The start-up company Spatial based in New York is an augmented reality business ready to collaborate anywhere in the world in AR.
Spatial is an experience designed for conference rooms–and an impressive articulation of how AR can help teams work remotely, in real time.
The result is a collaboration service that lets users import photos and documents from their smartphones, web search results and more. Users can even integrate virtual 3D objects into their meetings. It also allows users without AR headsets to participate from their laptops and is set up to incorporate VR headsets as well.
A new type of work, for a new type of office.
“We see this as potentially the final visual interface,” says Spatial co-founder and CEO Anand Agarawala, “In the future, meeting rooms might be white blank rooms for AR. And if so, we want it to feel even better than reality.”
Spatial raised $8 million from an all-star list of investors: iNovia Capital and Samsung Next. Garrett Camp, the co-founder of Uber. Mark Pincus, the founder of Zynga. Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original designers on the Mac. And Joi Ito, the director of MIT Media Lab.
The catch is that not just anyone can sign up for Spatial just yet. The company is launching on a subscription model for big businesses looking for a way for creative teams to collaborate across the world. Then it will be available to the rest of us.