Zoom’s reaction emoji are one of the platform’s most handy features, allowing you to quickly applaud a colleague or send a heart to a friend. With the latest update for its desktop apps, Zoom makes some of these reactions easier to find. The gesture recognition feature displays a thumbs-up emoji in the meeting if you give one to your webcam, or flags a hand-raised emoji if you raise your hand.
Gesture recognition won’t be news to those using Zoom’s iPad and iPhone apps, which have supported the same two gestures since last summer. And those who have used it know that it can be as frustrating as it is helpful. Zoom tends to read “I’m scratching my face” as “I raise my hand” and only responds to the most aggressive thumbs-up, at least in my experience. However, when it works, it helps Zoom bridge the gap between natural and digital communication, and it’s not surprising that the company is still investing in the idea. I look forward to one day being able to throw kisses on the screen to register a heart emoji.
There are a number of other features in the latest version of Zoom, most notably one major improvement the zoom whiteboard. whiteboard has been there for a while as an add-on to a meeting, but now it’s a separate product in Zoom. Zoom is trying to make managing breakout rooms and polls easier, and running large events on the platform a little more seamlessly. Zoom also continues to roll out its chat etiquette tool, which automatically enforces company policies on communications. (Keep that in mind, because as we’ve seen companies like Googlethe AI typing police is often wrong and frequently ridiculous.)
The big picture here is that Zoom is doing what platforms normally do: sucking the best ideas from the rest of the industry, even those developed on its platform, into its core product. Apps like Mmmm For example, they’ve been into gesture recognition for some time, while companies like Miro and Figma have turned digital whiteboards into a surprisingly large industry. Zoom has spent the past few years making a fuss about being an open platform for developers, but continues to take the best ideas for itself in an effort to be the primary place we communicate online.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/20/23033545/zoom-gestures-raise-hand-thumbs-up Zoom’s gesture recognition is coming to its desktop apps