On Tuesday, the company announced that AI-powered speech transcription service Otter.ai is rolling out a set of new meeting-focused features to improve collaboration. Specifically, the company is adding a new “Auto Schematic” feature that uses Otter’s own artificial intelligence to automatically generate meeting summaries. This new feature is designed to give you an idea of what your colleagues are saying in a meeting without having to listen to the recording or read the entire transcript. New meeting summaries appear in the Overview panel on the platform.
Otter.ai has also introduced a new “Meeting Gems” panel for recording meeting actions, decisions, and highlights. You can use the panel to assign items, add comments, or ask questions. Users can create a Meeting Gem by highlighting notes in notes during their meetings.
You can now use Otter Assistant to add a meeting slide or other image presented during a virtual meeting directly to Otter Notes. The platform’s home feed now also prioritizes meetings and post-meeting activities. You can use the redesigned main feed to access shared conversations, highlights and comments, and flagged action items. Finally, users who have linked their Google or Microsoft Outlook calendars to Otter can now join their meetings directly from the Calendar panel.
“We all spend a lot of time in meetings, and I’m very excited about AI’s ability to make meetings more productive,” said Sam Liang, co-founder and CEO of Otter.ai. “The new Otter Meeting makes collaboration easier and faster, making it an essential tool for business teams looking to improve communication in today’s hybrid, in-person and virtual meetings.”
The new functionality builds on the launch of the Otter Assistant feature last August, which can automatically join meetings on your calendar, transcribe conversations, and share notes with other attendees. The assistant is designed to use transcription so that you don’t have to constantly turn it on at the beginning or end of a meeting, and also serve as a place for participants to collaborate by asking questions and sharing photos. Share more as the helpful meeting is underway.
The assistant was first launched on Zoom and later expanded to Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and Cisco Webex. To use this tool, users need to sync their calendars with the service. The assistant will automatically join all future meetings where he or she appears as a different participant for meeting transparency.