Amazon has announced that its second generation Fire TV Cube can now participate in two-way Zoom video calls. The company introduced video conferencing support between the Fire TV Cube and Alexa smart monitors late last year, but Zoom opens up even more possibilities for holding virtual conversations or business calls on your home’s largest screen. This would have really been helpful over the last year, but better late than ever, I guess – and it should still prove handy for anyone working on a hybrid office / home schedule in the coming months.
The Fire TV Zoom app is required to get started. So is the webcam, of course, and the company has some minimum requirements that must be met on this front:
You must connect a webcam to the FireCube that supports USB Video Class (UVC) with at least 720p resolution and 30 frames per second with a micro-USB-USB adapter. For a better experience, we recommend webcams with a resolution of 1080p and a 60-90 degree field of view, 6-10 meters away from the TV. We do not recommend 4K webcams.
When you’re on the swing, Amazon says you can join meetings with Alexa, join the zoom meeting with the voice command. Alexa will then ask for a meeting ID and password, which you can enter either with your voice or with the remote control. If you sign in to Zoom, you should be able to see your upcoming meetings and be able to join them faster.
Full details on Fire TV Cube zoom calls can be found On the Amazon blog. Note that the feature is currently only available on the second generation Fire TV Cube and not on the original model released in 2018.