Horizon Workspace

By Sayan Chakraborty

VR Collaborative Workspace

Description

Getting on the same page starts with getting in the same (virtual) room. Horizon Workrooms is a VR workspace for teams to connect, collaborate and create like never before.

Features include:

Environment

  1. Private Workspaces

Private rooms can be created and other users can be added by invite only using email or workrooms username. This creates a private space for collaboration and sharing information

Environment Manipulation

  1. Can project user screen to a larger central screen for presentation

  2. Multiple people can stand and annotate on the central screen

  3. Can use joysticks as whiteboard markers

  4. Can provide see-through keyboard for actual keyboard to be visible in VR

Movement

  1. Can use hand tracking for accessibility

  2. Can walk around the workspace

Other Features

  1. Can start a meeting by inviting a friend to your virtual workspace

  2. Built in audio chat feature with avatars

  3. Keyboard tracking feature (calibrate virtual keyboard with real life keyboard)

  4. Can join video meetings as your workroom avatar

  5. Has whiteboard for people to annotate

Pricing

  1. Free in the beta version

Compatibility

  • Oculus Quest 2 with PC, Mac, and Linux Support

Feedback from In-Class Activity

Horizon Workspace In-Class activity can be found here

The class was asked to rate Immersed on a variety of categories using a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest/best:

  • Set-Up Experience: Set-up experience was mixed, with some finding it easy and other very difficult (avg: 3, median: 3)

  • Controls: Controls were found to be somewhat intuitive, but not extremely so (avg: 3, median: 3)

  • Overall experience: Reviews of the overall experience were similarly mixed (avg: 2.5, median: 3)


General Feedback:

  • Controls took time to get used to and were difficult, especially the hand controls

  • Invitation and sign up with workrooms wasn't intuitive

  • People appreciated the shared space but wished they could have more screens