Day 2 with a HTC Vive: Getting Work Done

I woke up today feeling like it was Christmas morning. There was a HTC Vive in the guest room! Hopefully, Everest VR had completed downloading. It was one of the promo games that came with the Vive. I downloaded Richie’s Plank Experience the previous night too but hadn’t had a chance to play it yet.

HTV Vive with Doghead Simulations

I was also excited to see how much work I could get done in the Vive. Yesterday I figured out how to switch to my desktop from inside the headset. I experimented opening Gmail, highlighting emails to read for later, and deleting ones I no longer needed. I was even able to catch up on a Hangout chat from the browser!

After checking my email went to my hobby site, Columbusga360, to see how my 360-degree photos displayed. They worked just as well from inside the Vive as outside of it. It was cool to drag the images for the full 360-degree view. I recommend you try it.

I still need to figure out how to view my photos directly. I read that the Virtual Desktop on Steam will let you do this. I’m not sure how this differs from viewing the desktop directly. If any of you know a good way to view 360 photos on the Vive, let me know.

My last meeting of the day was in rumii. I was most excited for this because there’s nothing like meeting with other people in virtual reality. I hope you don’t envision me as some geeky loner in a virtual world all day. My colleagues are scattered across the country. To make up for it we meet in our virtual office. I left the meeting feeling energized. It was a good day working in VR.

HTC Vive Selfie
Working on my HMD Selfie Skills

Pros of the Day

  • It is awesome being able to switch to my laptop’s desktop from inside the Vive.
  • I was really excited to have a meeting in rumii in virtual reality again. I liked being able to stand for a meeting instead of hunched over at my desk.
  • Meeting in rumii forces you to stand in a power stance because it’s too awkward to cross your arms or fiddle with your hands while holding the controllers.
  • I remembered I had a doggie gate to keep Sugar out so I wasn’t totally shutting her out behind a closed door.
  • I met with five other people in VR today; all from the comfort of my own home.

Cons of the Day

  • Either my laptop or Steam froze switching between the desktop and the game. I had to take the Vive off to restart it on my laptop.
  • Our meeting in rumii was about 45 minutes. After a while, I could feel my face getting hot and a little sweaty, even though I had the fan on overhead.
  • My feet started to hurt. I’m either out of standing shape or 45 minutes is too long for a standing meeting.
  • I still couldn’t figure out how to take a screenshot from the Vive.

There you have it! I would say it was a successful Day 2 working with the HTC Vive.

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