My In-Browser, Serendipity Hangout & Spatial Video Side Project: PLUTO!
I got sick of all the Zoom happy hours, birthday parties, and company get-togethers. In parallel, fun random chance meetups largely died - you could no longer run into a friend or co-worker or interesting new person given social distancing.
Pluto is an online in-browser spatial video for meetups, serendipity, and video chat:
- A browser-only video space (no headsets needed) you can move around using first-person shooter-like controls.
- Spatial video chat - Sound decays with distance so different groups can break up and hang out. This allows for hanging out with large groups in a way that feels like the offline world.
- Just drop in a link and you can attend an event over video (no headset, no nothing).
- Everything is represented in 3D, which means people can randomly run into each other and serendipity can finally happen again.
- You can chat, watch videos, screen shares and explore virtual spaces.
Pluto is fun to explore on your own, but is actually even better with friends.
We have held happy hours with 50-60 people at a time and it works magically - you can run into people, walk over to a group, and in general interact in group or side conversations in a seamless and organic way. It is the closest thing to a real world event, (Read more...)