Dell Solves Biggest Video Calling Problem

Video conferencing has become a vital part of our lives over the past couple of years, but it hasn’t improved much. While attending business meetings or talking to friends and family through apps like Skype, Discord, and Zoom technically allow us to stay connected, talking to another person through a webcam isn’t exactly intuitive. Fortunately, Dell is working on a solution that will make video calling more natural with Concept Pari.

I was impressed with Concept Pari because it solves the biggest problem with video conferencing – not being able to look another person in the eye. And while working from home is still a relatively new phenomenon, this solution of placing a webcam where you want it sounds like something that should have been invented a long time ago.

We saw Concept Pari ourselves at a press event hosted by Dell in New York City last week, where the company showcased Concept Flow, an adaptable design solution that could eliminate many of these frustrations and disruptors to productivity.

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What is Concept Pari?

Concept Pari is a mobile wireless web camera that attaches magnetically to a screen. It can be placed anywhere on compatible displays, in a charging station, on a stand, or held in the hand. This allows users to make direct eye contact with the people they are talking to. Plus, you can easily share content off-screen.

The unit we saw was very small and light (less than 1 ounce), and it can handle 1080p video over Wi-Fi. Other manual features on Project Pari include a power indicator and vertical LED for help with alignment. There’s also a USB-C docking station for wireless charging, and you can flip the camera upside down to protect your privacy.

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Dell says Pari could be a companion accessory that “becomes part of a ‘hybrid work’ toolkit as people move from one workplace to another.”

I asked the Dell presenters if Concept Pari would be compatible with non-Dell monitors. Unsurprisingly, the webcam will only work with monitors made by the company. It’s a little disappointing but it’s a small price to pay for improving your work productivity and digital social life.

In addition to Concept Pari, Dell also unveiled Concept Stanza. Which is another device intended to facilitate hybrid work.

Dell Concept Stanza

Another aspect of the job that Dell took into consideration was note taking. By thinking about new ways of working, the company knew there was an opportunity to reconsider this most basic necessity of working life.

Having additional screens can greatly improve productivity and collaboration. Concept Stanza takes Dell’s exploration of multiscreen solutions a step further with a slim, lightweight 11-inch portless tablet-like companion device designed to make note-taking “easier and smarter.”

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The idea with Concept Stanza is to make note taking fluid. For example, you can double-tap to convert your scribbles to text, and you can easily search for content and extend your screen to a larger monitor while working. The best part is that all of your notes are shareable across multiple devices, so you don’t have to take a photo of what you’ve written and then email yourself or others.

Concept Pari and Concept Stanza present a new way of seeing hybrid work. The two devices are still in the testing phase and it is not known when (or if) they will go into production. But even as concepts, it’s exciting to know that Dell has been working on such smart hybrid work solutions. As someone who now engages in hybrid work, I can’t wait to see these concepts come to life and see how they can make us all more productive.

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