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Conference room technology improves with augmented reality introduction

Screen sharing and video app functions diversified by Spatial

Microsoft, at last year’s Build event, showcased how various cutting-edge technologies. Notable among them were HoloLens, Cortana, and Surface Hub, all of which can help in enhancing productivity demands. The success of the Spatial AI concept indicates the augmented reality program from Microsoft HoloLens, can create its own waves in the augmented reality meeting sphere. The Spatial concept is simple to grasp. It combines web conferencing techniques with that of screen-sharing apps like Zoom or BlueJeans, to generate three-dimensional outputs with seamless real-world integration.

The first step for Spatial to achieve such an outcome is to bring in physically absent parties to conference rooms. The idea is to prevent relying on facial scan submissions. Instead, the application incorporates Internet-sourced images of individuals i.e. meeting participants, as avatars. This is a feature offering similar functionality as BlueJeans, in regards to inter-organisational communications.

In the initial stages, the abilities of Spatial are quite easily comparable to that of virtual reality technology. Considering that, significant cost reductions are probable, as affordable VR platforms like Oculus Go and Google Daydream do decent jobs. Facebook, during the recent developer conference for Oculus, showcased certain VR collaboration concept instances.

Spatial does have a notable shortcoming, which can be solved by the implementation of HoloLens Virtual Reality technology. The shortcoming is the restricted field of view users experience, which makes observing certain parts of rooms impossible. Due to this issue, users are required to scan backgrounds for detecting participant avatars and content. Spatial, is, however, able to utilise surfaces like walls as meeting pinboards. It also allows users to effectively convert single screen laptops into virtual multi-display machines, that are ideal for simultaneous application. In principle, such a concept can be considered similar to the real-world application of Apple’s Mission Control.

Spatial does specialise in one key application, which is the handling of all document types, including multimedia. Hence, the application can be considered to be suitable for use during presentations, where various campaigns are simultaneously arranged over one another in a single space. In such a setting, all campaigns can be accessed, shared and modified by several of the participants. Spatial also helps every meeting participant to bring in media through dynamic web search methods. All AR functions can be accessed in a room set up with Spatial, including diverse types of models and topographical maps which can be perched upon tables. It is important to know that creating such models is only possible by utilising the skills of modelling 3D software experts.

A lot of enterprise AR (Augmented Reality) applications have generally laid focus on industrial-nature tasks like factory machinery visualisation. The purpose has been identifying imperfections or performing aerodynamic comparisons for varying options for truck faces. In order to be convincing in such ventures, and considering the high risks and significant returns, there is a need for investing in sought-after headgear.

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