Microsoft Office RoundTable is coming to a store near you in mid 2007. It is a table top device that connects to a PC to offer synchronized voice and video conferencing.
It creates a 360-degree, panoramic video of side-by-side images of everyone who is taking part in the conference and spotlights the speaker. People across many locations can audio video conference to attend meetings together virtually.
Microsoft Office RoundTable is a plug-and-play device. Simply connect it to a computer that’s running Office Communications Server 2007 or Live Meeting via a USB connection and you are on. Microsoft Research began developing the concept and technology about five years ago nicknamed Ringcam. Microsoft expects it to retail for less than US$3,000.