The collaboratories on the second and third floor are rooms set aside for meetings, video conferencing, team project space, and DPS Residencies. Thew collaboratories have recently been upgraded to integrate webcams and microphones directly into the room, as well as replaced the projector with new TVs.
The image below has all of the primary collaboratory technology located on the wall below the TV individually labeled.
The webcam has been directly mounted to the wall, and can be connected to a laptop though the USB hub located to the bottom left.
The Extron panel controls the video input, volume, and TV power.
The Webcam/microphone USB outlet is how the rooms webcam and microphone are connected to a laptop.
The Extron Panel Layout
The Extron Panel, labeled below, is the panel which determines the video input and volume for the mounted TV, as well as the volume.
Video Conferencing - Play and Play
The main feature of the new collaboratories is the ability to simply plug in 2 cables and then utilize the rooms integrated webcam and microphone.
The new layout is structured so that 2 cables conveniently placed in the wall are all that is necessary to hold a video conference. The user needs to connect 2 USB cables from the respective wall spots to their laptop and allow the driver software to install, and then everything is all set.
NOTE: All of the cables will be located in each collaboratory.
NOTE: The Microphone is mounted to the ceiling and hangs roughly five feet above the main desk in each of the collaboratories.