Zoom has added a new feature named ‘Immersive View’, a new video background capability that mimics in-person meetings like experience to give a life-like background to users. The feature is similar to the Together Mode in Microsoft Teams. Immersive View is available to all users and can accommodate 25 people in meetings and webinars. The company which is synonymous with VC unveiled the Immersive View in October last year.
The SBI has launched a video KYC-based account opening feature which is completely paperless and contactless. A person can open a bank account without visiting a branch using the digital process powered by AI and Facial Recognition Tech. One has to download the YONO app, click on ‘New to SBI’, and select ‘Insta Plus Savings Account’. Once the Aadhaar details are entered and authenticated, he/ she has to schedule a video call to complete the KYC.
Zoom has created $100 mn funds to invest in startups that build application and services using its video conferencing technology. Zoom CFO Kelly Steckelberg, in an interview, said that the company will invest anything between $250,000 and $2.5 mn into firms building “Zoom Apps” that plugs its popular VC software to build new features. The fund will also be open to telemedicine app providers or conference room hardware makers.
VideoMeet, the made in India VC app has added ‘close captioning’ for their users. As of now, the captions are available in Hindi and English only, but it will soon add regional languages. Besides, VideoMeet users can also customise their background and live Youtube Streaming. It has also features like waiting rooms, multi-definition viewing, multiple meeting modes, multiple audio support, VNOW- a replica event platform.
Zoom is set to lift the limit of 40 min for even non-paying users of its VC services on ‘Thanksgiving Day’ in the USA. The company has been made in order to let families spend more time virtually for Thanksgiving Day falling on Nov 26th. The limit, during the pandemic, has been one of the major restrictions, which forced users to restart the VC after the end of the limit. Zoom has not confirmed if the restrictions have been lifted in the rest of the world including India or not.
Nvidia has introduced Nvidia Maxine – a new platform to enhance VC experience for users. It gives developers access to an AI-powered cloud native solution that enables adding face alignment, gaze correction, improved resolution, and even noise cancelling during a VC. With AI-based video compression tech running on NVIDIA GPUs, developers can reduce the bandwidth down to one-tenth of the bandwidth required, reducing costs and delivering smoother experience.
BenQ announced that its large-format displays will now deliver VC solutions from Zoom Video Communications. With the integration of Zoom Rooms, BenQ’s interactive displays and digital signage will help provide interactive communications through VC and chat services, remote screen sharing, content collaboration and whiteboarding with notes. The solution can be used both in a big conference room or a personal office.
1. Clear browser cookies before and after each VC to limit the third party’s access to data. 2. Do not share confidential or private information in meetings. 3. Be conscious of surroundings; avoid connecting devices to free wi-fi networks. 4. Use VC app only after knowing its data sharing/storing practices. 5. Train team members on data security practices.
Entrepreneur Anuranjan Jha has launched ‘Lauk’, an India-made VC and web streaming platform, pricing ₹250 to ₹1500. It has three services: a general video conferencing platform; ‘Lauk Classroom’ for educators which will have special discount; ‘Lauk Studio’ for live streaming, webinars etc. It is E2EE, and offers optional password protection facility, and multi-device login support. It will provide APIs for Indian developers to develop their own VC platform.