The VR Collaboration Competition Landscape
Online collaboration tools have become a crucial bridge in remote work, connecting teams and powering business communication. Zoom, Slack, Microsoft Teams have all risen to become the most valuable elements in the remote working realm. While these platforms have proven to be exceedingly useful, they still do not provide that “presence” we are used to in person. So the bid to speed up the mass-market adoption of the next generation of collaboration tools has honed in. AI and holographic integrations are enabling communication to go beyond text chat, video chat and co-editing to fostering real-time collaboration. Holographic collaboration tools will soon take centre stage as businesses determine better ways to plan, share information, and design together. The way we work has revolutionised quicker than anyone could have imagined.
Spatial is a great option for business and colleagues to build a shared workspace where you can meet up as holograms. The platform provides the ability to create persistent rooms so you can save your information and return to it in future meetings. You can set up social rooms where you can have casual conversations with colleagues.
Spatial is cross-platform, it can be run on the Oculus headsets, Magic Leap One, Microsoft HoloLens, iPhones as well as desktop computers. Features include life-like avatars, screen share, and allows for media upload. Users can place notes on display, view images, videos, PDFs and sketch 3D models. Spatial can support up to 30 users and headsets in one room at a time. Teammates are more engaged during meetings and presentations with Spatial. Magic leap has launched a quick start collaboration package with spatial which allows you to set up four headsets with your company and try it out for free for 45 days.
Immersed enables you and others to collaborate remotely by immersing you into the same VR workspace! Be in the same virtual room with up to 7 people! Multiscreen Sharing. Share as many screens as you’d like with others, no matter what computer you’re using. Remote Whiteboarding! Brainstorm ideas with others.
Meetings is a free app on the Magic Leap headset. The avatars in meetings are much more expressive than the avatars on Spatial. These avatars have head tracking, hand tracking and eye tracking so you can make direct eye contact with others. You can also personalize your avatars physic and accessories.
You can chat, share your web browser screens and share and collab on 2D and 3D content. The app includes beta collaboration features in the gallery app. So attendees can draw and comment on 3D.GLB models (GLB is the binary file format representation of 3D models). You can import these images easily using the desktop companion app.
Meetings is fantastic for meeting to plan business tasks but not ideal for visualization of complex 3D models.
Arvizio is a company focused on mixed reality collaboration experiences. Mixed reality is a technology that lies between augmented and virtual reality in terms of the spectrum. It allows you to bring in the real world and then overlay the real world with holographic images. An important aspect of mixed reality is to allow more than one users to see the same thing, the ability for multiple people to share the same view in real-time and make changes as well as annotating models on the fly. Before Arvizio, there were limitations on what you could do when it comes to 3D visualization and multi-user shared experiences due to limited bandwidth when operating in an untethered wireless mode. The Arvizio platform uses 5G to allow multiple XR users to interact over wide area networks including both fixed broadband and mobile 4G/5G connections.
The Arvizio platform also allows documents, images and other project data to be included in the mixed and augmented reality experience without requiring the development of custom application software. This platform is great for design reviews, marketing demos and QA inspections across a variety of industries including construction, architecture, engineering and mining.
Mimesys is a French startup that has developed a spatial co-presence platform. Essentially this means you could teleport to any place using virtual and augmented reality.
The applications are endless: virtual family get-togethers with relatives who live far away, job interviews, work meetings, role-playing video games with friends and so much more.
Whiteboard is a free app that recreates traditional whiteboards by presenting a single or multiple virtual boards. Using the Magic Leap headsets and handheld controller, users can write and draw with a variety of coloured virtual markers. Multi-user functionality has not yet been added.
The Spatiate is a Magic Leap app that makes your surrounding a canvas, where you can draw 3D art and move your space. It offers a variety of colours, shapes and brushstrokes. It also has a 6 degrees of freedom wand grabbing tool, where you can pick up drawings and change their size. You can invite up to 11 other people into your room to draw art together. Users without a headset can join in by getting the spatiate app on their smartphone, they’ll be able to view the artwork and use all of the same tools from the app.
This app is a great option for designers as it can assist with prototyping or planners looking to organize tasks with remote collaborators.
Connec2 provides the same basic tools that you will find in any consultation room: whiteboards with markers, post-it’s to post comments, interactive presentations and Kanban boards with overviews of current projects and documents, but also new and exciting tools that boost productivity in a way that only virtual reality can provide.
Glue is a modern collaboration platform that takes advantage of recent advances in immersive 3D graphics, virtual reality, and cloud computing. It is intended for business professionals who need global remote access to a shared team space for efficient collaboration.
Step into your virtual reality office or classroom. rumii can be used across virtual reality headsets and desktops for collaboration, classes and meetings. Great for remote teams, education and digital nomads.
There aren't nearly as many options for remote holographic collaboration and meetings as there are non AR options, but there are certainly more than there were just a couple of years ago and more on the rise.