Zoom avatars are like Memoji for your meetings
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(Pocket-lint) – Memojis are pretty cool, but you can’t use them on a Zoom call – but don’t worry, the virtual meeting company has “borrowed” them.
Much like Memojis, Zoom app avatars are artistic representations of your face for those times when you don’t really want everyone to see your face. TRUE face. Whatever the reason, sometimes we want to be visible without being seen. Now you can, with Zoom pointing out that there are plenty of customization options to make your avatar look perfect.
Once set up, and just like Memojis, avatars will mimic your movements and facial expressions during the video call, so your callers can still get an idea of what you’re up to.
Zoom says its new avatars are great for when you’re eating but don’t want anyone to see it or just want to be able to present yourself in a more dynamic way than if you turned off your camera or had a profile picture. static. Finally, Zoom thinks that avatars would be a good way to make employee bonding and onboarding sessions more fun.
We’re not 100% sure about that last point, but the rest at least makes sense. Currently, Zoom avatars are in beta, which means you need to be a paying customer to use them. But they will certainly be available to everyone very soon.
Other new features announced alongside avatars include meeting templates, threaded messages and reactions in chats, and a new Q&A feature for meetings.
Written by Oliver Haslam.