As opposed to Zooming on a laptop or mobile phone, Amazon has announced that Zoom for Home is to become the most accessible, yet comfortable method of learning or managing business from home.
Zoom for Home can be used from the comfort of a couch by linking an application to any Amazon smart display. The video chat service has rapidly gained popularity during COVID-19, hence the convenience of students and employees working from home.
“It’s more important than ever to offer features like these to help people stay connected with their friends, family, and co- workers,” said Brian Oliver, director of Alexa Communication to Market Watch.
To begin using this new device, users will need to purchase the Fire TV Cube, a $119 accessory that is different from the Amazon Fire TV stick itself. Although the stick relies on a remote for operation, the Cube works on voice control featuring its built-in speaker.
“I just believe that your big, beautiful TV is a great place for communications and we’re going
to continue to lean in to make that a better experience,” said Marc Whitten, vice president on Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services.
In order for this to work, users connect a webcam to the USB port on the back of the Cube, followed by connecting the Cube to the TV. Once that is finished, users must position the webcam to their personal needs (wherever the TV is).
“It’s more apparent than ever that people are looking for easy- to-use displays for their video communications needs, both professionally and personally,” said Oded Gal, chief product Officer at Zoom.
The only issue with this is the shortage of webcams. Amazon is partnering with Logitech for the use of its webcams to roll out production. However, it was confirmed that any brand of webcam would work.