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The speech to text (opens in new tab) company Otter.ai (opens in new tab) has launched a new tool to help business users keep better track of what goes on in their Zoom (opens in new tab) meetings.

Available to all Otter.ai Business users, Otter Assistant can automatically join Zoom meetings on a user's behalf by integrating with their calendar (opens in new tab) and video conferencing software (opens in new tab)

When you're in a scheduled meeting, Otter Assistant will take notes for you so that you can focus on the meeting itself instead of trying to write down and remember everything that was discussed. After a meeting is over, these notes are then shared with other participants regardless of whether or not they actually attended the meeting.

Co-founder and CEO of Otter.AI, Sam Lian explained how Otter Assistant can help make meetings more productive and collaborative in a press release (opens in new tab), saying:

“As virtual meetings persist, we need a way to make them more productive and collaborative and to alleviate Zoom gloom. Now, through the power of artificial intelligence, you can send your Otter Assistant to meetings on your behalf so you can focus on what’s most relevant without worrying about missing anything. There has never been an easier way to share meeting content.”

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According to a recent Otter.ai YouGov survey (opens in new tab) of 2,000 employees working from home (opens in new tab), 42 percent admitted to experiencing Zoom fatigue (opens in new tab) since the pandemic began while 26 percent of those surveyed said that they think meeting notes should always be shared with attendees.

With Otter Assistant, the company aims to try and alleviate some of the difficulties of video conferencing by using AI (opens in new tab) to automatically take notes for every Zoom meeting  on your calendar including those you attend but do not host. One of the best things about Otter.ai's new tool is that it joins meetings for you so whether you're running late, need to step away for a moment or can't attend a meeting, you'll know exactly what happened.

In order to start using Otter Assistant though, you'll need be an Otter Business user and a subscription to the company's paid service starts at $20 per user per month. 

If you frequently attend meetings on Zoom and have trouble remembering exactly who said what, then Otter.ai's tool could be worth a look and the company does offer a one month free trial (opens in new tab) to Otter Business so you can test it out for yourself. 

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.