Zoom adds memoji-like avatars to make meetings ‘fun’

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As the pandemic and the restrictions surrounding it begin to ease, video conferencing apps are slowly starting to become irrelevant again. To keep getting new users, which hasn’t happened for many video conferencing apps as offices and schools go back to personal scheduling, Zoom has been constantly releasing new features, including in-app game support and AR effects.

Today, the San Jose, California-based company announced that it is adding avatars to its platform. Basically it’s like Apple’s Memoji, but instead of limiting the AR effect to your face, Zoom avatars also give you new clothes. The feature is currently limited to 22 variations of cat, dog, cow, fox and rabbit avatars with different colored clothes (more avatars coming later) and only works with Zoom version 5.10.0 or later on iOS, Mac and Windows .

According to Zoom, the addition of avatars will lighten the mood of your meetings and webinars will “inject fun” into them. “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,” reads Zoom’s blog post about the feature.

To enable the feature for your next Zoom meeting, make sure you are using the latest version of the application and click the ^ button next to the Start/Stop Video button as shown in the screenshot below , and go to “Choose Virtual Wallpaper.” Navigate to ‘Avatars’ and select the animal you want to see.

It’s worth noting that you can’t use video filters with Avatars, although virtual backgrounds work perfectly. Read more about the new feature here.

Image credit: Zoom

Source: Zoom

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