Facebook unveils virtual reality 'workrooms'
by AFP Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Aug 19, 2021
Facebook on Thursday unveiled technology for "workrooms," allowing remote collaboration for people using its Oculus virtual reality gear.
The "Horizon Workrooms" project allows users to switch back and forth from virtual reality to web conferencing to adapt to different situations.
"Workrooms is our flagship collaboration experience that lets people come together to work in the same virtual room, regardless of physical distance," the company said in an Oculus blog post.
"It works across both virtual reality and the web and is designed to improve your team's ability to collaborate."
This enables participants to join a meeting as an avatar in virtual reality or by video calling.
The announcement comes as the social media giant moves to blend its hardware, gaming and virtual reality units to build an immersive digital world known as the "metaverse," borrowing a term coined by sci-fi writer Neal Stephenson.
The project is seen as central to Facebook's future by chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, who is seeking to diversify the company beyond social networking and digital advertising.
It also comes with more people working remotely during the pandemic and companies seeking new ways to enable collaboration among scattered employees.
The Oculus division has largely been used for gaming but is gaining traction in other areas as virtual reality is adapted for tourism, remote work and other applications.
Air Force awards $70M contract for augmented reality system on training jet
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 17, 2021
Florida-based tech firm Red 6 has been awarded a contract worth up to $70 million to outfit a U.S. Air Force T-38 training jet with augmented reality. The technology company, which specializes in synthetic air combat training, on Monday announced the Air Force contract, which will spread funding for the project out over five years. "This award is indicative of Red 6's commitment to deliver training solutions for the defense community," Daniel Robinson, founder and CEO of the company, sai ... read more
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