Meeting Owl Pro Software Release Notes

This article applies to the Meeting Owl Pro

Meeting Owl Pro will automatically send over the air software updates to Owls that are connected to Wi-Fi and plugged into power over night.

To determine what version of software is on your Owl, follow these steps.

If your Owl’s software is out of date, please see instructions for how to update your Owl's software.

Version 2.8.0.12

Release date: May 3rd, 2021

Enhancements:

  • Added support for Whiteboard Owl pairing

Version 2.7.0.23

Release date: April 27th, 2021

Bug fixes:

  • The Meeting Owl Pro’s tilt movement will be more calibrated to the tilt set in the Meeting Owl App after disabling the 360° Panoramic Strip.
  • The incorrect icon will no longer be shown on the Owl’s Main Stage when using Presenter Enhance with Owl Connect.
  • The incorrect icon will no longer be shown on the Owl’s Main Stage when using Camera Lock with Owl Connect.
  • The Owl’s Main Stage will no longer take longer than 1 minute to switch from Primary to Secondary Owl in Owl Connect. 

Enhancements:

  • Presenter Enhance can now be enabled/disabled by pressing the Options button ( Owl_Button.png) Button (Located above the USB and power cables) on the Meeting Owl Pro.
  • Icons on the Owl’s Main Stage were updated, including the Mute icon.
  • The Owl’s software version will be more visible on the loading (splash) screen.
  • Improvements were made to the Meeting Owl Pro’s video to reduce graininess.

Version 2.5.0.9

Release date: March 30th, 2021

Bug fixes:

  • After motion is detected overhead in Presenter Enhance, i.e. a waving or raised hand, the Owl’s video will quickly return to the Presenter’s face.
  • After resolution was adjusted in a video conferencing platform, the Secondary Owl’s video will no longer show a green or black screen in Owl Connect.

Enhancements:

  • Improvements were made to the Meeting Owl Pro’s video, resulting in richer colors and truer-to-life video.
  • Meeting Owl logo and icons on the Owl’s Main Stage were updated
  • Improvements have been made to reduce jitter in Presenter Enhance, resulting in a smoother close-range video.

Version 2.4.0.15

Release Date: March 15th, 2021

This release requires iOS version 2.8.4(14)+ or Android version 2.4.9(1)+ of the Meeting Owl App.

Please note that Owls on this version and above will not be able to properly pair with Owls on software version 2.3.0.30 or below. For best Owl Connect experience, we recommend keeping your Owls on the same software version.

New Feature:

  • Presenter Enhance is now compatible with Owl Connect.

Bug Fixes:

  • After creating a drawing with Digital Whiteboard on the Meeting Owl Tablet App, the drawing will no longer be shown over the Secondary Owl’s video in Owl Connect.
  • The Owl’s video will no longer bounce up and down.

Version 2.3.0.30

Release Date: February 10th, 2021

The Presenter Enhance feature of this release requires iOS version 2.8.2(10)+ or Android version 2.4.8(0)+ of the Meeting Owl App.

Please note that Owls on this version and below will not be able to properly pair with Owls on software version 2.4.0.15 or above. For best Owl Connect experience, we recommend keeping your Owls on the same software version.

New features:

  • Presenter Enhance: the Meeting Owl Pro will follow a presenter around the room and keep them displayed on the stage.

Bug fixes:

  • The Meeting Owl Pro’s mic will no longer produce a crackling sound.
  • In Owl Connect, the Secondary Owl’s microphones will no longer stop working after switching the Primary and Secondary Owls’ roles.
  • Improved the Owl’s echo cancellation performance.

Enhancements:

  • Improved the Owl’s aspect ratio to be more true-to-life.

Version 2.2.0.20

Release Date: January 19th, 2021

The Meeting Owl Tablet App feature of this release is only available on the Meeting Owl app iOS version 2.8.2(10) and higher.

New features:

  • The following features have been added to Dashboard View in the Meeting Owl Tablet App:
    • Volume Controls to adjust the Owl’s speaker volume
    • Mute Button to mute the Owl’s microphone
    • Video Toggle Button to turn Off or turn On the Owl’s video
  • The following features have been added to Admin Settings in the Meeting Owl Tablet App and Meeting Owl App:

Bug fixes:

  • When attempting to pair two Owls using Owl Connect, bright overhead or back lights will no longer interfere with Owls’ ability to see each other. Owls will now auto-adjust brightness for several seconds when attempting to see each other, then return to normal.
  • Fixed a bug that would prevent the Owl from appearing as an option when selecting cameras in a video conferencing platform.

Enhancements:

  • When using Owl Connect, the Main Stage can now show video from both Owls.
  • The Owl’s video display will change to light gray after turning off video in Dashboard View of the Meeting Owl Tablet App.

Version 2.1.0.13

Release Date: November 23rd, 2020

The Meeting Owl Tablet App feature of this release is only available on the Meeting Owl app iOS version 2.8.2(10) and higher.

New Feature:

  • Added support for the Meeting Owl Tablet App, which is an iPad version of the Meeting Owl mobile app that allows users to control their Meeting Owls with an in-room tablet instead of their personal mobile devices. It includes all of the features of the Meeting Owl mobile app and also includes a Dashboard View of Meeting Owl control features so users can update their settings from the same screen.

Bug fixes:

  • After breaking an Owl Connect pair by connecting the Secondary Owl to a computer via USB, the Primary Owl will no longer show the single-faded-Owl Pairs icon in its next meeting.
  • After breaking an Owl Connect pair by resetting the Secondary Owl in the Meeting Owl App, the Primary Owl will no longer show the single-faded-Owl Pairs icon in its next meeting.
  • Owl Connect pairs will no longer disconnect and reconnect throughout the course of a meeting due to abrupt changes in lighting, such as the Primary Owl being too close to a TV or monitor.

Version 2.0.0.22

Release Date: October 28th, 2020

Bug fix:

  • The Meeting Owl Pro's speaker will no longer produce a static/crackling sound.

Version 2.0.0.20

Release Date: October 15th, 2020

Bug fixes:

  • When powering off an Owl that was previously paired and re-pairing the remaining Owl from that pair with a new Owl, auto-reconnect will no longer interfere with creating the new pair in the same Primary/Secondary roles.
  • After re-pairing and switching the roles of the Primary and Secondary Owls, the Secondary Owl will no longer stop producing audio.
  • Camera lock will no longer move the Secondary Owl’s video in the wrong direction while pairing two Owls that are vertically flipped.
  • When continuing to use the Primary Owl after disconnecting the pair of two Meeting Owl Pros, the Secondary Owl will no longer look for the Primary Owl by keeping its eyes lit up.
  • The Owl’s intelligence system will no longer show the incorrect Active Speaker while pairing two Owls that are vertically flipped.
  • When using Camera Lock on the Secondary Owl’s camera, it will no longer show the Primary Owl’s 360° Panoramic Strip.
  • After ending a meeting with Camera Lock On and the 360° Panoramic Strip Off, these settings will no longer default in the next meeting that starts within 5 minutes.
  • When ending a meeting with Camera Lock in use, the Camera Lock icon will no longer carry over into the next meeting.
  • After powering off the Secondary Owl and powering it on again mid-meeting, it will no longer struggle to find the Primary Owl and rejoin the meeting.

Enhancements:

  • The Meeting Owl Pro greeting message has been updated to say: “Hello and thank you for choosing the Meeting Owl. To get started, download the Meeting Owl App on your tablet or smartphone.”

Version 1.8.0.29

Release Date: August 25th, 2020

Access to the Owl Connect feature through the Meeting Owl app in this release requires iOS app version 2.7.0(11). Owl Connect is not yet available for Android. Android app 2.4.4(8) is required to see Owls on this release in the Nearby List of the app.

  • New Feature:
    • Owl Connect: Ability to pair two Meeting Owl Pros together to expand the video and audio reach of the Meeting Owl Pro to accommodate meetings in larger conference rooms, classrooms, and auditorium spaces. 
  • Bug fixes:
    • Hardware Serial will not ask for a passcode when passcode lock is activated

If you are on software version 1.6.0.18 or below, you will be required to update first to 1.7.0.40 before you can update to 1.8.0.29. This will happen automatically to Owls connected to Wi-Fi and plugged into power overnight, but if you request the update via the app, you will need to update twice.

Version 1.7.0.40

Release Date: July 28th, 2020

Features accessed through the Meeting Owl app in this release require iOS app 2.5.2(2) and Android 2.4.3(9)

  • New Features:
    • Added ability to vertically flip the Owl's video in the app in order to support mounting the Owl upside down.

Version 1.6.0.18

Release Date: July 13th, 2020

Features accessed through the Meeting Owl app in this release require iOS app 2.5.1(7) and Android app 2.4.3(5), released on June 12th, 2020

  • New Features:
    • Added Pan, Tilt and Zoom controls for Camera Lock feature in the app. You can now control the vertical and horizontal position of the camera, as well as zoom it in and out in the app.
    • Disable / Enable 360° Panoramic Strip. 360° Pano can now be disabled and enabled through the Camera Controls section of the Meeting Owl app. 
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Improved audio quality for remote participants. 
    • Fixed behavior in 1.4.2.2 where red and blue lights above the buttons on the base of the Owl were not flashing when the Owl was rebooted when plugged into a computer. Lights will now flash when rebooted while plugged in via USB.
    • The Mute icon has been repositioned to the top of the stage when the 360° Pano has been disabled so it no longer blocs the center of the frame.
    • Home icon has been removed from stage when 360° Pano has been disabled.

New Instructions and Behavior for this release:

  • In order for the volume buttons on the Owl to control the volume controls in the Operating System after an over-the-air update to 1.6.0.18, you will need to select the Owl as your audio device in macOS and Windows 10. You will only need to do this once after you update.
  • System has changed to display audio device (microphone and speaker) from “Meeting Owl Pro” to “Echo Cancelling Speakerphone” on Windows 10 in video conferencing platforms and Device Manager.

Version 1.4.2.7

Release Date: June 8, 2020

  • Initial release for EU and JP markets

Version 1.4.2.2

Release Date: May 28, 2020

  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed issue where occasionally the speaker would not produce sound at the beginning of a meeting, requiring a reboot to produce sound.
    • Fixed issue where occasionally the microphones would not transmit audio to remote participants at the beginning of a meeting, which required a reboot to begin transmitting.
    • Fixed issue where a factory reset performed through the Meeting Owl app would not reset Camera Lock.
    • Fixed issue where Camera Lock would not be centered after the Shift Panoramic Strip feature in the app was used.
  • Enhancements:
    • Owl can no longer check into our server or perform an over the air software update while in a meeting. This prevents accidentally initiating a software update through the app and experiencing a reboot mid-meeting.

Version 1.3.1.1

Release Date: March 18th, 2020

  • Bug fix:
    • Fixed issue where Meeting Owl would occasionally crash, disconnect and hoot mid-meeting, occasionally requiring a reboot to reconnect.

Version 1.3.1.0

Release Date: Released to Beta on February 28th, 2020

  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed issue where video would show a blank black screen at start up, which required a reboot to clear.
    • Improved issue where microphones would not transmit audio to remote participants at start up, which required a reboot to begin transmitting.
    • Fixed issue that caused the remote participants to hear cut outs and sudden volume fluctuations when the call transitioned between states (for example: from when local participants speak to when remote participants speak, or from when remote participants speak to when both participants speak at the same time). 
    • Fixed issue that caused remote participants to hear drop outs mid-speech, due to an issue with low frequency noise, causing Owl to mute its microphones in an attempt to cancel echo.
    • Panoramic shift slider in the Meeting Owl app will be reset to the default position when performing a factory reset in the Meeting Owl app.
  • Enhancements:
    • Your computer will recognize the Owl quicker when the USB cable is plugged in

Version 1.2.4.3

Release Date: February 3, 2020

  • Bug fix:
    • Fixed issue where customers in certain environments would experience half-duplex audio, meaning remote participants can’t hear participants in the room with the Owl when both participants are speaking at the same time.
    • Fixed issue where customers could not unlock Owl’s passcode when on older versions of Meeting Owl software and newer versions of Meeting Owl App.
    • Fixed issues with the Meeting Owl App’s panoramic shift feature:
      • Camera Lock is now displayed correctly when a panoramic shift selection is set
      • When a panoramic shift selection is set, the Owl's main stage will now correctly display participants in the order they appear on the panoramic strip when there is a split screen
      • Panoramic shift settings and advanced audio settings are now correctly reset to factory values when performing a factory reset in the Meeting Owl app.
  • New feature:
    • Added advanced audio settings for troubleshooting residual echo and half duplex issues for customers in challenging acoustic environments
    • Hardware serial number is displayed on Meeting Owl Apps version 2.4.0(6) (Android) and 2.4.4(5) (iOS) or above.

Version 1.2.3.10

Release Date: January 17, 2020

  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed microphone issue caused by double talk detector control.
      • Toggling the double talk detector or noise reduction switch in the audio settings menu of the Meeting Owl App will no longer negatively impact the Owl’s microphones, causing fluctuating audio for remote participants.
      • Microphones previously affected by the double talk detector control issue will be corrected with an update to this software version.
    • Fixed issue where video could show a blank stage after camera lock was released.
    • Fixed rare issue where video would freeze after many hours of operation.
    • Fixed issue with volume control on linux machines where volume controls on Owl or host machine were not properly controlling the volume of the Owl.
  • New Features:
    • Owl’s Eyes will now flash when Owl is selected from the Nearby List on Android devices. (iOS devices will have already had this support)
    • Added control of the 360° Panoramic Strip focus position in the Meeting Owl App. You will now be able to scroll the Panoramic Strip to the desired location in the Meeting Owl app. This will allow you to position the TV to the recommended optimal location, or adjust the 360° view to your preference.
  • Enhancements:
    • Improved Speaker Spotlight functionality so that the Meeting Owl Pro detects and switches to meeting participants more accurately and quickly.
    • Camera Lock movements are smoother when sliding the stage to new locations.

Version 1.1.0.0

Release Date: November 26, 2019

  • Enhancements:
    • Improved Speaker Spotlight functionality so that the Meeting Owl Pro detects meeting participants more accurately and quickly.
    • Improved echo cancellation so that remote participants should notice clearer and more consistent sound.

Version 1.0.5.0

Initial release

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