As a company, we have been helping clients with their collaboration needs for years and have rolled out a lot of videoconferencing units in that time. One of the things that has always bothered me was a lack of wireless microphones for videoconferencing systems. Often there are specific needs that arise where a wireless microphone would be the magic bullet, but there were not a lot of options that fit the bill. Then came along Revolabs http://www.revolabs.com/.
Revolabs has the ultimate wireless microphone solution for almost any need, including videoconferencing. These little mics are about half the size of a roll of Necco wafers (for those who are not old enough to know what the heck a roll of Necco’s are – this is about 2 inches long and about the size of a quarter in circumference) and only weighs an ounce or two. To make these usable, they come with a recharging base, the battery last for a very long time, and they come in a lapel or table top unit.
Since Waident resells videoconferencing and other equipment, I had seen these in the market for a while, but have never had the chance or need to work with them. Recently I got the chance to check out these little gems and I was blown away with the how well they picked up the audio, how small and sturdy they were, and how logically they work by just placing them in the charger base and removing them whenever needed.
When I first saw and held the microphone (I was testing out the table top mic version) I was amazed how small, light, and unobtrusive it was. I was concerned about how well it would stand up to the abuse users would put it through and was dubious that it would actually pick up the audio for a bunch of people around a table. Soon enough my fears where put to rest when one of the people in the room asked to see it and the unit was tossed across the room, bounced on the floor a few times, and worked fine. The Revolabs rep said not to worry since they can handle it just fine. As for my lack of faith in the microphone picking up several people around a table, no problem their at all.
We tested multiple microphones around a large conference room table that seats about 24 people and used 3 of the table top mics. After some tweaking for the videoconferencing equipment we were using it worked flawlessly. The mics picked up audio from around the whole table very clearly.
I’m not a big fan of having cables all over the place in conference rooms and I like to keep the technology hidden as much as possible. Using the Revolabs mics work perfectly for this and I highly recommend you take a look at the Revolabs gear.