Facebook launches VR remote work app, calling it a step to the ‘metaverse’

The world’s largest social network has financed in virtual and augmented reality, developing hardware. It was creating a product team to work on the metaverse. The new virtual-reality remote work app where users of the company’s Oculus Quest 2 headsets can hold meetings as avatar versions. The app comes as many companies continue to work from home after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down physical workspaces. It is a new variant that is sweeping across the globe.

Facebook bets will be the next big computing platform, which will allow it to be less reliant in the future on other hardware makers. The new Workrooms app gives “a good sense” of how the company envisions elements of the metaverse.

The term “metaverse,” was coined in 1992. It is used to describe immersive, shared spaces accessed across different platforms where the physical and digital converge. It was creating a product team to work on the metaverse, which would be part of its AR and VR group Facebook Reality Labs. The Workrooms users can design avatar versions of themselves to meet in virtual reality conference rooms. It collaborates on shared whiteboards or documents, still interacting with its physical desk and computer keyboard.

The users must follow its VR community standards and that rule-breaking behavior can be reported to Oculus. The halted sales of its Oculus Quest 2 headsets and recalled the foam face-liners due to reports of skin irritation in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. It affected about 4 million units in the United States, providing an estimate of Quest 2 headset sales which have not yet been officially announced by the company.

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