Hey everyone! My name is Charles, I'm one of the product designers at Highfive. Super stoked that we're out in the public. If you have any questions, let me know!
Tim, sorry the video wasn't quite what you were expecting. Here is a break down of a few of the benefits of our product.
So high level, there are many customers in the world who don't run Google Apps for whom Hangouts is a non-starter. The key differences you will find with Highfive are:
Single device -- there's one device you have to plug in to the TV. No remote control, no tabletop microphone speakerphone, etc. It's a simpler experience.
Beam a call to and from a TV -- Because we have no remote control, a user can move a call to a TV and then move it back to their laptop or phone without interrupting your call (like when you are getting kicked out of your conference room and you are not done with your call).
Designed specifically for the conference room: Our hardware offers a camera with a field of view optimized for small and mid-sized rooms. It includes acoustics that are designed to pick people up from up to 30 feet away without any cables or table top connectors.
Finally, any user can join a call. There is no requirement to have a Google account so the user experience of getting a call up and going is significantly improved.
Congrats on the launch dude!!
The product video on this page is much better. An abbreviated version of both could mesh well together as an intro.
Looks nice enough, but the video told me basically nothing about the product or why I might love it. I do actually want a better video conf product, but I'm not sure why this one is any good.
My thoughts exactly.. But overall nicely designed!
This all looks great but $799? For whats effectively a webcam + video conference software?
When compared to a $15k-$25k cisco system, it starts to put a few things in perspective. Also depends on the type of use. Might seem like a lot to an individual, but not a company willing to put video everywhere.
Google's Chromebox for Meetings is $999 + $250 annually https://www.google.com/chrome/business/solutions/for-meetings.html
And that's already cheap compared to other professional solutions.
Audio/Video conferencing usually sucks because you have to speak in turns. Which is good, but often you start too soon or to early blocking the other person and creating a weird void.
Could youl solve this with 2 or multiple channel audio so you could have a conversation like in real life?