Having a long-distance meeting used to come with all sorts of limitations. Whether it was a telephone conference or a video conference, teams cannot communicate the same way that they do when sharing a space. Virtual meeting spaces powered by Spatial, however, allow teams to overcome many of these issues. Spatial uses telepresence to connect you with your team using AR and VR headsets such as the Oculus Quest, as well as iOS, Android, and easy interactive web browser. One key feature that helps Spatial create a better meeting experience is the ability to create realistic custom avatars. With a more accurate representation of each person in the virtual space, the sense of presence feels significantly more akin to a real meeting.
With many other VR platforms, users are either limited by a narrow range of options for creating avatars or the process of creating something realistic was complicated and time-consuming. That is not the case with VR avatars from Spatial. We make the task quick and easy.
In this post, we are going to share some tips on how to make your avatar look its best!
Part of offering a great virtual meeting experience is making the process easy. You don’t want to have to spend a lot of time setting things up. With Spatial, VR avatars are so easy to set up that any user can do it in a matter of minutes. All you need to get started is a Spatial account.
1) Have good lighting and a device with a camera or a straight forward headshot
2) Your avatar can be you or any character with two eyes, a nose, and a mouth, our AI Avatar Generator will work the same!
3) Customize the colors of your shirt and arms!
Start by creating your Spatial account. You can create an account using connected services like a Google, Microsoft or Slack account. You can also create an account using your email address. Once you have your account created, you will be prompted to create an avatar. You can do this using your webcam or you can upload a photo of yourself from a device. When taking a photo for your virtual reality avatar, you need to make sure it is a good, clear picture of your face. Look directly into the camera head on with a neutral expression on your face. That means no smiling for the avatar picture. If you are uploading a photo, don’t think of it as a selfie. Instead, take the picture with the idea that it is a headshot like you would take for an ID photo.
In your account profile you will also see this menu, if you click Edit profile you will be able to change or make adjustments to your avatar anytime. This is also where you can make changes to your subscription, Team, uploaded content, and integrations.
Lighting is another important element. If you taking a photo for your Spatial avatar, make sure you are in a well-lit area. Natural light will also make for a better avatar photo than artificial light. You should also avoid harsh lighting conditions.Once Spatial has a good picture of the front of your face, the image will be used to create a 3D custom VR avatar that looks like you. From there, you can use the skin tone slider to customize the look and you can also change the color of your avatar’s shirt. When you are done creating the avatar, click Looks Good and you will be done with the avatar builder. If you do not think it looks good, you can select Regenerate Avatar to start over with a new photo. Creating your VR avatar is that easy. Any person can do it in a matter of minutes, and it does not require any special skills for 3D modeling nor fancy equipment.
Users love making their avatars something that feels like them! Embodiment in virtual spaces is very important so we want to continue to evolve our avatar systems to encapsulate however our users want to express themselves. For now we have the ability to generate any humanoid face you desire and a selection of a male, female, or soon, a non-binary avatar body.
You can also embody your avatar by using hand tracking in your VR headset to express your full vibrance if you are a hand talker. If you are joined from web you can still emote by using the numbers on your keyboard which correlate to different actions or dance moves!
You can also update and change your avatar at any time! You are never locked into your look. To update your avatar, all you need to do is open your Spatial account in a web browser or through the Spatial app. With your account open, hover over your name in the top left corner of the screen and select Profile. From there, you can update the photo for your avatar, change the skin tone, change the shirt color or change your name. Having realistic 3D avatars for team members helps to create a much better experience for VR meetings. It is more like meeting in person and it offers a more personalized experience. With Spatial, creating an accurate avatar is as easy as taking a nice photo of your face.