Head movements, facial expressions
Zoom Meetings and Zoom Webinar Available Today
Additional character types to be added in the future [Edaily reporter Kim Hyun-ah]
Zoom has launched an avatar feature that shows the participants actual appearance.
Enabling the avatar feature in Zoom meetings and Zoom webinars will result in a virtual animal character appearing on the screen instead of the participants real life.
Since the avatar mimics the participants head movements and facial expressions, participants can still express their gestures and emotions smoothly. If the avatar function is properly used, it is expected to create a pleasant and different atmosphere while continuing to communicate during a meeting or webinar. Zoom will add new avatars, starting with animal avatars.
The avatar feature supports the Zoom desktop client and mobile app of version 5.10.0 or later on Windows, macOS desktop devices, and iOS mobile devices. Simply turn on your web camera and video, click the arrow next to the video icon on the toolbar in the meeting, open the options window, click on ‘Virtual wallpaper’ or ‘Set video filter’ to select your avatar from the Avatar tab.
In the same tab, you can turn off the feature by tapping None or Turn off avatars on the self-view video tile, or by clicking the arrow next to the video icon in the meeting toolbar and selecting Stop Video.
There are various scenarios in which the avatar function can be used. When conducting casual meetings or events that enhance teamwork in a hybrid work environment, when explaining animals in class, eliciting novel stories from students, ice breaking at events such as webinars, and psychological treatment with patients during telemedicine When closing the distance and relaxing the atmosphere, etc.
While using the avatar function, Zoom technology checks the position of the face on the screen through the camera mounted on the device and applies the avatar effect. At this time, the participants face image does not leave the device, nor is it stored or transmitted to Zoom. This function does not use facial recognition technology, so it does not identify who each user is. The avatar function only distinguishes whether the image is a face or not, and does not recognize or distinguish each individuals different facial features.