Months ago, we showed you some of the strengths of Spatial, the HoloLens app, which allows teams to collaborate using Augmented Reality 3D avatars. On Monday, the company raised its profile by taking the stage at Microsoft Build Show its new integration with Microsoft Teams, a workplace chat application that some can compare with Slack.
The demo was flawless when Spatial co-founder Anand Agarawala opened a laptop with the Teams App to get started. Everything looked like a normal team chat session until Agarawala set up a HoloLens 2 and then scanned a QR code that appeared after one of the tabs was clicked into teams.
After the QR code has been scanned, the user enters the Spatial app's environment embedded so the user can immediately collaborate with other users in other locations.
One particularly powerful aspect of The App we were unable to show is the ability to simplify collaboration between devices, even when the other users do not have HoloLens. This latest demo shows how users communicate with Remote Desktop PCs through the Web, which is represented by a 2D video panel and has the ability to interact with 3D content in the Spatial app.
Similarly, an Android smartphone user is supported by Azure Join Spatial Anchors in a haunting meeting by simply using the screen on their smartphone to manipulate the 3D model. Other users can see in real time.