Facebook has launched Horizon Workrooms, a new virtual-reality remote work app that allows people to use Oculus Quest 2 headsets to participate in company meetings. It’s one of a growing number of apps that aim to enable work collaboration using VR. Some experts say that VR could offer advantages to being physically present at work.
“VR provides the ability to create the perfect setting for any meeting whether it be a traditional boardroom, a theater, or standing on the surface of a distant planet,” Aaron Franko, vice president of immersive technology at software development company Saritasa, told Lifewire in an email interview. “There are also many powerful collaboration and presentation tools that are available that would be impractical in most physical environments.”
Facebook’s new Workrooms is a bold vision for the potential of VR as more than a gaming platform. You can join a meeting in VR as an avatar or dial into the virtual room from your computer by video call. There’s also a virtual whiteboard to sketch out ideas.