Since the advent of video conferencing in the workplace last year, many people have had to reassess not only their computers, but also their work spaces and home office setups. Disorganized backgrounds and poor lighting add additional concerns to already stressed people, on top of having a decent webcam. Virtual backgrounds, which can be more distracting, have been used to fix the first issue, while automatic lighting adjustment has been added to Google Meet on Web browsers.
We don’t have as much control over our working environment as we do at the office. There are times when we don’t have much control over the current conditions when a video meeting starts, from distractions to room setup to weather. Google Meet, like other video conferencing platforms, has begun to rely on artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision, and algorithms to make up for these shortcomings.
Google introduced automatic light adjustment to Meet on Android and iOS in April of that year. The idea is simple: it uses the phone’s sensors to detect lighting conditions and then applies artificial intelligence to adjust the video feed to make your day brighter. It’s a straightforward feature, but the benefits extend far beyond the user.
It’s odd that Google Meet’s Web version didn’t get the same feature until more than a year after Google Meet did. Since many computers and webcams lack ambient light sensors, Google likely had to turn to even more sophisticated algorithms to detect low light.
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Customers of Google Workspace, G Suite Basic, and G Suite Business can now use this new feature, which was previously only available to those with G Suite Business. Once it’s been updated, it’s enabled by default, and administrators have no way of turning it off. In contrast to this, end users have the option to turn it off manually, which they may do if there is adequate lighting available, or if it is interfering with the computer’s