Student 3D Desktop vs. VR

The Immerse Student 3D Desktop Experience

Immerse has always been a platform focused on bringing together teachers and students for immersive 3D language learning. Head-mounted display VR headsets, such as the Meta Quest 2, have unlocked full immersion experiences for students, but what about the millions of students who yearn for learning beyond the confines of a 2D webcam experience but don't yet have access to a VR headset? In an effort to fill this void and further democratize 3D language learning, we are excited to announce the development of our new student 3D desktop application!!! 

The Student 3D Desktop App gives students the ability to do the following using their mouse and keyboard (as an alternative to physical, kinesthetic interaction when wearing a VR headset):

  • Move - navigate virtual worlds

  • Interact with Objects - grab, hold, throw and use objects 

  • Gesture - choose from gestures + emojis to communicate non-verbally

  • Use the Student Backpack - take notes, take photos, use the 3D Pen, and save items

  • Avatar - choose their avatar appearance and point of view (first-person or third-person)

Note: This update makes learning in our platform cross compatible. What does this mean? It means multiple students are able to participate in a 3D lesson in the Immerse platform using either our desktop computer app or our VR headset app - whichever they prefer. This is a breakthrough for Immerse and our users because it gives teachers the freedom to deliver 3D language learning no matter which device students choose or are able to use. 

Ok, now let's take a look at the similarities and differences between our desktop and VR applications: 


1. Hardware

The Immerse Desktop experience:


Note: Students can access the Immerse 3D desktop app on any MAC or PC Computer

The ultimate Immerse VR Headset experience:


Note: The Immerse VR app is currently only available on the Meta Quest 2 VR headset


2. Movement

Movement via Desktop:


Note: Students use WASD keys and/or their mouse to teleport or walk around the 3D scene. 


Movement via VR:


Note: Students in VR can either teleport or “glide-walk” using the Quest 2 VR controllers.

3. Object Interaction

Object interaction via Desktop:


Note: Students can easily left-click to grab & right-click to throw or use items.

Object interaction via VR:


Note: Students can go beyond single-click interactions by physically grabbing, holding, and throwing items in VR.

4. Using the Backpack

Using the backpack via Desktop:


Note: Click the student backpack icon in the desktop menu to interact with student backpack features

Using the backpack via VR:


Note: Physically interact with your backpack and the 3D objects around you.


5. Changing your Avatar

Changing your avatar via Desktop:


Note: Click the avatar icon in the desktop menu to choose different avatars with varying skin tones

Changing your avatar via VR:


Note: Look at your wrist, open the menu, and physically select the avatar you want to embody in VR


6. Receiving Messages

Receiving messages via Desktop:


Note: Click the 'Prompt' menu icon to view prompts from your teacher and reply using your keyboard

Receiving messages via VR:


Note: Receive prompts from the teacher on your VR watch and respond to your teacher as you would in a real-life situation - by engaging in verbal or non-verbal conversation.


7. Drawing

Drawing via Desktop:


Note: Click to select the pen and use your mouse to draw on the whiteboard. Click to drop and switch to eraser for cleaning up mistakes or to start over.

Drawing via VR:


Note: Physically grab a 3D pen and draw with your hand in VR! Don't worry if you make a mistake, the eraser is also easily at your disposal.


8. Using body language!

Using body language via Desktop:


Note: Click the 'Celebrate' button in the Animations menu tab to make your avatar emote a celebration!

Using body language via VR:


Note: Simply throw your hands up in the air like you just don't care to queue the confetti and experience the celebration all around you!


Please reach out to if you have any question about Student 3D Desktop. 

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