You can now raise your hand in Google Meet to raise your hand

Google is introducing a new feature for its video calling platform, Google Meet, that allows users to raise their hand by simply raising their actual hand in front of the webcam. This feature is designed to make it easier for participants to indicate that they want to speak during a meeting, without having to fumble with the controls on the screen.

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A GIF demonstrating the feature shows that users need to raise their hand in front of the webcam with their palm facing towards the camera. This position is similar to the “whoa, slow down there buddy” gesture. Google explains that this position is necessary for the camera to properly detect the gesture.

The gesture detection feature is off by default but can be enabled by going to “More Options” then “Reactions” and selecting “Hand Raise Gesture.” The feature is currently rolling out gradually to subscribers on a range of Google Workspace business, enterprise, and education plans. There is no word yet on when or if the feature will become available for personal Google accounts.

Here are some of the benefits of using the hand raise gesture feature:

  • It is more natural and intuitive than using the on-screen controls.
  • It can help to keep participants focused on the meeting, as they don’t need to look away from the screen to raise their hand.
  • It can be especially helpful for participants who are not familiar with using Google Meet or who have difficulty using the on-screen controls.

Overall, the hand raise gesture feature is a welcome addition to Google Meet. It is a simple and effective way to make it easier for participants to indicate that they want to speak.