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Facebook Launches a Virtual Reality App for Meetings

Facebook Launches a Virtual Reality App for Meetings

Facebook is providing an alternative to conference calls and video chats.

The social media platform launched a virtual reality app that lets you feel like you’re sitting around a conference room table on Thursday (August 19), via CNN.

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The app, called Horizon Workrooms, is free for users of the Oculus Quest 2 headset, and allows up to 16 VR headset users to meet in a virtual conference room with cartoon-like avatars sitting at the chairs. Up to 50 people can be present in the meeting, with the rest joining as video callers in a grid screen inside the meeting room.

The avatars’ expressions also change, and meeting participants can use their hands and fingers to make movements as they speak. There’s also a virtual whiteboard for presentations.

“The pandemic in the last 18 months has only given us greater confidence in the importance of this as a technology,” said Facebook’s Andrew Bosworth, VP of Facebook Reality Labs, who added that Facebook has been using the app internally for about a year.

Mark Zuckerberg recently made an announcement about an indefinitely banned user.

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