Imagine that you are “trapped” in a Zoom meeting that was supposed to be just a quick briefing, but instead it has been going on for over an hour and doesn’t seem to be ending soon. Or imagine that after a hard day at work you decided to have a quick call with your mother, but she has been analysing over the last 50 minutes about her plans of renovating the kitchen!
Over the last year, Zoom has become a huge part of our everyday life due to the social distancing and remote working in which COVID-19 has forced us. Most of us have found ourselves, at least once, in tiring, endless Zoom meetings with colleagues, clients or even our family members, thinking about imaginative ways to escape.
What if there was a way to self-sabotage our video or audio calls, making our presence unbearable to others and having a good excuse to leave the “room”? Guess what! There is and it is called Zoom Escaper.
Created by developer and artist Sam Lavigne, Zoom Escaper is a tool that helps you leave Zoom meetings by feeding the sound of dogs or babies crying into your mic.
This web app requires installing the VB-Cable software in order to play a number of effects that could help you excuse yourself from a Zoom meeting. You can choose from a number of sounds, such as barking dogs, construction noises, crying babies, or even subtler effects like choppy audio and unwanted echoes.
Just to be clear, we don’t recommend any of this. Sabotaging Zoom meetings isn’t nice, especially if we’re talking about a business meeting. But hey, sometimes you don’t have another choice, do you? (Seriously, don’t do it!)