What a novel idea! A video capable doorbell that leverages your Wifi! It calls an app on your smart phone (iOS & Android.) It’s like FaceTime for Fedex!
Seriously, this is the third such device that’s come to my attention. The ill-fated DoorBot, which was such a disaster for us, was the first, followed shortly thereafter by SkyBell. I’ve heard that some folks have had trouble with SkyBell as well.
Could it be that i-Bell will deliver a real, working solution to the home office worker who needs to reliably receive courier deliveries? While also safeguarding against random visitors pitching perilous products or belief systems. Given my recent experience, I’ve emailed the company a short list of questions that go beyond the details they offer online.
I remain hopeful that someone will consider something more than just a smartphone app as a client side solution. There’s no reason that someone ringing the hyper-smart doorbell can’t cause a call to arrive at my lovely, standards-compliant PolycomVVX-600….or one of Grandstream’s new GXV-3275s…video and all!
I’ve used a number of Logitech products over the years. Their business class headsets have been consistently improving in recent years. Their webcams have been best-in-class as long as I can remember. While the BCC950 Conference Cam is a great value in a webcam/speakerphone aimed at an office or small meeting room, their new Logitech CC3000e Conference Cam is without a doubt their most ambitious effort yet. It’s a PTZ webcam & conference phone aimed at larger meeting rooms.
As opposed to a dedicated SIP or H.323 end-point appliance, the CC3000e, like the BCC950 before it, is just a USB-attached audio/video I/O device. Requiring no special drivers it is automatically configured when connected to a host PC.
Unlike the BCC905, it’s not an all-in-one unit. The device has several components;
I’ve not been a fan of Beats by Dr. Dre. I’ve purchased a couple of their lesser headsets and found them wanting. So it was that the purchase of the company by Apple didn’t really rock my world view, although the sum involved brought with it a bright spotlight. Lacking for other information there was a lot of speculation as to the underlying logic. It was certainly a curiosity.
Digital connections, whether USB or other, make a lot of sense. Such connections remove the variability of the hosts on-board audio interface. In the case of a computer, being at arms length from the internals of the device reduces the likelihood of noise induced into the analog stages of the electronics.
Again, these are “recertified” devices with a 90 day warranty. They are USB plug-and-play, HDVoice-capable, Microsoft® Lync™ and Cisco® compatible. They should work with any soft client. Logitech also claims up to 10 hours of talk time and 300 feet of walkabout range.
This time I could not resist. I ordered a couple. One for me to try and one to be gifted onward.
You might know VTech from the telephone aisle at your nearest big box retailer. The Vancouver-based company has been a powerhouse in the affordable cordless phone space. Also the kiddy-centric game console space. But did you know that VTech makes business phones? And conference phones, too…apparently.