VirtualSpeech App Guide

Learn how to get started with our VR app and use the features to improve your soft skills.


Introduction

Welcome to the VirtualSpeech app guide! We've developed features, environments and courses in our virtual reality (VR) app to help improve your soft skills.

This guide describes the different features and rooms within the app so that you’ll get the most out of them. You can always contact us or visit our FAQ page if you have any additional questions.

Help us improve the guide: If any parts of this guide are unclear, or you'd like us to add a text or video tutorial for something within the app, please contact us and let us know.


Getting started

Tip for beginners: Using VR for training is a very new concept, so if you've not used VR before, give yourself time to settle in. Allocate 30 minutes to get set up, read or watch the tutorials and load up a presentation to practice with. You'll need both your computer and headset initially while you get set up. Relax and play around to learn all the features before you start practising for real.

First time using a VR headset? Getting the hang of VR can be a little tricky at first, so if you are feeling confused or disoriented while getting started, this is completely normal! We recommend being seated until you get used to it.

Using new technology can be a lot to take in, so it may take 2 or 3 goes before it starts to feel familiar. We recommend re-reading the instructions between each initial attempt to help with this. Remember to take your time and look around slowly in all directions to get your bearings in each scenario.


Oculus Go users: If you are getting started with the Oculus Go, read our setup guide: Oculus Go guide for VirtualSpeech.

App download

Download the VirtualSpeech app for your mobile device or standalone headset:

If you are using a mobile based VR headset, follow the instructions in the menu when the app loads up. When you enter the VR main menu, securely insert your phone into your headset and put your headset on.

If you are using a standalone VR headset (such as the Oculus Go), put on your headset and open our app. You'll start in the VR main menu.


VirtualSpeech code

If you have a VirtualSpeech app code (from purchasing one of our courses or from your employer), follow these instructions to unlock the VR content:

Android / iPhone

Enter your email address and code in the 'Enter Code' section of the start menu. This will unlock VR content within the app. Note that in the iPhone app, the 'Enter Code' section may say 'Enter Password', which also refers to your VR code.

VirtualSpeech enter code to unlock VR training in app

When your code has been entered successfully, press the back button and enter the VR main menu, where your VR content download will begin. The download progress bar shows how much of the download is left. We recommend downloading this content over Wi-Fi as the files are large (~35MB).

VR content downloading in app

Oculus Go / Gear VR

Once you start the Gear VR or Oculus Go version of our app, you'll be in a virtual main menu - press the enter code button shown below:

Enter code in the Oculus Go

Now enter your email address and code using the virtual keyboard. Then press the submit button to start the VR content download.

Enter email address in the Oculus Go

You'll be automatically returned to the VR main menu, where your VR content download will begin. The download progress bar shows how much of the download is left. We recommend downloading this content over Wi-Fi as the files are large (~35MB).

VR content downloading in app

Daydream View

Start the app as a regular app (Not from the Daydream App), then follow the instructions in the 'Android / iPhone' tab.


Enter and exit rooms

To enter a room from the VR main menu, aim at the room icon and either hover over it for 3 seconds or press your VR headset trigger (see headset trigger section for trigger location). When you aim at the room icon, a blue circle will start rotating to indicate that you are aiming at it.

VR main menu in the VirtualSpeech app

In order to exit a room, aim at the exit icon and either hover over it for 3 seconds or press your VR headset trigger. Depending on which room you were in, you should appear in either the Main Menu or Courses Menu.

Exit a VR environment in the app

Headset trigger / activation button

We recommend using a VR headset with a trigger button. This allows you to enter environments, change slides, activate speech analysis, etc. with a press of the trigger, without having to wait 3 seconds for hover activation.

The following image shows where the trigger button is for popular headsets (red arrow pointing at the trigger).

VR headset trigger locations

Calibrate phone with headset

Note: This is only required if you have a mobile VR headset which you cannot manually adjust the focus for. For example, with the Merge VR, you can move the lens positions manually so you can skip this step.

If your experience is a bit blurry, you can sync your phone to your headset for a higher quality immersive experience. This allows you to change the focus through software instead of hardware.


Environments and scenarios

Read more about our VR scenarios and environments here:

VirtualSpeech VR rooms

VR app features

We've developed features in the VirtualSpeech app to help you improve your soft skills more effectively.


Speech analysis and feedback

Summary: Receive feedback on your speech after you have delivered it. You'll receive feedback on eye contact, pace of speech, volume and other aspects.

This feature is available in the Conference Room, Meeting Room and several course rooms. The feature is unlocked when you purchase a course or have a business / educational code.


Live feedback during your speech

Summary: Receive feedback on your speech as you deliver it. You’ll see prompts in the virtual room if any areas of your delivery need to be improved.

Live feedback is available in the Conference and Meeting rooms when you purchase a course or have a business / educational code.

Live feedback on speech in VR

Image showing an example of live feedback prompts to the user. This example shows the eye contact and speaking pace prompts.


Send speeches for detailed feedback

Summary: Send your speech (the audio recording of your speech) to your learning portal, where you can listen to it, download or send to a colleague / trainer for detailed feedback.

This feature is available in rooms with voice analysis and recording (conference room, meeting room, sales pitch, TEDx theatre, formal room, etc.), for users who have purchased one of our courses.


Speech insights and audience perception

Summary: The app applies linguistic analytics and personality theory to infer attributes from your speech after you have delivered it. Understand better how you are being perceived by the audience.

This feature is available in the TEDx Styled Room. To learn more about the science behind the personality models, see this link.

Presenting in the TEDx styled theatre with speech insights

Upload your own presentation slides

Summary: Upload your presentation slides into the VR app, so that you can practice delivering a presentation in VR with your own slides.

Android (including Gear VR)

> Microsoft Windows users:

  • Save your presentation as a PDF document
  • Connect your mobile to your computer and change USB for charging to USB for File Transfer on your mobile
  • Back on your computer, copy the PDF(s) into the VirtualSpeech folder which now appears in the internal storage of your mobile (the VirtualSpeech folder is created the first time you run the VirtualSpeech app). Note: If the VirtualSpeech folder does not appear for you, add a new folder called "VirtualSpeech" (in the same location as folders called Alarms, Android, DCIM, etc.) and put your PDF in there.
  • View your PDF in the virtual scene and cycle through the slides with the Next and Previous buttons in VR

> Apple Mac users:

  • *Download 'Android File Transfer': Link to official download
  • Save your presentation as a PDF document
  • Connect your mobile to your computer and change USB for charging to USB for File Transfer on your mobile
  • Back on your Mac, open 'Android File Transfer' and copy the PDF(s) into the VirtualSpeech folder (which is created the first time you run the VirtualSpeech app). Note: If the VirtualSpeech folder does not appear for you, add a new folder called "VirtualSpeech" (in the same location as folders called Alarms, Android, DCIM, etc.) and put your PDF in there.
  • View your PDF in the virtual scene and cycle through the slides with the Next and Previous buttons in VR

> With an email attachment

  • Save your presentation as a PDF document
  • Email the PDF attachment to yourself
  • Open the email and press on the PDF attachment
  • Select Open with VirtualSpeech
  • View your PDF in the virtual scene and cycle through the slides with the Next and Previous buttons in VR

Oculus Go

> Microsoft Windows users:

  • Save your presentation as a PDF document
  • Connect your Oculus Go to your computer
  • Put on your Oculus Go and approve the permission to share files between your Go and the computer
  • Back on your computer, copy the PDF(s) into the VirtualSpeech folder which now appears in the Go folder (which is created the first time you run the VirtualSpeech app). Note: If the VirtualSpeech folder does not appear for you, add a new folder called "VirtualSpeech" (in the same location as folders called Alarms, Android, DCIM, etc.) and put your PDF in there.
  • View your PDF in the virtual scene and cycle through the slides using the Go hand controller

> Apple Mac users

  • *Download 'Android File Transfer': Link to official download
  • Save your presentation as a PDF document
  • Connect your Oculus Go to your Mac
  • Put on your Oculus Go and approve the permission to share files between your Go and the Mac
  • Back on your Mac, open 'Android File Transfer' and copy the PDF(s) into the VirtualSpeech folder (which is created the first time you run the VirtualSpeech app). Note: If the VirtualSpeech folder does not appear for you, add a new folder called "VirtualSpeech" (in the same location as folders called Alarms, Android, DCIM, etc.) and put your PDF in there. The folder structure should look like this image.
  • View your PDF in the virtual scene and cycle through the slides using the Go hand controller

iPhone

> With an email attachment

  • Save your presentation as a PDF document
  • Email the PDF attachment to yourself
  • Open the email and press and hold the PDF attachment
  • Select the Copy to VirtualSpeech option
  • View your PDF in the virtual scene and cycle through the slides using the Next / Previous buttons

> With file explorer software

  • This example uses iMazing software
  • Save your presentation as a PDF document
  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and unlock it
  • Open iMazing and find the VirtualSpeech folder within your iPhone
  • Add your PDF(s) into the VirtualSpeech folder
  • View your PDF in the virtual scene and cycle through the slides using the Next / Previous buttons

To change your slides within the app, hover over the 'Next' or 'Previous' buttons and either wait 3 seconds, or press your VR headset trigger. You can also hover over the slide and press your device trigger to change to the next slide.

Add presentation slides into the virtual room to practice with

Change slides with the navigation buttons below the slide.

Note: Small fonts can be hard to read in VR - we recommend using 24 point as the minimum size.


Uploading multiple presentations to the app

If you have uploaded multiple presentations to the app, you can choose which one is loaded into the virtual room. To do this, enter the 'Slides, Progress and Recordings' room, press the 'Presentations' button and pick the presentation you want to practice with.

Select a presentation to practice with in the virtual app.

Upload custom questions to the app

Summary: Record your own questions and upload the audio to our app. Questions are then asked by an avatar to the user in specific rooms. An example use case might be if you want to ask the person being trained specific questions during a press conference.

This feature is currently available in the Media Training (BBC Studio, Radio Interview rooms) and Job Interview Preparation (General Questions room) courses. We'll add the feature to other courses in the future. If you have a specific request, let us know.


Track progress and listen to recordings

Summary: Determine how you are improving over time, with your speech analysis results stored and displayed in VR so that you can track progress. Saved audio recordings can also be listened back to here.


Screen casting from the Oculus Go to a smartphone

Summary: Cast / mirror your VR headset screen to your mobile device, so that other people can view on the mobile device what you are seeing in VR.

This feature is available with the Oculus Go headset.

COculus Go casting screen to an iPhone

Oculus Go casting to an iPhone through the Oculus app.

The casting feature is provided by Oculus, read the full instructions on how to do this: Oculus Go Casting Guide

Summary of instructions: Pull up the Oculus Go menu while in VR (bottom button on your hand controller) and select "Cast." This will send a push notification to your companion mobile device. As long as both the headset and your phone or tablet are on the same WIFI network, you'll get a notification which enables streaming.

Cast your Oculus Go headset screen to a mobile device

Select the 'Cast' option from the 'Sharing' menu (shown in the red box above), press the 'Start' headset casting option, then enter the VirtualSpeech app.