Hundreds of millions of people are taking online meetings from home due to the coronavirus lockdowns. And now they can do it in virtual reality.
On Thursday, HTC announced its Vive Sync platform for business meetings in virtual reality is now in open beta. The platform has been in development since 2018, but now it’s open to businesses of all sizes, for free.
The experience of using Vive Sync should be familiar to anyone who has used VR apps before. First, you create your Vive Sync avatar, starting with a selfie and then customizing it further. Features like hairstyles, facial features, body types, and clothing options are customizable, and more customization options will come later, HTC says.
The avatar should be pretty lively, too — the HTC device you’re wearing will track your body and its mouth and eyes will move naturally, mimicking your actual movements. Users with the Vive Pro Eye headsets will have their eyes tracked as well, which will be reflected in their avatar’s eye movement.
The virtual meetings on Vive Sync are integrated with business tools such as OneDrive, meaning you can publish stuff like PDFs, videos, and 3D models in your virtual meeting space.