I got sick of all the Zoom happy hours, birthday parties, and company get-togethers. In parallel, fun random chance meetups largely died - you could no longer run into a friend or co-worker or interesting new person given social distancing.
Pluto is an online in-browser spatial video for meetups, serendipity, and video chat:
- A browser-only video space (no headsets needed) you can move around using first-person shooter-like controls.
- Spatial video chat - Sound decays with distance so different groups can break up and hang out. This allows for hanging out with large groups in a way that feels like the offline world.
- Just drop in a link and you can attend an event over video (no headset, no nothing).
- Everything is represented in 3D, which means people can randomly run into each other and serendipity can finally happen again.
- You can chat, watch videos, screen shares and explore virtual spaces.
Pluto is fun to explore on your own, but is actually even better with friends.
We have held happy hours with 50-60 people at a time and it works magically - you can run into people, walk over to a group, and in general interact in group or side conversations in a seamless and organic way. It is the closest thing to a real world event, but online.
Pluto has many worlds to explore
We have built out a number of worlds you can explore in Pluto including:
- The Maldives. Relax. Enjoy the ocean. Finally a break from your basement zoom call!
- Old Austria. Even better then new Austria! (TM)
You can also grab your own version at pluto.video. You can explore it alone, but is actually more fun with friends. Try inviting 5 to 50 people and see how it goes!
It is still early days, but thought it would be fun to get it out there and get some feedback :)
 The rise of webRTC and webGL has enabled a new, real time, in-browser social layer to emerge. No one has really used this fully yet, although apps like Figma obviously are webGL heavy for collaboration while social products and experiments like Clubhouse, Gatherly, Rally, Rambly, Sonar, Teamflow, Yorb are doing interesting things (and helped inspire Pluto). So, we put together Pluto - built on webRTC/MediaSoup, and THREE.js.