Horizon Workrooms (Product Review)

  • Avatars and spatial audio — Users can create and customise their avatars in a such way that the avatar feel as natural as possible. Applying spatial audio, the conversation should sounds more lifelike too. Oculus promises high quality, low latency spatial audio, through which users can hear the people around them based on where they’re seated.
  • Mixed reality — Horizon Workrooms is a mixed reality experience which means that you can still use your physical desk and keyboard in your virtual reality workroom. If you use the Oculus Remote Desktop companion app for Mac and Windows. Through this companion app, users will have one-click access to your entire computer from VR, pairing an Oculus headset to stream what’s on the computer into VR.
  • Virtual whiteboard — Every room in Workrooms offers infinite whiteboard space so that people can collaborate or sketch things out together in real time. Users pin images from your computer on the whiteboard and then mark them up and review with colleagues.
  • Room configurability — I like the idea of being able to configure a virtual room to suit your needs. Think about using your room for a presentation, collaboration or just a conversation. Workrooms offers a seating layout for every gathering occasion, with the room scaling up and down depending on how many people are in the room.
  • Join in VR or by video call: If users don’t have a VR headset, they can also dial into a virtual room by video call. Video participants will show up on a video screen in the virtual room, just like a real conference room. Horizon Workrooms supports up to 16 people in VR together, and up to 50 people total on a call, including video participants.
  • Meeting notes, file sharing, calendar integration, and chat: The Workrooms web app makes it easier to collaborate whether you’re in VR or at your computer. Every room in Workrooms comes with a place on the web to capture notes and action items while you’re in a meeting, share links and files, and chat with your team. You can also sync your Outlook or Google Calendar to make it easier to schedule meetings and send invites.
  1. https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/2514011888645651/
  2. https://about.fb.com/news/2021/08/introducing-horizon-workrooms-remote-collaboration-reimagined/
  3. https://hothardware.com/news/facebook-oculus-horizon-workrooms-vr-meetings
  4. http://consc.net/reality/
  5. https://support.oculus.com/articles/horizon/connect-and-collaborate-in-horizon-workrooms/index-collaborate-in-workrooms/
  6. https://www.reviewgeek.com/95372/trying-facebooks-vr-horizon-workspace-felt-like-the-future-no-one-will-embrace/
  7. https://www.cnet.com/tech/computing/virtual-mark-zuckerberg-showed-me-facebooks-new-vr-workplace-solution/

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