I have a couple classroom-like spaces, where as many as 30 people will meet together. These rooms have a computer and a projector installed. Recently, users in these rooms have wanted to add the ability for one or two members to Skype in to the meetings. This itself is simple enough.
The problem I am running into is selecting a microphone. Most anything I search for has a pick up range of 2 or at most 3 meters, and that's not going to cut it. The microphone will be at the front of the room, and I need it to pick up speech from the back of the room... up to 10 meters away.
What/where should I look for to find candidates?
Everything I'm seeing says that to avoid the problem of the mic picking up any output from the computers speakers (ie: also hearing the person on the other end of the call) I will need several mics spread through the room, each with lower pick-up settings, and that just won't work here.
Is there any way to get around this?
I've also been looking at cameras, and I'm thinking of this item:
I had been assuming there is no way the microphone built into a web cam would be adequate, but reading reviews on this model it might be able to do the job. Since I have to get a camera anyway, I may try it with the built-in mic first and see what happens.
Also, for my own records, I'm looking at this mic:
Though using a usb mic might mean manually selecting the correct audio source... an additional step for users that I'd like to avoid if possible.