Say hello to your 3D virtual office experience.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed a demo on CBS of the new Horizon Workrooms, a 3D VR-powered app that offers an immersive experience over an Oculus VR Headset.
Horizon Workrooms will be a VR (virtual reality) space that offers a more seamless experience for you and your coworkers to meet, edit documents, brainstorm, and have meetups together.
The VR interface makes for a typical office environment with whiteboards, desks seats, and tables.
Imagine having an office meeting in a ‘virtual world’ where you can interact with objects and other users.
How will VR Workrooms work?
You will be able to connect your Windows/Mac PC to Workrooms with a VR Headset (Oculus Quest 2 mode). The VR headset allows you to see other users as avatars. You can type on your keyboard, share files and draw on whiteboards.
Currently, Horizon Workrooms support up to 16 people in VR together, and up to 50 people total on a call, including video participants.
You can customize your avatar as well.
Are VR Workrooms the future?
Mark Zuckerberg has not shied away from talking about his plans to create a metaverse – a digital space where each of us is fully immersed in (literally).
For the past year or so, there have been restrictions on physical meetings largely due to coronavirus safety precautions.
This development could bring a new experience in video conferencing, especially when many people feel a disconnect with other members over traditional video calling apps. This could create a new sense of physical engagement.
The long-term success of this product will depend largely on consumer adoption.
Facebook’s decision to integrate Oculus headsets with its own VR platforms puts them one step ahead of the pack with regards to VR in an office environment.