Your Zoom calls may soon get a lot more physical

Getting noticed on a Zoom call could soon be a whole lot easier thanks to a new service update.

The video conferencing platform has announced that it is bringing gesture recognition to its desktop versions of Zoom, giving users a much easier way to capture attention.

Currently only two gestures will be supported, but they’re pretty important – Thumbs Up and Raise Hand – so you should be able to get the limelight easily.

Two thumbs up

Gesture recognition has been present in some versions of Zoom for a little while, namely the company’s iPad and iPhone apps, but this is the first time the feature will be available on its desktop apps.

Performing either of the two included gestures will display the relevant emoji in the meeting itself, providing a useful way to respond or react if you’re in a particularly noisy or crowded place.

Users will need version 5.10.3 or newer to use gesture recognition, which can be enabled at the account, group or user level – although it is disabled at the client level by default.

Zoom whiteboard

(Image credit: Zoom)

Additionally, the company also announced the launch of Zoom Whiteboard with the aim of boosting online collaboration. The “completely rebuilt” online whiteboard experience is described as “a persistent and expandable digital canvas,” offering shapes, connectors, sticky notes, adding images, and more functionality.

The company says the Zoom whiteboard upgrade makes it easier to replicate the spirit of office collaboration among remote teams, in use cases as diverse as education, training, and project management.

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Elsewhere, Zoom has also introduced a host of new upgrades and updates as it seeks to keep pace with its rivals.

This includes increased visibility of breakout room activities or hosts, the ability to create a central library of polls for meetings, and the requirement for users with a work email connection who don’t have two-factor authentication to enter a one-time password when Zoom detects a suspicious login.

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