Facebook launches virtual reality-powered workspace feature
The tech giant has also expanded support for hand tracking, which will allow users to control the keyboard and other features using their hands.
Facebook has introduced Horizon Workroom, an app that allows users to collaborate with colleagues using virtual reality (VR) with the Oculus Quest 2 headset.
A “mixed reality experience” that allows users to connect a physical desk and a compatible keyboard to the virtual space. Users will also be able to access and share files from their computers in the virtual space. They can write on the virtual whiteboard, export the content and share it as an image on the computer.
“Workspaces work on both virtual reality and the web and are designed to enhance your team’s ability to collaborate, come or communicate and connect remotely through the power of VR,” the company said in a statement. ”
To personalize the experience, Facebook has allowed users to create custom looks or avatars, which have helped them feel like they really belong with their co-workers. Plus, the low-latency spatial audio support will keep conversations flowing real and smooth, according to the company.
The tech giant has also expanded support for hand tracking, which will allow users to control the keyboard and other features using their hands. The app will support up to 50 people in a video call and up to 16 people in a virtual room, notes Facebook.
Facebook clarified that it does not use conversation and action content to serve ads on the platform, and said that no third-party apps can access or view the content.
Workroom Horizon is one Facebook step toward creating a metaverse, a world beyond mixed reality capable of powering the next generation of the Internet.