Spatial has been developing its combined virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) collaboration platform for a while now, looking to help teams work together no matter where they are or what platform they’re on. The current coronavirus pandemic has forced this kind of technology into the forefront of peoples minds, in doing so changing Spatial’s plans in the process. Which is why today the tech startup has announced the platform is now freely accessible for a range of devices including Oculus Quest.
The Spatial app allows users to get together, discuss projects, import content such as 3D models and even share their PC screens, all from inside their device. One of Spatial’s most interesting features to make the experience more personable is the use of realistic avatars, where users upload a selfie which is then made into a 3D model.
Designed as an enterprise solution, the opening up of Spatial’s premium services to everyone free of charge means whether you’re in VR or on an iPhone you can test the service out. As for the Oculus Quest version, that was only ever available in private beta, with Spatial pushing ahead with development in the last few months to ensure a public version could be released.
“Now is a time when feeling connected is needed more than ever, and while video chat is great, it just doesn’t replace people collaborating in the same room,” said Spatial CEO Anand Agarawala in a statement. “Over the last few weeks we’ve seen a surge in interest for Spatial’s services, ranging from Fortune 1000s, to schools and hospitals, to SMBs. We really wanted to respond to the global need and make Spatial Enterprise freely available to serve as many people as possible as we all navigate new territory with home and work life.”
“By opening up our immersive collaboration platform and allowing access on the devices people already have, we hope to connect more people in a way that isn’t confined by space, location, or even a pandemic,” adds Spatial CPO Jinha Lee.
Spatial offers one of the most device-agnostic platforms for remote networking, supporting Oculus Quest, Magic Leap, Microsoft HoloLens 1 & 2, Android, iOS, Nreal, PC and via web app. Free access will only be available for the next few months to help people connect during the pandemic. Once it has subsided Spatial will return to a premium service model.