Highfive video conferencing system

Lead DesignerDan Harden
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Prize(s)2nd Place in Media And Home Electronics / Phone and Other Communications Technology
Entry Description

The consumer video tools we use in our personal lives (Facetime, Skype) lack the quality, reliability, and security needed for business use, while the enterprise tools (Cisco, Polycom) are expensive and difficult to use. Highfive is the first all-in-one video conferencing device and cloud service designed for businesses to consistently enable people to work face-to-face. It brings an unprecedented ease of use to video calls as it combines high-fidelity audio, HD video, and easy screen sharing in a functional and aesthetic design. People initiate video calls (with up to 12 participants) and control the meeting wirelessly using their laptop, tablet or smartphone. There is no remote control or new user interface to learn. Highfive is the first video conferencing system that is effectively priced for companies to deploy in every room.

The Highfive device includes a camera, a microphone array, and a computer processor. The bold geometric form is perfect for pairing with any flat screen TV or other media console. The focus of the design is the black cube which houses the camera assembly and an integrated foot/mount mechanism. It overhangs the front to secure it to the front edge of the TV, while the opposing clamp under the cube hinges out to grasp the back of the TV. For tabletop use, this mounting clamp acts as a foot for the unit and also provides an adjustable angle. The aluminum “wings” house the circuit board and a high-fidelity microphone array. A fine slit is machined into each wing for sound to enter, which zeroes in on active speakers and cancels out background noises so conversations are crystal clear. The video features a high-definition camera at 60 frames per second. An LED ring surrounds the lens to indicate status. This ring appears in the software too, presenting a unified experience.


Whipsaw is an Industrial Design & Engineering consulting firm located in San Jose and San Francisco, California. Whipsaw focuses on innovative product design, UX, development and branding. Whipsaw creates products and experiences across many diverse categories including consumer electronics, housewares, medical, wearables, computing, scientific, industrial, and business products. Whipsaw’s clients range from large corporations like Avaya, Bosch, Cisco, Clorox, Ford, GE, Google, Haier, Intel, Leitz, Merck, Motorola, Nike, Olympus, Samsung, Sony, and TP-Link plus exciting startups like Apnicure, Avinger, Highfive, Livescribe, OM Signal and Sprimo.

The Whipsaw team has created hundreds of successful products for its clients. Our market hits include the Google OnHub, the original Google Chromecast, Nike+ FuelBand, Dell Precision computers, Livescribe smartpens, Dropcam security cameras, Eton emergency radios, the Adiri baby bottle, Cisco/Linksys routers, Yubo lunch boxes, Intel healthcare tablets, the Kaleidescape Cinema One, Leapfrog LeapPads, Roku TV boxes, Topcon survey equipment, and TP-Link networking devices.

Whipsaw has won over 240 Industrial Design awards including many IDEA, Red Dot, iF, MDEA, G-Marks, CES Innovations, and D&AD awards.

Fast Company magazine ranked Whipsaw among the Top 5 design firms in the world and honored Whipsaw CEO Dan Harden as one of the 100 most creative people in business.

Whipsaw’s creations are in the permanent collection at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art.