the camera are powered by ethernet. Only the computer must be connected to an outlet. The system can be expanded with multiple soundbars and Mic Pods via daisy chaining.

Princes for series one hardware are not disclosed by Google. According to the accompanying website, the sets will be released soon. Interested companies should contact Lenovo.