Zoom sets stage for Metaverse and animated avatars for virtual meetings

Zoom is getting the latest addition to the popular video conferencing platform is the new Avatar feature with which users can replace themselves with the newly added animated characters for a virtual meeting, This is the company's push towards entering the metaverse. 

Zoom sets stage for Metaverse and animated avatars for virtual meetings

The characters can mimic the facial movement and facial expressions of the user. As of now, animal avatars have been launched with the Zoo, 5.10.0 update. The feature mimics Snapchat filters and the Apple Memoji feature.

Zoom declared the new avatar features via its support page this will ensure the presence of a person for virtual video meetings or webinars without making an appearance. 

Right now you can choose a cat or dog cartoon in the zoom, but the company adding more features in the future. These features are available on 5.10.0 or higher versions on an IOS, Windows, and Mac device. The web camera needs to be enabled and video needs to be switched on to enable this feature

Steps to use Avatars feature on Zoom

1. Join a meeting or webinar.
2. Select the upward-facing arrow (^) icon from the meeting toolbar to open video options.
3. Choose Virtual Background or Choose Video Filter option.
4. Navigate to the Avatars tab and pick the avatar.

Video features are not supported with this feature, but one can use another virtual background, can remove and select a different avatar or switch the avatar view to self-view mode too. 

Microsoft Teams 3D virtual avatar features let meeting attendees show themselves on video or use a static picture or bubble with initials. Also, customize and use artificial intelligence (AI) to mirror movements.

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