Basics of SpatialChat

Welcome to SpatialChat!

In this virtual space, we aim to recreate the experience of an in-person conference. This article will provide you with information on how to interact with others within SpatialChat.

How to use SpatialChat?
Your Device
Hello! My name is...
Space
Entering a room
Room
Moving between rooms
Moving inside the room
Circle/bubble
Bottom panel and buttons on it
Share
Chat
Turning the camera or microphone on and off
The Megaphone!
Leave Space
Search for participants in the space

How to use SpatialChat?

Learn more about the platform with this video guide:

Your Device

If you tidy yourself up to attend an offline conference, we need to prepare your device to attend a virtual event.

Your device settings

Hello! My name is...

Just like at an offline event, you need a badge. In SpatialChat, this is a profile picture and description. Here's how to set them:

How to upload your profile picture

Personal description

Space

Space is a virtual area you create. It can contain a different number of rooms.

Being an Admin, you can customize your Space according to your needs.

How to customize your Space

The Space name and Space ID can be changed. ID is the name of your Space in the Space URL.

How to change the Space name and Space ID

Team 

You can group different Spaces into a Team. Where only authorized Members and Guests can access. 

Find your Teams on your SpatialChat user account dashboard. 

 

Entering a room

When you enter a room in SpatialChat, you will only see a small portion of the space. You can adjust the scale of the screen by clicking on the button in the bottom right corner and selecting the desired option. Alternatively, you can use your device's scroll wheel or tap the screen to zoom in or out. This can help you get a better view of the room and its occupants.

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Room

A room is a specific area within a larger space. In SpatialChat, you can have multiple rooms within a single space, depending on your plan. There are different types of rooms available, such as Breakout, Stage and Workplace. You can learn more about the specific features and uses of these different room types in a separate article. In this discussion, we will focus mainly on Breakout rooms.

Moving between rooms

When you press the "Join Space" button, you will be taken to one of the rooms.

One picture, instead of a thousand words:

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If suddenly you do not see a list of rooms, take a look at this article:

How to move between rooms

Moving inside the room

To move around the room in SpatialChat, simply click on your avatar (represented by a circle) and drag it to the desired location. As you navigate through the space, your background will move with you, even if the screen is zoomed in to the maximum level (250%). This means you won't have to search for yourself around the edges of the screen. Just click and drag to explore the room and interact with others.

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You can find your bubble by clicking on your name on the right panel.

Circle/bubble

In SpatialChat, your avatar is represented by a circle or bubble. If your camera is turned on, this circle will display your video stream. If your camera is turned off, the circle will show your profile picture if you have uploaded one, or the first letter of your name if you have not. This circle or bubble indicates your position within the virtual space, allowing you to interact with others and navigate the room.

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Share

In SpatialChat, users have the ability to share a variety of content with others in the room, including images, gifs, videos, text and links, iframes, whiteboards, and Google Docs documents. Additionally, users can share their screen if there are no restrictions in place. Any content that is shared by a user will disappear when that user leaves the room, whether by moving to a different room or closing the browser tab. However, you can choose to "pin" your shared content, which will cause it to remain in the room even after you leave. For more information about sharing content in SpatialChat, you can refer to a separate article.

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Pen on map

In SpatialChat, you also have the option to engage in freehand drawing anywhere in the background. To do so, simply click on the pen icon on the bar at the bottom of the screen, select a color from the palette, and start drawing. This can be a fun and creative way to express yourself and interact with others in the virtual space.

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Chat

If you want to communicate with others in the room, you can use the chat feature in SpatialChat. To access the chat, click on the chat button on the screen. From there, you can send emojis, text messages, or direct messages to other users. You can also include links in your chat messages if you wish. This feature allows you to easily connect and communicate with others in the virtual space.

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Turning the camera or microphone on and off

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The Megaphone

In SpatialChat, the volume at which you and other users can hear each other is dynamic, meaning it changes based on the distance between your avatars. This is intended to mimic the way sound behaves in a physical space.

However, there may be times when you need to be heard equally well by everyone in the room. In these cases, you can use the Megaphone feature. When you activate the megaphone, your voice will be amplified so that it can be heard clearly by everyone in the room, regardless of their distance from you. This can be useful for making announcements or leading group discussions.

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Leave Space

This button will take you to the Welcome Page. For example, to upload a profile picture or change the description.

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You may also find this function here:

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Search for participants in the space

If you are looking for a specific participant, this button can help you.

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Start typing the name of the person you are looking for and then click on him in the list. You will be moved to this attendee.

 

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