As COVID-19 continues to drive a growing trend around remote work, VR can transform how we collaborate and help teams be more productive from home. While Oculus for Business offers unique solutions at scale, a great productivity app can go a long way. That’s where vSpatial comes in. Letting you surround yourself with unlimited monitors, vSpatial stands out from other virtual workspaces with carousels to organize your work and direct integration with desktop productivity apps including Microsoft Office. And it’s available now on Oculus Quest.
Resize and pin your apps and windows to help you focus, or take a break by shooting hoops. You can seamlessly bring your team into your workspace, sharing the same view of multiple applications at once. Avatars and crystal clear spatial audio help you distinguish your teammates in the workspace as you share and draw on select screens.
We sat down with vSpatial Founder & CEO Richard B. Platt to learn more.
How did you get your start in the tech industry?
Richard B. Platt: I started too long ago—back when Bill Gates and Steve Jobs had just started their companies! I’ve built my own computer, programmed in a dozen different languages, and learned to listen to really smart people. While I am an entrepreneur CEO by day, I transform into a software engineer by night—and I keep up with all of our brilliant and much younger engineers!
What was the original inspiration behind vSpatial?
RBP: I started a company in the late ’90s called Selsius Systems that created the first VoIP phones that was later acquired by Cisco. This has provided a strong history and background around compute, networking, and communications, but virtual reality became a passion for me with the introduction of Oculus Rift. When Rift came out, I immediately saw the future of work and knew there was a major opportunity with my past expertise and this new virtual/ immersive medium—thus we started vSpatial in 2016.
How has the application changed during the course of development?
RBP: We started with collaboration, but quickly determined we needed a foundation of productivity that allowed traditional workflows to be achieved before we could move to true remote 3D workflows.
What sorts of use cases have you seen for vSpatial thus far? Any future use cases you can imagine that would be particularly effective?
RBP: The most obvious use case is remote working—especially now. Remote working needed immersiveness, new ways to collaborate as a team, and news ways to attend large meetings and events. We’ve also seen great interest from primary and secondary education, which has evolved as well. Remote education is really struggling right now.
What can you tell us about your future product roadmap? Anything that users should be on the lookout for?
RBP: Although remote desktop access is a part of the product now, we have a huge upgrade coming very soon that includes internet remote access, virtual machine access, multiple device access, and a much better experience—letting you access your devices from anywhere.
Teaming functionality is coming very soon, which will redefine how we work remotely as teams. And our Presenting functionality will make virtual business events fun again.
How do you think VR and AR will continue to change the world of enterprise in the future?
RBP: The future of work has become remote work due to the pandemic and is here to stay. More importantly, we envision the customary 2D workflows we’re accustomed to evolving into immersive 3D workflows that engage teams working and meeting from anywhere.
What kind of response have you seen while demoing vSpatial?
RBP: We’ve stopped using Powerpoint to talk to businesses about vSpatial. Now we just have them put on the headset and connect to somebody on our team. Afterwards, it’s always, “Wow, this is exactly what we want!”
What’s next for you? Any exciting updates in the works?
RBP: While the experience that’s felt within the headset is what “sells,” much of the work and magic happens in the vSpatial Cloud. We’ve discovered that most enterprises, service providers, and institutions of education want to manage their own service. We’re adapting our vSpatial SaaS Cloud for private cloud use, which will include whole new levels of privacy, directory integration, SSO, and customization. We also anticipate that this will be a tremendous opportunity for resellers and integrators.
Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
RBP: All of us—developers and users—are at the forefront of what we all believe will be as big of a technology and work transition as the smartphone was to traditional wired phones. This is an exciting journey, and we very much appreciate all of you who pave the way. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in our short four-year portion of this journey, it‘s the importance of listening and acting upon the excellent feedback from you, our fellow visionaries.