An Introduction to the HUE HD Pro Camera

July 15, 2015
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The HUE HD Pro Camera Review

Introduction

Classroom cameras have been in existence for some time now. With new advancements in technology, the HUE HD Pro places a new twist on the evolution of the classroom camera.

Recently, at the BETT Show in London, the Hue HD Pro classroom camera was introduced as a new member of the growing trend of camera on a stick technology.  Devices in this category provide more versatility in the classroom environment and promote interactive learning that is fun and engaging.

If you are unfamiliar with camera on a stick technology, in this article we will provide you with a general overview of the HUE HD Pro classroom camera, the purpose for which it serves, and some of the features that make it versatile and useful in the classroom environment.

What is the HUE HD Pro Camera?

The HUE HD Pro classroom camera is a lightweight and portable webcam device that weighs less than one pound and is offered in an array of colours including red, green, blue, and black.  Although the design is aesthetically pleasing, the HUE HD Pro is much more than an attractive looking camera.  It is a USB camera that provides exceptional visualisation capabilities for creating interesting classroom projects and classroom documentation.

The HUE HD Pro is a multi-use plug and play device capable of capturing any type of classroom activity and recording it.  Additionally, it scans A4 documents to enable them to be projected onto a whiteboard.

The HUE HD Pro also shares many of the features that are included in the Previous HUE HD camera, except that this version has been named the Pro due to the updated design of the device along with new software that offers additional capabilities.  The software is known as HUE Intuition and allows you to easily learn all of the features and functions on the camera.

HUE HD camera up closeIn terms of design, the HUE HD Pro sports a square head and contains a focusing ring that can be manually operated.  The Pro is also equipped with a microphone and has a flexible neck between the square head and the base which can be disconnected when the camera is plugged into your laptop.  This allows the camera to be used as a webcam for chat applications such as Skype.  There is also a built-in LED lights for illumination if the camera is being used in a darkly lit room.

The camera has the ability to correct lighting in real time.  This means that you can use the swivel neck to point in any direction, even outdoors, without the picture being overexposed or underexposed due to the change in lighting.

The base is an oblong shape and features a power light to indicate when the camera is activated.  The HUE HD Pro is also built with durability in mind to withstand the daily wear and tear of classroom use while being a cost effective alternative to other camera technologies at a cost of just under £45.

The highest resolution that the HUE HD Pro comes in is 720p.  This is a bit of a disappointment as though it is technically HD, there are higher resolution cameras available on the market.  Viewing pictures and videos from the HUE HD on 1080p displays can look grainy.  However, for its function in the classroom the resolution is sufficient and at such a low price the device is definitely worth consideration.

How to Use the HUE HD Pro in the Classroom

HUE HD Pro and bookWhat makes the HUE HD Pro so easy to install and use is the intuitive software that helps you to be up and running very quickly.  Using the software, you can easily record videos with quality sound and then save your project to a local hard drive, add it to your email account, or upload it to YouTube.

Additionally, the HUE HD Pro provides a way for your students to work with images in a variety of different formats such as GIF, JPG, BMP, and PNG.  Students can also annotate images, capture snapshots, and work with multiple images simultaneously.  The ability to capture videos and images, as well as scan A4 documents makes the HUE HD Pro an excellent tool for sharing and collaborating on interactive projects.

The gooseneck design on the HUE HD Pro allows the camera to be used for science projects as well.  By adjusting the gooseneck, students can use the camera as a basic microscope.  The zoom mechanism allows you to zoom in on scientific objects such as embryos, fish eggs, and other organisms.

When the base is connected to a laptop, students can use the HUE HD Pro to engage in video chats with other schools and participate in vlogging.  This opens up opportunities for students to collaborate with other schools around the world.

The HUE HD Pro has become popular with many teachers due to its versatile functionality, such as the ability to easily demonstrate a science project or capture snapshots of student projects.  You can also use the HUE HD Pro to record a lesson concept or classroom experiment and then replay it to reinforce learning.

The HUE HD Pro can also be used to capture time-lapsed images for creating timelines.  This helps students to easily understand a chain of events such as those within a history lesson or other subject.

How Does it Work?

When you first open the box, you will find the HUE HD Pro camera along with the camera base.  The equipment also includes a USB to mini USB cable, instructions for installation, and a software license for one user.

The HUE HD Pro is very simple to install and set-up.  All you need to do is download the HUE Intuition software or load it from the included disk, connect the camera base to your laptop via USB, and you are up and running.  If you want to connect to a whiteboard, simply connect the projector to your laptop to use the HUE HD Pro for whiteboard presentations.

There doesn’t seem to be any videos on the HUE HD Pro specifically, however this video shows the unboxing of the HUE HD camera which is very similar.

What are the Key Product Features?

The HUE HD Pro is designed to work with both Windows and Mac devices.  The compatible operating systems include Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.  The camera works with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.

The main features included in the HUE HD Pro classroom camera include:

  • Built-in LED lights that indicate the whether or not the device is active or inactive.
  • Full rotation capability of 360 degrees.
  • The ability to record class projects in video format with high quality sound.
  • The ability to scan images of A4 documents and letter pages for use with a whiteboard.
  • Focus capability using the manual focus mechanism.
  • Webcam capability using the base of the camera.
  • Fully integrated microphone that connects via USB.
  • USB to mini USB offers a generous length of 6 feet to prevent restrictions during classroom projects.
  • The ability to create animated films, time-lapse recordings, or live videos using HUE Animation. The HUE Animation application is available separately or can be included as part of a special bundle designed for educational institutions.
  • Device dimensions of 20 x 14.4 x 5.5 cm with a weight of just under one pound.

HUE Pro annotated

Conclusion

Overall, the Hue HD Pro classroom camera is a cost effective device with an excellent design. Although the camera resolution is only 720p, it still makes for a highly functional device for classroom use.  Additionally, the HUE HD Pro camera offers noise reduction and light correction making it highly useful for videos, time-lapsed images, photographs, and online video chats.

The Hue HD Pro appeals to many educators and students due to the array of colours that brighten your classroom décor. The fact that the swivel neck is included allows you to position the camera as needed which increases the versatility.  For this reason, the HUE HD Pro is recommended for any type of classroom environment as a multi-use device and is a low priced alternative to other costlier classroom camera technologies. You can learn more about the HUE HD Pro by visiting the HUE website.

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Our ICT are an education ICT services provider that is located on the East London/Essex border.  Our ICT provides schools and colleges across London and the home counties with expert IT support, both on site and remotely.

 

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