PianoVision Brings AR Piano Lessons To Quest Via App Lab
PianoVision, the educational Quest app that overlays AR notes on a real piano using Quest’s passthrough display, is now available on App Lab.
The app launched with a closed early access build back in February, but is now making its App Lab debut with a host of new features and updated functionality.
PianoVision uses Quest’s passthrough mode to create a lesson on a real piano that feels quite magical to use. The app connects with digital pianos and allows you to easily tune the virtual piano with your real keyboard. It then displays notes falling on the keys, similar to some existing piano exercises, and will pause the song’s progression until you play the notes or correct any mistakes.
You can read more about my experience trying out the app back in March, or watch some footage in the video embedded above. Since then, the app has made several improvements and added a lot of new features.
@PianoVisionAR is available now on App Lab!
PianoVision is an Augmented Reality Piano learning app and rhythm game for Quest 2. https://t.co/yLoHtHgfHU pic.twitter.com/1ong3m5jdX
— Zac Reid (@ZachaReid) 3 August 2022
One of the most important improvements includes more connectivity options for digital pianos. Previously, the connection with a digital piano had to go through a computer (connected via USB), which then used a desktop client to communicate wirelessly with your headset. This is still an option, but you can also connect your piano directly to your Quest through the headset’s USB C port, provided you have the right cable to go between the piano and your headset.
There is now also a multiplayer mode, which lets you organize a concert for friends or demonstrate something virtually. There are also improvements to the music theory and technique aspects of the app, with fingering recommendations and support for interactive sheet music.
If you don’t own a real piano, you can also try PianoVision’s Air Piano option, which lets you place a virtual piano on a flat surface.
If you’re interested, check it out for yourself – PianoVision is available now for Quest via App Lab.