Microsoft's secret 4K webcam codenames leak

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Two weeks ago we wrote about a leak which said Microsoft is working on a 4K webcam with Windows Hello functionality which will be usable on both Windows 10 PCs and the Xbox One. It would be their first stand-alone Windows Hello camera and on the Xbox One would allow users to automatically sign into their account, much like the Kinect camera used to allow when Microsoft still supported it.

Now more information has trickled out about the devices.  According to the cameras will are currently codenamed Bari but are also sometimes called Aruba cameras.

Aruba is, of course, the code name of the Surface Hub 2, and Petri notes on the Surface Hub 2 they may use its depth-sensing feature to blur backgrounds.

The cameras will also work with the Xbox, and I wonder if this was intended to turn the Xbox into a video conferencing solution for the enterprise as has been rumoured before.

The Surface Hub 2 is set to be released in Q2 2019, and it is reasonable to assume we will see the cameras hit the market around the same date.


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