We released Holonet 3 months ago to help build the open 3D Web for everyone. Now, we are focusing on the social experience and its forms of communication. We are bridging how we communicate in the physical and the digital world and we creating the tools to augment are communication capabilities. Now, we are Simbol.

Simbol is a set of tools that act as the communication and social platform for immersive experiences, starting off with WebXR sites built with three.js. Simply by adding Simbol to your WebXR site, you create a social experience for your users, providing them with a common identity system that they can use with all Simbol powered sites. What’s best, it’s a self-sovereign identity, meaning that people are in total control.

So, what’s cool about Simbol? This is how we communicate today:

How we communicate in-person today, using a mix of our bodies and our devices

We use our voice to express language, and gestures, and we recently started using our computing devices to show digital files that can help us tell our story. Or maybe, if we’re doing long distance communication, the best experience we can get is a 2D video-call where we can also send digital files.

Spatial computing lets us to a lot more by breaking the barrier between physical and digital communication. Depending on where we are on the Mixed Reality spectrum, we could say that we’re bringing more of the physical aspects of communication (voice, gestures, presence) into play or the digital aspects (long distance, multimedia files).

Mixed Reality Spectrum

And that’s where Simbol comes in. We’re building the underlying tools for everyone to express themselves more efficiently and more freely by leveraging the possibilities offered by spatial computing. Simbol brings together the benefits of physical and digital communication ultimately augmenting how we communicate. We’re very excited to see how, in the coming years, people extend our current language with these new set of communication tools.

Simple Immersive Communication for Everyone

This is our mission. We’re bringing all these new communication possibilities to everyone with a very simple way to integrate and access it.

When we released Holonet, we said that we wanted to implement a platform that is focused on humans. That hasn’t changed. We still share these values that we outlined in that post:

We need an open, safe and private platform for all technology that guarantees equal opportunities for everyone and provides a great experience. And the Web is a great starting point as it’s the most open and universal platform out there.

With Simbol, we’re making it very easy for everyone to access the best communication tools out there, and being able to reach the same content as everyone else. Immersive devices are lowering their prices more and more, making it more accessible. This will eventually allow anyone on the planet to have access to the same educational possibilities as those attending the best schools. We’re still focused on leaving no one behind.

For us, it’s very important that everyone feels safe navigating Simbol sites. These are social environments, and it’s easy to feel uncomfortable for many reasons. We’re working really hard on addressing them. There are a set of features coming soon focused on safety. We’re also privacy-first as we’re based on a self-sovereign identity system. People choose what they share, when and with whom.

Why use Simbol

Right now, Simbol is focused on building for developers, allowing them to easily make their immersive experiences social by default. Having to worry about all the nitty-gritty behind a multi-user experience, and having an identity system really slows you down from creating your unique immersive world. Use Simbol and just forget about it.

It’s also great for your users, as they can seamlessly move from one immersive experience to the next, without having to have an identity for each one. They will also feel safe, as they control their information and who they share the experience with and how.

We are in alpha phase, with a proof of concept at out website. We’re hard at work on making this a seamless experience for both developers and users. Today we’re also releasing a massive refactor that’s a big step forward in this direction. We’d love to hear from you to learn about your needs. Please get in touch and we can see how we can work together.

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