Zoom has added animated avatars that behave like you during meetings. These avatars are designed to mimic your facial expressions.
The feature which is currently limited to the video chat app’s beta program, lets you pay customers to preview future updates. This is coming after the release of animal avatars earlier this year.
What is Zoom Saying Concerning The Animated Avatars
According to Zoom, the cartoon twin stands in for you in meetings when you do not want to appear on video, even while eating.
The avatar only copies your face and head movements, so you will not be detected by your boss when munching a sandwich or snack. While doing that, don’t forget to mute your mic.
Some camera-shy people could only use their profile picture or any picture of choice to show themselves during zoom meetings.
Zoom is making video meetings very easy as its latest update is part of the tech industry’s bid to make communications more virtual.
Speaking on whether the feature uses facial recognition, the tech giant says it does not. According to them, it cannot identify, recognize, or distinguish between different faces.
How To Enable The New Feature
Trying to figure out how to enable the feature, it’s not that difficult. Let’s show you how;
- Head to the meeting toolbar
- Hit the “stop video” button, selecting the “choose virtual background” or “choose video filter” option
- Navigate to the avatars tab
Users can choose from 23 avatars, including animals such as a cat, dog, fox, panda, and bear. However, the feature is said to be a bit buggy and limited at present.
The animal avatar did not always move its mouth and head to mirror our movements. It will also disappear for a split second before reappearing onscreen.
Watch out for more updates, such as facial features, hairstyles, and so on, from the video conferencing giant.
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