TECH BYTE: App Makes Office Meetings Virtual Reality
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Many of us have gotten used to virtual meetings this year, thanks to the pandemic.
But what if you could also meet with your colleagues using virtual reality?
Facebook is making it possible to bring video games to work, and actually be productive.
The social media giant is calling its latest project Horizon Workrooms.
It’s a virtual reality app you can use while working from home or outside of the office when you need to meet with your coworkers.
You’ll just need a VR headset like the Oculus Quest 2.
It turns your virtual meeting into an immersive experience.
Instead of an environment you might see playing a video game, it simulates a conference room.
You can meet with up to 15 other people in this virtual room.
What makes this fun, is you can even customize your own avatar or cartoon character to represent you at the meeting!
And yes, your avatar can also use special hand gestures too!
Even though you’re not there physically with your colleagues, you can still easily be creative, and share ideas using whiteboards in your meeting.
Oculus says you can come back to those hands-on notes anytime in VR, or just export them to the web.
You can also bring your physical desk into the scene. You can basically be using virtual reality, and real life at the same time.
Share your screen, and send messages.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says if you can’t be at the meeting using VR, or don’t have a VR headset, no worries! You can still video conference in.
The Horizon Workrooms app is free if you have a VR headset.
If you don’t have one, it’ll be an investment. The Quest 2 will cost you around $300.