Crestron has teamed up with Logitech and Zoom to launch Crestron HomeTime – a new video conferencing solution designed for the smart home.
Designed to deliver a premier video conferencing, home control, and unified communications (UC) experience engineered for socializing, remote learning, and working from home, Crestron HomeTime represents the combination of Logitech’s MeetUp conference camera with the Crestron UC Engine, which integrates with Crestron control to deliver the Zoom Rooms experience.
It is a complete HD video and audio conferencing system with the size and scale to handle UC in any room in the home. Crestron allows users to host and join Zoom meetings without a laptop while providing the option of one-touch join from a Crestron remote or mobile app.
Until now, says Crestron, there has never been a professional solution for video conferencing at home. Crestron HomeTime will enable homeowners to use the television in the living room to see participants in much larger video windows, with the MeetUp 4K camera with wide-angle lens able to capture everyone comfortably in the frame.
Crestron’s VP, residential, John Clancy, commented: “It’s time to end the awkward conversations. No more crowding around a laptop and talking over each other because you can’t follow who is speaking. The idea for HomeTime was created from the challenges experienced by families trying to socialize, learn, and work from home. We, at Crestron, knew we had a convenient solution that every living room deserved. By integrating Logitech MeetUp and Zoom Rooms software with the Crestron platform, we can help homeowners prepare for anything, whether that is working in the home office, remote learning in the playroom, or virtual happy hours in the family room.”
“Crestron shares our commitment to seamless collaboration with high-quality technology,” added Jeff Smith, head of Zoom Rooms, Zoom Video Collaboration. “Crestron HomeTime raises the bar, bringing the conference room into the living room.”
“We’ve seen an exponential increase in videoconferencing from home as people and families shelter in place, not only for business use, but for personal use as well,” added Scott Wharton, general manager and vice president, Logitech Video Collaboration. “Crestron is a leader in AV and residential systems for high end homes, so this partnership is ideal for providing quality video conferencing experiences and Logitech solutions people need right now as they continue to connect from home.”