Presentation Simulator (PSim) is a virtual reality (VR) presentation software application designed to practice public speaking before a virtual audience. This allows the user to improve their presenting skills with the ultimate goal of overcoming speech anxiety and to become a confident public speaker.
The presentation simulator software (PSim) requires a functional Oculus Rift and PC or laptop with the following minimum hardware requirements.
OS: Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
Processor: Intel 2.8 GHz Dual-Core or AMD 2.8 GHz Dual-Core
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce GTX 650 or Radeon HD 7790 – Resolution: 1920×1080
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 250 MB available space
Supported VR Headsets: Oculus Rift (CV1); Latest Oculus runtime
Note: Presentation Simulator is still in alpha stage and was released to obtain user feed back to improve the software. PSim is under constant development and the hardware specifications may change over time with each new release. The latest release PSim v1.0 contains all the features mentioned below.
REQUIRED ADDITIONAL SOFTWARE:
To use the Presentation Simulator software you also need to download and install WinRAR and Steam. WinRAR is needed to extract the PSIM files from the .rar archive and Steam VR is needed to run the PSIM software. For your information; Presentation Simulator is not available in Steam Store, and you need to purchase PSIM from this site. Steam is only needed to run the PSIM software.
Once Steam is installed it should automatically detect your Oculus Rift or HTC Vive and enter Steam VR mode. To determine if Steam is in VR mode, check if the VR icon in the upper right of your screen has turned green (see the example below).
Also check if Steam VR has detected your Oculus Rift or HTC Vive and that everything is working correctly. Steam VR has detected your headset when it indicates ready in the Steam VR pop up window (see image below).
When Steam is ready you can open the Presentation Simulator.exe file and everything should work. You don´t need a mouse or joystick, but it is very useful to skip slides.
PSIM version 1.6 content
The PSim presentation software contains three conference rooms representing typical business environments. The three rooms range in size from small, medium to a large conference room.
Small conference room
Speaking in a small room with a small audience is a lot more personal than a big audience of several hundred people in a large conference room. This audience is more likely to listen carefully to what you have to say and this room allows you to practice speaking for these intimate situations.
The small conference room is designed for up to 8 people and represents a well finished executive office. The presentation slides are displayed on a small television. You can choose the position left front, middle and right position to give your presentation, which makes you more comfortable.
Medium sized conference room
In general, medium sized conference rooms are used to effectively communicate information to a larger more diverse audience. This room mimics a situation that allows you to present the results of your work to members of your department. Part of the audience in this kind of environment can be very busy with their own work, and do not necessarily pay attention to what you have to say.
The room itself is designed for approximately 20 people and places the speaker in a typical business environment where the presentation slides are displayed on a large canvas.
Large conference room
Most people are afraid speaking before a large audience, but this can be a particular big problem for managers and executives that are required to speak before their company´s employees. The large conference room mimics this kind of situations and allows the speaker to get used to the presence of a large audience. People in a large audience tend to be very divers and a little bit more noisy than the audiences in smaller rooms.
The large conference room contains multiple rows of chairs and is designed for an audience up to 100 people. It contains a wide canvas that shows the presenters slides and a lectern with a microphone.
Ethnic Diverse Audience
The audience consists of people with different traits and backgrounds; for instance men, women, african american, caucasian, young old, casually dressed and of course business orientated persons.
Different types of emotions
The characters display different emotions that can be visible during the presentation which can be classed as positive, neutral and negative, which each class having its own sub set of specific behaviors to mimic real life situations.
Upload your own Presentation
The presentation simulator software application has of course the ability to upload your own presentation that will be visible in virtual reality on the digital TV or projection canvases.
PSim Presentation Software
Visit the pages below to get additional information about the science behind presentation simulator on overcoming speech anxiety or visit the web shop to buy the latest build to begin your virtual experience.
Disclaimer: The presentation simulation software is developed based on scientific background, but every person reacts differently to virtual reality and no rights can be reserved on the effectiveness of the software.