Introduction Of Animal Avatars, Zoom Makes Its First Foray Into The Metaverse.
When Zoom, a video-conferencing company, announced a new feature that would allow users to replace their physical appearance in virtual meetings with avatars, it was seen as a timid first step toward entering the socalled Metaverse.
According to Zoom, a user may utilise this function to replace their own face with an animated figure that can match the user’s head motions and facial traits, among other things. With the Zoom 5.10.0 update, the avatars have been limited to just animal characters for the time being, however this may be changed to allow additional characters in the future.
According to a blog post published by Zoom, this new feature makes it simple to bring humour and lightheartedness into meetings and webinars. But how does it function? According to the business, the function recognises the form of the face as well as characteristics such as your eyes, nose, and mouth, allowing you to generate a wide variety of emotions.
For the time being, 11 avatars dressed in t-shirts and hoodies have been introduced, including a cow, cat, dog, raccoon, panda, and polar bear. However, they may be expanded in the future.
What is the best way to make use of these avatars?
First, make sure your Zoom desktop application is up to date on Mac (v5.10.0) or Windows (v5.10.0) (v5.10.0). Afterwards, follow the instructions outlined below:
- After launching the Zoom application, choose Preferences from the menu bar.
- Select the Background & Effects option from the drop-down menu.
- Select the Avatars tab from the drop-down menu. Your favourite animal can be found on the list, so choose wisely.
This modification in the app’s configuration will be applied to all Zoom meetings going forward. If you wish to utilise an avatar for a specific meeting, you must follow these steps:
Participate in the meeting and click the arrow next to the Start video/Stop video indication to begin or end the video presentation.
Next, choose either Virtual Background or Video Filter from the drop-down menu.