Sony Distance Learning has released a competitively priced videoconferencing system that delivers high-quality real-time video over the internet. At 6 pounds, 10 ounces, the Contact 323 videoconferencing system is one of the smallest set-top systems available, Sony says.

The system’s easy-to-use plug-and-play design is intended to make distance-learning a snap. The unit connects to any local or wide area network and features wireless document imaging.

The Contact 323 is capable of scanning and transmitting three-dimensional objects, graphics, and computer presentations. The unit comes with a dockable camera that allows users to detach it from the base and strategically place it in the room. The camera pans, tilts, and zooms. The system also has a built-in microphone, auto-tracking motion detection, and a remote control.

“As videoconferencing becomes more mainstream, the Contact system offers the flexibility to start basic and add on as needs change,” said Glenn Adamo, vice president of videoconferencing at Sony.

Sony sells five scaleable videoconferencing models with transmission speeds ranging from 128 Kbps to 768 Kbps. The Contact 323 sells for $5,995.

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