The Surface Hub 2 will be the first device to use Microsoft’s new AI-powered camera. Surface Hub owners who have invested in Microsoft’s future-of-work vision will now be able to upgrade their cameras. Automatic reframing, a wide field of view, and image correction features are all included in the new Surface Hub 2 Smart Camera.
Steven Bathiche, corporate vice president of Windows and devices at Microsoft, says that the Surface Hub 2 Smart Camera “reframes, adjusts lighting and enables incredibly wide angles of view, all without any warping, distortions, or depth-of-field issues that might otherwise limit what is visible.” A lot of time and effort was put into making the experience as smooth and natural as possible for viewers or participants who were not present in the room..”
12-megapixel sensor, 136-degree field of view, and 1 teraflop of compute power make up the camera (far more than the original Xbox 360). When combined with an algorithm developed by Microsoft, this power ensures that objects remain as true to life as possible even when distorted, tilted, or viewed from an unusually wide angle. For meetings, this ensures everyone in the room is visible to the Smart Camera.
A magnetic click and a USB-C mount are used to secure the Surface Hub 2 Smart Camera to the hub’s top. To begin with, it will be sold separately for $799.99 starting today, or as part of the larger 85-inch Surface Hub 2S for $21,999.99 on May 31st. That may seem like a high price to pay for what appears to be a webcam, but if Microsoft’s claims are true, it may be worth it for businesses that have already spent $9,000 or $22,000 on Surface Hub 2 devices.