Zoom introduces animal avatars similar to Animoji for meetings
Video conferencing platform Zoom has introduced avatars that replace a user’s head with a 3D character that mimics facial expressions for virtual offices and classrooms.
Only animals like cats, dogs, and foxes are available at the moment, but Zoom is teasing more avatars in the future.
“Available for Zoom meetings and the Zoom webinar, avatars replace your appearance with a virtual pet that mirrors your head movements and facial expressions,” the company said in a blog post.
“Avatars are an easy and fun way to engage with attendees and create a bit of fun. They also offer a good middle ground for users who don’t want to appear in front of the camera, but still want to express body language. and facial expressions,” they said. added.
When you activate the Avatars feature in a meeting, Zoom’s technology uses your device’s camera to detect the location of a face on the screen and apply the selected avatar effect.
“Images of your face do not leave your device when you use this feature, and they are not stored or sent to Zoom,” the company said.
This feature does not use facial recognition, which means it does not identify you. So while the Avatars feature can tell what is or isn’t a face, it doesn’t recognize or distinguish between individual faces.
The Avatars feature is available on Windows and macOS desktop devices, as well as iOS mobile devices.
To enable avatars, you’ll need to make sure your Zoom desktop client or mobile app is running on version 5.10.0 or higher. You will also need the feature to be enabled by an account owner or administrator.
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