Campfire 3D Launches Collaboration Program for Meta Quest – Digital Engineering

Earlier this month, Campfire 3D launched a partnership program for Meta Quest, a consumer-friendly VR headset from social media company Meta (Facebook).

“Quest 3 brings a fundamentally new co-op experience with full color traversal. Compared to previous VR devices, users feel more connected to their environment, content and team. “Whether you’re presenting concepts at a design review or explaining a complex assembly process, the Campfire experience in Quest 3 is the next best thing to interacting in person with the physical objects themselves,” said Jay Wright, Campfire co-founder and CEO. .

Wright said the name Campfire comes from the idea of ​​early human collaboration and building community around the campfire. “Humans communicate best when they gather around things,” he told a news conference with DE 24/7.

In this case, the thing – the centerpiece of the collaboration – will be a 3D model visible to all participants, regardless of their device of choice.

“The models are imported as console models and hosted in the cloud,” Wright explained. After loading in the Campfire 3D application, the 3D model is saved in the device’s memory. He also added: “We are not trying to replace CAD.”

For VR, Campfire has identified three main uses: providing technical presentations, training materials and work instructions, Wright said. These tasks represent downstream uses of CAD data, but do not overlap with typical CAD design tasks.

“While VR has found a home in large enterprises, it hasn’t done so collaboratively,” Wright noted. By bringing VR to Meta Quest, he hopes to attract a much wider user base. “Pros spending around $500” – that’s what he has in mind. He’s also thinking about the “bring your device to work” trend, which suggests that more and more affordable virtual reality devices may be entering the professional arena.

While professional VR gadgets can cost $1,000 or more, the MetaQuest 3 costs only about $500. Even Meta Quest Pro is still competitively priced at $999.

A key aspect of Campfire 3D’s collaboration program is its artificial intelligence-based virtual assistant called Spark. According to Campfire 3D’s announcement, “Spark exemplifies the potential of future AI-based assistants that can verbally answer questions while spatially representing physical actions.”

When we showed Spark to clients, they often asked, can we use Spark to provide software training to our employees? Wright remembered.

In its current incarnation, Spark’s interactivity is limited to delivering pre-programmed speeches and sequences, not unlike pre-recorded videos. But Wright plans to provide ChatGPT-style natural language processing and even APIs for customers to train Spark with their own data, as a way to develop work instructions and training materials tailored to their own internal policies and practices.

“If someone had asked me 18 months ago about the integration of artificial intelligence, I would have said maybe. But now, there is a path. We have our guiding North Star,” Wright said.

Campfire 3D hopes to attract a wider user base with its consumer-grade MetaQuest. Image from Campfire 3D

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