In addition to ‘Aruba,’ the codename for Microsoft’s Surface Hub 2 shell, the name ‘Bari’ is also mentioned.
Microsoft is rumored to be developing a new family of webcams, and we may now know their codename: Bari. According to a new report from Petri, the cameras are also occasionally referred to as ‘Aruba,’ which is a codename for the Surface Hub 2 device.
The connection between the two codenames suggests that the Bari camera may be closely related to the Surface Hub 2 USB-C webcam that Microsoft has previewed.
The new family of webcams is rumored to support Windows Hello authentication, marking the first time Microsoft has included facial recognition technology in a product outside of the Surface line. The cameras are also anticipated to support 4K and work in some capacity with Xbox One consoles, possibly enabling automatic sign-ins.
Panos Panay, Microsoft’s Surface chief, alluded to the possibility in an October interview, citing the Surface Hub 2’s USB-C webcam as a potential precursor to a wider product push. Panay maintained, in a more recent interview, that the Surface brand may continue to expand into new hardware categories.