Catch Every Hmm, Ahh, Uh-Huh

Simon Anthony Walker, Aug 18, 2022

Neat’s pioneering video devices enable you to read nonverbal communication and body language better for more engaging hybrid meetings.

As hybrid working dominates how millions of us conduct our professional lives, one of the biggest fears many of us face is that we lose the ability to connect with people on a deeper level if we’re not always in the same room together. Sure, most video tech providers offer devices that enable teams to have perfectly adequate hybrid meetings. But do they genuinely deliver audio and picture quality that allows remote workers to accurately gauge the vibe in the room from their in-office teammates or others?

I’m talking about the subtle nuances we all feel when we’re in the physical presence of people. Non-verbal communication is just as important as the words we say. For example, you can tell a lot about a person by their eyes or how they position their hands, etc. As former FBI agent and nonverbal communication and body language expert, Joe Navarro says, “A huge part of communication is assessing what signals a person is sending. We’re sending non-verbal cues all the time, from what we wear, our hairstyle, down to how we sit and walk.”

All our nonverbal behaviors send strong messages. For example, even when we’re silent, we still communicate through our eyes, mouth, hands, etc.

What our bodies are saying

Whether or not we’re aware of it, we’re continuously giving and receiving wordless signals when we interact with others. All of our nonverbal behaviors – the gestures we make, our posture, tone of voice, and how much eye contact we make, send strong messages. They can put people at ease, build trust, and draw others towards us, or they can offend, confuse, and undermine what we’re trying to convey. These messages don’t stop when we’re not speaking either. So even when we’re silent, we’re still communicating nonverbally.

Here’s the thing, then. Not detecting nonverbal behavior and gestures could be the difference between your team thriving or feeling frustrated, estranged and detached, leading to mundane meetings and a lukewarm or, worse still, cold and alienating company culture. Furthermore, perhaps it could even be the difference between the making or breaking of that lucrative deal you’ve been brokering for months. In a situation like that, wrongly reading a person’s intent could potentially prove costly and ruin relations forever. 

Neat Bar Pro’s camera delivers 16x zoom, enabling remote workers to capture the slightest mannerisms and silent signals from their in-office teammates or others throughout any size meeting space.

Innovative cameras, mics and speakers

Hence, it pays to invest in the best video tech out there. Unlike much of the mediocre equipment currently flooding the market, all Neat devices have innovative, far-reaching audio capabilities and extreme resolution, wide-angle cameras – the type used in many of today’s top-of-the-range smartphones. Take Neat Bar Pro, for example. With a wide-angle telephoto lens and image depth sensor, which combined deliver 16x zoom, Neat Bar Pro enables you to focus on details like no other video device to capture the slightest mannerisms and silent signals from all in-room participants.

Combined with Neat Symmetry, lightning-fast image processing empowers you to detect, enlarg­­e, and follow them in full close-up, no matter where they position themselves in the room or what direction they face, resulting in more natural, lifelike engagement. Neat Bar Pro is also bursting with audio power, thanks to a subwoofer with two opposing drivers for vibration cancellation and three full-range speakers, which produce direct stereo sound throughout any room. Finally, an advanced pyramid-shaped 16x microphone array ensures clear vocal pickup, while Neat Audio Processing means no garbled ‘double talk’ issues or problems with background noise. 

Neat’s portfolio of pioneering video devices, including from left to right, Neat Board, Neat Bar Pro, Neat Bar, Neat Pad and Neat Frame.

Future-ready video tech

Neat Bar, Neat Board and Neat Frame each have similar innovative audio-visuals. 

In the words of Leonard Mlodinow, author of ‘Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior,’ “Nonverbal communication forms a social language that is in many ways richer and more fundamental than our words.”

That’s why you should consider equipping your office spaces with Neat’s future-ready video technology today.

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