Enhancing Zoom with AR

Since the outbreak of the Corona crisis we're forced to work from home, using tools like Zoom to connect. As a replacement of a physical gathering of people, something is missing. Online meetings are efficient, but they are very goal-driven and they lack the informal aspects.

This series of Zoom experiments are focussed on finding out how Zoom session can be enhanced with meaningful augmented reality filters. Nowadays, there's much more these filters can do besides applying a facefilter, such as mouse ears or a funny hat.

Why enhance your Zoom session with Snap filters?



These are some filters to try:

Touchless interface



While in a Zoom session, these filters can be controlled by subtle movements of your head.

Subtle AR filters >
Use a hand movement to change the shape of a chart:



Copy this link below into the 'search' field of the Snap Camera program:

https://www.snapchat.com/unlock/?type=SNAPCODE&uuid=af2d05dc283744f5aa10015850f52b82&metadata=01

Meeting point

This filter can be used to open up Zoom and feel connected to other people, but without the need to be aware of the webcam peeking into your room. You're an abstract avatar, nothing fancy. But that's not the aim of this filter. It's not asking you to waste time configuring your virtual outfit and choosing the color of your hair. This filter just broadcasts your presence, or your temporary absence.


Copy this link below into the 'search' field of the Snap Camera program:

https://www.snapchat.com/unlock/?type=SNAPCODE&uuid=64984c01b4eb464eaafc766021bccf56&metadata=01


The filters presented in this research are privacy safe. When activating facefilters in Zoom the output is generated locally within the SnapCamera program based on input from the webcam. No data or images are collected and nothing is sent to any online server, except for the filtered output which is visible for all of the participants.

More filters of various kinds:




Use an external application to add AR effects in Zoom:

A) first install the
"Snap Camera" program on your computer

B) choose "Snap camera" in the settings of your videochat tool



C) copy+paste the snapcode-links below into the searchbox of the Snap Camera app :



*) In a recent blog-post Zoom announced that they're offering an integrated set of filters too. Let's see if the interactive features are as rich as the ones offered by Lens Studio (used to create Snap filters)