Facebook has launched a new extended reality (XR) collaboration app aimed to connect distributed workers.
Horizon Workrooms allows up to sixteen avatars to enter private virtual rooms for meetings and training using Oculus Quest 2 VR headsets. The platform can accommodate up to fifty people on video using the Oculus remote desktop PC app as well.
Workers can use white boards, shared note pads, as well as upload videos, photos and other documents. Additionally, users can access other environments to accommodate the number of participants.
Workrooms is linked to Facebook’s social VR app Horizon, which remains in closed beta and is accessible through invitation only. Using detailed avatars that aim to mimic human movements, users have a more immersive experience.
The Workrooms development was led by Mike LeBeau and combines one-of-a-kind avatar animation, computer vision and mixed reality.
“We think of Workrooms not just as a virtual reality experience but as a mixed reality experience, which means we’re blending some elements of the real world with the virtual world, so ideally you get the best of both worlds,” said LeBeau. “You don’t have to leave regular tools like your computer behind, you can bring them with you and be more productive.”