Visual collaboration in virtual reality: announcing the Mural app for Oculus Quest 2

Written by 
Thomas Shields
October 28, 2021
An active mural template in a virtual reality scope

Imagine new ways to collaborate in virtual reality with MURAL and Quest 2 

As part of Facebook Connect, we’re excited to announce that the MURAL® platform is coming to Oculus Quest 2, bringing visual collaboration to virtual reality. MURAL will be among the first 2D productivity apps available in the Oculus Store. Imagine accessing the MURAL app from the new workspace in your Home environment on Quest 2 to jump into a team brainstorming session or review the output of a recent collaborative planning session from inside of VR. 

“One of the benefits of virtual reality is being able to remove the physical constraints of the hardware we use. MURAL’s visual thinking canvas is ideally suited for being as large as possible, which will be transformative for collaboration,” shared Steve Schofield, who leads MURAL Labs. “It’s been easy to take our existing web client and bundle it for the Oculus platform. I’m looking forward to seeing how members take advantage of MURAL in the world of virtual reality.”

Steve will share more insights into the intersection of visual collaboration and virtual reality in the Facebook Connect session, Getting Stuff Done in VR: Bringing Productivity to Oculus

The way we work has changed forever and distributed teams are here to stay. MURAL provides a space for teams to collaborate visually with an easy-to-use digital canvas where everyone can contribute equally no matter where they are located. We believe that virtual reality can further connect teams across the globe so they can imagine solutions to the thorniest business challenges. With the MURAL app for Oculus Quest 2, we’re exploring how visual collaboration can extend beyond the limitations of the computer monitor to better connect teams and provide the freedom to innovate from anywhere. 

Using MURAL in virtual reality will provide flexibility, context, and connectivity to drive innovation

The state-of-the-art in virtual reality has evolved leaps and bounds over the early technology, providing a more life-like and compelling experience. Now, with virtual reality, you can experience the feeling of being in a conference room on the verge of collectively finding the solution to a big challenge but without needing to physically be together. Working in VR offers the benefit of not needing to hastily snap a photo of the whiteboard and transcribe its contents into a project plan. MURAL in virtual reality will provide the best of the digital world with the connectivity of being in the office together.  

MURAL is perfectly suited to take advantage of the benefits of working in VR: 

  • Remove physical constraints. You’ll be able to do things that weren’t possible when you were limited to working on a computer monitor or physical whiteboard. Imagine being able to extend a mural from the size of a monitor to that of a whiteboard and back as you need. You could open multiple apps alongside MURAL to reference while you map out your ideas. Imagine the possibilities for PI planning or a design sprint. 
  • Set the ideal mood and context for the job at hand. In VR, you can control the environment to set different moods and contexts to get the best from everyone on your team. If the team needs to be inspired for a brainstorm, you could run an ideation session from a virtual museum of innovation. For example, if you need your team to feel calm and reflective, you could run a retrospective session from a clearing in a forest during spring. 
  • Seamlessly move between VR and web. With MURAL, you’ll be able to take the ideas and plans you collaboratively developed in VR back to your laptop and then back again. You’ll be able to access your murals from your phone, computer, or Quest 2 headset. 
  • Increase connection and serendipitous moments with colleagues. During our annual retreat at MURAL, we connected in a virtual world to allow MURAListas to mingle and meet since we couldn’t physically be together. People were able to congregate virtually at a beach, go to an auditorium, or go for a walk together. These moments allow for the kind of serendipitous moments with colleagues that we lost during the pandemic. With VR, you could “bump” into a colleague in a virtual world even though they’re based on the other side of the globe. After uncovering overlap in your work, you could both head back to the virtual office and collaborate in MURAL together. 

Using MURAL in virtual reality can make collaboration more playful and imaginative, and unlock the power of visual thinking in new and compelling ways. We’re excited to see how visual collaboration takes off in this new world.  

About the authors

About the authors

Thomas Shields

Thomas Shields

Sr. Product Marketing Manager @ MURAL. Aspiring imagination worker. Purveyor of dad jokes. Lives in Atlanta with his wife, daughter, dog, and cat.

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