Top 7 Use Cases for the Meeting Owl

Colin Duff

Colin Duff | November 7, 2019

Finding the right video conferencing system for your company can be difficult. You need to choose the right room setup, speakers, microphones, and camera all within your budget while making sure it's effortless and always works.

Luckily, there's a product that combines all of those features into a single device that's simple to set up and operate. The Meeting Owl provides a 360° camera, microphone, and speaker system in one convenient tabletop unit. Plug the Owl into your laptop or computer and start a meeting with your video conferencing software, and it will focus on those speaking for a natural conversation experience.

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You might think that the Meeting Owl is only useful as a standard video conferencing camera, but this device is capable of so much more! The Meeting Owl is built to connect remote folks to each other with a natural experience, no matter the situation.

Top Use Cases for the Meeting Owl

1. Conference and Huddle Room Meetings

Improve your meeting experience by setting up a Meeting Owl in a conference room. The Owl operates software-free, is compatible with any web-based meeting platform. Plus, its plug and play technology makes for easy setup.

When it's placed in the center of the conference room table, the camera will auto-focus on those speaking. And a panorama view allows remote participants to see the other meeting attendees in the room. This natural view puts everyone at ease and allows you to run your meeting with clear audio and video.


2. Brainstorming Sessions

Without a video conferencing camera, those attending a brainstorming meeting can't see what's happening or offer contributions. Yet, a standard video conferencing camera often can't show the whiteboard and display your colleagues at the same time. The Meeting Owl solves both of these problems, allowing you to host an effective brainstorm without everyone being physically present.

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Use the camera-lock tool in the Meeting Owl app to focus the camera on the whiteboard, so the speaker can sketch out ideas and discuss plans simultaneously. You'll be brainstorming in no time without crowding your coworkers around the whiteboard to fit in the frame.

3. As a Live Streaming Device

Live streams can be a great option to interact with your audience and followers. The Meeting Owl is compatible with Facebook and Youtube live streams, so you can fire up a live stream for a fun promotional event or company announcement.

Our friends at Wild Earth recently celebrated National Dog Day with a live stream of rescue puppies available for adoption. With a little imagination and a 360° live stream, you can connect with your audience in new ways.

4. As an Educational Tool

Uses for the Meeting Owl don't stop in the business world -- the Owl can be used in education as well! According to a survey by the Babson Survey Research Group, around 33% of college students are taking at least one online course. To stay on top of this trend, colleges and universities use video conferencing to connect students, professors, and peers regardless of their location.

Universities like MIT, UPenn, and the University of Southern California have improved their classroom experiences with the Meeting Owl. The Trulaske College of Business mounted their Meeting Owl Pro on the ceiling to provide distant learners with a full view of the classroom. We've seen universities use it to conduct distance learning courses, offer virtual office hours, host internal faculty meetings, and interview potential students and professors.

Mount the Meeting Owl Pro to the ceiling to use it in larger meeting rooms and classrooms (1)Source: Trulaske College of Business

5. Online Training and Demos

Onboarding has never been so simple. Host an interactive training for new hires using the Meeting Owl. They'll be able to see the speakers running the session and the in-office new hires.

Did you know you can use the Owl to give a live demos too? The 360° view shows off your product, and those attending remotely feel like they're attending the demo in person. Here at Owl Labs, we host our own demos using the Meeting Owl to demonstrate the functionality of the device; one Owl is used to run the meeting and a second Owl is used to point out the features and design.

6. Job Interviews

Another area where the Meeting Owl shines is in remote job interviews. Hiring employees is no longer limited to applicants in the area, as 40% of global companies are now operating hybrid and offering remote and in-office work options. Companies are extending their search to find the best fit for open roles regardless of the applicant's location. It's no longer necessary to fly a candidate in when you can set up an interview over a video call for a similar experience.

Use the Meeting Owl to include multiple team members in a group interview. With the automatic focus, candidates will be at ease as interviewers appear one-by-one when asking questions. They'll provide better answers and give an accurate representation of their background, experience, and personality so you'll know how they'll contribute to your distributed team.

7. Speaker Panels

Panels are another meeting type where an Owl can come in handy. The camera will auto-focus on the moderator leading the panel and the panelists. Set a Meeting Owl in front of a panel and allow those watching to feel like they're attending in person. You'll keep viewers interested and add an immersive touch that most panels don't have.

The Meeting Owl excels in more ways than a standard meeting experience. From live streams, to brainstorms, and everything in between, you'll be equipped for any experience that requires connecting to remote colleagues with video. Make your meetings more human with 360° views and auto-focus on speakers in the effortless package the Meeting Owl provides.

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