Review: is Spatial the Virtual Reality Collaboration Tool?

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Spatial is an online tool in the Virtual Office category, which allows users to turn any room into a shared workspace. In short, Virtual Reality (VR) tricks your sense into thinking you have entered a whole new world. VR works its magic through a VR headset that completely blocks your view of the real world and replaces it with anything you can imagine. For example, VR can recreate an entire safari environment and drop you into it, with the sights and sounds of the jungle everywhere you look.

Spatial provides a simple but immersive collaboration experience in Virtual Reality without a complicated learning curve. Firstly, you will have to create your own avatar. Recreating this avatar contains only your upper torso. But it offers impressive freedom of movement around the virtual world. In case you do not have access to a VR headset, you can always use a webcam. A user can join the Spatial web platform from any device.

3D realistic avatar

Spatial uses AI technology to turn 2D photographs into a 3D rendering of your face and upper torso. More importantly, it does this with incredible accuracy. The avatar replicates your lip, eye, and hand movements in the real world. Furthermore, it lets you interact with 3D objects, communicate via body language, and make notes inside the VR world.

Handy collaboration aids

Every workspace in Spatial is equipped with a host of collaboration aids. In fact, the entire interactive display, where your hands act as the point and click device. It is possible to share screen-specific apps or entire windows from a computer. Also, you can scribble notes using your fingers, and move around objects and information to present your thoughts inside the VR space. A perfect way to further emphasize what you are explaining.

Media sharing

VR-enabled media sharing is among the biggest USPs of Spatial. Import files from 3D and 2D media apps within two clicks. The content inside Spatial is fully searchable, enhancing productivity for you and your team members.

Integrations and compatibility

Spatial integrates with the most popular storage platforms, for example, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Slack. This means that you can refer to your existing workflows without switching between platforms. There are integrations for uploading 3D models as well as 2D images/videos, and PDF documents. Finally, Spatial is compatible with major VR platforms, including Oculus, HoloLens, and Magic Leap, as well as iOS and Android operating systems.

Alternatives

There are many VR collaboration alternatives available next to Spatial. For example, The Wild, Facebook Horizon, Yulio, hubs, InsiteVR, and MeetinVR. All of them have their own pros and cons. If you want to start with VR, Spatial is a perfect platform to discover the VR world.

Spatial

FREE
8.3

3D realistic avatar

8.0/10

Handy collaboration aids

7.0/10

Media sharing

9.0/10

Integrations and compatibility

9.0/10

Pros

  • Experience
  • Easy to move, resize, and adjust 2D and 3D objects
  • Web app for non-VR users
  • Free version for consumers

Cons

  • Need a VR headset
  • Not sustainable

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