2020 has been an important year for remote collaboration tools and cross-platform app Spatial is no different. After a soft launch back in May followed by its official Oculus Quest roll out in September, today the app has introduced several new features to make it more versatile.
The big addition is literally that, a new auditorium environment designed to seat upwards of 40 people; perfect for large presentations such as lectures or conferences. Previously, the apps three locations allowed for 30 attendees in VR with a further 20 via the web.
After that, all the other additions are fine-tuning improvements to make the tool easier to use. For example, Microsoft Office Suite files (2D files: .DOC, .PPT, .XLS) are now supported whilst Google Drive, OneDrive & SharePoint can be integrated to pull files from. If you need to bring 3D models into Spatial it’ll now quickly adjust models to their actual real-life size.
For those on Oculus Quest the hand tracking has been improved so you can teleport to a seat or hotspots in the Quest environments, plus on the controller side there’s now the ability to move objects with the thumbstick.
Here are the rest of the updates:
- Improved text readability on documents
- Autosave for all rooms
- Larger room boundary to allow for bigger group scenarios
- All MP4 videos now come with looping support
- Improved pin button – hides “X” button when engaged. Pinned (locked) objects cannot be closed or edited
- Avatar interaction improvements:
- Including more responsive fist bumps
- Tech Advancements:
- Latest Oculus SDK
- ARKit meshing and occlusion on lidar-enabled devices
Available in free and pro versions, Spatial has been designed for complete cross-platform integration. So someone giving a presentation using Oculus Quest can be joined by a colleague using Magic Leap, or by another through a browser via webcam. As Spatial continues to expand its collaboration tool, VRFocus will keep you updated.
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