Zoom has become one of the popular platforms for online meeting and study within the last two months, starting from the global spread of Covid-19 in the beginning of 2020. The rise of this software comes along with the pandemic that we just experienced. Until today, this platform is still used for online meetings and lectures even though the pandemic is over in most countries in the world. It is launching a new feature that allows users to use cartoon avatars to display themselves in meetings, starting from today.
The customizable virtual characters have become popularized in recent years. Snapchat is one of the platforms that adapted this feature the earliest by letting users create their own stickers based on characteristics they choose by themselves. Afterwards, Apple also launched Memoji which was trending during the release of its iOS 12 in 2018. Mark Zuckerburg’s Metaverse services including Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp also keep up with the most recent updates. Therefore, this is nothing new for another platform to develop its own similar feature.
It means that now you can attend Zoom meetings with our cartoon version which shows all the face expressions and gestures the exact same way you represent with your real self. It would be an interesting thing to present in less formal meetings such as with a group of friends and family. It is even more advantageous when you are eating or not wearing any makeup because you just wake up in the morning. Currently, paid users might experience this new feature as a beta and there will be more updates in later versions. Reportedly, new facial features, hairstyles and more customization options will also be available to give Zoom users a more exciting experience.
Added to this, the company is also ready to roll out new features in the near future. These include meeting templates, threaded reactions and Q&As which help meetings be more interactive and realistic. Users who join in a meeting together might create templates by some simple instructions. They can also send and receive messages and emojis within the meeting. This feature kind of resembles Slack or Meta Messenger. The last one is actually helpful, which is the Q&As. The host of the meetings might ask some questions for the whole group to discuss. Meanwhile, he can see and respond to each answer specifically. All these features are expected to arrive early this year.