You no longer have to pull out an iPad or iPhone just to use Zoom’s gesture recognition. Zoom has updated its Mac and Windows apps with visual gesture support. Raise your hand or give a thumbs up and you send the appropriate response. As you can imagine, this promises a more natural interaction in virtual classrooms and meetings than you would get by clicking buttons.
The feature requires the latest version of Zoom at the time of this writing (5.10.3). It’s disabled at the individual level by default, but you can enable it per user, per account, or entire groups.
Gesture recognition is accompanied by several updates, including an overhauled Zoom whiteboard collaboration tool that now exists as a full-fledged feature rather than just a meeting extension. A chat etiquette tool helps admins block or warn of rude behavior, and events now have a “backstage” that allows organizers and panelists to speak without looking at the audience. Simply put, Zoom is adapting to reflect a world where remote and hybrid workplaces are likely to remain.
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