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Martin K.

> Based on his thoughts, my strong guess is that Apple will need to create to create a basic, mixed reality virtual world where multiple users can arrange simple aspects of their real world environment -- a table, chairs, maybe a small room -- where more effective social Vision Pro experiences can happen.

What each app needs to do is to establish what is known in the research on "Computer-Supported Cooperative Work" (CSCW) as a "shared workspace", e.g. a shared virtual 3D model, a shared virtual movie screen, a shared virtual projection screen for a shared slide show, a shared whiteboard, a shared virtual tabletop game, etc. It's not a new topic; some people have spent decades researching it in CSCW.

If an app allows to align the shared virtual screen with a real wall in your room or the shared virtual tabletop game with the surface of a real table in your room, then the app gets extra points for immersion, but that's not necessary. (And if the app requires this alignment, it might introduce additional friction for users.)

This scenario is what Skarredghost labels "You want to have a social AR experience about an element in particular"; according to them, it "was the theme of 80% of the social videos of the Vision Pro on X." I'm not surprised and would assume that an even higher percentage of successful MR apps will have some kind of "shared workspace" - at least that's what you would expect from CSCW research.

Maybe some words about some of the other scenario's by Skarredghost:

> You need just a bit of sociality

The question you have to answer here is: if it is like a discord call, why would users not use discord? Maybe because of convenience, but then users have to use your app for other reasons. (An example might be the multiplayer lobby of "Escape Simulator".)

> You want people to have a social MR experience at the place of a person in particular

Some people are obsessed with this scenario. Here are my issues with it:

1) If 10 people meet this way, for 9 of them it will be basically a VR experience of a virtual reconstruction of someone's room. Thus, for the majority of users it won't be mixed reality.

2) The real magic would start when you could turn your whole room into a shared workspace, i.e. you would not only share a 3D reconstruction of your room, but track the dynamic position and rotation of interesting objects in your room and you would share the dynamic contents of interesting screens in your room. (One fun and cheap way of tracking an object is to attach a VR controller to it.) If you don't do that, it's somewhat lame.

3) It's basically as lame as a shared 360 photo (or video) of your room. It's like a zoom call where someone rotates their device around to show their environment. It might be useful, but not very exciting.

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