While most people probably use their phones or laptops when attending video conference calls, some would want to use a larger screen, specifically their television screen. Previously, Amazon launched two-way video calls for its Fire TV Cube device and now those with Fire TV Cube (2nd generation) will also be able to join Zoom meetings. Of course, you must have a webcam and various other tools to connect to the larger screen to have two-way video calls.
Amazon says that in order to use two-way video calling through Zoom, you will need to have an Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd generation) device, a compatible webcam, and a Micro USB to USB adapter. You will also need to install the Zoom app on your Fire TV and the firmware should also be the latest version. There’s no news on whether the Zoom capability will eventually be available for other Fire TV devices as well, but that’s probably unlikely.
The webcam you will use for Zoom must be USB Video Class (UVC) compliant with at least 720p resolution and 30fp. They recommend using 1080p resolution webcams with a 60-90 degree field of view at 6-10 feet from the TV so you can get a better experience, but they don’t recommend 4K webcams. Some of the webcams they recommend include the Logitech C920, Logitech C922x, Logitech C310, and Wansview 101JD.
You should be able to connect the webcam to your TV using the Micro USB to USB adapter. They suggest brands like Startech.com, UGREEN, and Cable Creation, while for an adapter with an Ethernet port, they suggest Smays. You need to set up your camera in a place that suits you, but they suggest that you place it above your TV screen “for best results”. After setting up the camera, download and install Zoom from the Fire TV Appstore and then follow the onscreen instructions.
You can say “Alexa, join my Zoom meeting” and you will enter the meeting ID and passcode via the remote control. You will see your contacts, upcoming meetings, and you can also start and join meetings from your TV. You can also link your calendar to Alexa so the voice assistant can suggest meetings to join based on your calendar.