Video conferencing company Zoom has announced a series of enhancements to its popular meeting software including the introduction of augmented reality (AR) meetings, automated intelligent transcripts and full integration with several partners including Slack and Workplace by Facebook.
Zoom has added new integrations with Workplace by Facebook and Slack. Users simply type /zoom in Slack and you can invite Slack users to your meetings. Similarly, you type ‘zoom’ in Workplace by Facebook to start Zoom live meeting.
The software company has also introduced AR to meetings, at the moment the functionality is rather limited but it gives a taste of what future developments in the digital workplace could bring. CEO Eric Yuan says it’s for enhancing online teaching. For example, if a teacher is wearing a special AR helmet – the students see whatever the teacher is seeing in augmented reality, so for example, if the teacher is walking around a representation of the solar system, that’s what the students see in the Zoom platform. It does not require the students to have any special equipment.
The company also announced its use of artificial intelligence in the form of automated meeting transcripts, eliminating the need for a note taker and creating a searchable transcript. Using AI, it converts all the speech from a meeting into text and even identifies each speaker.