We recently explored the Alliant platform as part of our Virtual Convening Platform Test Drive series. This robust resort-style platform provides a way to connect via voice and personal avatars, rather than video.
Here’s the gist: Alliant Connect definitely provides a welcome break from the Zoom fatigue of everyday virtual convening life, but for most use cases, the novelty isn’t worth the hurdles of getting people into the platform (or the hefty price tag).
Highlights of what we learned:
- Alliant Connect is a stand-alone app (meaning it lives on your hard drive, not on the web) and the download is MASSIVE. Depending on your internet connection and computer speed, it can take up to an hour to download and install.
- Moving around and interacting on the platform is fairly intuitive, and the on-screen helper text is well-designed. It’s unlikely your participants would be standing around lost and confused.
- The 3D space means that there is the real possibility of “hallway” moments; you’re not yanked into sessions, can interact with other avatars in interstitial space and have side conversations whenever you want.
- Interacting face-to-face in the platform (rather than through avatars) requires setting up individual 1:1 meeting rooms (potentially dozens or hundreds of them) with “screens” that allow each avatar to broadcast their camera. The platform is built for interacting as avatars, not blended or video conferencing.
- Proximity audio only works in the outdoor spaces. Once you’re in a “room,” the sound settings are such that any person talking is heard by every other person in the room–so any kind of small group discussion in a session would entail moving to an outdoor space.
- Per session, global and direct-message chat works well, though there isn’t any threading.
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