On entering the campus for the first time, the app will request access to your microphone. You will have to allow the app to access your microphone.
Note: it is very important and necessary that you use either a headset or headphones. Without them, people that speak to you will hear an echo of their own speech (since your speakers will be playing what they say and your microphone sending it back to them). This will delay communication and distract whom you are speaking to.
For privacy purposes, every time you log in, your microphone will be off by default.
On the bottom left corner, you can see that the microphone is off.
If you click on that button, you will activate it. And if there are people around you, they will be able to hear what you say.
By default, you have a pre-set mic sensitivity so that low sounds around you will not be perceived. When any sound is being registered as an audio transmission, you will be able to see the following speech bubble icon on top of your avatar.
You can check this by trying the following: whisper something to the microphone and you will see that the speech bubble icon does not appear. However, if you speak in a normal voice volume, you will see that it appears. This is to prevent people from hearing faint sounds around you.
The speech bubble icon will also appear over the button that turns on/off the microphone.
To the right of that button, you will see that you can enter some text and send it. This is useful if you cannot or do not want to use your audio. You can be a part of the ConnectWorld experience through your text messages that can be both public or private.
In order to send a private message to another user, you just need to click on his/her avatar.
Sound Areas - Private and Public audio.
ConnectWorld works like the physical world: we can hear what is close to us.
However, as opposed to what is possible in the real world, here we have a software advantage: we can define audio perimeters that are independent of proximity.
In this picture, for instance, you can see a blue circle on the floor which is delimiting the audio zone around the table with the 4 chairs.
This means that everything that is said within that circle will only be heard by the people that are inside of it. The spaces outside the circle have access to public audio.
We have many areas like this, since it is very logical that there are some queries that you may prefer to deal with privately.
This is also a great opportunity for networking, a concept that is extended to booths and offices.
In this picture you can see that everything that is said inside the office on the left, will be heard only by the people in it, at that time.
The same applies to the living room on the right, only this space is public for anyone who wants to join in.
As the offices feature sliding doors, whoever is inside can close them and make sure that no one else will enter.