Water Cooler Chat
Remember the camaraderie of the workday that was centered around everyone being in the same space? You could listen to the sound of the hallways buzzing or you could escape to your personal office. Sure commuting to work sucks, but working from home also has its drawbacks. Coffee breaks and water cooler talk kept us feeling human. Now we’re limited to grid-style video happy hours and virtual backgrounds for our workplace entertainment. Cross-talk and missing social cues make mingling during a virtual get together practically impossible.
Virtual Happy Hour
So, imagine a happy hour at your virtual office where you can step away from the group and check in with Ava from UX and Dan from Marketing, but still be in the same space as your whole team. There’s no need for a separate breakout call. Hearing everyone chatting in the background (thanks to our patented spatial audio) makes it feel like you’re all back at the same event again.
Put yourself in another scenario: You’re staring at your computer screen, watching your coworkers fumble through a brainstorming session. You should probably chime in with some feedback, but you’re feeling disconnected from the conversation because there’s no sense of a shared space. The anxiety you’re experiencing isn’t your fault. It comes from the video grid that we have all gotten to know so well. This isn’t how you’d be hearing a conversation during an in-person meeting, so no wonder remote collaboration feels so clinical. It doesn’t look or sound like personal communication. Spatial audio puts an end to the wall of sound and lets you feel connected to your collaborators. And all you need to experience this audio immersion is stereo headphones or speakers. Seriously, that’s it.
What exactly is spatial audio? Simply put, it’s a simulated soundscape that feels like real life. When someone is speaking in the real world, you hear the direction and distance of where their voice comes from in relation to where you are located. If you’re a gamer, then you know what I’m talking about. Up until now, video conferencing didn’t feel like this at all. It’s been a wall of voices all talking to you from your computer screen, contributing to fatigue and discomfort. So why is this important? At Katmai Office, we believe that if you’re able to remotely collaborate and socialize in a way that feels and sounds like you’re together IRL, then you’ll recapture some of the co-presence that’s missing in remote work.