• Madeline Foskey-Lott

Horizon Workrooms: The Experience We Didn’t Ask For

Facebook just announced Horizon Workrooms, a virtual office, in hopes of bringing colleagues together in these unprecedented times. Since more people are opting in for remote work, Zuckerberg has decided to place you back into the office with the help of the Oculus Quest 2.

What you’ll do is put on your VR headset, join your team, create an avatar, and get to work. There’s even an option to scan in your workspace (laptop, keyboard, etc.) to fully emerge yourself into your assignments without having to take off the headset. You can read more about the features here.

This may sound fun at first glance, but for many people, working in a home office alone is the main reason they chose this route in the first place. We want to work while listening to our favorite music, draw up reports while having a snack, or keep an eye on the new baby while making sure the bills get paid. Some people just like to work without having to worry about the office competition and the pressures that having other people around you brings. Plus who wants to sit around looking at legless avatars float around and hover over chairs for 8 hours a day.

We see virtual reality as a place to escape. A place to have fun and let loose. None of us expected to see it as our job. When you think about it, we already have the tools we need to do what this app is presenting us with. We have zoom, google suite, emails, and various presentation tools. The last thing we need is another collaboration tool to add to the list especially when the equipment required to use it is hundreds of dollars in itself. Maybe take the same concept and create more event spaces that we all can enjoy together virtually from the safety of our homes.