In an announcement today, Worldviz, a specialist in virtual reality (VR) solutions for the enterprise and public sectors has revealed its working on a business communication platform its codenamed: Skofield.
Currently in alpha, Skofield aims to bring VR to businesses looking for new, cost-effective and more immersive methods for communicating complex ideas to remote decision makers and disbursed teams.
Skofield consists of two main elements – creation and experience. In the creation phase, presenters use Skofield’s Presentation Designer software to quickly put together a VR presentation by dragging and dropping elements into the WYSIWYG editor. Users will be able to modify the presentation by defining which objects have interactivity. They’ll also have the ability to insert PDFs and PPT slides, such as training manuals or product fact sheets, to support a presentation.
After which the user can then invite attendees to join a session immediately or at a later date via email or text. Attendees can then view, experience, and interact with the VR presentation or 3D designs without ever having to travel. Tools will be available giving attendees the ability to interact with the presentation in different ways, such as move around the virtual space, zoom in on or interact with objects, annotate on objects, measure distances, or even use a virtual laser pointer. Skofield also provides telephony for voice as well as gaze tracking, and can even record meetings for later reference.
“Accurately conveying visual ideas to remote decision makers is still a huge challenge for companies,” said WorldViz CEO and co-founder, Andrew Beall. “We see it all the time – modern communication technologies such as telephony, video conference calls, and PowerPoint sharing simply can’t bring people together in a collaborative setting or enable decision makers to experience complex concepts, designs, and spaces first hand. Companies are spending a staggering $1.25 trillion globally on business travel to circumvent this limitation. We believe Skofield is the answer to that challenge.”
Skofield is built on WorldViz’s device-agnostic development software, Vizard, allowing it to support a number of different VR hardware configurations. To begin with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive will be supported, CAVE projection systems, input devices, and mobile devices WorldViz already supports. Other headsets will be added over time depending on demand.
Heading towards launch, Worldviz is kicking off a beta testing program today where any company can register to become an early user of Skofield.
The alpha version of Skofield will be on display in the “Lenovo Virtual Reality Interactive Zone” at Autodesk University which runs this week from 15th – 17th November in Las Vegas.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Worldviz, reporting back with any further announcements.