Spatial

Collaborate from anywhere in AR

#1 Product of the WeekOctober 25, 2018
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Introducing Spatial, a brand new way to collaborate in Augmented Reality. Turn any room into an infinite workplace and remotely work together as if you were face to face. Watch the full video at https://spatial.is

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MakerHiring
Hi everybody! I'm one of the founders of Spatial. We've been working very hard on this for 2 years and just came out of stealth. We'd love to hear everybody's feedback and questions, there's a lot of details in there that we didn't explain in our first video, so we'd know what people would like us to break down in further videos. We hope you like our vision for the future of collective computing!
@anandx This is so ridiculously cool, congrats. I'd love to see more than a promo—like a deep dive into a workflow across a phone/computer to hololens/magic leap in a single session. For VR devices is it similar to Bigscreen, or is there some extra magic with for eg. people sharing space and objects across devices? Love where this beautiful future is heading :)
@anandx How much will this cost, when is it available, and what platforms will this work with? I see Hololens & MagicLeap in the video both. Very interesting.
MakerHiring
@laser_nite Thanks for your wonderful comments! Our initial video was more about introducing our vision but there is a lot of interesting things going on under the hood we hope to break down in the future. If you have any specific questions please let us know. In VR we do a few interesting things. VR users actually have much more "room presence" of what the room looks/feels like because we align a 3d scan of the room into the space. Also the input is cleaner so we have some neat gestures as well. Thanks for the comments!
MakerHiring
@arlogilbert Thanks! We are currently working with companies who are using this out across their organizations, pricing depends on how much customization they need. It is available for enterprise usage now. We are hardware agnostic, but AR is our primary platform so HoloLens & Magic Leap are the lead devices. Users can join from VR as well phone or our web app. In the future we are very excited about general commercial availability once AR headsets become affordable. We are starting a trusted tester program for folks with AR/VR hardware that folks can signup for here https://spatial.is/signup Hope that helps!
@anandx Very Cool guys. Love the cross platform support. I'm a little unclear what this means when it says shot in real time? It doesn't quite look like that because of field of view hardware limitations. Regardless, hats off, excited for the future of well-designed spatial computing.
Ok. We are now in the future. 👽

Sorry guys but it's just another cool gadget. The promo video is an unsuccessful attempt of showing the advantages of such way of communication and collaboration. Can you show a real case that helps people work on everyday basis? Does showing a moodboard or a couple of notes/ images requires such technology? I just can't see any real value of this product yet.

Pros:

I really can't find any.

Cons:

unnecessary distraction in a real collaboration

I kind of agree for the most part. I could see this being useful in some kinds of presentations around like architecture or event planning with maps. That said moving sticky notes around in 3d and seeing my co-workers floating avatars is kind of unnecessary to being productive.
Think about surgeons and physiotherapists telemanipulating robots; I would love to try it producing a feature film which with due arrangement with the estates, if any, could include dead personality avatars obtained from photographs or other archival sources. For example, I would like to re-enact the battle of the Dardanelles in VR with the protagonists and radiocontrolled models in a landscaped pool; if voice recordings are available they can be added to the screenplay.
I think you're wrong - I think this is the perfect tech for crime show detectives to figure out who the killer was.
There are a ton of obvious applications especially with remote workers. This would be a huge help for agile teams who has remote team members. Kanban or scrum boards could be leveraged. Remote workers could more fully participate in ceremonies like Sprint planning.
As more teams hire remote talent and build distributed teams, tools like this will become even more valuable. Of course I and others are immediately skeptical when seeing demos like this after previous hyped projects (Magic Leap comes to mind) never deliver what was promised (at least not in their first gen version). I'm curious how far out this is from consumer adoption, @anandx. Also what's the biggest hurdle to get there so far?
MakerHiring
@rrhoover Hey Ryan! I'm a big fan of product hunt and long time user. We are very aware of the hype in the space and are also sensitive to it. For example, we took great pains to film the video in real time with people actually in Spatial and using the features. You can see some of the imperfections shine through. Regarding consumer adoption I think the main hurdle is price. I think with Spatial people are already finding ways that it can deliver productivity/collaborative benefits. But $2-3k is just out of reach for most consumers to justify the value. That's why we're starting with businesses who can afford that investment. It's our "Tesla Roadster" or "Uber Black" strategy. But we are very excited to get our technology in the hands of everyday people!
Ok Wow. a live demo of this would having people cheering 😄