User feedback is pushing the Arthur solution toward better collaboration and productivity tools
➨ The updates are live and available now
➨ They include photorealistic avatars with lip-syncing and a significant increase in virtual reality room capacity
➨ Rooms in the professional edition can now host 50+ users
Arthur, developer of the virtual reality office solution used by the United Nations, Société Générale and PwC, is rolling out a series of updates that will increase realism, productivity and capacity.
The updates, which are live and available now, bring photorealistic avatars with lip-syncing, audio zones for private conversations in subgroups of users, a significant increase in virtual reality room capacity and speech-to-text capabilities.
All of the updates but photorealistic avatars are reserved for the professional/enterprise edition of the Arthur app, which is currently in beta. The consumer edition launched on Oculus Quest in March for startups and individual professionals. It is also getting an increase in room capacity.
Arthur’s professional edition can now host more than 50 users in the same virtual reality room simultaneously while maintaining experience quality. This is down to efficiency increases in the new avatar system, which allows them to be built from an image of the user.
With more users comes a need to divide into groups. Audio zones in the professional edition will allow groups of users to hold private conversations within a room or meeting.
To boost productivity, Arthur is offering speech-to-text capabilities in the professional edition. Until now, users could create text labels and make private notes using their virtual reality headset controllers or a Bluetooth keyboard.
The company says allowing users to simply record their voices to generate written text labels or private notes will significantly increase the speed at which they can work.
Commenting on the updates in a press statement, Christoph Fleischmann, founder and chief executive officer of Arthur, highlights the solution’s collaboration and productivity benefits that make it more than just virtual meeting venue: “While most VR platforms offer simple meetings with a few people, Arthur is mainly used for large-scale brainstorming sessions with whiteboards, flow charts and other complex meetings in real-time.”
He adds: “We are making the virtual office a highly sought-after solution for the enterprise space, combining a collaborative and highly productive meeting environment with realistic settings to meet with colleagues and coworkers, such as a coffee bar.”
Fleischmann says user feedback is pushing the Arthur solution toward better collaboration and productivity tools: “Since our launch in December 2020, we’ve received great feedback from our professional users on how they’re currently using the platform, and how they’d like to use it for virtual collaboration going forward. We’re continuously finding ways to adapt to the evolving needs of our clients and are looking forward to what’s next for Arthur.”