Everyone faces difficulties in communication, whether it’s speaking publicly, chatting with your girlfriend in a coffeeshop, or singing karaoke with friends. Practicing public speaking builds experience and confidence, but talking into a mirror only gets you so far…
We introduce an interactive educational service to improve public speaking and interpersonal communication. Speech Center capitalizes on the immersion of VR, allowing users to practice effective communication in ecologically valid virtual environments. Speech Center also provides direct instruction, teaching users common techniques to build confidence and speak clearly.
For VR Jam we are preparing an introductory lecture about public speaking, as well as a course that teaches users how to control an audience’s attention. Users will learn effective strategies to help keep calm, such as concentrating on specific individuals in a lecture hall. Users may also find themselves placed in unexpected, interesting situations. Speech Center includes multiple different environments to practice speaking in, such as a lecture hall and a conference room. Users can pick their environment and then practice, record, and play back their speech.
We are framing the project as a service with a wide range of applications. An online storefront would allow Speech Center users to buy new environments for training such as job interviews, cocktail receptions, and even dinner dates. We also plan to allow users to have dedicated one-on-one lessons with real speech coaches in our environments. Opening the platform to professional speech coaches allows them to earn money and allows users to improve their communication even more effectively.
Controls based on gaze direction, you can activate interactive element staring at one. At some points application involves voice control so it is better to use headphones instead of speakers in order to avoid the interference of you voice and sound from speakers. Press “back” button on the GearVR headset to stop the lesson and exit to menu.