CommonGround, a company that creates hyper-realistic avatars in minutes using just a computer or iPhone, has raised $25 million.
It is the first app of its kind that allows employees to use real-life 3D representations of themselves, without using a VR (virtual reality) headset.
The hyper-realistic avatars establish eye contact and communicate through non-verbal body language.
CommonGround says it delivers genuine emotional connections that other virtual environments cannot.
The majority of employees now work remotely at least once a week (nearly 60 per cent), but many are left feeling disconnected.
“What everyone learned during the pandemic was that online meetings are necessary, but they fall short compared to face-to-face meetings. Today’s virtual meeting solutions leave us feeling disconnected and rarely valued, understood, or heard,” said Amir Bassan-Eskenazi, CEO and Co-Founder of CommonGround.
“CommonGround is creating a new way to meet online where you can sit across a table, look into people’s eyes, see, and be seen. We believe, using hyper-realistic avatars as part of an immersive experience, we can make online interactions even better than face-to-face meetings.”
CommonGround was founded in 2019, and is based in Tel Aviv, with an office abroad in Los Altos, California.