So again, we are making more USB 2.0 video conferencing products wireless! The Logitech BCC950 is a digital PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) camera with USB 2.0 made for video conferencing from Logitech. We had a special request for a demonstration on how to make the Logitech BCC950 wireless with the USB2Air. The USB2Air is a wireless USB 2.0 extension system with near-zero latency perfect for video conferencing and live streaming applications. In this video, we connect the Logitech BCC950 to the USB2Air Wireless extension system to provide wireless video and audio to our Windows laptop.
Wireless Logitech BCC950 USB
As you can see from the wiring diagram below the Logitech BCC950 is plugged into the USB2Air via USB 2.0. We are also showing an additional USB 2.0 device the ClearOne Chat 150 which is not necessary but shown to demonstrate multiple devices can be used on USB 2.0 hub. The Logitech BCC950 can act as both a USB 2.0 video and audio device. So in this demonstration, we are wirelessly extending the Logitech BCC950 as a webcam and as a microphone. You can also notice the USB bandwidth which is measured up to 30 Mbps (Megabits per second) which is the maximum amount of bandwidth the USB2Air can handle.
Wireless Video and Audio BCC950
The picture above shows the real world application for wireless USB 2.0 extension. Many times either the computer is at the table or the wall. The webcam and speakerphone is usually needed to be extended with USB 2.0 extension cabling in order to setup and proper layout. So whether you laptop is at the table or behind the LCD the USB2Air give you the freedom to place your USB devices where you need them without expensive USB 2.0 cabling.
At your request we went out and test a whole bunch of USB audio devices to determine whether we could make them wireless. Here is the list we tested:
ClearONE Chat 150
Phoenix Audio Spider
All of our test were successful and we have videos you can watch to hear test recordings. The only small hiccup we found with Windows 10 was a simple one-time fix with the audio recordings settings in Windows. Once set properly, the USB drivers work perfect and we did not find this was necessary on Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.
Wireless ClearONE Chat 150
At your request, here we are again making more USB 2.0 audio conferencing devices wireless with the USB 2.0. The ClearONE Chat 150 speakerphones offer a USB 2.0 connection for audio conferencing on web-based software such as GoToMeeting, WebEX and Skype. Now you can connect the ClearONE chat 150 to the USB2AIR to create a wireless connection. In this video, we use the USB2AIR wireless USB extension system to make the ClearONE Chat150 wireless. This is a great way to take a high-quality USB conference phone and make the connection to it wireless! The USB2Air provides a wireless USB 2.0, low-latency, connection between our two transceivers up to 25′ (5-7 meters). This allows us to make various USB 2.0 devices wireless and we really wanted to show off test recordings from the ClearONE Chat 150!
Wireless Chat 150
As you can see the ClearOne Chat 150 is plugged into the USB2Air USB Hub via USB 2.0. This allows us to wirelessly send a high quality audio conferencing signal to our video conferencing software whether it be: Skype, GoToMeeting, WebEX, Zoom or other. We are also showing additional USB devices connected to show that we can have up to 4 devices so long as our overall bandwidth is under 30 Mbps.
Wireless ClearONE Audio Conference
In the real world scenario above, you can see that the ClearOne Chat 150 is placed on the conference room table. Traditionally we would have to run USB 2.0 extension cabling to the table in order to connect the conference phone to our PC. There are different conference room “soft client” PC-Based video conferencing configurations but this is a very common one here. As you can see the USB2Air wireless USB 2.0 extension system makes for an easy deployment of the ClearONE Chat 150 speakerphone.
Wireless Phoenix Audio Spider
In this video, we review how to make the Phoenix Audio speakerphones wireless with the new USB2Air. The USB2Air is a wireless USB 2.0 extension system which we will plug into the Phoenix Audio spider to make wireless. This process could not be easier but does require a Windows PC. Once we plug the USB 2.0 wireless transceivers into our laptop and the speakerphone we have a wireless USB 2.0 connection.
Wireless Phoenix Audio Spider
As you can see above the Phoenix Audio Spider is just one of the USB 2.0 speakerphone available today that we can make wireless with the USB2Air. In fact, we are showing multiple devices connected the USB2Air to demonstrate how easily you can use the USB2Air with a USB 2.0 Hub. The wireless connection from the USB2Air transmitter and receiver allow users to connect multiple devices far away from their computer (up to 25′) and have the USB devices perform as if they were connected directly via USB 2.0.
Wireless Conference Phone USB 2.0
As you can see in this use case diagram, having the ability to make the connection to your Phoenix Audio Spider wireless will make integration in a conference room or meeting space much easier. We can now create a direct wireless link between the Phoenix Audio spider and any Windows based computer for up to 30 Mbps. Many professional audio visual integrators would traditionally suggest a core-hole or under the carpet cabling solution to provide USB connectivity at a conference table. Now we can provide USB 2.0 connectivity up to 25′ between transceivers completely wirelessly.
Wireless Revolabs UC500
In this video, we demonstrate one of the industries top speakerphones: the Revolabs UC500 with the USB2Air. The USB2Air is a wireless USB 2.0 extension system that allows us to make various USB devices wireless. Making the Revolabs UC speakerphone line wireless is huge benefit for Professional audio visual installation and DIY video conferencing setups because it eliminates the cabling needed between the computer and the speakerphone. Traditionally, users would have to plug the Revolabs UC500, UC1000 or UC1500 into power and USB 2.0 to a computer for complete operation. While the unit still needs power the larger obstacle to successful integration is usually the long USB cabling being run to the computer across the room.
Wireless RevoLabs UC500
As you can see from the picture above the Revolabs UC speakerphone can now have a wireless connection to the Windows PC (Intel NUC shown) for video conferencing applications. One of the important features available on the USB2Air is near zero latency. The computer really acts just like a regular USB cable has been connected from the Revolabs UC500 even though it is now wireless. The range on the USB2Air is 25′ so this is really a small to medium sized room deployment option. Some professional audio visual integrators have been using USB 2.0 extensions between each wireless receiver to increase the effective range which is great. The most important part of making the USB2Air work flawlessly is line-of-sight setup.
The USB2Air is certainly a proven solution for wirelessly extending USB 2.0 audio conferencing devices. The primary value-add is ease of installation and setup for conference room and training rooms. Which the USB2Air provides a wireless USB connection for spearkphones there are still additional USB ports that can be used at the table for extra USB devices. Please let us know if you have other use cases your would like us to test for you!
This video demonstrates the brand new HuddleCamHD USB 2 Air in action. Here Paul shows us how to make a Logitech Webcam wireless. The USB2Air provides a wireless USB 2.0 extension link between the host and device transceivers up to 30 Mbps. This is more than enough bandwidth to use with multiple 1080p webcams, audio conferencing devices and even interactive touch screens.
Wireless Webcam Diagram
So in this video, we wirelessly extend the USB 2.0 for a Logitech c920 to demonstrate a popular use case for Wireless USB extension. As we mention many times in a conferencing space environment the computer is either behind the LCD or a laptop on the table. Either way the USB2Air can be used as a wireless USB extender. If your laptop is on the conference room table you can use the USB2Air to connect devices wirelessly such as a Webcam to your laptop. If you computer is behind the LCD display you can use the USB2Air to add additional products such as a document camera or touch screen controller.
Normal Diagram Webcam
The reason why the USB2Air is so special is because the latency is super low (1 millisecond). So this wireless USB extension can be used for real time applciations such as video conferencing and collaboration. As you can see in the video the latency is just as good as if the USB webcam was plugged directly into the computer. The only drawback is that this is a Windows-only product! That means this will work with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 but not any Mac computers!
How to make a Wireless Touch Screen w/ Sabrent HDMI-USB
In this video, we review how to wirelessly transmit HDMI and USB control for touch screens with the USB2AIR. The USB2Air is a wireless USB video transceiver set that allows computers to wirelessly transmit data over a USB link up to 30 Mbps. This easily allows us to send HD 1080p video along with touch screen control.
Touch Screen with Wireless USB Control
Using the Sabrent USB-HDMI
The Sabrent USB 2.0 to HDMI adapter is SKU: USB-HDMI and retails for $49.99. This device provides the needed HDMI video from your computer connected wirelessly to the touch screen. The USB2Air provides the USB 2.0 control cable connection for most interactive products along with up 1080p video on a single channel with less than 1 milliseconds of latency.
wireless touch screen via HDMI and USB
Wireless USB and HDMI Setup
As you can see the USB2Air is plugged into a USB to HDMI adapter from Sabrent and the USB connection on the Sharp Touch Screen Monitor. This allows our Windows computer to wirelessly send video using the standard display link drivers along with control for touch screen interactivity.
Wireless Touch Screen Wiring Diagram
Also, I wanted to not that a much better installation would be done for a permanent installation. This is just one use case for the USB2Air wireless USB extension system. Stay tuned for more interesting USB device use cases through March 2017.
HuddleCamHD Pan Tilt Zoom USB conference cameras for web video conferencing with GoToMeeting, WebEX, Skype for Business and Zoom.US. Learn more at http://huddlecamhd.com
Wireless USB Extension for Virtual Reality Headsets
The USB2Air launched on Kickstarter this week will be the first wireless USB transmitter built for 1080p video. Practical applications include wireless webcams, virtual reality headsets and USB hubs.
Philadelphia, PA – Feb 27, 2017 – USB devices have taken over the world of tech but the world has yet to discover a wireless solution for connecting these devices to the computers that use them. HuddleCamHD has recently launched a solution on Kickstarter called the USB2Air which will cost only $254 for early bird project backers. The USB2Air will provide a wireless USB 2.0 link up to 30 Mbps for multiple USB devices. The initial videos show multiple 1080p USB webcams in use with the USB2Air which can operate at distances up to 25′.
Wireless USB Virtual Reality Headset
The USB2Air includes the following features:
FCC Certified to wirelessly transmit 1080p video, audio and/or data up to 25′ between wireless transmitter and receiver pair
30Mbps of available bandwidth (Shareable between multiple devices) (See bandwidth chart below)
Less than 1ms of latency (ideal fo video conferencing, virtual reality, image magnification and other real-time applications)
Works with any Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 computer
Eliminates the need for expensive USB extension cabling in small/medium sized rooms
Includes a 1-year warranty from HuddleCamHD
HuddleCamHD is projecting worldwide deliveries to start May of 2017. Each week HuddleCamHD will host a live stream on Kickstarter to answer questions and show new USB devices connecting wirelessly with the device.
How is the USB2Air different from other products?
Anything you find under “Wireless USB” is for extending the ability to accept WiFi. There were some wireless USB transmission systems for video about 2-3 years ago but they were discontinued. Our is finally a reliable Wireless USB 2.0 extension system that can be used for webcams and other devices up to 30 Mbps.
USB2Air Wireless Extender
About the Author:
Paul Richards is the Chief Streaming Officer at HuddleCamHD. Paul has over 8 years of experience in the professional audio visual technology world and works closely with engineering to bring the latest tech product launches to the companies avid audience.
As you can see from the video and audio, resolution/bandwidth chart we have above it is important to manage the amount of bandwidth your USB devices will consume. Especially when we are using a wireless signal. The USB2Air will support up to 30 Megabits per second which as you can see will allow multiple 1080p devices to operate on the same wireless channel. We create this bandwidth chart to help wireless USB extension users determine the amount of devices they can use with a USB hub.
As you can see the higher your video resolution the more bandwidth you will consume. For example, a 1080p high-quality video stream will consume 12 MBPs (Megabits per second) which is what you would expect from a regular HD webcam. Because the USB2Air has more bandwidth to spare in a situation like this you can also add additional USB 2.0 devices on a USB Hubs to extend the functionality of the wireless USB 2.0 extender. So, continuing with our example we still have 30 MBPs of Bandwdith – 12 MBPs of Bandwidth = 18 additional MBPs of bandwidth for additional USB devices. Therefore you can usually expect to able to wireless transmit two (2) 1080p video signals using a single USB2Air wireless extension system.
MAX Wireless USB 2 Distance
In my opinion, 30MBPs is a good deal of bandwidth and the more important specification is distance from each wireless transmitter and receiver. As you will see in our specifications the USB2Air wireless extension system is recommended for use at 5 meter or 15 feet. Our engineer Matthew Davis mentions that the transmitter and receiver can work at distances up to 20-25 feet (7-9 meters) but this will require perfect line-of-sight and is still not recommended for normal use.
Once you have determined the USB 2.0 devices that you will be using for wireless USB extension you should consider the distance between the USB2Air transmitters and receivers. Because this kit includes a USB 2 Hub which powers the transmitter you may also want to consider using a short USB 2.0 cable to maintain line of sight between the wireless recevier and transmitter.
Wireless USB video extensions are coming sooner than you think! Our Kickstarter launched next week! The USB2Air is HuddleCamHD’s latest product built for wireless 1080p video transmission over USB 2.0! This wireless USB 2.0 extension system includes a transmitter and receiver for connecting webcams, microscopes, virtual reality headsets and much more. This video is a very quick teaser at what you can expect to come from HuddleCamHD very soon! Exciting times!
The USB2Air will be the industries first wireless USB 2.0 extension system built for 1080p video transmission. Here is our published release schedule:
December 2016 – Conceptual Design
January 2017 – Prototype
February 2017 – Press Release
March 2017 – Live Show & Kickstarter Launch
April 2017 – Partner Webinar
May 2017 – Product Delivery
February 23rd, 2017, HuddleCamHD® announces the release of a new Wireless USB 2.0 extension system shipping in Q2 of 2017. The product launch will start with a YouTube Live stream keynote delivery with chief engineer Matthew Davis, on February 24th at 10AM PST, 1PM EST. Immediately following the live product announcement HuddleCamHD will provide early adopters access to the product on Kickstarter.
“This is the first product HuddleCamHD has released where the wireless USB connectivity hasn’t been integrated directly into one of our products” says Director of Business Development, Paul Richards. “In 2015, we released the industry’s first wireless conference camera and in 2016 we released the industry’s first wireless USB 2.0 speakerphone… Now we want to broaden our reach by making our wireless technology available for thousands of potential devices for plug and play setup” says Richards. “The applications we have tested include wireless webcams, speakerphones, touch screens, printers, microscopes, virtual reality headsets and HDMI video transmission…” Richards continues “Because our wireless USB 2.0 extension adapters have been built for 1080p video, the system also works for lower bandwidth devices such as keyboards, USB hubs and audio chat pods.”
HuddleCamHD is a high quality USB video conferencing equipment operating out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA. Distributors include: Broadfield, Jenne, StarinAV, Stampede Global and JB&A. For more information visit www.HuddleCamHD.com.
Another important use case for the USB2Air is the ability to work with virtual reality headsets. Virtual reality is an up and coming new technology that allows users to interact with a virtual world by wearing a pair of goggles. Facebook has released information about a new virtual reality world they are working on where users can interact with friends and even enjoy games and movies inside the a virtual world. The possibilities of this technology are endless and could open up new un-foreseen markets in the digital age.
Wireless USB Adpater for Virtual Reality Headsets
Virtual Reality Headset soon to be wireless
Currently the latest virtual reality headsets require a hardwired USB connection to a PC for video and data. The USB2Air has been tested with the following virtual reality headsets:
By using the USB2Air with these products users can now go wireless with their virtual reality headsets. We have more virtual reality headsets to test but the initial testing has been great. Imagine the ability to spin in a chair without having cabling wrap up and twist around the chair. The USB2Air will make wireless transmission from virutal reality headsets a reality!
One of the most useful applications for the USB2Air is the point to point wireless USB connection between a laptop and a USB 2.0 webcam. Conferencing spaces around the world have to decide whether they will have a dedicated PC powering the television or allow users to bring their own devices known as (BYOD). In the dedicated PC application where the IT managers have a dedicated PC powering the display, there is often a speakerphone at the table used for video conferencing. In this scenario, the USB2Air can be used to wirelessly connect the speakerphone to the dedicated PC. In the BYOD scenario, the USB2Air can be used to connect a laptop to the USB webcam mounted on the wall.
Laptop with Wireless USB Connection
As you can see the Wireless USB 2.0 transmitter is labeled “Host”. The USB2Air includes a set of USB 2.0 adapters. One is labeled “Host” which is used to plug into the computer and the other is labeled “Device” which is used for the webcam in this case.
We have tested various USB video conferencing webcams such as:
Logitech PTZ Pro
We have also tested various USB speakerphones such as
Jabra Speak 410
Phoenix Audio MT503
Phoenix Audio Smart Spider
Phoenix Audio MT505
USB Web Video Conferencing Market
Large Meeting Room with Wireless Camera
Whether you are using the USB2AIR wireless USB extension system with Webcams or Speakerphones the USB web video conferencing market has been a focus for HuddleCamHD for many years. Wireless USB extension systems in particular has been a specialty with the invention of the industries first ever Wireless USB 3.0 conference camera, the HuddleCam Air in 2015. Then in 2016, HuddleCamHD released the HuddlePod which is the industries first 2.4 GHz wireless USB conferencing phone.
Plug and Play goes Wireless
HuddleCamHD has been a huge advocate for plug and play simplicity. In 2014, when HuddleCamHD had a full line of USB conferencing equipment most vendors were still promoting traditional hardware codecs and HDMI cameras. While these cameras and video conference codecs are certainly high quality, they lack the easy installation and use that USB devices offer. The entire line of HuddleCamHD products has always been focused on USB technology from USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connection for both video and audio.
Wireless USB 2.0 PTZ Camera
Other use cases – Wireless USB 2.0 Touch Screens
While the wireless USB extension of webcams and speakerphones remains the focus of HuddleCamHD for the dedicated web video conferencing market, there are also other use cases in the same space. For example, we have tested multiple USB touch screen monitors from Mimo that work great such as the 10.1″ Mimo Vue HD. This device is a USB monitor that can be used to launch applications for video conferencing and collaboration much like a Crestron or Extron control system. Because the device uses a USB 2.0 connection for video and control the USB2Air works perfectly for wireless extension. The “Host” USB 2.0 extension adapter plugs into the computer and the “Device” USB 2.0 adapter connects directly into the output connection for the touch screen. The computer literally has no idea that the cabling has been transmitted wirelessly.
Wireless USB Reliability for video conferencing
Video conferencing is a high bandwidth video intensive software and hardware solution. From a software standpoint most newer web based video conferencing platforms are leveraging both harware processing and cloud / server based processing. This means that the computer you are using is just as important as your internet connection (usually an i5 processor is suggested). Assuming you have all of the latest hardware and software in place, the last thing you want is your wireless USB 2.0 extension system causing issues.
With the USB2AIR you can be assured that HuddleCamHD has gone through extensive testing. Our datasheet outlines all the necessary information for flawless wireless USB 2.0 video and audio transmission within the given limitations of the device. The USB2Air will be the third successful wireless USB product HuddleCamHD has brought to market. Our engineers have spent ample time testing the limitation of this device and outlining the details in our data sheet and knowledge base.
For more detailed information on wireless USB 2.0 extension limitations please refer to our knowledge base available at http://help.huddlecamhd.com