Dell’s Magnetic Wireless Webcam Concept Can Help You Forget That Infamous Nose Camera

Zoom in / The prototype can be glued to a screen so you can place it at eye level or anywhere else.

Sharon Harding

Guess the company that promotes webcam positioning, I would not name it Dell. This is because Dell XPS’s infamous Up-the-Nose webcam, the unfortunately placed shooter, has been on the noses of countless XPS users for years. But Dell wants you to have a different, more positive reason to associate it with funny webcams, and paradoxically, the company is about getting webcams in the best place possible.

Dell demoed Concept Barry to the press last week (showed it at the same event) Comment Luna Repair PC) This is a 1080p webcam prototype that can be placed anywhere the magnets work, leaving its holster with a simple plug. The idea is that the camera will continue to send video to a PC connected via WiFi from a distance of two feet. The most obvious use of the Concept Bar is to stick it directly to your computer display without its bezel. It allows you to communicate with your distant interpreters with a personal sense by bringing their view of you to eye level.

The webcam is placed close to eye level to make the call feel like real life.
Zoom in / The webcam is placed close to eye level to make the call feel like real life.

Sharon Harding

Glenn Robson, CTO of the Dell Technologies Client Solutions Group, explained in a blog post today that «it can be placed directly anywhere — on compatible displays, on a charging dock, on a stand or on hand.»

Dell has come a long way since 2015, when it was recalled Notebook verification, Which brought the XPS 13 webcam to an unfortunate state: in the lower left corner of the bezel under the laptop. I still have a laptop with a nose camera, and let me tell you that it is very difficult to avoid an over-the-nose shot until you lift the machine too high. Not only is the shot geeky, but serious, professional calls are almost impossible. Dell finally had the camera there until 2019 Removed the nose camera from the XPS 13, As well as XPS 15.

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My 2016-period XPS 13 still kicks in, but the webcam kicks in bad memories.
Zoom in / My 2016-period XPS 13 still kicks in, but the webcam kicks in bad memories.

Sharon Harding

A webcam is not just about beautifying your face. Theoretically, it will also help you look more professional. Dell provided the camera as an imaginary tool for presentations, allowing workers to easily display paintings and prototypes.

The webcam is magnetically attached to a metal stand, which gives the top-bottom view of the paper below.
Zoom in / The webcam is magnetically attached to a metal stand, which gives the top-bottom view of the paper below.

Sharon Harding

The whole object weighs an ounce. The microphone and indicator light help to straighten the vision. When not in use, the Concept Barry can sit on its holder, stay on top of the monitor and charge.

Charges the basic wireless webcam at the top of the monitor.
Zoom in / Charges the basic wireless webcam at the top of the monitor.

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You can put it back to make sure no one is looking at you. A Dell spokesman told a news conference that the battery life of the current prototype was «close to an hour». This is not terrible for personal calls, but my business calls often go on for a long time. Dell is of the opinion that even after it dies, the camera will still be usable from its charging base.

The prototype is 1080p, and in most cases a lot of pixels. But some brands, Including Dell, Offer 4K webcams. If the Concept Barry becomes a real product, along with the price and battery life — the specifications will affect 4K as well.

High resolution can affect the battery life of the camera.
Zoom in / High resolution can affect the battery life of the camera.

Sharon Harding

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But Concept Barry is only a prototype. The real-life wireless, magnetic webcam provided by Dell can say nothing about how long it will last or whether the company will ever release one. Dell today announced the launch of the Concept Stanza, an 11-inch screen that will be used for collaboration, note taking and screen mirroring as well as wireless charging and WiFi 6E docking. All of these are just demonstrations of Dell’s features and / or products Possible One day introduction.

It’s a pleasure to see Dell move as far as possible from the nose-game area — even if it’s through a prototype.

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