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You Guys, This Tool Creates Fake Sounds So You Can Leave Zoom Meetings

Barking dogs? Check. Construction noise? Check.
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In a perfect world, meetings are fast and efficient, covering ideas that are far too complicated for a simple email. But we don't live in a perfect world. With so many of us still working from home, online meetings—through Zoom, Teams, or whatever platform you prefer—happen way too often, and they're hardly ever as productive as you'd like. And you don't realize you've wasted time until you're 45 minutes in and have accomplished NOTHING. 

That's why it doesn't come as a surprise that someone has actually invented a tool that's so annoying, your mga ka-meeting will want you to leave the call. Enter the Zoom Escaper

What is the Zoom Escaper?

According to The Verge, it is a "free web widget that lets you add an array of fake audio effects to your next Zoom Call." It was created by Sam Lavigne. The fake sound effects include: echo, bad connection, upset baby, man weeping, wind, dogs, construction, and urination.

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But first, you'll need to download an audio software called VB-Audio that "routes your audio through the website, then change your audio input in Zoom from your microphone to VB-Audio, and play with the effects." Btw, when you're using these effects, you won't be able to hear them, but everyone else in the call will. 

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The Internet has, of course, weighed in, and this tool has been getting mixed reactions. Some people think it's funny and amazing—and even a clever way to protect your mental health—while others say these distractions will make it harder for people to have productive discussions. 

Check out this Zoom Escaper tutorial:

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