Obsbot Tail Air uses AI control to bring multi-cam live streaming to the masses

Obsbot Tail Air product shot on grey background
Obsbot Tail Air (Image credit: Obsbot)

At last week's NAB show AI camera specialists Obsbot demonstrated their first prototype of a new Tail Air streaming camera with PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) functionality.

Obsbot is known for its AI-powered webcams which keep subjects in the frame, and the Obsbot Tail – now sold out – was a powerful model designed for real-time streaming. We've covered the impending Tiny 2 before, and we'll review it when it arrives, but what of the Tail Air? Why is this successor to the original Obsbot Tail so interesting?

As shown at NAB, the Obsbot Tail Air boasts more sophisticated AI for streaming sports, live music, live classes, and other vlogging as well as traditional recording. It features much broader connectivity, with HDMI, USB, and Ethernet, with support for NDI and VISCA meaning it can slot into more serious systems, including Blackmagic Atem video switchers, and will no doubt worry some serious PTZ players.

It looks like we're seeing more and more of a cross-over between the creator-broadcaster and the pro end of the scale, and the Tail Air seems to bring the AI enjoyed by YouTubers to a more serious stage.

Guitarist and violinist playing live on the Obsbot stand at NAB to demonstrate the Tail Air

Obsbot's prototype Tail Air cameras being used for a multi camera broadcast at NAB. (Image credit: Obsbot)

Obsbot's expertise is not limited to live-streaming devices. They have adapted and developed their AI tracking tech to a series of pan-tilt webcams, including the Tiny 4K and the upcoming Tiny 2, which boasts a 1/1.5" sensor. They have even ported the subject tracking tech to more traditional fixed web cameras – the Meet 4K and Meet.

Historically, Obsbot has a habit of launching products using crowdfunding campaigns, and we don't yet have a start date for Tail Air, so we can't put a precise date on it, but Obsbot tell us the end of June. It's also fair to say that they don't usually seem to have much problem raising the funds needed for a first production run.

This new Tail Air looks high spec, which means it'll be vying for a spot on our best PTV camera list, and perhaps the best cameras for streaming too.

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Adam Juniper
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With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

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