Virtual work platform Spatial has rolled out a slew of productivity features for enterprise collaboration and is now available for download on Facebook-owned Oculus Quest Store.
One of the leading AR/VR collaboration platforms Spatial has announced its availability on Oculus Quest Store. Â The startup’s â€œholographicâ€ collaboration platform geared at workspaces allows users to meet in virtual rooms and interact via 3D avatars. Spatial’s workspace solutions work across devices such as Oculus Quest, Nreal, Magic Leap, Microsoft HoloLens, and PC/mobile via the web and is continuously adding more hardware options to the mix.Â
In the new normal, video conference fatigueOpens a new window has become an unexpected downside for remote, distributed teams. Mixed reality workspace solutions can help tackle these inefficiencies and address issues of loneliness brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. The startup emphasizes that stepping into virtual environments creates a deeper sense of connection, revives disengaged teams and even allows workers to iterate or troubleshoot more quickly.
According to co-founder and CPO Jinha Lee, â€œBeing featured on the Quest Store with our latest and greatest experience is a huge moment for us, as it breaks down the barrier to entry to a device that continues to be where we see our highest number of users.â€
In MayOpens a new window , Spatial made its 3D workspace solution freely available on a multitude of devices, including smartphones. A private beta was also launched for Oculus Quest. The new features create a truly immersive, collaborative experience for Oculus Quest users with support for 2D/3D file types and deeper integrations with Slack, Google Drive, OneDrive and SharePoint.Â Anand Agarawala, co-founder and CEO of Spatial said, â€œWe constantly look to our customers to hear how to make the experience more personal and expressive for them â€“ we want to make it so intuitive that it barely feels like work at all.â€
Spatial’s new collaboration features include:Â Â
- Automatic imports: Eliminates the need to manually import Slack channels, Google docs, or Figma boards into Spatial
- Real-time editing: Captures ideas through an integrated digital whiteboard and shares in real-time. The solution also allows users to pull up live web pages for real-time editingÂ
- Intuitive Commands with hand gestures: Rules out the need for connected controllers, allowing users to use expressive hand gestures for an intuitive interactionÂ
- Increased Capacity:Â Around 20+ participants can join via video feeds from the Spatial web app with no loss in performance, in addition to 30 people in headset, for even larger collaboration.
Rob Merrilees, Co-founder of Get Real said, â€œI’ve been using Spatial for several months and have found it to be a great space to hold collaborative group meetings with my business partner, colleagues, and my clients.â€Â
He adds, â€œWe use the platform for client introduction meetings to display pdfs, artifacts, screen sharing, as well as internal working and brainstorm sessions with Ed Haravon, my co-founder. We love introducing new people to the space because their first words are always, â€œOh, wow!â€ No surprise â€” it’s a very connecting experience.â€